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Interior designers vie for sustainability title

on Wednesday,October 28,2009 18:10

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Green building and sustainability are the current vogue of the design industry and the basis for a recent interior design competition sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Network of the Hospitality Industry and the American Society of Interior Designers.

The 2009 Sustainable Suite Design Competition tasks interior designers with creating hospitality facilities that showcase environmental responsibility and enhance guest experiences.

Drawing 65 teams of professional and student designers, the competition was intended to inspire hoteliers to seek out more energy efficient means of operation.

"The purpose of the competition was to bring greater awareness about green building to the hospitality industry," claims USGBC spokeswoman Marie Coleman. "Hotels are 24-hour a day businesses, and are among the highest consumers of water, energy and other natural resources...hopefully the hospitality industry will hear the call and bring hotels – newly built and existing – to a higher level of performance by incorporating sustainability into their practices."

Ideas that caught judge''s eyes included infrared controls that would automatically turn off buildings lights, a more efficient air conditioning unit and a solar powered water heater that recycles runoff to feed outdoor gardens and landscaping.

The winning teams will see their designs realized and displayed at the 2010 Hospitality Design Expo and Conference in Las Vegas.
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