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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.

2022 Building Performance Analysis Conference to Focus on Better Buildings, Less Carbon

ATLANTA—The 2022 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild will bring attention to carbon reduction strategies through the application of simulation and modeling over the entire building life cycle. Co-sponsored by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA, the conference will take place September 14 to 16 in Chicago and will also be offered virtually. The theme of the conference, “Better Buildings, Less Carbon: Supporting the Transition to a Clean and Just Climate,” focuses on research and methodology for minimizing operational carbon in buildings. “The recent changes in the world energy markets and evolving regulations continue to increase demand for improved performance of our building stock,” said Conference Vice Chair John Bynum. “The...

Hemp, in Use in Fabrics & Textiles, Also an Option for Design, Building

What role does hemp play in the hospitality industry? A lot more than you can imagine, it turns out. According to Brittanica, hemp, also called industrial hemp, is grown for its soft woody fiber or edible seeds. Hemp is grown in temperate zones as an annual cultivated from seed and can reach a height of up to 16 feet. Hemp cultivation for fiber was recorded in China as early as 2800 BC. Hemp is strong and durable and fast growing like bamboo. About two months after planting, hemp is ready for harvest. Hemp grows without the need of harmful herbicides and pesticides; hemp is...

Vinyl Sustainability Council Collaborates with ecomedes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry, is raising the awareness of the council’s +Vantage Vinyl-verified companies by launching a collaboration with ecomedes. An online database for construction professionals seeking sustainable building materials, ecomedes seeks to optimize product procurement for architects, engineers, and contractors who must achieve certain sustainability benchmarks in their construction projects. Thanks to the new collaboration, companies that have achieved +Vantage Vinyl verification via the VSC are now listed on ecomedes. “The +Vantage Vinyl verification program provides specifiers with the assurance that qualified companies have met the environmental, social and...

Botánika Osa Peninsula Eco Resort Opens in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA—Managed by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton, a premier eco-resort is now open. Located beside two of Costa Rica’s most prized natural jewels—Corcovado National Park and the Pacific Ocean’s Golfo Dulce—Botánika Osa Peninsula is set across 21 acres of lush flora and fauna. The resort provides travelers an unspoiled rainforest escape with well-appointed residence accommodations, upscale dining outlets, a 100-seat event space, along with rainforest-inspired experiences at the resort’s Clubhouse, neighboring Crocodile Bay Marina and the new Botánika Science and Nature Center. Activity guides curate unforgettable recreation experiences and excursions throughout the Osa Peninsula. Guests...

Indiana Furniture Announces Expanded Possibilities with Isla Lounge

JASPER, IND.—Indiana Furniture announced they will begin taking orders for enhancements to the already popular Isla lounge series. These additions provide enhanced flexibility and functionality to better accommodate today’s ever-changing spaces. Some of the enhancements include: Swivel Club Chairs—Isla’s armless Club Chair has been enhanced with a polished aluminum 360-degree swivel base that features an auto-return mechanism. It perfectly pairs with existing lounge options or can easily make a statement on its own. Angled Settees—Isla’s new Angled Settees keep the conversations flowing and offer even more flexibility for freestanding or ganging applications. Users can easily gather to chat and work...

1 Hotel Austin Set to Open in 2026

NEW YORK, N.Y.—1 Hotels, the mission-driven, sustainably focused luxury lifestyle hotel brand founded by hospitality visionary Barry Sternlicht, announced plans to add a new sanctuary to its global portfolio of premier properties. With properties in New York City (Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park), West Hollywood, Sanya (China), South Beach, Nashville, Toronto, and San Francisco, 1 Hotel Austin is the brand’s entry point into the fast-growing Texas marketplace. The property is being developed in partnership with Lincoln Property Company and Kairoi Residential. 1 Hotel Austin will be an integral component of an innovative mixed-use hotel, residential and retail project currently under construction at the...

Shaw Industries Named to Forbes 2022 List of Best Employers in Georgia

DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has been recognized as a Forbes Best-In-State Employer for Georgia 2022. The company has been named to this prestigious list since the list’s inception. This year, Shaw was ranked 28th, a testament to the company’s continued commitment to excellence for its associates. “Each day more than 20,000 talented Shaw associates come together to create a better future for our people, the communities we are connected to and the customers that we serve,” says Torrance Ford, Vice President of Talent Management. “They are the key to our continued success, and we are so appreciative of all that...

Stylex’s Verve Seating Collection Expands with Debut of Verve Bucket

DELANCO, N.J.—Timed at an inflection point for the design of commercial spaces, contract furnishings expert Stylex teamed up with designer Mark Kapka to expand the Verve Seating Collection. Marrying ergonomics with a comfortable and relaxed iconic aesthetic, the new Verve Bucket family of task and guest chairs offer a refreshing and versatile solution for the casual office, hospitality, and clinical environments. Characterized by its sculpted shell and enveloping shape, Verve Bucket was designed with special consideration for human factors, flexibility, and comfort. Approachable yet chic, its angled back and rolled-down arms recall the elegance of a lounge chair, while its polypropylene shell gently wraps...

Shaw Industries’ Ballew a Finalist for Reuters Responsible Business Awards

DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc. announced that Vice President of Global Sustainability and Innovation Kellie Ballew has been named a finalist for the Reuters Events Responsible Business Awards 2022 in the Sustainability Trailblazer category. The award will go to an outstanding business leader that has demonstrated inspiring, motivational, and passionate leadership to their team, company, or sector, and has a clear commitment to long-term impacts. Ballew has ample examples of driving innovation, manufacturing excellence and collaboration throughout her 25-year career at Shaw. Sentiments shared by Shaw President & CEO Tim Baucom highlight the impact of her strategic influence within Shaw...

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa Collaborates with MindClick

SAN FRANCISCO—The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa, which debuted in February of this year, announced its collaboration with MindClick, a Product Intelligence company that rates the environmental and social impact of manufacturers and their products. In support of carbon reduction, the heath of people and the planet, Highgate—which manages the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa—worked closely with MindClick to carefully select products for the hotel. During the hotel’s $70-million-dollar reimagination, this partnership dramatically improved the project’s environmental impact while also supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the supply chain. “From the very beginning of this milestone renovation located in the heart of San Francisco, we...