Home Green Design

Green Design

With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Every part of the property can be impacted and savvy designers are incorporating reclaimed materials and restorative greenery. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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. Every part of the property can be impacted and savvy designers are incorporating reclaimed materials and restorative greenery. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Red Sea Development Company Identifies Optimum Location of Overwater Assets

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most ambitious tourism projects, has shared details of an activity to identify the location of its overwater assets around four key islands at the destination. This activity informs the positioning of overwater assets, including villas, restaurants and hotel arrival points for two hyper-luxury hotels and one luxury hotel on Sheybarah South and Ummahat Al Shaykh islands. It marked the location of the assets in accordance with the destination’s approved Master Plan and took around three weeks to conduct. “The marking of locations for our overwater assets...

U.S. Green Building Council Launches Global Economic Recovery Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new strategy, Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy, intended to leverage LEED and the community implementing the rating system to support buildings and communities in a post-pandemic world. The strategy is guided by the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. A series of actions are underway, including launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people...

Features to Look for in Eco-Friendly Commercial Design

NATIONAL REPORT—There is tremendous demand for eco-friendly design features and elements not only in residential development but also in commercial development. There are plenty of reasons for business owners to seek out green commercial spaces. In terms of overhead and operating expenses, with an eco-friendly space, there are opportunities to save money. For example, the integration of an energy-efficient PTAC air-conditioning unit can help cool spaces that central air can’t reach. Then, there are also chances for businesses to use their dedication to being green as a marketing tool. Modern consumers want to buy from businesses they feel reflect their values. The following...

Tarkett Highlights National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

SOLON, OHIO—The month of May has been declared “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to raise awareness about the effects of these diseases. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring, understands the impact this can have on the health and wellness of those with asthma and allergies and remains the only flooring...

Why Hotels Will Need to Get WELL in a Post COVID World

Here is what hotel managers need to know: After COVID-19, few things will be the same. Hotel guests are going to be concerned that not only are the hotels they stay in cleaned using green cleaning tools, methods, and equipment, but steps have been taken to ensure the entire property is healthy. And one way they will be able to determine this is if the property has been WELL certified. The WELL program is relatively new. The International WELL Building Institute, as it is officially known, is about six years old. It was started by many of the same people that...

City of St. Louis Becomes First in Midwest to Pass Building Energy Performance Standard

ST LOUIS, MO.—Mayor Lyda Krewson has signed an ambitious bill that would require buildings in the City of St. Louis to meet energy efficiency standards and establishes resources to help building owners achieve the savings that come with decreased energy usage. The City is the first jurisdiction in the Midwest and the fourth in the country to pass a Building Energy Performance Standard (BPS). This BPS, unanimously adopted by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, establishes incrementally increasing energy-saving targets for buildings, and advances the city on its path to eliminating community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. By enacting this policy,...

California Faucets Unveils New All-Brass Handshowers

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.—Sometimes it really is the little things that make the biggest difference. California Faucets’ new All-Brass Multifunction Handshowers fit this notion with a quick and easy way to enhance the overall bathing experience while adding a spa-like sense of luxury to the bath. Bathers can select from three spray settings to soothe tired muscles, refresh the spirit, or invigorate the body and mind. Each ergonomic handshower is made from solid brass. Plus, with a choice of four designs and over 28 artisan finishes, the handshowers offer a no-fuss way to personalize the bath. “A handshower is one of...

Tarkett Releases Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Report

SOLON, OHIO­­­­­­—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, has released its 2019 Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSR) report, now known as the declaration of extra-financial performance (DPEF). Fully audited by an independent third-party organization, KPMG, this report showcases the company’s circular economy commitment, demonstrating how Tarkett has not only reduced its environmental footprint, but also contributed positively to global societal challenges. Download the 2019 CSR Report. “In 2019, we launched our new strategic plan ‘Change to Win’, positioning circular economy at the heart of our strategy,” explained Fabrice Barthélemy, CEO of Tarkett. “At...

Five Tips for Making Hotel Furniture Designs More Eco-Friendly

NATIONAL REPORT—Sustainability has shifted from a trend to a lifestyle for many people around the world. They want to help the planet by making changes in their lives, especially when they leave home to travel. Vacationing requires driving or flying, which uses natural resources and increases carbon footprints. Currently, the tourism sector accounts for 8 percent of global greenhouse gases, a rate expected to grow 4 percent annually. To help offset the use of resources, guests look for hotels that hold their same values. Green initiatives and pledges are important, but hoteliers can do more to make their property more sustainable. Here...

S2A Modular Adds Top Chief Officers to Leadership Team

PALO ALTO, CALIF.—S2A Modular, creator of the first electrically self-sustaining, custom and smart-connected #GreenLuxHome luxury residences, apartment buildings, multi-family homes, hotels and commercial buildings—announced the significant expansion of its executive and sales teams with the appointment of four chief officers and three sales managers who are positioned to help manage the company’s aggressive strategy to rapidly scale its modular home manufacturing capabilities throughout the United States. At the core of these executive appointments is Larry Braden, S2A Modular’s new Chief Financial Officer. Braden brings more than three decades of corporate finance and compliance experience and is now in charge of...