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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: editor@greenlodgingnews.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: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Net Zero Hotels Made Easy with Modular Engineering, Tesla Solar Technology

MURRIETA, CALIF.—The pieces to put together a net zero hotel are here and ready to go—and at a cost less than typical hotel construction. So says S2A Modular, a Murrieta, Calif.-based company specializing in electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes and commercial buildings such as hotels. S2A Modular combines modular construction techniques with Tesla solar panels and Powerwalls (Powerpacks for larger buildings such as hotels) to create structures that get by without electricity provided by a utility. In fact, S2A buildings are built to provide surplus energy to the local utility when possible, creating “surplus energy income” for the building...

A Smart, New, ‘No Brainer’ Way to Build Hotels

Tesla has built a huge following because of its sleek electric vehicles (EVs) but the company offers much more than EVs. It has also developed its own unique solar panels, solar tiles made from tempered glass, Powerwalls for home energy storage, and Powerpacks for larger-scale energy storage for buildings such as hotels. I bring up Tesla because a California company, S2A Modular, is combining its modular building techniques with Tesla energy storage technology to make net zero hotels not only possible but affordable as well. What S2A Modular is doing has the potential to dramatically change our industry. I spoke with...

New Boutique Hotel Cannúa to Embrace Spirit of Holistic Renewal in Colombia

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA—Cannúa, a first-of-its-kind, 18-room boutique hotel set within a protected forest in Antioquia, Colombia, is scheduled to open in April 2019. Rooted in permaculture design principles and taking a holistic approach to sustainability, this 27-acre mountain-side property intends to forge a new era of experiential travel within the region. Guests of Cannúa will be among the first to explore this renewed, flourishing destination—one of the most biologically diverse and temperate in the world—through exquisite accommodation, natural encounters, and excursions designed to build a sense of community among neighbors, partners and visitors. “As Colombia continues to evolve as a destination of natural and cultural wonders, we’re proud to be...

USGBC: All LEED Certified Buildings Eligible for LEED Recertification

CHICAGO—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will begin offering LEED recertification for all LEED certified projects. To be eligible for certification, projects must submit 12 months of data demonstrating continued or improved performance. Once recertified, projects will meet the standards of the newest version of the LEED rating system available. This recertification will be valid for three years. “For the last 25 years, USGBC has sought to make the communities in which we live, work, learn and play healthier, more resource efficient and less damaging to our ecosystems,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, USGBC. “Recertification has always...

Indiana Furniture Introduces Enhancements to Four Product Series

JASPER, IND.—Indiana Furniture is taking orders for new additions to four existing casegood and seating product lines: Canvas, Gesso, Delphi, and Gleem. Canvas & Gesso Casegoods—New Height Adjustable Options: Ergonomic height adjustable options have been expanded in the Canvas and Gesso lines, now providing a full collection of models that allow users to easily move from sitting to standing and back again while working. New height adjustable units offer seamless design to layer with existing components for any private office or open plan work space. Learn more about height adjustability with Canvas and Gesso. Delphi Seating—New Bariatric Models: Clean lines, five...

Groundbreaking Model Code for Green Construction Released

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The 2018 International Green Construction Code was released recently by the International Code Council, ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society. The IgCC is part of the Code Council’s family of comprehensive, coordinated and modern model codes—including the International Building Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code—used around the world. The IgCC provides a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings and includes cost-effective measures that result in lower operating costs, better indoor environments, lower impact on natural resources, and improved neighborhood connections and walkability. A...

Modern Farmhouse Sustainable Wood Introduced by Pioneer Millworks

FARMINGTON, N.Y.—Pioneer Millworks introduces Modern Farmhouse, a sleeker more modern line of wood products including flooring and paneling from sustainable and certified wood sources. Available in a variety of hardwood species, the Modern Farmhouse products are being offered in a high “clean” grade and “casual” grade both with a more uniform appearance than their reclaimed wood counterparts. “While reclaimed wood will always have our hearts, we understand that designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are at times in the market for something with a smoother complexion and less character,” said Jered Slusser, Market Manager at Pioneer Millworks. “Modern Farmhouse fits those...

Targeting LEED Gold, Hyatt Regency Seattle Opens in Heart of Downtown

SEATTLE—Hyatt Regency Seattle announced its opening, located in the heart of downtown at 808 Howell Street and near some of Seattle’s top attractions including the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Pike Place Market. With its sprawling, dynamic event space and number of guestrooms, Hyatt Regency Seattle is the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest and new premier destination for meetings and events in the region. It joins two other Seattle-area Hyatt Regency hotels. Hyatt Regency Seattle is targeting LEED Gold Certification in 2019, which is the second highest green building rating in the world. As part of their efforts, Hyatt...

Hotel Owners Save Energy with Natural Lighting

NATIONAL REPORT—Walls featuring large contiguous windows and glass doors are a popular theme within the hotel industry. Used to showcase wonderful views and provide access to grounds in summer, these features also allow natural light to stream into buildings. Creating low-energy or zero-energy buildings (ZEB) is an increasingly important goal for the sector. Hotels and other tourist accommodations are typically energy-intensive buildings, making the integration of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures more vital. Over the last 20 years, countries across Europe have greatly increased their use of renewable energy sources (RES), particularly in the building industry. This includes wind...

Studio Hillier Named Design Architect for Port St. George

PRINCETON, N.J.—Studio Hillier, the Princeton architectural firm of J. Robert and Barbara Hillier, has been selected by StarPort Resorts, Inc. to design Port St. George, The Bahamas’ newest eco-engineered luxury resort on Long Island. The Hilliers have been honored with over 350 design awards. The scenic and tranquil Out Island will be the setting for an 882-acre luxury resort that spans two-and-a-quarter miles from Exuma Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. The project will feature a five-star hotel on a peninsula on Exuma Sound. The centerpiece, however, will be a 100-acre protected harbor where 640 pleasure crafts can be moored, making...