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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.

Going Green in Surfacing

As sustainability becomes a priority for global businesses, the manufacturing and construction industries are turning to more eco-friendly solutions. This is especially the case for surfacing materials. Sustainable manufacturing driven by new technology and streamlined production processes is changing the way we look at materials for the built environment. It’s actively encouraging better practice in the construction industry. Residential and commercial projects benefit from new techniques and approaches to building, including retrofitting and refurbishing, and offsite production and prefabrication. These modern methods directly contribute to green initiatives, cutting costs and supporting society, raising an opportunity to train a new workforce and...

Accor Focuses on Meaningful Essentials with Launch of greet, Its New Responsible Brand

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, FRANCE—Travelers’ expectations have changed. Customers are now increasingly focused on hotel experiences that respect people and the world around them. Alert to new trends, Accor is rewriting the rules and presents greet, a new alternative hospitality and sustainable tourism offering that combines environmental considerations with a socially responsible approach for travelers seeking authenticity. The latest addition to the Group’s economy segment, greet is a community-based, responsible and non-standardized brand, that is in keeping with current trends and seeks to serve travelers who are looking to add meaning to their purchases and are aware of their impact on the...

New San José Ordinance Pushes All-Electric Commercial Buildings

According to an article published by Maria Stamas and Pierre Delforge of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the City Council of San José, Calif., yesterday voted to adopt requirements for builders that will provide San José residents with clean, affordable energy in buildings and make good on the city’s promise to lead on sustainability. The new ordinance will make San José the largest U.S. city to require construction of electric buildings. Following adoption of the ordinance and a forthcoming ordinance directed by City Council for an October vote, greenhouse gas emissions of San José’s new buildings will be cut...

Lutron Celebrates Opening of Commercial Experience Center

COOPERSBURG, PA.—For almost six decades, Lutron Electronics has been a leader in the lighting control industry. Now, as Lutron celebrates its new Commercial Experience Center in Manhattan, the company is once again bringing bold ideas and a fresh vitality to lighting and design. “Experience” is the operative word at the flagship center, located just off Fifth Avenue at 3 E. 28th Street in New York’s lively NoMad neighborhood. At the core of the center is the Lutron HXL approach, a broad philosophy of human centric lighting that deftly employs four elements of lighting design—natural light, quality light, connection to the...

New Hotel Redmond By SCP Scheduled to Open After Two-Year, $7 Million Renovation

REDMOND, ORE.—Soul Community Planet announced that after a two-year, $7 million renovation, The New Hotel Redmond by SCP will open this year. The 41,000 square-foot, 49-room hotel, redeveloped in partnership with the city of Redmond, is an historic building located in the rapidly growing center of Redmond, Ore. The Rooftop, a 1,500 square-foot rooftop social garden (restaurant / bar), opened in August, with the full hotel—along with SCP Commons, its creative co-working and social space, and SCP Provisions market—following in the fall. Opening room rates will start at $125 per night. The redevelopment of The New Hotel Redmond by SCP...

Finalists Announced for Annual Gold Key Awards

CINCINNATI—Finalists have been announced for the 39th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program for hospitality interiors, sponsored by Boutique Design magazine. The 2019 Gold Key judges selected these standout projects from a highly competitive field of more than 430 submissions from design firms around the world. Winners in 23 categories, as well as the Judges’ So Cool award winner and the Designer of the Year, will be honored at the Gold Key Awards Gala to be held November 11 at Cipriani Midtown in Manhattan. The gala is presented in...

Mohawk Industries Joins NWFA Responsible Procurement Program

CALHOUN, GA.—Mohawk Industries, a major full-line supplier of floor coverings and a leading supplier of wood flooring in the United States, has joined the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Responsible Procurement Program (RPP). The RPP is a joint initiative between leading environmental groups and industry manufacturers committed to producing and promoting wood floors that come only from environmentally and socially responsible sources, improving forest sustainability for future generations. The program is unique from all other forest certification programs in that it encompasses all the manufacturer’s raw materials. “NWFA is pleased to welcome Mohawk Industries to the Responsible Procurement Program,” says NWFA...

Barack Obama to Keynote Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Informa Connect announced that Former President Barack Obama will speak at the Wednesday keynote of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. This year’s conference will take place November 19 to 22 in Atlanta at the LEED Gold Georgia World Congress Center. Registration is now open. “USGBC is deeply honored that President Obama has accepted our invitation to speak at Greenbuild 2019,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “President Obama is a global leader and a longtime friend of the green building community. While in office, his administration negotiated the landmark Paris Climate Accords, expanded the impact of our field...

LG Hausys Introducing New Colors to Strato Collection

ATLANTA—LG Hausys’s HI-MACS solid surface is introducing three new colors to its Strato collection. Inspired by the alluring dance of light and shadow found in nature, each new color features wavy horizontal patterns that bring a sense of serenity and visual curiosity. The wavy pattern effect can be breathtaking as it moves both horizontally (lengthwise) and vertically in two planes while elegantly sliding through and across the surface. LG Hausys pioneered the wavy effect using a patent-pending manufacturing process unique to the industry. Ranging in hues from creams to dramatic grays, the new colors meet the latest design trends taking...

Upscale Nepal Hotel with Stunning Views Incorporates Solar, Geothermal Technologies

POKHARA, NEPAL—Swiss International Hotel Sarowar, an upscale, 96-room hotel in Pokhara, Nepal, offers stunning views of the Himalayan Ranges and the famous Phewa Lake. What is most impressive about this property is its eco-efficiency—the attention to green design and sustainability from below ground to the rooftop. Swiss International Hotel Sarowar opened at the beginning of this year. The hotel is powered by the sun, heated and cooled using geothermal technology and sells its digested combination of human and food waste as organic manure at the local market. Swiss International Hotel Sarowar sits 2,655 feet above sea level. Its design incorporates...