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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Thomas Banks, who was Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Executive Director of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) from 1998 to 2014, has joined ForrestPerkins as Vice President.
DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva announced the Antron brand as a contributing supplier in its support of Publicolor to raise funding and awareness for the Publicolor Summer Design Studio. Suzanne Tick designs a collection of soft surface flooring products for Tandus Centiva. When a product from this collection is specified and purchased for an education project, Suzanne Tick Inc. (STI) and Tandus Centiva have each committed a $0.10/sq. yd. (totaling a $0.20) donation to Publicolor. Antron has committed to matching an additional $0.10/sq. yd. (totaling a $0.30) donation to Publicolor for products using Antron fiber.
NATIONAL REPORT—Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program. The initiative is being welcomed by code officials, architects, engineers and contractors. “In just a few years we progressed from developing the first model code for green buildings to a new cooperative document that will make it easier for owners, designers, builders and code officials to deliver sustainable, high-performing buildings,” said International Code Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “Thank you to our cooperating sponsors, ICC Members and all who participate in the development of the International Green Construction Code for their support.” Cooperating sponsors in the development of the IgCC are ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). All have agreed to collaborate on the development of the next edition of the IgCC, ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and the USGBC LEED green building program.
LOS ANGELES—EcoChic Lifestyles’ colorful, weather-resistant new outdoor line is available now at its online store. The creator of upscale, sustainable furniture is offering free worldwide shipping on any of its one-of-a-kind furnishings through March 2015.
NEW YORK—Leading textile manufacturer Carnegie introduces the vibrant Roy G. Biv textile collection. The collection spans the full spectrum with high performance upholstery and digitally printed wide width sheers that celebrate color.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—Native Trails, known for its artisan-made kitchen and bath products, has added several new items to its copper sink collection for 2015. Copper Trough sinks build on the momentum created by the company’s recent NativeStone concrete trough sink introduction, by utilizing hand-hammered copper in the popular sink shape. Available in 30”, 36” and 48” widths, these new products will be available in June 2015.
SAGINAW, MICH.—Duro-Last announced that it has achieved gold certification under the NSF American National Standard for Sustainable Roofing Membranes—NSF/ANSI 347. Certified by UL, this standard represents that Duro-Last manufactures a product that is third-party verified as sustainable, durable, and high performing. The certification applies to 40, 50 and 60 mil, white, gray, dark gray, tan, and terra cotta Duro-Last membranes.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Accelerating growth in markets worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of Element Vancouver Metrotown—the second Element hotel to open in Canada. Owned by Bosa Properties and managed by Atlific Hotels, Element Vancouver Metrotown is part of Bosa’s new Sovereign building, the tallest tower in Burnaby, B.C.. Offering picturesque views of the North Shore Mountains and downtown Vancouver, the new Element features 169 light-filled rooms and suites. Element Vancouver Metrotown joins Element Vaughan Southwest in the greater Toronto region and will be followed by the opening of two more Element hotels in Canada next year. “Element Vancouver Metrotown is a terrific addition to our growing portfolio and an ideal choice for this location, given Vancouver’s bold initiative to become the world’s greenest city by 2020,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.
ADVANCE, N.C.—Beaufurn, the manufacturer of fashion-forward, functional designs, announced that it is introducing the Sullivan Bench. This highly practical and versatile seating unit, which is made in the United States, is appropriate for hospitality and commercial applications.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Sterling Sleep Systems as a Founding Sponsor. Since starting its business 27 years ago, Sterling Sleep Systems has produced more than a million specialty mattresses sold in over 30 countries. The company builds only modular bed systems. All components are removable, interchangeable and replaceable. When beds are damaged or soiled one need only buy a replacement part instead of the complete bed system.
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