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Shaw Contract Group opens Singapore showroom

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.34.25 AMSingapore—Shaw Contract Group has opened its new regional showroom in the central region of Singapore, where 2562 square feet of space will be used to showcase its full portfolio of inspired designs and can be used to host meetings and events for industry partners. Singapore joins London, Atlanta, Shanghai, Beijing and New York among other global design hubs where Shaw Contract Group’s presence is a catalyst for design excellence.

The new showroom meets high standards of environmental sustainability and is also Green Mark certified by BCA Green Mark Scheme in Singapore, consistent with other Shaw Contract Group showrooms around the world. This showroom optimizes daylight by using glass panels instead of solid walls, ensuring a decreased use in artificial lighting, thereby minimizing energy consumption.

“As a firm champion of the environment, we weave sustainability into the fabric of our business—our products, manufacturing process, business operations including the space we work and live in—whilst ensuring we deliver the needs of our clients with high-performing products,” said Dan Clark, managing director, Asia Pacific, Shaw. “We are confident our new showroom will better serve our clients within the region and allow us to connect as a community.”

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Shaw’s Nantong, London facilities achieve sustainable certifications

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Dalton—Shaw’s Asia manufacturing facility in Nantong, China has achieved LEED Silver status in the New Construction category and Shaw Contract Group’s new London showroom, Hub 33, has achieved Silver certification from Ska Rating, the environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-outs within the UK.

“The achievement of LEED New Construction Silver certification within our Nantong manufacturing plant reflects Shaw Industries’ commitment to sustainable business practices globally,” said Tim Baucom, vice president of Shaw’s commercial division. “This is the result of a tremendous amount of work performed by a cross-cultural team dedicated to ensuring this facility is a world class manufacturing operation. The Ska Silver Rating for our London space further demonstrates our global commitment to environmental responsibility.”

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Shaw Contract Group launches Cut & Compose

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 1.14.45 PMCartersville, Ga.—Cut & Compose, a new collection by Shaw Contract Group, brings bold, typographic design to interiors, while supporting the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) in its mission to create green schools for everyone within this generation. As part of this mission, 1.5% of all sales from this collection will go to the Green Apple initiative to transform educational spaces into healthier, safer and more sustainable learning environments.

“We are excited to work with Shaw Contract Group to advance the message that where our children learn matters,” said Rachel Gutter, director, Center for Green Schools.

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Greenbuild focuses on product, manufacturing transparency

October 27/November 3, 2014; Volume 28/Number 10

Manufacturers, groups develop new methods of disclosing product details

By Jenna Lippin

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.37.35 AMNew Orleans—Following a year that focused on product transparency, Greenbuild 2014 saw a continued emphasis on the movement with an increasing amount of manufacturers developing new ways to display product and production ingredients and methods.

Forbo, for example, was touting a label system called USEtox, which breaks down a list of ingredients and explains how they affect the health of users and the environment. According to Lori Lagana, marketing manager, the company is working on furthering the next stage of transparency. “We’re not at full transparency. EPDs [environmental product declarations] and HPDs [health product declarations] are not full transparency. You need to take the information and apply it to the actual products and how it impacts your health.”

She added that Forbo’s message is about the phases of transparency and advancing the movement. “While everyone is familiar with EPDs, and now everybody is pretty much familiar with HPDs, we’ve moved on to talking about a subject similar to how you wouldn’t buy a food product without knowing what’s in it and how it impacts your body. A complaint we hear is how there is no way to measure how a product truly impacts your body, and there is with USEtox. Basically what we’re telling people is you wouldn’t put this in your body without knowing what’s in it and how it affects your body. You can request the same thing from product manufacturers.”

In terms of product, the company highlighted its Marmoleum Modular offering at Greenbuild, particularly the Striato collection, with striated wood tones in 15 colors that progress from light to dark.

