USGB to show Sustainable Suite winner at HD Expo

ATLANTA, GA—Culminating a year long competition challenging interior designers to create their vision for the best environmentally-friendly hotel suite, attendees at HD Expo 2010 will have the unique opportunity to explore Haptik —winner of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) first-ever Sustainable Suite Design Competition. Conceptualized by WATG, a destination design firm, in conjunction with IDEO, an innovation and design firm, Haptik embodies the meaning of this Greek term—to experience interactions based on a sense of touch—with design that successfully juxtaposes sustainability and luxury without sacrificing either ideal. The USGBC Sustainable Suite will be built in full and showcased at HD Expo, taking place May 19-21, 2010 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“We’ve seen an exciting shift in the hospitality industry in recent years. Being environmentally friendly has gone from being a passing trend to something that consumers expect and care about when choosing all types of accommodation—from budget to luxury,” said Michelle Finn, vice president of the Hospitality Design Group. “We’re excited to showcase USGBC Sustainable Suite’s innovative environmental solutions at HD Expo and attendees can source many of the products showcased in Haptik by simply shopping the tradeshow floor,” she added.

Winning design strategies on display in the USGBC Sustainable Suite include an “all-off” switch to ensure lights are automatically turned-off based on passive infrared sensors (PIS) and room conditioning equipped by a four-pipe horizontal fan-coil system. The suite also features a Trombe wall in the shower that captures solar heat to warm the shower water and a graywater irrigation system that filters and recycles shower water to an outdoor herb garden, which in turn scents the room.

Because the hospitality industry is a large consumer of energy and water use, the USGBC created the Sustainable Suite Design Competition in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and NEWH to motivate sustainable practices industry-wide among newly built and existing hotels. The council chose the winning design to be displayed at HD Expo 2010 and inspire project teams for leading hotels worldwide to adopt the latest environmentally-friendly practices.

Submissions from 65 professional designers and aspiring young professionals were received, each one redefining how a high-performance, energy-and-resource-efficient hotel suite should look and function. Design submissions were judged on three overarching categories: Design Elements (water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality), Education (guest room attributes and guest practices) and Overall Design (integrated design approach, originality and innovation, general aesthetic and financial feasibility). To ensure impartiality of the winning design, participants could not solicit monetary donations, but rather had to submit a list of in-kind product contributions from sponsors. Industry professionals and design practitioners chosen by USGBC, ASID, and NEWH comprised the panel of judges. For more information about the Sustainable Suite Design Competition, visit <> .


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