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KCMA Launches Dealer Recognition Program


RESTON, VA.—The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) is expanding its commitment to promote sustainable environmental practices by recognizing dealers and retailers who sell cabinets certified by the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Through a new Authorized ESP Dealer recognition program, retailers and dealers who sell ESP-certified cabinets are able to utilize a new, distinctive and proprietary logo in their advertising and promotional efforts.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Adds Second LEED Hotel


MCLEAN, VA.—Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, announced the opening of its 29th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore/Aberdeen. This marks the second Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified hotel in the brand’s portfolio. “We are excited to unveil our third property in the greater Baltimore area,” said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton. “This market has proven to be a great fit for our Home2 Suites brand and we felt like Aberdeen was a perfect location for our brand. We are also thrilled to open our second Silver LEED certified hotel in Maryland, as sustainability is a key focus for the Home2 brand.” The five-story, 107-suite hotel is located at 20 Newton Road, just minutes from the Aberdeen Proving Grounds Base.

Report: There are Nearly 60,000 LEED Green Building Projects


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its second installment of the LEED in Motion report series: Places and Policies. The report states that there are nearly 60,000 LEED green building projects across the globe, spanning 10.6 billion square feet. Notably, Canada, India, China, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Brazil lead the way for countries with the highest number of projects outside the United States.

LEED Gold JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul Opens


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has expanded its luxury portfolio in South Korea with the unveiling of the new 170-room JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul. The new hotel is the second JW Marriott to open in Seoul and the first hotel in the city to receive LEED Gold certification.

Steven Goldfeder Appointed President of Len-Tex Corp.


NORTH WALPOLE, N.H.—Len-Tex Corp., a leading manufacturer of commercial wallcoverings, announces the appointment of Steven Goldfeder to the position of President. A native of Long Beach, N.Y., Goldfeder brings more than 20 years of industry experience and senior leadership to his new role, most recently as Vice President of Operations at Wolf-Gordon, Inc. and previously as General Manager of Blumenthal, Inc.

GLN Adds Cicero’s Development as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Cicero’s Development as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Cicero’s Development, established in 1970, is a full service contractor specializing in hotel renovations. The company works with owners/operators, architects and designers in a collaborative team effort to craft the “Best Value Approach” for its clients.

Victor Group Products Achieve Facts Certification


SAINT-GEORGES, QUEBEC—Victor Group announced today that the company has completed a comprehensive third party certification project based on the new Facts sustainability certification program for commercial fabrics. A new Facts certification mark was developed to recognize contract textiles that meet the rigorous requirements of the multi-attribute standard NSF/ANSI 336. This new mark is owned by ACT, the Association for Contract Textiles, and applies to contract fabrics used in the office, hospitality, healthcare, and institutional market segments.

Meyda Custom Lighting Introduces Hickory Treasures


YORKVILLE, N.Y.—Hickory Treasures from Meyda Custom Lighting features new sculpted pendants and fixtures. Prismatic crystal baguettes illuminate with state of the art LED technology for ambient lighting, energy savings and minimal maintenance. The Hickory Treasures pendant (145991) is the 40-inch wide LED pendant, however 25- and 32-inch pendants are also available. An eight-inch wide LED Wall Sconce (147096) is also new. Custom styles and colors are available.

Electric Mirror Launches Keen Dimmable Lighting Technology


SEATTLE—Electric Mirror, a global leader in the lighted mirrors and mirror TV industry, introduces Keen, a dimmable lighted mirror that offers substantial energy savings by automatically reducing power to the mirror’s lights after one hour.

Fourth Edition of ASHRAE GreenGuide Now Available


ATLANTA—When the first edition of the “ASHRAE GreenGuide” was first published 10 years ago, guidance on how to practice green building design was not so readily available. “Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs—from strictly voluntary to being both more in the industry mainstream as well as being mandatory in jurisdictions that adopted these for their building codes,” said Tom Lawrence, a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee (TC 2.8).

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