Also focusing on its green story, particularly in relation to Cradle to Cradle certification, was Shaw Contract Group. The company shares a philosophy with Cradle to Cradle and is trying to get to 100% less hazardous waste and 100% less waste going to landfill while cutting energy and water usage, explained Wanda Dunaway, director of education and government markets. “We’re trying to get a little better every year, and we have some lofty goals for 2030; you have to be a Cradle to Cradle company to get to those goals. We’re not just about not doing harm; the Cradle to Cradle philosophy is that you have products that go back into themselves.” Shaw Contract Group’s entire EcoWorx platform is Cradle to Cradle certified.

Also a focus at Greenbuild for Shaw Contract was its Cut and Compose collection. A portion of the proceeds from Cut and Compose sales will go to the Center for Green Schools to support its mission of healthy and sustainable schools. The product will launch Dec. 1; Greenbuild served as a preview.

Shaw’s residential division was also active at Greenbuild as Shaw Floors had product featured in the 2014 Living-Home. The 1,500-square-foot modular home that was situated in the middle of the show floor meets LEED v4 Platinum requirements and was available for tours at the show before its move to the Lower Ninth Ward, becoming part of the Make it Right Foundation’s Katrina efforts. The products from Shaw featured in the LivingHome include American Restoration Epic engineered hardwood and Fired Hickory porcelain tile. American Restoration is Cradle to Cradle certified Silver, while Fired Hickory features 40% recycled content.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.42.53 AMIn addition to the Living-Home, another popular stop on the Greenbuild floor was Interface’s space, which featured an interactive wall with materials such as natural salt, feathers and branches—materials that demonstrate how a cold, loud space can be changed to help inspire people.

“Our message is an expansion and continuation of the story of biophilic design,” said John Wells, president and CEO. “This idea of biophilia is sort of man’s relationship with nature and how that’s now really a big critical piece in the built environment.”

The company’s Human Nature line, introduced earlier this year, is a continuation from last year’s Net Effect, which came from the Net-Works program. Net-Works was a major initiative for Interface, which is made from fishing nets collected by Aquafil to help create Econyl fiber for carpet.

Human Nature comes in a long, skinny plank format that has been successful with designers because it allows for design versatility. “The cool thing is it mimics nature with a pebble texture and smooth blends,” said Lauren White, interactive marketing manager. “This is how nature would design a floor versus something that stays consistent across the entire space.”

MP Global’s green message reflected how its products take what would normally be “tossed out” in the textile industry and turned into sustainable flooring underlayment, said Deanna Summers, marketing director. “Our primary message is getting people to understand the things they put underneath their flooring do impact their health, their budgets and their overall way of living while helping increase comfort.”

At the show MP Global showcased its “bread and butter,” QuietWalk in addition to its LVT-specific LuxWalk, which includes fibers made from recycled soda bottles.

Roppe was also emphasizing product from the vinyl segment, namely its Health and Learning line that comes in a coordinating pallet of both rubber and vinyl. Because the company has always focused on resilient, sustainable flooring with its popular rubber products, environmental initiatives are nothing new for Roppe.

“We’ve always been a partner with FloorScore,” said Dee Dee Brickner, marketing coordinator. “There’s a lot of different third-party certification we’re looking into now.

“People are concerned with different types of flooring and sustainability, but we’re continuing to push our sustainability message that rubber flooring is recyclable.”

Net Zero Zone

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.43.24 AMHanley Wood, The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and EMerge Alliance unveiled the world’s first Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild 2014, making it the first conference and expo to have space where booths are fully powered by an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation and distribution. “This is an important step for the trade show industry and sends a strong message to the entire green building movement that hybrid power in buildings is both popular and practical,” said Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild’s show director.

The official launch of the Net Zero Zone took place on Wed., Oct. 22, with Brendan Owens, vice president, LEED technical development, USGBC; Rick McConnell, president of Hanley Wood, and Roberts acting as the official “plug pullers.”

The Net Zero Pavilion, a specially designated exhibit area inside Greenbuild’s expo hall powered by the microgrid, showcased 11 exhibitors in 1,500 square feet of exhibit space, while the Net Zero Networking Lounge hosted sponsor representatives and educational presentations available to all show attendees.

