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NEW YORK—A certification program incorporating guidelines in unique areas such as Classical Feng Shui and environmental pyschology is beginning to gain traction within the hospitality industry. Launched by Certified Eco Designer Debra Duneier, Founder and President of New York-based EcoChi, LLC, the EcoChi 180° seal confirms that 18 guidelines have been met. In addition to the aforementioned Classical Feng Shui and environmental psychology, guidelines cover topics including energy efficiency, non-toxic materials and finishing, ergonomics, representing nature indoors, improved lighting, sound attenuation, creative workspaces, and green practices. Unlike other certification programs, guidelines can vary by project and are customized for each client. There are always 18 guidelines that have to be met. Until now, the EcoChi 180° seal has been sought only for projects on which Duneier’s company has been involved as a designer. That is beginning to change, however, as other companies are expressing interest in the program. According to Duneier, fees for certification vary per project. The system can be applied to new construction, renovation or finished spaces.
NEW YORK—Leading textile manufacturer Carnegie announces the launch of the Xorel Refresh Your Palette, a vibrant high-fashion textile collection born from the brush of a painter’s palette. “Color can stimulate or relax; color can deliver nostalgic moods or help create playful, optimistic interiors” says Heather Bush, Creative Leader for the Xorel brand. Inspired by the colors intrinsic to everyday life, the four new Xorel patterns in the Refresh Your Palette collection make a vibrant statement with exotic bright accents, transparent watercolor effects, and earthy soft textures.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.—Porous Pave, Inc. has introduced eight custom colors for Porous Pave. An eco-friendly green building product made in the United States, Porous Pave is a highly porous, flexible and durable pour-in-place surfacing material. Porous Pave XL consists of 50 percent recycled rubber chips and 50 percent stone aggregate with a urethane binder. Porous Pave XLS is 100 percent recycled rubber chips with a more elastic urethane binder. The custom colors are gray-black, tan-black, brown-black, cypress-black, red-black, brown-tan, green-brown, and blue-grey.
NEW YORK—From pale pastel pinks to super-saturated sea foam greens to crisp whites, the possibilities of customizing lighting are many with USAI Lighting’s new Infinite Color+. Infinite Color+ is the first architectural LED product family to combine state-of-the-art, high performance white light with any and every color in the spectrum. In developing Infinite Color+, USAI Lighting took the unique approach of engineering the perfect white light source first, and then integrating colored light functionality.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dates were announced for future Greenbuild International Conference & Expo events through the year 2019 by Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Hotel Verde has just been awarded a second LEED Platinum Green Building Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) making Hotel Verde the first hotel globally to achieve a double Platinum certification for LEED. The first Platinum certification was awarded in May 2014 for New Construction in the Green Building Design & Construction category. This established Hotel Verde as one of only six hotels in the world and the only hotel in Africa, to receive this accolade, at the time. The second and most recent certification was awarded for the Existing Building Operations & Maintenance of the hotel, giving Hotel Verde its double Platinum status. Sustainability consultants for Hotel Verde on the LEED submission, André Harms of Ecolution Consulting and Jutta Berns-Mumbi of Ecocentric, targeted several strategies to obtain the second Platinum Certification in the category for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (v2009). For the Sustainable Sites section of LEED, Hotel Verde scored 21 out of 26 points.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Kulvase as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Kulvase utilizes a patented technology, which cools the water in the vase, thereby minimizing the deterioration of flowers and making them last two to three times longer. Roses frequently are so healthy that they start to grow new leaves and generally last about three times as long—typically about three weeks. Some robust varieties can last six weeks or longer.
NEW YORK—To mark its centennial anniversary, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) is unveiling a new brand and mission to better capture the dynamic innovation of the hospitality industry. HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants (HX), will debut November 8 to 10, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City and represents a bold new strategic direction. This multimillion-dollar investment aimed at revitalizing the largest hospitality trade event in North America is founded on the belief that true hospitality is anticipating a guest’s needs to create a memorable and unique experience. To achieve that, HX will focus on innovation, inspiration and information. “Making this enormous change at our 100-year juncture is exciting,” said Anthony G. Mangano, President Syramada Hotel Corp. (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Chairman of the Board for HX 2015. “These are not tweaks or modest improvements. HX 2015 is an entirely new show.” The deep dive transformation from IHMRS to HX called on industry experts, research-based data, and prior-year show assessments to identify what the show could and should bring to the industry.
NORTH OLMSTED, OHIO—Moen Commercial has introduced new modern product styles to its popular, heavy-duty M•Dura and medium-duty M•Bition lines. “Before developing our new products, Moen takes the time to listen and learn from key decision makers within the marketplace,” said Sarah Lindegarde, Senior Product Manager, Moen Commercial.
CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Crossville, Inc. has introduced its Gotham porcelain tile collection. The latest addition to the company’s domestically produced tile lines, Gotham offers a fresh interpretation of the look of stained concrete in a range of gritty colors.
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