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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until October 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple updates. “When USGBC launched LEED v4 last year, we set out with one goal in mind—to raise the bar in a way that challenges the building industry to reach higher than ever before,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “This is our nature and USGBC and its members’ collective mission. However, the market has requested additional time to prepare for LEED v4, so we are responding.” In a survey conducted at last week’s Greenbuild conference, 61 percent of respondents said they are “not ready” or “unsure” if they are ready to pursue LEED v4 and require additional time to prepare.
ADVANCE, N.C.—Beaufurn, designer and manufacturer of hospitality, contract, and entertainment furnishings, announces the hire of two sales representative groups to enhance their market reach in Texas and the Northeast: KC Rep Source and Furniture Solutions & Resources.
LOS ANGELES—Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, recently announced a $30 million rennovation—which includes all new guestroom interiors as well as upgrades in the hotel’s meeting areas and its famous pools with a completion date set for early 2015. Known for reflecting a stunning blend of Hawaii’s culture and natural beauty, the upgrades are designed to further enhance the guest experience with a fresh, contemporary island look. Room design updates are being headed by interior architect Robert Barry of the Los Angeles based Barry Design Associates (BDA) who won the account via a design competition. The firm was behind the luxuriously iconic look of the resort’s Spa Grande and has worked on hotels and spas including: the One & Only, Bahamas, the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico, the Mauna Kea on the Big Island in Hawaii, the Beverly Wilshire Spa and the Naples Grand Beach Resort. Sustainability is a focus of the room reimagining with: LED lighting used throughout and all carpet being made from recycled material.
NEW YORK—There are just two weeks until the many green activities begin at this year’s Hospitality Leadership Forum, International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Events will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8 to 11 in New York City. Recently, three NEWH Green Voice Conversations were added to the extensive schedule of sustainability-focused sessions. The Green Voice Conversations will take place as part of BDNY. The first Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The topic will be, “Where Does Your Wood Come from and Why it Matters: Understanding Responsible Sourcing of Wood and Forest Management Certifications.” The guest speaker will be Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners. The moderator will be David Mahood, LEED AP, GGP, Olive Hospitality Consulting. The second Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The topic will be, “Better Design through Nature’s Chemistry: Why Nature Should be Your Model for Buildings and Products.
CHINO, CALIF.—Bertolini Hospitality & Design presents The Amera banquet chair. The ergonomics of the new Amera are built right into the structure of the frame and seat foundation to provide banquet and conference guests with all day comfort. The Amera features The Flex-Fit seat’s contoured S-shape saddle with high resiliency 3 lb. foam cushioning and rolled front. The Flex-Fit seat gains its unique ability to take on ergonomic characteristics, produce rock-solid durability and maintain a lightweight contribution to the chair through an innovative process referred to as blow molding.
TORONTO—Du Verre Hardware Company introduces the Argyle Collection of knobs and pulls. An iconic pattern, Argyle was born in the Scottish Highlands, home of fine whiskey and tartans. This timeless pattern has had many incarnations from the famous Scottish clans of Campbell to great knitwear and golfing gear more popular today.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Honeywell announced they are working together to deepen facility sustainability by integrating USGBC’s new LEED Dynamic Plaque, a near-real-time monitoring tool with integrated building automation technology from Honeywell to measure and provide performance feedback to help optimize operations.
NEW ORLEANS—The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched the WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 at the inaugural WELL Building Symposium in New Orleans. The WELL Building Standard is the world’s first building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellbeing through the built environment. Following a two-year pilot program and a formal Peer Review process, the WELL Building Standard is now publicly available at www.WELLcertified.com.
SAINT-GEORGES, QUEBEC—Victor Group announced that it recently completed a comprehensive third party certification project based on the new Facts sustainability certification program for its commercial fabrics using patented Crypton performance technology. To achieve Facts certification, products must meet the rigorous, multi-attribute requirements of the NSF/ANSI 336 standard.
DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva, an industry leader in soft and hard surface flooring, has launched a new design, Code Series. Suzanne Tick takes the idea of digital connection and creates a design language that allows for agile transformation from one color to another. This ability to connect is celebrated by the Code Series. Available in several distinct styles, Code Series delivers innovative ways to combine large and small-scale patterns.
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