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NEW YORK—One of New York’s most notable new comers to the luxury hotel scene, The NoMad Hotel, gained a LEED Gold status, making it one of the city’s three hotel properties with top LEED credentials. The NoMad, which was created by The Sydell Group, opened late spring 2012 following a renovation of the landmark Johnson building on the corner of 28th and Broadway. The building most recently housed offices before being converted to The NoMad Hotel. Stonehill & Taylor was in charge of the architecture and historic preservation.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Design and architecture firm Studio3877 has announced its move to a new and larger office in Georgetown. The move comes on the heels of the firm’s expansion, with two new employees joining the firm just this fall, and many hospitality and commercial projects on the boards.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At the recent Greenbuild Conference International Summit in Philadelphia, it was announced that Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region will launch in Verona, Italy in 2014. “Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region is part of the global expansion of the successful Greenbuild Conference & Expo brand,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.
NEW YORK—Sina Pearson, owner of the design and manufacturing studio Sina Pearson Textiles, introduces Stripes and Flowers, third in a series of complementary high-performance fabrics. Stripes and Flowers builds on a vocabulary of motifs and colors she introduced in early 2013, all of which are bleach-cleanable, stain-resistant, sustainable and durable. The patterns—named Happiness, Breeze, Ribbons and Serendipity—have a lively color palette and an energetic sense of movement. Ranging from fine scale to oversize, all of the collections play off one another.
BLOOMSBURG, PA.—Bloomsburg Carpet, a maker of highly styled and woven broadloom carpet, introduces two new sophisticated patterns through its alliance with Tuva Looms: Metal Edge and Structure. Both products are made with Zeftron nylon, a fully renewable nylon 6 fiber that offers style, performance and recyclability.
PHILADELPHIA—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that LEED v4, the newest version of the LEED green building program, launched at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. LEED has revolutionized the marketplace since 1998 as the world’s premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED v4 builds on the fundamentals of previous versions while offering a new system that prepares all LEED projects in a portfolio to perform at a higher level. “LEED v4 is a quantum leap for LEED,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Over the past 15 years, LEED has fundamentally revolutionized how we design, construct, operate and maintain our buildings and communities. LEED has created a completely new industry of business enterprise committed to energy savings and efficiency. LEED v4 is as much a testament to the achievements of LEED project teams around the world as it is to the green building community’s ambition to create significant global and local change through resource-efficient, cost-effective green buildings.”
CORTLAND, N.Y.—Hope Lake Holdings, LLC has received a congratulatory letter from the President, CEO & Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, S. Richard Fedrizzi, on earning LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, certification on Hope Lake Lodge & Convention Center. The project has achieved LEED Certification under the LEED for New Construction Rating System. “LEED certification identifies Hope Lake Lodge & Convention Center as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates leadership in transforming the building industry,” Fedrizzi said. “In honor of this impressive achievement and in appreciation of Greek Peak’s participation in LEED, certificates recognizing the accomplishment were awarded.”
CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Crossville, Inc. announces the introduction of Reclamation, the brand’s first digitally produced porcelain tile collection. Inspired by the renewal of urban settings and reclaimed materials, the expansive line features a blend of meticulously designed facings and colors to achieve a range of textured, detailed looks.
NATIONAL REPORT—It will be at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (November 20 to 22 in Philadelphia) that the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) v4 will be introduced. For the hospitality industry, the rollout will be significant. It will be the first time that there will be hospitality-specific adaptations of LEED: LEED Hospitality-New Construction, LEED Hospitality-Existing Buildings, and LEED Hospitality-Commercial Interiors. The adaptations are the result of many years of conversations and input from LEED stakeholders in the hospitality community. Some of that input can be found among the more than 22,000 comments that were submitted to USGBC from all industry sectors during the LEED v4 development process. For hospitality, LEED v4, according to Rhiannon Jacobsen, Director, Strategic Accounts, USGBC, and Corey Enck, Director of Technical Development, USGBC, is an improvement when compared to LEED 2009 but still a version expected to evolve in the coming years. In fact, Jacobsen told Green Lodging News that USGBC intends to form a hospitality user’s group in early 2014.
NEW YORK—Seven exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards during the Opening Ceremonies of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Sunday, November 10, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The awards recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, food & beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology. From the seven winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected. The Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” winner is Phillips Collection (High Point, N.C.) for its Bicycle Wall Panels. Phillips Collection also won the award in the Green category for the Bicycle Wall Panels, fashioned from recycled bicycle wheels reclaimed in Indonesia. The Bicycle Collection turns the millions of bicycles discarded each year into fun, dramatically-scaled works of art. In the Design category, Fire Farm Lighting (Elkader, Iowa) won for the Ribbon Chandelier, an extremely low energy, low profile, even lighting distribution, with remarkable weight to scale ratio.
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