“The Net Zero Zone illustrates one of the main themes of this year’s conference: resiliency,” said Kate Hurst, director of conferences and events, USGBC. “At USGBC, we can’t think of a better place than New Orleans or a more important venue than the largest sustainable building conference in the world to introduce this evolved approach to electric power.”

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Shaw Contract Group names Design is… Award winners

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 12.52.59 PMCartersville, Ga. – In its ninth year, the Shaw Contract Group Design is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Six projects out of 356 entries from 25 countries were selected as winners. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining our lives and improving it for the better.

“After nine years and more than 2,100 entries from 34 countries, the Design Is… Award continues to champion design excellence across market segments and around the world,” said John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “The Design is… Award program celebrates more than just beautiful spaces. These projects surmount simple beauty to deliver innovative solutions, impacting the people who encounter the space and the functions that take place within.”

Firm: ZGF Architects
Project: Federal Center South Building 1202, Seattle
Taking cues from biophilia, the workplace design strategy creates a connection with nature, leading to happier and more productive employees. The building mimics nature surrounding the site, while maximizing daylight and views.

Firm: Francis­Jones Morehen Thorp
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Project: Melton Library and Learning Hub, Melton, Victoria, Australia
With an emphasis on environmentally responsible design and materials, the library complex boasts sweeping curves and vertical timber battening to accentuate the double­height reading space.

Firm: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan
Project: JOSAI University Educational Corp., Tokyo Kioicho Campus, Bldg 3,  Tokyo, Japan
In Tokyo, effective and efficient student workspaces is limited. Innovative solutions, including multi­function areas, and small “alcoves” along carpeted corridors provide quiet spaces where students can meet and spend time together.

Firm: Hickok Cole Architects
Washington, D.C.
Project: NPR, Washington, D.C.
Raw sophistication, striations of color and visual interpretations of news reverberate throughout the 330,000 square foot landmark building and historic warehouse.

Firm: Studio Groen+Schild, Deventer, The Netherlands
Project: TenneT, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Natural, sustainable materials stimulate employee collaboration and reinforce the relationship between the outside landscape and the interior architecture.

Firm: RMTA, Kansas City, Mo.
Project: Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, Kansas City, Mo.
Within this renovated 1903 icehouse, start­ups from around the world convene to work on the future of mobile health technology. Users can arrange the furniture based on needs for the day, offering a versatile space that also maintains the building’s original charm. RMTA won the People’s Choice Award, which brought in over 14,000 votes.



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Best of NeoCon awards presented

best-of-neocon-2014-fullChicago—The Best of NeoCon awards were presented Monday morning at the opening of the annual commercial interior furnishings show.

Awards in floor covering were as follows.Chicago, IL, June 9, 2014 — The Best of NeoCon awards were presented Monday morning at the opening of the annual commercial interior furnishings show.

Awards in floorcovering were as follows:

Silver, Milliken, for Dissemblage

Modular Carpet:
Gold, Patcraft, for Mixed Material
Silver, Shaw Contract Group, for Design Journey: Novice and Master Collections

Hard Surface:
Gold, Tandus Centiva, for Substrate Collection
Silver, USFContract, for Stratum Collection

Carpet Fiber Award:
Gold, Aquafil, for Econyl

Heathcare Award:
Gold, Shaw Contract Group, for Collective Time Collection
Silver, Tandus Centiva, for Tapis Collection

Innovation Award:
Tandus Centiva, for Mixed Message Collection





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Shaw Contract names market award winners

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 9.26.31 AMCartersville, Ga. — As part of its Design Is awards program, Shaw Contract Group has named the winners of the Market Award, which represent the highest caliber of work within an industry segment.

The Market Award winners will advance to the Global Award program.

“The design showcased in the entries signifies the global reach of our brand and utilization of high performance, Cradle to Cradle Certifiedproducts across the globe,” said John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “This year’s winners reflect how design profoundly impacts the mission of the space and its positive effect on the people that use it.”

