New Rules for LEED Interior design/Green purchasing
The tide is turning for hospitality interior design projects.
Regulations are about to change to make green design a mandate, not a choice. The current versions of the LEED 2012 rating system drafts could be a major catalyst in greening hotel interiors. They include a number of proposed credits tailored specifically to project teams pursuing LEED certification for hotels, including one which applies directly to interior design/green purchasing called EQc: Low Emitting Interiors. That marks a significant shift from previous LEED certifications that awarded most of their points to architectural and operational eco-features.
Jennifer Starck, director, North America, for Benjamin West, a Boulder, Colo.-based purchasing company, see much the same situation. “The only focus on sustainability we’re seeing is for new-build hotels,” she says. Boutique owners are using earth-friendly design as a differentiator, “but generally, for renovations, owners are not pushing for nor allocating budget for sustainable products,” she adds.
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The search for a wood sealant is over.
Vermont Natural Coating is getting it right. The company was founded by a Vermont native who attended UVM and collaborated with UVM chemist to create a superior product. The company is located in Vermont, utilizes excess whey from Vermont’s agriculture and employs locally.
Here’s what they say about their products. “By using recycled whey protein we eliminate the need for heavy metal driers and displace both the toxic co-binders and carcinogenic solvents typically found in wood finish. Whey is a natural byproduct of cheese-making, a traditional strength of Vermont agriculture. Excess whey can end up on fields and in streams. To help keep our farms and waterways clear of excess whey, our goal is to reuse as much of this byproduct as possible in durable, safe coatings for your home.”