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BioSurf Launches Range of Bio-Based Laminates


MONTGOMERY, MINN.—BioSurf announced the launch of BioSurf 2DL, a line of digitally customizable, sustainable laminates for vertical and light horizontal surfaces used in commercial interiors, according to BioSurf President Mike Riebel.

GreenClaimed Launches Line of Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring


SAN DIEGO—GreenClaimed, a green building materials brand created by Cali Bamboo, recently released a new line of 100 percent reclaimed solid American oak flooring. Made in the United States and sustainably sourced by salvaging barns, factories, and mills, this solid oak flooring retains unique characteristics only made possible by its previous life of service in America’s heartlands. Knots, cracks, saw marks and nail holes show the history of the wood and allude to the laboring hands that worked with each plank in many decades past.

EPA Identifies Safer Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardants


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing safer alternatives to the flame retardants now used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam.

LEED Silver Hilton Garden Inn Opens in D.C.’s West End


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Shalom Baranes Associates, OTO Development, LLC, Perseus Realty, and Turner Construction Co. recently celebrated the completion of the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn at 2201 M Street in Washington, D.C.’s West End. The restaurant below the hotel, Cafe Deluxe, also has opened.

New Architect, Designer Join ForrestPerkins


WASHINGTON, D.C.—ForrestPerkins welcomes two new talents to its team. Sharon Bilbeisi, an NCARB-certified Senior Architect and Project Manager, and Denzil Martin, an NCIDQ-certified Interior Designer and Senior Project Manager, have both joined ForrestPerkins’ Washington, D.C. office.

Sustainable Interiors Certification Program Launched


PORTLAND, ORE.—The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced the launch of a new certification program specific to design of interiors of commercial and institutional buildings, according to GBI President Jerry Yudelson. The new program, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in non-residential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces.

Bostik Introduces New RapidCure Urethane Grout


WAUWATOSA, WIS.—Bostik, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, has brought Dimension RapidCure Glass-Filled, Pre-Mixed, Urethane Grout to market. A patented, reflective, water-based, urethane grout, Dimension RapidCure contains micro-glass beads and a translucent, urethane binder that both reflect light and allow it to pass through. This adds an illuminating sparkle, creating one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional effects within glass tile installations.

Starwood’s Element Brand Set to Double Portfolio


STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced growth momentum for Element Hotels, fueled by strong demand for the stylish, eco-wise brand, with its portfolio set to double in the next two years. On track to open its 15th hotel later this year, Element has another 15 hotels slated to open by the end of 2017. With four new hotels opening in 2014, Element will expand outside of North America for the first time ever with the opening of Element Frankfurt Airport in September. In 2015, the launch of Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town will mark another milestone for Starwood, making China the only market outside of the United States where Starwood will operate all nine of its lifestyle brands. Additionally, rising demand for Element has led to an increase in dual-branded hotel developments featuring Starwood’s Aloft and Element brands in major metropolitan markets. Starwood recently signed deals to open Aloft and Element Boston Waterfront in 2016, directly across the street from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the South Boston Waterfront District.

Milliken Introduces Altered Form Collection


SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The continuous transformation of energy throughout nature is the focus for the Altered Form Collection introduced by Milliken’s global floor covering division. Inspired by the first law of thermodynamics, the collection takes an inquisitive view of the earth’s natural resources as it transitions from one form to another—and through that transition, creates inspiring pattern formations. Two perspectives, micro and macro, unveil striking patterns that are inherently abstract, with a balance of scale and relief.

Parking Council Launches Program to Certify Parking Garages


DALLAS—Responding to the growing desire for more livable communities and rising concern about our planet, the Green Parking Council (GPC), an affiliate of the International Parking Institute (IPI), has launched the Green Garage Certification program.

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