Winning projects include:

Large Office (Greater than 50,000 sq. ft.)

• Hickok Cole Architects | Washington, DC; Project: NPR | Washington, DC

  • Studio Groen+Schild BV | Deventer, The Netherlands; Project: TenneT Headquarters|Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • Annekoos Littel Interior Designers Bni | Woerden, The Netherlands; 
 Project: RabobankAmerstreek|Oosterhout,The Netherlands
  • Edge | London, U.K.; Project: Expedia Offices|London, U.K.
  • AECOM | Los Angeles; Project: DIRECTV|El Segundo, Calif.
  • Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd | Singapore; Project: Cisco|Singapore

Mid-Size Office (10,000–50,000 sq. ft.)

  • RMTA, LLC | Kansas City, Mo.; Project: Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator|KansasCity, Mo.
  • ASD, Inc. | San Francisco, Calif.; Project: Passport Capital|San Francisco
  • Hollander Design Group | La Jolla, Calif.; Project: Pirch Headquarters|San Diego
  • H.Hendy Associates | Newport Beach, Calif. Project: Jones Lang LaSale|Irvine, Calif.
  • Design Blitz | San Francisco; Project: Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center|Sunnyvale, Calif.
  • Design Blitz | San Francisco; Project: Square Trade Headquarters|San Francisco
  • Design Blitz | San Francisco; Project: One Workplace Headquarters and Showroom|Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Westlake Reed Leskosky | Cleveland;  Project: Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex|Berea, Ohio
  • Wolcott Architecture | Interiors | Culver City, Calif.; Project: XPrizeFoundation|Culver City, Calif.
  • Mayfield and Ragni Studio | Houston; Project: Pan Atlantic Exploration|Houston

Small Office (Less than 10,000 sq. ft.)

  • Millar+Associates, LLC | Washington; Project: The Schusterman Foundation|Washington
  • For. Design planning | Montréal; Project: Ludia|Montréal
  • Infinity Design & Engineering | Beijing, China; Project: CSOFT|Shenzhen, China
  • Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd | Singapore; Project: Forrester|Singapore
  • 5plus Architects | Manchester, United Kingdom ; Project: 35 FountainStreet|Manchester, U.K.
  • TRAZO | Mexico City, Mexico; Project: RGA|Mexico City, Mexico
  • Fusion Design Consultants, LLC | Boston;  Project: Idea Paint|Boston
  • 2 Level Design | Palo Alto, Calif.;  Project: Shoprunner|SanMateo, Calif.
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Shaw Contract Group seeks creative, innovative projects for Design Is…Award

Shaw-ContractCartersville, Ga. — For the ninth consecutive year, the Shaw Contract Group Design Is…Award honors the architects and interior designers that continue to redefine what design is and the impact it has in our lives. Design firms may enter their projects online at through Feb. 28, 2014.

According to Shaw, the Shaw Contract Group Design Is…Award is a leading competition that asks entrants to define design through the challenges, process and results of their projects. Entries will be judged by distinguished members of the design community across all market segments. This year’s program will continue with market awards, of which the winners represent the highest caliber within an industry segment. The market award winners will move on to the global award program and People’s Choice voting later in the year.

“The Design Is… Award continues to champion design excellence across market segments and around the world,” said John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “We honor these projects that achieve both human and business goals in ways that represent the best practices in global design.”

All design projects using Shaw Contract Group, Shaw Hospitality Group and Shaw Hard Surface products, completed between February 2012 and February 2014, are eligible.

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Greenbuild 2013: Transparency, LEED are universal topics of conversation

Health impacts take center stage

Dec. 9/16 2013; Volume 27/number 16

By Jenna Lippin

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 12.08.25 PMPhiladelphia—No matter where you looked, no matter to whom you spoke, the primary topic of conversation at Greenbuild 2013 was transparency. Much of that could be attributed to the official, long awaited unveiling of LEED v4, where changes and updates from previous versions centered on providing greater transparency as it relates to products and processes.  Continue reading Greenbuild 2013: Transparency, LEED are universal topics of conversation