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Aerelight Design Launches OLED Lamp


TORONTO—Aerelight Design, a product design studio focused on developing innovative OLED-enabled lighting, announced the aerelight desk lamp. Powered by an advanced energy-efficient OLED light panel, the aerelight lamp provides a warm, natural light source unlike that of a traditional lamp or overhead light.

NEWH Green Voice Webinars Set for September 26


SHAWANO, WIS.—The NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Committee announced the addition of four sponsors to support the return of its popular Green Voice Conversation Webinars on Friday, September 26. Thanks to the support of Global Lighting, JLF Lone Meadow Furniture, Northwest Carpets, and Valley Forge Fabrics, the live webinar sessions are easy to attend using any computer and phone. The webinars will feature two CEU-accredited panel discussions, one in the morning, and another in the afternoon.

Hyatt Regency Maui Awarded Hawaii’s First LEED EBOM Certification


KA‘ANAPALI, MAUI, HAWAII—Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is celebrating its LEED Silver EBOM (Existing Building Operations and Maintenance) certification, awarded as a result of a long term commitment to environmental sustainability. This certification is the first of any building in the state of Hawaii. The property recently completed renovations throughout the resort, including the pool area, Drums of the Pacific Luau, and dining outlets. Throughout the renovation process members of the Hyatt Regency Maui operations team worked closely with property owner Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and with third-party consultants Green Building Hawaii to make the necessary environmentally friendly enhancements. “We are so pleased to have been awarded the LEED Silver EBOM status in recognition of our conservation and energy efficiency efforts, as well as our longstanding commitment to sustainability,” said Hyatt Regency Maui General Manager Allan Farwell. “We hope that as we preserve and protect our natural environment in Maui, our commitment inspires our guests to make similar conscious efforts in the various parts of the world where they live.”

Design Americas to Launch in September 2015


ALPHARETTA, GA.— Emerald Expositions announces the launch of Design Americas, a new show catering to the hospitality, contract, kitchen and bath and retail design markets. Developed as a response to the evolving world of design, the show will serve as the definitive destination for designers looking to explore the latest products and services either from a respective sector or across the entire design industry.

RENSON Introduces Patio Structures for Outdoor Shading


EL SEGUNDO, CALIF.—RENSON, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, introduces its line of Camargue, Algarve and Lagune patio structures to the North American market. These structures, which can either be affixed to the exterior of a residence or commercial building, or constructed as free-standing entities, broaden the usable space of a home or building by moderating outdoor weather conditions.

Registration in Progress for Boutique Design New York


CINCINNATI—Attendee registration is now open for Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the award-winning trade fair and conference tailored exclusively to hospitality design professionals. The event will take place November 9 to 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Groups Agree to Streamline Green Building Tool Coordination


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program.

Mohegan Sun Massachusetts to Incorporate Numerous Renewable Energy Technologies


REVERE, MASS.—Mohegan Sun Massachusetts is expected to be among the greenest resort casinos in the nation, with one of the highest LEED scores of any such facility in the industry. This is according to points earned from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program that recognizes building best practices and scores various elements and features. The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA MA) has also commended Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, calling it “markedly superior in every design aspect” compared to a Wynn Resorts proposal for Everett, Mass. In a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the AIA MA praised Mohegan Sun Massachusetts’ design for its creativity, sustainable features and strong connections to public transportation, the beach and the surrounding community. “The Revere design is curvy, playful, fun architecture that fits Revere’s long history of recreation and entertainment....The proposed project feels like a true destination,” said the AIA MA in the letter to the Gaming Commission.

J+J Flooring Group Receives Two Greenstep Awards


DALTON, GA.—J+J Flooring Group announced that it has received two GreenStep Awards from Floor Covering Weekly. The annual awards program honors “organizations and individuals in the flooring industry for their stewardship, initiatives and accomplishments in the area of environmental sustainability,” according to the publication.

Starwood’s Element Brand Debuts in Harrison, New Jersey


STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of the 138-room Element Harrison-Newark, the brand’s second hotel in New Jersey. The hotel is owned by Harrison Hotel 1, an entity of Ironstate Holdings, LLC and The Pegasus Group, and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Element Harrison-Newark is an exciting addition to the Element portfolio and will provide a smart, sustainable lodging option for travelers to the bustling Newark metropolitan area,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “On track to double its portfolio in the next two years, Element offers guests a bright, energizing environment that’s conducive to both work and play, as well as a lineup of innovative brand-led programming.” Designed by progressive New York architectural firm HWKN, the new hotel features a distinctive façade that tips its hat to the innovative thinking of the Element by Westin brand. By creating a trompe l’oeil effect (trick of the eye), HWKN toyed with the building’s form—creating the playful illusion that each window is three dimensional.

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