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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: 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. 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.

Masland Launched Crafted Made from ECONYL Regenerated Nylon

CARTERSVILLE, GA.—Masland Contract launched their latest line, Crafted, which was executed with ECONYL regenerated nylon. The collection celebrates skillful artistry and innovative materials with an intentional focus on creating products that work together in a holistic approach. Masland Contract brought the line to life with the high-performing properties of ECONYL nylon, harmonizing the abstract patterns, versatile colors, and captivating textures that make this contemporary carpet tile collection so unique. ECONYL is made from waste that would otherwise pollute the world’s landfills and oceans—including fishnets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic. Using ECONYL regenerated nylon reduces the global warming impact of...

LEED Reaches New Milestone, Surpasses 100,000 Commercial Green Building Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is celebrating a new LEED milestone, announcing it has surpassed 100,000 registered and certified LEED commercial projects. “In 1998, we created LEED to measure and define what green building meant, and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Today millions of us are living, working and learning in LEED-certified buildings around the world. These spaces are using less energy and water, mitigating the environmental burden on their communities, saving money and offering the people who occupy them a better quality of life. This latest milestone demonstrates...

SurePods Prefabricated Bathrooms Used in St. Louis Hotel

LOUIS, MO.—Those passing by 3763 Forest Park Ave. last week likely witnessed 27 rectangular structures seemingly fly through the air. These 60 square foot building units are prefabricated, or factory-built, by SurePods, and are the manufacturer’s first installation in the St. Louis market. Although modular technology is not new to the industry, the building technique is seeing unprecedented interest thanks to its ability to speed up project timelines, while maintaining high-end aesthetics on projects such as the new Element by Westin hotel. St. Louis’ first Element by Westin will serve as a destination for those looking for the comforts of...

Three Announcements from Atlanta’s Greenbuild

ATLANTA—This week, at the annual Greenbuild conference, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched Insight, a new data-driven tool that highlights building project design features that can lead to better performance. USGBC also announced LEED Positive—a vision statement and LEED development roadmap that will lay the foundation for a future of LEED that is regenerative. In addition, USGBC announced that more than 100 cities and communities have now achieved LEED certification. The City of Atlanta, this year’s Greenbuild host city, marked the 100th certification. Insight Announcement Insight is available as a feature of the Arc platform and provides information on the...

Four Seasons Hotel at Surf Club Receives Project of Year Award

SURFSIDE, FLA.—Visit Surfside announced that the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club recently received the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida region’s GalaVerde LEEDership and Green award for “Project of Year.” The awards recognize excellence in high performance building design, environmental stewardship and community impact, as well as highlight South Florida’s green building initiatives and achievements. “We’re thrilled to have won the U.S. Green Building Council’s best Project of the Year Award. We strive to ensure we are constantly making meaningful and sustainable contributions,” said General Manager, Cornelia Samara. “Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is one of...

Indiana Furniture Expands Collection of Canvas & Gesso Casegoods

JASPER, IND.—Indiana Furniture is taking orders for new additions to its Canvas (laminate) and Gesso (veneer) casegoods. The newly added “Studio” options are boutique-inspired. These models build upon simplicity. Several signature details set “Studio” apart from the rest, including the slim leg design, which provides an upscale feel, and the unique “Studio” pull which communicates sophistication. “Studio provides another level of design in our Canvas and Gesso lines,” says Mike Blessinger, VP of Sales & Marketing for Indiana Furniture. “Expanding these casegood platforms to include a selection of models and sizes with premium details allows us to better meet the needs...

HX, BDNY Filled with Impactful, Creative Examples of Product Innovation

The Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and HX: The Hotel Experience trade shows wrapped up this past week at the Javits Center in New York City. While HX looked the smallest it has ever been, together with BDNY the two shows were formidable to cover. On my radar this year was what was newsy and new. Here then is what I found most interesting at this year’s shows: The Humble Co. featured its bamboo toothbrushes, natural toothpaste and other products. The toothbrush handles are made of easily biodegradable bamboo and the bristles out of nylon, a durable material that degrades...

KEX Portland Opens in National Register of Historic Places Site

KEX Portland opened earlier this month in Portland, Oregon. While the property does not shout sustainability from its website, it most definitely has some important green elements. First, the hotel which sleeps 152 guests is housed in a fully restored 1912 building on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior is designed by Hálfdan (Dáni) Pedersen, the designer of the hotel’s first location in Iceland. Pedersen first collected elements for KEX Portland during a buying trip in Europe. There, he sourced furniture, artwork, building materials, and unique objects from the 1920s to the 1970s from the Netherlands, France,...

Zeftron Introduces New Encore Carpet Collection at BDNY

NEW YORK—Zeftron nylon, a premium nylon 6 solution-dyed yarn system for commercial carpets, is bringing Encore Hospitality Carpet’s new Montage Collection to life at this year’s Boutique Design New York. Inspired by art in its various forms, styles and techniques, Montage consists of more than 30 new broadloom carpet designs in multiple colorways and patterns. Featuring the exceptional color quality for which Zeftron is known, and manufactured with Encore’s state-of-the-art Colorpoint and Infinity technologies, the collection offers sophisticated and contemporary styles for guestrooms, corridors and public spaces. Encore will be debuting the Montage Collection during the BDNY show at its...

1 Hotel London Mayfair to Open in 2022

NEW YORK—1 Hotels, the mission-driven, sustainable luxury hotel brand founded by Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht, announced that it will debut its UK brand flagship, the 1 Hotel London Mayfair, in 2022. Located in the heart of Mayfair overlooking Green Park, 1 Hotel London Mayfair will be operated by SH Hotels & Resorts and will bring eco-conscious, modern design to London. The brand is inspired by a simple idea: teaching people they can have a luxury lifestyle in a more sustainable way. “1 Hotel London will undoubtedly set a new standard in the city for the luxury...