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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.

KAI Hires Andrew Kerr-Grant as Senior Project Architect

LOUIS, MO.—KAI announced the hiring of Andrew Kerr-Grant, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C as its newest Senior Project Architect at its St. Louis office. Kerr-Grant boasts more than 30 years of experience as a Senior Project Architect and Project Manager. He has served as the lead architect for the design, documentation, and implementation of projects for higher education, K-12 schools, government, research and development, commercial, corporate, and industrial facilities. His projects have ranged in scope from an $87 million Armed Forces Readiness Center to small repair and renovation projects and everything in between. His experience includes programmatic design, preparing construction documentation drawings...

USGBC: More Than 1,000 Hotels Now LEED Certified Globally

The idea for the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system was hatched almost 30 years ago in 1993. Today, there are more than 100,000 buildings participating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) certification program. Approximately 1,000 of those buildings are lodgings located around the world. According to USGBC, “LEED certified buildings are proven to save money, improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions, and create healthier places for people. They are a critical part of addressing the climate crisis, meeting ESG goals, enhancing resilience, and supporting more equitable communities.” The most recent version of LEED is LEED...

MycoWorks Partners with Furniture Company Ligne Roset

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.—Biotechnology company MycoWorks announced that it has partnered with high-end, design-forward furniture company Ligne Roset, to bring MycoWorks’ flagship Fine Mycelium material, Reishi, into luxury furnishings. High demand for Reishi, a new category of luxurious, natural materials first adopted by the fashion industry, has driven expansion into new markets including automotive, and now home decor and furniture. Reishi offers the hand feel and performance of the finest leathers, but is made from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms. “Ligne Roset is a global leader with a legacy of forward-thinking, contemporary furniture design,” said Matt Scullin, MycoWorks CEO. “Today it becomes...

Vinyl Sustainability Council Delivers Annual Sustainability Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry, officially released the 2022 edition of its annual Sustainability Report, titled “Connecting Our Industry to Reach Our Potential.” The report chronicles the ongoing adoption of +Vantage Vinyl verification across the industry. The +Vantage Vinyl sustainability initiative drives improvements by jointly identifying the most relevant potential performance improvement areas for companies operating within the vinyl supply chain and having company commitments verified by an independent third-party program. “Since 2016, the Vinyl Sustainability Council has focused its efforts on bringing the vinyl industry’s supply chain together for the...

The Paths to LEED Water Conservation Credits for Evaporative Cooling Towers

NATIONAL REPORT—Evaporative cooling towers play an important role in green buildings by significantly reducing energy consumption when they supplement or replace traditional air conditioning systems, thereby reducing carbon footprint and operating costs. Although evaporative cooling is great at saving energy, it does consume some water but the benefits on energy savings outweigh the water usage, which in some places is a scarce resource. Water conservation is therefore a high priority in designing and operating water-cooled equipment and plays an important role in USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other sustainability programs. LEED assigns credit points to...

Tarkett Offering CERTIFIED Asthma & Allergy Friendly Soft Surface Flooring

SOLON, OHIO—Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), an independent global certification company, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, have deemed Tarkett Powerbond RS flooring as CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly—the world’s first soft surface flooring to receive this designation. “Powerbond was introduced in 1967 and, decades later, is still ahead of its time,” said Roxane Spears, Vice President, Sustainability for Tarkett North America. “Health and wellbeing are important topics for our customers. Powerbond RS was specifically developed to address potential problems associated with indoor air quality and building-related illness. This...

Ocean Legacy Foundation Produces Pellet from Ocean Area Plastic

RICHMOND, B.C.—Ocean Legacy, a Canadian nonprofit organization that develops and implements worldwide plastic pollution programs, with the goal to end ocean plastic pollution, announced that they have produced the first commercially available plastic pellet in North America, called Legacy Plastic. Legacy Plastic is made from high-grade 100 percent post-consumer processed recycled plastic recovered during ocean, shoreline, and marine equipment cleanups. With the introduction of Legacy Plastic, companies can use recycled marine plastics in their products, continuing to close the loop on plastic management systems. “We soft launched Legacy Plastic in 2021 and we are thrilled with the amount of interest...

USGBC & IWBI Strengthen Their Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Healthy Sustainable Buildings

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to accelerate the adoption of buildings that prioritize people, communities and the natural environment. Beginning in early 2023, the partnership will focus on streamlining the process for achieving dual WELL and LEED certifications through a two-way crosswalk and a coordinated third-party review overseen by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization for independently recognizing excellence in green building performance and practice globally. “This is the next chapter in our partnership with IWBI, which has brought global attention and leadership...

Landscape Forms Names Eric Swanson President of Loll Designs

DULUTH, MINN.—Landscape Forms has announced Eric Swanson as the new President of Loll Designs, the award-winning designer and manufacturer of highly sustainable outdoor furniture. Swanson will lead Loll Designs’ Duluth, Minn.-based team with over 22 years in the industry. He joined Landscape Forms, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-design site furniture, structure, LED lighting, and accessories, in 2003 as a Business Development Representative. Over the next two decades he demonstrated excellence in driving business growth, contributing significantly to Landscape Forms’ $185M business, and rising to the position of Vice President of Sales. Swanson has also been integral in the transition...

USGBC Announces Updates to LEED v4 to Better Address Carbon Emissions, Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced updates to the primary version of the LEED green building certification program, LEED v4, to more directly address carbon emissions and climate change. The updates will raise the threshold of LEED v4 to encourage greater energy performance, aligning LEED v4 with the rigor of LEED v4.1, which raised the bar on energy and climate upon its release in 2018. “From day one, USGBC has been committed to the continuous improvements and advancement of green buildings standards. The new updates to LEED v4 affirm that climate is core to LEED,” said Peter Templeton,...