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With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Design

Home Green Design
With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Indiana Furniture Recognized for Workplace Safety

JASPER, IND.—In living up to one of its core values, Create a Safe and Healthy Work Environment, Indiana Furniture has achieved Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP) recertification for its Flat Line Assembly plant, located in Jasper, Indiana. Less than 45 Indiana businesses have achieved INSHARP certification and they are recognized as workplace safety and health leaders. “Our goal every day is to put safety first,” stated Greg Hildenbrand, Safety and Industrial Engineering Manager for Indiana Furniture. “Receiving this recertification is a testament to the focus and dedication of our employees. Creating an ongoing safe and healthy mindset...

Examples of Progress in Hotel Industry Sustainability

In the United States alone, hotels use approximately 84.7 billion kWh of energy per year. To put things in perspective, that’s enough to power 9.6 million blow dryers or 64.5 million television sets. The paper used for “do-not-disturb” signs, the water used for daily laundry, and lights left on by absent guests all adds up to a huge carbon footprint. Fortunately, as climate change becomes more of a global concern, many hotels are switching to greener practices such as low-flow fixtures and less frequent washing schedules. Many are also choosing to use green construction materials for their foundations and roofs, with some...

Mandai Park Holdings Invites Guests to Get Closer to Nature with New Resort

SINGAPORE—Come 2023, a new resort experience will open to guests at Mandai, bringing them closer to nature through a biophilic design that integrates the buildings with their natural surroundings. The design of the new Mandai resort will be helmed by local architectural firm, WOW Architects. Speaking on the appointment of WOW Architects, Mike Barclay, Group CEO of Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) said, “WOW Architects’ concept demonstrated the best design response to our brief, one that will bring our guests closer to nature. We have brought together the strengths of two homegrown brands, WOW Architects and Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts....

HD Expo Results: From ‘Living Umbrellas’ to ‘Forces of Nature’ Floor Covering

I attended HD Expo in Las Vegas from May 15 to 17. With approximately 900 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees, the show is proof that our industry is still enjoying strong growth—through both new construction and renovation. I walked the aisles looking for signs of sustainability. Companies are much more subtle than they used to be in pushing their green commitments, but I did come across quite a few examples of suppliers with interesting stories to tell and products or services to introduce. It would be impossible to include all the companies but here are some examples that caught my eye. Living...

Results from HD Expo Wellness Pavilion Keynote

LAS VEGAS—The first-ever HD Expo Wellness Pavilion kicked off in Las Vegas last week with a keynote session entitled, “Wellness Today.” The session was moderated by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Vice President, Hospitality Design Group, and Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design magazine. Featured speakers included Clodagh, Founder, Clodagh Design; Neil Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses Hotels and Resorts; Thomas Klein, President/COO, Canyon Ranch; and Jaloyn Fockler, Executive Vice President, Delos. The keynote was the first of eight wellness-focused sessions at HD Expo. The format of Wellness Today was Q and A with Shoemaker Rauen posing the questions to the speakers. The following...

Milliken Showcased New Hospitality Capabilities at HD Expo

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Innovation leader and global manufacturer Milliken & Co. announced that its Floor Covering and Specialty Interiors businesses joined forces to highlight the breadth and depth of Milliken’s hospitality product offerings at the company’s booth at the 2019 HD Expo in Las Vegas last week. Milliken featured both flooring and interior upholstery products, including the revolutionary sustainable performance fabric, Breathe by Milliken. The Milliken booth featured a Breathe by Milliken-covered sofa from Younger Furniture in Tweed, one of Breathe’s recycled polyester fiber options. A limited quantity of bags made with Breathe by Milliken remnant fabric through Milliken Specialty Interiors’ relationship...

Encore Hospitality Carpet Debuts fREEForm Collection at HD Expo

LAS VEGAS—Based on the world beneath the surface of the water, the movement of water and waves, and where the land meets the sea, the fREEForm collection by Encore Hospitality Carpet is making its debut May 15 to 17 in Las Vegas at HD Expo 2019. More than 20 hospitality flooring designs made with 100 percent solution-dyed Zeftron nylon are part of Encore’s entire suite of flooring products being introduced at Encore’s booth, #2843. Ideally suited for hospitality environments ranging from guestrooms to public spaces, all designs within the collection draw inspiration from the natural wonder of reefs, including the...

Can Green Design Enhance the Guest Experience?

NATIONAL REPORT—When a guest walks into a hotel, they’re often tired from a long day of travel. They want a warm, comfortable room where they can relax and unwind, an accommodating space where they’re free to kick off their shoes. In this regard, the standard hotel is satisfactory. Of course, professionals in the hospitality industry don’t want to provide just a “satisfactory” experience for their customers. To separate themselves from their competition, they need to go beyond what others have done in the past. They must adapt their practices to remain relevant. Green design represents an opportunity. With the application of...

MGM Springfield Receives Industry’s First LEED Platinum Certification

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that MGM Springfield, located in Springfield, Mass., has received the world’s first United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction Platinum level certification for a gaming resort. MGM Springfield, which opened in August 2018, is the company’s most recent development. Working closely with state and city officials, as well as the local community, MGM Resorts committed to designing and building a property that exemplifies the company’s values in support of environmental sustainability and positive social impact while honoring local history and architecture. A significant enabler of the LEED Platinum rating...

Treehouses Sprouting Like Mushrooms in Ohio’s Picturesque Knox County

GLENMONT, OHIO—When U.S. News & World Report put together a list of The World’s Best Treehouse Hotels last year, it included The Mohicans, a North Central Ohio hideaway that includes seven treehouses, five cabins and the Grand Barn Wedding Center. The Mohicans is the work of the husband and wife team of Kevin and Laura Mooney. Along the way they have been assisted by Amish builders and experts such as Pete Nelson of the well-known Treehouse Masters reality show. Nelson designed two of the treehouses on the 75-acre property. One of those treehouses was featured on Treehouse Masters. Kevin says...