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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.

Indiana Furniture Taking Orders for Three New Products

JASPER, IND.—Indiana Furniture announced it will begin taking orders for three new products, as well as enhancements to existing lines. These additions take design, flexibility, and especially comfort to the next level, amplifying style and functionality across a broad range of applications. Indiana Furniture introduces Plush Lounge, Polka Modular Seating, and Cush Pillows, as well as enhancements to their Square One and Accessories lines: Now more than ever, design for commercial and home spaces is blending. The new Plush Lounge seamlessly brings together the endurance needed for commercial spaces with the relaxed comforts of home. Introducing a smart range of...

The Pad, Boutique Hotel and Hostel, Opens its Doors in Silverthorne, Colorado

SILVERTHORNE, COLO.—The Pad, a boutique hotel with hostel-style rooms and a high-end mountain modern design, has opened its doors and welcomed its first guests in the heart of Silverthorne, Colo. along the banks of the Blue River. As the first newly constructed boutique hostel in the Rocky Mountains, The Pad incorporated 18 upcycled shipping containers into its environmentally friendly construction and design. The Pad is one of the country’s first lodging properties to be constructed using upcycled shipping containers and is on track to becoming the first Colorado-based lodging company to attain B Corp. certification. “We’re using upcycled shipping containers and...

Tivoli Lighting Introduces Flex 120 Linear LED Strip

TUSTIN, CALIF.—With more than 50 years of innovation and linear lighting leadership, Tivoli Lighting introduces the Flex 120, a low profile, exterior-rated linear LED strip available in multiple color temperatures offering 180-foot electrical runs for custom interior and exterior applications. Its high lumen output and efficacy, along with a low profile of 0.61-inch width and 0.26-inch depth, make Flex 120 ideal for cove, millwork, signage, and many other interior and exterior applications. Flex 120 is available in 2400K, 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4000K, 5000K, providing 390, 430, 460, 480, 500 and 500 lumens per foot respectively with an efficacy ranging from...

One of the Hotel Marcel’s Unique Systems: Power over Ethernet Automated Roller Window Shades

NATIONAL REPORT—With so many varieties and technologies to choose from, choosing the right shades for your hotel may not be an easy one. Cost may ultimately guide your decision but so too must the extent to which to filter light, UV rays, and heat. You can go basic with manual roller shades or choose from a variety of motorized, automated, or programmable shades that one can control from the guestroom or the front desk. Increasingly, shade manufacturers are getting increasingly creative in how they deliver the best guest experience while reducing energy and overall costs at the same time....

Lapitec Announces Availability of Silica Free Surfacing

VEDELAGO TV, ITALY—Sintered stone manufacturer, Lapitec, has announced the availability of its sintered stone using its patented Biorite mineral, which is completely free of crystalline silica. This milestone highlights a decade of collaboration between Breton S.p.A and Lapitec to formulate a proprietary mineral that offers an alternative to crystalline silica, which, when airborne particles are respirated, can cause illness and lung disease. Lapitec sintered stone is considered “geology in a factory” where its engineered surfaces are formed using just minerals, heat, compression and proprietary technology to eliminate the use of resins, and now, crystalline silica as well. Sintered stone is the...

Milliken & Co. Announces Carbon-Neutral Flooring Portfolio

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Global manufacturer Milliken & Co. has announced a new milestone in its ongoing sustainability journey. All Milliken carpet, luxury vinyl tile and entryway tile products around the globe are now carbon neutral, offsetting carbon emissions in raw materials and manufacturing carbon footprint using Verified Carbon Standard credits. This announcement, which anchors Milliken’s Flooring Business’s M/PACT initiative, is yet another part of the global manufacturer’s overarching commitment to sustainability, and specifically addresses carbon reduction to continue to support the fight against climate change. “A healthy future requires a commitment to big goals and developing world-class expertise,” shares Halsey Cook, President and...

GTT Adds Stain Protection to Growing Empel Textile Treatment Offering

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Green Theme Technologies Inc., a global leader in innovative and sustainable textile finishing, announced that new third-party testing shows the brand’s EMPEL platform provides robust stain release and creates a protective PFC-free treatment that outperforms other currently available options. GTT launched the EMPEL platform in 2018 with the goal of eliminating toxic PFCs (perflurocarbons) from textile processing. In addition to being highly sustainable, EMPEL delivers the highest water repellency and longest lasting protection available. The EMPEL Stain Release product encapsulates each fiber inside a yarn with a molecular protective polymer, which creates a barrier preventing stains from sticking to fabrics. According...

Shaw Industries Group to Expand Operations in Aiken County

DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a leading global flooring provider, announced plans to expand its operations in Aiken County. The approximately $400 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs at the manufacturing facility, which creates fiber used to manufacture residential carpet. Located at 136 East Frontage Road in Aiken, Shaw’s expansion will increase the company’s manufacturing capacity and support future growth for new products. This location currently employs more than 600 associates. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. Individuals interested in joining the Shaw team should visit the company’s careers webpage. County Assisting with Funding The...

Shaw’s Commercial Brands Receive Sustainability Seal-of-Approval

RESTON, VA.—Practice Greenhealth announced Shaw Industries’ commercial brands—Patcraft and Shaw Contract—as their latest Greenhealth Approved suppliers. Their resilient flooring and carpeting product lines are the first flooring solutions to obtain the Greenhealth Approved seal. The seal indicates that products meet specific sustainability criteria and enables health care providers to easily identify environmentally preferred products without having to conduct their own ingredient verification. “We worked closely with the Greenhealth Approved team to qualify these products to take the time-consuming product review process out of health care providers’ hands,” said Executive Vice President Kelley Fain, Shaw Industries commercial division. “We are excited...

Tarkett Introduces VCT II Tile Design

SOLON, OHIO—As a long-trusted provider of resilient flooring solutions, Tarkett introduces a new vinyl composition tile design, available in 45 fresh colorways that bring together style and strength where they’re needed most. Tarkett VCT II is made to withstand heavy traffic and rolling loads, delivering strong performance for demanding spaces. Aligned with the company’s commitment to circular economy, Tarkett VCT is 100 percent recyclable, made with 85 percent limestone, and is phthalate-free to support better indoor air quality. “The new Tarkett VCT II collection is a combination of great design and outstanding value,” said Jason McKee, Senior Product Manager for Tarkett North America....