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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.

Highly Anticipated Villa Copenhagen Sets New Standard for Eco-Sustainable Luxury

NEW YORK—One of Europe’s most anticipated launches of 2020, Villa Copenhagen, officially opened its doors in the heart of Denmark’s capital city on July 1. Housed in the century-old Danish Post and Telegraph office, adjacent to Tivoli Gardens, the 390-room Villa Copenhagen is a Grande Dame hotel for the 21st century, offering approachable, conscious luxury through a commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and meaningful experiences that connect guests to the landscape, culture, and energy of the city. “This project has proven to be a labor of love and, in many ways, is testament to Copenhagen’s resilient spirit. We...

Quick Screens Offer Vital Space Solutions in 10-Day Lead Time

DELANCO, N.J.—With COVID-19 forcing designers to reimagine the ubiquitous open office and other public spaces, Stylex has stepped in with an instant solution: the Quick collection of upholstered screens. Created by Stylex’s in-house design team, Quick presents a simple way to carve out private, protected spaces within open-plan environments. With an impressive lead time of only 10 business days, Quick is essential design at a moment’s notice. “Designers need manufacturers to act fast so that they can foster safe, health-centered spaces,” notes Randi Pastrovic, Vice President of Marketing, Stylex. “Quick’s quality, usability, and availability make it a crucial, fast-acting addition...

Guest Blog: Carpet’s Contribution to Improved Indoor Air Quality

Green Lodging News spoke with Richard Radke, National Marketing Manager for Zeftron Nylon recently and allowed Zeftron Nylon to contribute this guest blog. As businesses begin to welcome employees back to the workplace, safety and wellness are top of mind. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidance to assist with the reopening, and states: “Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening public spaces that will require careful planning.” To be sure, designers and facility managers are faced with multiple challenges in creating the “new” workplace for today. They are looking...

Landscape Forms Introduces Healthy Outdoor Spaces

KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Landscape Forms, North America’s premier manufacturer of high design site furniture, structure, accessories and LED lighting, introduces Healthy Outdoor Spaces, a collection of new products, modified products, and space planning solutions to help landscape architects create environments that support people’s health and well-being. As employees return to offices, students to campuses, and the public to social venues, the need for safe and confidence-inspiring natural spaces that facilitate responsible collaboration, connection, and social interaction is more important than ever. Healthy Outdoor Spaces is created with this context in mind, drawing on Landscape Forms’ 51 years of thought leadership and experience...

A Hotelier’s Guide to Sustainable Textile Specification

Hoteliers and their partners shape the vision of their hotels—the interiors, the food and beverage spaces, the theme and the list goes on. Their mission focuses on creating a unique and thoughtful destination that provides guests with personalized experiences no matter where in the world the property is located. With many hoteliers hopping on the green movement bandwagon over the past five to 10 years, the choices hoteliers and interior designers make when they select products have been shifting—big hotel brands are actively seeking a greener approach in every aspect of their properties. One easy eco-conscious decision hoteliers and designers...

Designers Take Look at Building Design/Humidity/COVID-19 Connection

New research shows that higher relative humidity in buildings significantly slows COVID-19 and other airborne infectious disease transmission. However, the way most American buildings are designed, this would cause catastrophic damage and mold issues. A group of designers with LEO A DALY conducted an in-depth study showing how various building types could be retrofitted to increase relative humidity without damage. The results of the study are detailed in a new whitepaper that can be viewed by clicking here. According to LEO A DALY, Compelling new research such as from the Annual Review of Virology shows that relative humidity levels of at...

Luxury Frontiers Completes Design of Mdluli Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

SOUTH AFRICA—Luxury Frontiers, the San Francisco/Johannesburg-based international firm specializing in the design and development of high-end, light-on-earth building concepts, has recently completed Mdluli Safari Lodge. The luxury 50-tent safari camp, located within the southern borders of Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, grew from a 50-50 partnership between Mdluli Safari Lodge and the local Mdluli Community and took years of dedication as such developments depend upon establishing harmony between tourism, the environment, and community. As with every project it undertakes, Luxury Frontiers focused on limiting the ecological impact of Mdluli Safari Lodge through careful consideration and collaboration with the...

HeiQ Viroblock Certified as Cosmetic Grade & Bio-based Renewable

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND—Leading the international textile industry to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, HeiQ recently launched HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an antiviral and antibacterial textile treatment proven to reduce 99.99 percent of human coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, along with other enveloped viruses and bacteria. Viruses and bacteria can remain infective on textile surfaces for days. Human Coronavirus SARS-CoV persist for up to two days on surgical gowns at room temperature. Antiviral treatments for textiles contribute to more hygienic and safer textile products and can help mitigate the risk of contamination and transmission. While the global textile industry is rapidly adopting...

Arc Launches New Tools & Analytics to Support Safe, Confident Workplace Re-Entry

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Arc, an affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has launched Arc Re-Entry in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The new offering provides a set of tools and analytics designed to assist companies with re-entering their buildings and facilities. Arc is a technology platform that allows teams overseeing the sustainability of buildings and places to collect data, manage and benchmark progress, measure impact and improve performance. Arc empowers its users to understand and enhance their sustainability performance, promote human health and wellbeing, and contribute to a higher quality of life. Arc Re-Entry is a set of tools...

Gettys Group Relaunches Hotel of Tomorrow Project

Chicago—In response to the unique challenges facing hotels, restaurants, and travel in the era of COVID-19, The Gettys Group relaunched The Hotel of Tomorrow Project—a reframed version of the industry-leading think tank they founded in 2003 to unite brands, designers, manufacturers, owners, and operators in elevating and transforming the hospitality industry in the near and more distant future. The forum has been updated to fit the world’s new remote reality, using collaboration platform Batterii to connect participants from around the world to develop, refine, and visualize their concepts before sharing virtual prototypes for consumer testing. Over 250 participants bring diverse...