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Carnegie Wins Two 2014 Good Design Awards


NEW YORK—Carnegie, a leading manufacturer and innovator of textiles and wallcoverings, announced that it has earned a 2014 GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Anthenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design for Xorel Cirque Couture and Xorel Monocle embroider patterns. Additionally Carnegie has won a GOOD DESIGN Award for Alphacoustic, Betacoustic and Gamma-coustic from Creation Baumann of Switzerland.

Brentano Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary


WHEELING, ILL.—The Brentano Design Studio, led by Iris Wang, celebrates 25 years in 2015. The textile house has grown from a modest eight patterns in 1990 to an international design leader.

Excess LEED Credits Could be Sold in a LEED Credit Market


At Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, Mahesh Ramanujam, the President of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) said that the GBCI intends to broaden its mandate. Today, the GBCI is known for supporting the third party verification efforts for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. But going forward, Ramanujam said the GBCI intends to host new third party environmental programs that will address third party certification of the following four concentrations of the built environment: energy efficiency, sustainable landscape, health and wellness, and financial markets. The rating systems for energy efficiency (LEED), sustainable landscape (SITES), and health and wellness (WELL) already have taken shape, but we are yet to see what is behind door number four.

Tandus Centiva Expands Luxury Vinyl Tile Collection


DALTON, GA.—Displayed in new architectural folders, Tandus Centiva introduces two new styles, Substrate and NuGrain, expanding the company’s luxury vinyl tile products in the marketplace.

Mural Work by Local Artists Featured at NU Hotel Brooklyn


BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Now more than ever, when you check into NU Hotel Brooklyn, you stand a very good chance to land a guestroom that features a locally-inspired mural painted by a Brooklyn artist, as the hotel now has a total of 15 guestrooms outfitted in NU Perspectives, a program which brings local Brooklyn artists into the guestrooms and allows them to use the walls as their canvas. “What started as a side project has really transformed the character and personality of our guestrooms,” said Independent Collection Area General Manager Javier Egipciaco. “It’s an honor to showcase the unique work of such talented local artists at NU Hotel Brooklyn and such a tangible way to bring both the neighborhood and local art into our rooms.” The 93-room boutique hotel began the NU Perspectives Project in 2012 when three local artists were invited to use the guestroom walls as their canvas to paint floor to ceiling murals. Since then, artists have contacted the hotel, keen to create a room of their own.

IHG Opens LEED Gold Certified Holiday Inn Express in Bogota


MIAMI—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bogota Zona Financiera. The new-build, 99-room hotel is a LEED Gold certified property and is located in the heart of Bogota’s financial district. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development comprised of two towers, one of which houses the hotel and a second offices and retail stores. The new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bogota Zona Financiera hotel is the fifth IHG-branded hotel in Bogota and is 15 miles from El Dorado International Airport. The property is conveniently located near local businesses, embassies, various multinational companies such as Baker Hughes, Cisco System, World Bank and Microsoft and the G Zone, and an exclusive area in northern Bogota that is home to the fanciest gourmet restaurants. “It is a great accomplishment to open a second Holiday Inn Express hotel in Bogota,” said Alvaro Diago, COO, Latin America and Caribbean, Americas, IHG. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Grupo Contempo and thank them for supporting our presence in the country.”

Stylex Achieves BIFMA Level Certification


DELANCO, N.J.—Stylex announced that its current seating portfolio has attained BIFMA level certification. A transparent, multi-attribute third-party certification program for the furniture industry, level is similar in intention to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for the building industry.

John Muir Lodge Gets a Fresh, Green Facelift


SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIF.—Nestled amongst picturesque forests and meadows and steps from the famed General Grant Tree, John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon’s Grant Grove Village has been lending itself to unforgettable national park trips for close to two decades. A fixture of countless family getaways and outdoor adventures, the rustic stone-and-timber lodge offers intimate and inviting quarters for guests in all seasons. Now, its welcoming atmosphere is further enhanced and equipped to deliver an authentic national parks experience after a full remodel of the lodge’s 36 rooms. Partnering with local Darden Architects, concessionaire Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts devoted approximately $400,000 to update everything from carpeting, bedding and window treatments to headboards, lounge chairs and fans. In keeping with Delaware North’s GreenPath philosophy, which applies environmentally conscious practices across all facets of business, all furniture, carpeting, fabric and blinds are eco-friendly. Much of the wood furniture is crafted from sustainably sourced hickory saplings that would not be able to grow healthily in nature and would have to be removed.

Renaissance Dallas Opens LEED Silver Certified Event Space


DALLAS—The Renaissance Dallas Hotel last week unveiled new multi-million dollar innovative, modern event and meeting spaces. The Renaissance Dallas’ new 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space includes a 16,000 square foot technologically advanced Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 1,500 guests. The Grand Ballroom space includes modern décor, 24-foot vaulted ceilings, skylight crystal chandeliers, a state-of-the art lighting and sound system with remote controlled screens, and window shades allowing natural light during the day.

USAI Lighting Introduces Color Select Technology


NEW WINDSOR, N.Y.—Long days spent beneath cool electric light and a pervasive addiction to smart devices that often lasts into late nights is throwing off circadian rhythms, disrupting sleep/wake cycles and preventing people from performing at their best. Now more than ever, people need greater awareness about—and control over—the lighting they take for granted. Driven to find a solution to these issues, USAI Lighting has developed Color Select, proprietary technology that shatters the boundaries of LED potential and is the first architectural LED downlighting fixture offering independent control of both color temperature and intensity.

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