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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.

JMBM Closes Loan on $800 Million Green Mixed-Use Development

LOS ANGELES—Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP (JMBM), one of California’s foremost full-service law firms, announced that its Global Hospitality Group closed the senior debt portion of the capital stack on one of the largest single hotel mixed-use projects in the country—the Hollywood W Hotel & Residences. The complex construction loan transaction was for JMBM client, HSH Nordbank AG, a leading credit institution headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, and particularly renowned for very large construction loans on luxury hotel projects. “This is going to be one of Hollywood’s flagship developments,” says attorney Guy Maisnik, lead counsel specializing in hospitality transactions. “This...

DreamSacks Inc. Launches Line of Bamboo Fiber Bedding

ASHLAND, ORE.—DreamSacks Inc. has launched a line of bedding made from 100 percent bamboo fiber. Often compared to silk or very high thread count cotton, bamboo is extra gentle next to the skin and wicks moisture away from the body. Bamboo is a fast growing grass that regenerates quickly in the wild, free from chemicals and fertilizers. It can grow up to a foot a day, making it a highly sustainable resource that is completely biodegradable. Using a process similar to making paper, the bamboo pulp is refined so it can be spun into fabric. ...

Orchard Garden Hotel Reaches LEED Certification Goal

SAN FRANCISCO—The Orchard Garden Hotel has been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). San Francisco’s first hotel to earn this honor, the Orchard Garden is only the fourth hotel in the United States to earn this certification. LEED is the USGBC’s leading edge system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, energy-efficient, high performing buildings. The 86-room hotel is set in the heart of San Francisco—one block from Union Square, steps away from the Chinatown gate and adjacent to the Financial District. Inspiration for the hotel comes from its 83-year-old...

GLN Welcomes Sterling Sleep Systems as Directory Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Sterling Sleep Hospitality, Garden Grove, Calif., as a Green Product Directory partner. Sterling’s unique modular mattress systems save money by allowing one to replace any of the interchangeable parts like zippered pillow tops and other components instead of replacing the entire bed. Their environmentally friendly system reduces waste while extending mattress life. All six models come completely apart for proper cleaning. Sterling Sleep Hospitality is a registered EPA WasteWise endorser. Hotels and others that purchase modular mattress systems from Sterling are eligible to become EPA WasteWise Partners. Sterling will...

New Sandpearl Resort Designed to Meet LEED Certification Standards

CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA.—The Sandpearl Resort, slated to open in August, has been designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification requirements. JMC Communities, the resort’s developer and owner, is resolute in following the specific LEED requirements, which include elements that preserve the beauty of Clearwater Beach so that it can be shared with generations to come. A prime example is the resort’s salt bromine pool filtration system, which, while costing twice as much as a standard system to install, was a required element of the owner. The Sandpearl resort is passionate about not putting chlorine waste into...

Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre Addition to Include ‘Living Roof’

VANCOUVER, B.C.—A green facility since it opened in 1987, the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre (VCEC) is on track to triple its size in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The addition to the existing building will be a dramatic one and will include a six-acre green “living” roof, seawater heating and cooling, a fish habitat built into the building’s foundation, and an on-site water treatment facility. Forty percent of the addition will sit over the water, creating a striking contrast to the famous fabric roof sails that are part of the original building. According to Catherine Wong, vice president...

Survey Gauges Corporate Leader Interest in Sustainability, Green Building

BUFFALO GROVE, ILL.—Profitability of America’s corporations will be closely tied to proactive sustainability practices and green building principles, according to findings from the new McGraw-Hill Construction (part of The McGraw-Hill Companies) SmartMarket Report: Greening of Corporate America commissioned by Siemens Building Technologies Inc. and Siemens USA. The study shows that most U.S. corporate leaders are interested in sustainability, with the majority looking at proactive ways to make it a consistent part of their mission. According to the study’s findings, 18 percent of responding corporate leaders are in the upper—or market transformational stages—with 15 percent viewing sustainability as a...

USGBC makes $1 Million Commitment to Support Green Building Research

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will commit $1 million to green building research. These funds will be targeted at increasing research in areas such as energy and water security; global climate change prevention; indoor environmental quality; and passive survivability in the face of natural and man-made disasters. “Our pledge to invest $1 million in research is a reflection of USGBC’s commitment to its vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “The industry needs to take giant steps forward in construction,...

Impex Development, Whirlpool Join Forces to Create Eco-Efficient Interiors for Hotels

SEATTLE—Impex Development LLC and Whirlpool Corp. have formed a marketing partnership to provide distinctive and sustainable interiors based on realistic price points for the hospitality industry. The partnership will incorporate energy-efficient appliances from Whirlpool Corp. within Impex’s manufacture of eco-friendly kitchens, baths and architectural door systems. “Both companies are passionate about making it easier for hospitality and multifamily professionals to create exceptional, eco-friendly environments,” says Jeff Smitley, LEED AP, president of Energy & Environmental Solutions. “Interiors from Impex help contribute points toward the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system and the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes rating...

Avalon, Starwood Capital Break Ground on First 1 Hotel & Residences

SEATTLE—AvStar Seattle LLC, a joint-venture partnership between Portland, Ore.-based Avalon Holdings and international real estate development firm Starwood Capital Group Global LLC, has broken ground on 1 Hotel & Residences, its 23-story, mixed-use development at Second Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle. Upon its completion, expected by the second quarter of 2009, the building is expected to become the inaugural property under the 1 brand, which will set a new standard in environmentally conscious luxury living globally by combining extraordinary five-star service and features with the best of environmentally sustainable architecture and interior design. The majority of the Seattle hotel’s...