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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.

CALI Launches New Cork Flooring

SAN DIEGO—CALI, the omni-channel sustainable building products company, is launching a new collection of cork flooring—CALI cork. The fresh, four-sku line-up ushers in an improved generation of cork while remaining true to the material’s renewable and planet-safe roots. A high resistance finish and water-resistant construction make CALI cork a more durable upgrade from the cork planks of yesteryear. Plus, a 15-year residential and five-year commercial warranty make this collection an attractive option for storefronts and fitness studios. VIDEO: See and learn more about CALI cork. Cork is naturally renewable; the material is trimmed from the bark of the cork oak tree and regenerates without harming the plant or surrounding environment. The cork in this flooring is also recycled, demonstrating cork’s ability to be reprocessed over and over for different uses. Customers looking to purchase responsibly and opt...

Hotel Marcel—An Important Project to Watch in the New Year

In next week’s column I will be highlighting the 10 most read Green Lodging News articles of 2020. It will be interesting to see how many had to do with COVID-19. While the article I just posted on Hotel Marcel may not make it because of its posting late in the year, it certainly deserves consideration as one of the most important hotel stories of both this year and 2021. Be sure to read the article. Hotel Marcel is the project of architect Bruce Becker, Founder and Director of Becker + Becker, Westport, Conn. Becker purchased the New Haven, Conn. building...

Architect Building Net-Zero Energy Hotel in Connecticut—Hotel Marcel

NEW HAVEN, CONN.—When the Hotel Marcel opens next summer in New Haven, Conn., it will be a shining example of sustainability and what every hotel could and should be. The 165-room boutique hotel will be the result of the renovated Armstrong Rubber Company Building, aka Pirelli Building, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1967. It will be run by 100 percent solar power, meet net-zero energy standards, and will target LEED Platinum certification. There will be many other bells and whistles that will make the building highly efficient. Hotel Marcel is the project of Bruce Becker, Founder and Director of...

Serge Ferrari Introduces Batyline Elios Upholstery Fabric

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA.—Serge Ferrari introduces Batyline Elios. This fabric delivers the same technical properties that have made the Batyline range a success for over three decades, including dimensional stability, easy maintenance, and resistance to UV, mold, tearing and fading. However, Batyline Elios goes a step further with its distinctive and patented weave that provides the same soft look and feel as indoor textiles. Available in 10 colors, Batyline Elios is highly flexible and ideal for any outdoor upholstered seating, including sofas, chairs, garden furniture and cushions. In performance testing, the fabric withstood more than 600,000 double rubs (ASTM D4157 Wyzenbeek)...

USGBC Readies Green Building Industry for LEED Positive Future During Greenbuild

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last month concluded the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and owned and operated by Informa Connect. Throughout this year’s virtual event, USGBC delivered key updates intended to help push the industry closer to a regenerative future as outlined through LEED Positive, while prioritizing solutions that promote social equity, resilience and health across communities. “The world today is facing intersecting crises that cannot be resolved with fragmented solutions, but require integrated, equitable practices and an industrywide commitment to standardizing those practices,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC, Green Business Certification...

Element by Westin in Ontario, California Now Open

ONTARIO, CALIF.—Element Ontario, owned by Samchully America Corp. (SL&C Ontario, LLC) and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, opened its doors. Part of Element Hotels, the extended stay lifestyle brand from Marriott International, the newly opened hotel is the latest in the region and fourth Element hotel in California. Staying true to Element Hotels’ spirit, Element Ontario appeals to today’s healthy, active traveler, who wants to maintain a balanced lifestyle while away from home. “I’m excited to share the brand’s newest property in California with the community and bring the distinctive EIement Hotels brand to Ontario,” says General Manager Carlos Yong. “Our...

1888 Mills Announces Executive Leadership Changes

GRIFFIN, GA.—1888 Mills announced key leadership changes taking place over the next few months that merge the talents and perspectives of new and existing 1888 employees. The changes have been in process for over a year as 1888 has been building a succession plan based on the ever-changing retail and commercial landscape. Beginning January 1, Rob Sayre, President Commercial Products, will be appointed to CEO. Sayre will be taking the reigns from Jonathan Simon who will be retiring at the end of this year. Simon will serve on the Board of Managers of 1888 Mills USA and continue to serve...

Resort, Convention Center Among USGBC Leadership Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced 10 inspiring individuals, companies, organizations and projects have been named 2020 Leadership Award recipients. The honorees are at the forefront of green building and working to advance healthy, resilient, and equitable buildings and communities. USGBC honored this year’s recipients last month during the closing event at the Greenbuild Virtual conference. Among the Outstanding Companies, Organizations & Projects were the Chumash Casino Resort and TCF Center. Chumash Casino Resort is the sixth largest Native American gaming operation in California. Managing its waste is a critical function for the resort, Tribal Ownership and the community....

USGBC to Fund 500 LEED Professionals in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C.—During its annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it will provide funding for 500 people in underserved communities to earn their LEED professional credential. This commitment is designed to help build capacity and expertise for green building and is a key objective in USGBC’s draft equity strategy, USGBC All In: Building Equity Together, which was also released during the Greenbuild Opening Plenary. “Green building and equity go hand-in-hand, and we know that addressing and emphasizing sustainability through green building can provide communities with resources and opportunities that can help them reach their full...

Six Senses to Arrive in the Americas in Early 2021 with Opening of Six Senses Botanique, Brazil

BANGKOK—Another green gem in the Six Senses portfolio, and the first opening in the Americas, is aptly named Six Senses Botanique. It showcases its surrounding beauty from a hillside amid 700 acres of lush, mid-tropical Atlantic forests. A Naturally Secluded Yet Convenient Setting The resort lies in the desirable Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, 3,940 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level and at the confluence of three river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains. These are known as the “mountains that weep” due to the abundance of springs and rivers....