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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.

Southern Aluminum Welcomes Diedrick as Director of Design and Innovation

MAGNOLIA, ARK.—Southern Aluminum has hired Kevin Diedrick as the company’s new Director of Design and Innovation. Diedrick brings with him more than 15 years of design and new product development experience. He has worked in the hospitality and residential markets. In his role previous to joining Southern Aluminum, Diedrick was the Director of Design for Brown Jordan, an iconic outdoor luxury furniture brand that works extensively with Marriott and other leading hotel brands. At Brown Jordan, Diedrick led the charge in the areas of conceptual design as well as the development and testing of new products. Diedrick also served as...

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko Opens its Doors Amidst a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Japan

NIKKO, JAPAN—The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C today announced the opening of the latest hotel to join its luxury Asia Pacific portfolio, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko. The property—set amidst a UNESCO World Heritage Site—introduces a new level of luxury to the destination, with an experience marked by an emphasis on immersing oneself in the majestic natural surroundings. Ideally located in the Northern Kanto region of Japan, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is set two and a half hours north of Tokyo, accessible by rail or car, and is a true oasis promising access to a breadth of outdoor activities and cultural experiences. It features...

LG Hausys America Establishes Flooring Division

ATLANTA—LG Hausys America announced that is has officially established its LG Hausys Flooring Division to serve the North American market. Leveraging its globally recognized brand synonymous with quality and innovation, LG Hausys America’s Flooring Division is launching with a robust lineup of resilient products spanning luxury vinyl tile (LVT), SPC, sports flooring and commercial sheet. The products will serve commercial and residential end-use applications. The division currently offers five LVT collections and two sheet vinyl collections. Highly durable, scratch resistant and available in 76 different visuals, the products are ideal for healthcare, education, hospitality and multifamily end-use. Customers can choose...

Shaw Industries Publishes 2019 Sustainability Report

DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has released its eleventh annual sustainability report. The 2019 corporate sustainability report focuses on the company’s people-centric approach to sustainability: sustainability. The report highlights Shaw’s achievements related to Cradle to Cradle Certified products, material health assessment, carbon footprint reduction and numerous other interconnected aspects of sustainability. It does so while acknowledging the unprecedented circumstances of 2020 that will continue to shape how the company strives to create a better future for its associates, customers, and communities. “It’s impossible to reflect on 2019 without acknowledging the unprecedented circumstances we’ve each faced personally and professionally thus far in...

The Sacred Crafts Launches Kudmai Wood Flooring Collection

CARLSBAD, CALIF.—The Sacred Crafts announces the launch of its Kudmai Wood Flooring collection, setting a new standard for engineered, reclaimed wood products. With a focus on sustainability, The Sacred Crafts team is thrilled to introduce their responsibly sourced materials to the design world and bring environmentally friendly product into homes and businesses. Dedicated to producing as little waste as possible, The Sacred Crafts sources excess materials that were once useful, but have lost their original purpose. In doing so, they are also motivated by the untold stories that these materials hold and the potential to breathe new life into materials...

S2A Modular Launches Search for Florida MegaFactory

PALO ALTO, CALIF.—S2A Modular—creator of the first electrically self-sustaining, custom and smart-connected “GreenLux” luxury residences and commercial buildings—has launched a concentrated search in Florida for a location to build its third MegaFactory. The facility is projected to drive significant, positive economic impact across the region. “S2A Modular is growing at an incredible rate and as a company, we’ve already received an incredible amount of interest from homebuyers, developers and investors throughout Florida, so we are aggressively looking for the perfect location to build our third MegaFactory,” said Brian Kuzdas, CEO and Co-founder of S2A. “With two S2A MegaFactories already under...

Nora Lighting Introduces iPOINT LED Monopoint

COMMERCE, CALIF.—Nora Lighting’s new adjustable iPOINT LED Monopoint features a miniature canopy and contemporary cone or cylinder designs. iPOINT pinpoints the light source towards a specific art, cabinet display or architectural feature. Cones and cylinders are both available in 1” and 2” diameters with black or matte powder white finish. A black reflector insert is also offered for a two-toned black/white appearance. iPOINT rotates 359° and adjusts up to 90°. Three field-changeable optics are included (spot, narrow flood, and flood). iPOINT requires a Nora Iolite recessed housing and can be installed in new construction or remodeling application without screws or large...

Tarkett Now Offering Marieke Collection

SOLON, OHIO—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring, is giving hospitality designers a canvas for unfettered creative expression with the new Marieke Collection. The collection is the first to utilize Tarkett’s new, state-of-the-art Digital Dye Injection (DDI) technology. Embracing the heart of a true artist, the Marieke Collection was born in the studio. Playing with different mediums like paint pouring, Sumi ink and digital art, Tarkett’s design team created this unique twist on the abstract. The result is a diverse collection of visuals that invites the rebellious designer to break the rules and reform them to her purpose. “The...

GBCI Announces Safety First Pilot Credits for SITES and TRUE Rating Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, announced the release of Safety First pilot credits for its SITES and TRUE rating systems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new credits enable projects committed to sustainable landscape development and those pursuing zero waste goals to maintain those commitments while adapting practices and procedures in light of the current public health crisis. GBCI administers project certifications for some of the world’s leading green business programs, including LEED, SITES, TRUE, RELi and others. It is committed to supporting projects pursuing certification in adapting...

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...