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Shaw to host sustainable brands webinar

Susan Farris

Dalton, Ga.—Shaw Industries is hosting a webinar with Sustainable Brands Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. with diverse organizations intently focused on products and initiatives that support the well-being of people and the planet. The webinar will explore what is driving their efforts, the challenges they’ve faced, keys to success and what’s on the horizon.

“At Shaw, we put people at the center of sustainability—what we call sustain[HUMAN]ability,” said Susan Farris, vice president of sustainability and corporate communications at Shaw. “It’s why we’re focused on the ingredients that go into products and the impacts of sound, moisture and other design elements so we can create a better future. We believe in a future comprised of spaces and places that support the well-being of people and the planet. This webinar provides the opportunity for attendees to learn from others’ successes and innovations as well as the challenges they faced in the process.”

Moderated by Farris, panelists include:

  • Perkins and Will’s Material Performance Lab co-director, Mary Dickinson
    A global architecture and design firm that ignited an industry movement toward healthy building materials in 2008 and whose Material Performance Lab continues to lead research and educate design professionals on how to choose healthier, more sustainable products.
  • HeiQ Group's co-founder & CEO, Carlo Centonze
    A leader in textile innovation that helps textile brands and manufacturers quickly identify, target and manufacture novel technologies including groundbreaking work on IKEA’s air purifying curtain concept.
  • Healthy Building Network's collective impact director, William Weber
    An organization dedicated to advancing human and environmental health who, in conjunction with the Housing Partnership Network, helps encourages the adoption of healthier materials in the affordable housing sector.

Attendees will:

  • Gain insights into the trends that are driving companies, nonprofits/NGOs and others to focus on people at the core of their sustainability efforts.
  • Understand common obstacles to change and innovation and how to overcome them.
  • Learn about the value of leveraging partnerships to achieve sustainability objectives.
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SelectTech unveils improved sustainable flooring

Avon, Ma.—SelecTech, a leader in the manufacture of innovative flooring products from recycled materials, has recently announced an improved, thinner and lighter Place N’ Go interlocking flooring solution.

Catering to residential customers across the nation, SelecTech offers Place N’ Go flooring, a green solution that enables homeowners to easily install new flooring over a variety of problem subfloors, including old basement floor substrates.  Made with a resilient recycled plastic that resists moisture, Place N’ Go flooring tiles are most commonly used in basements, game rooms, family rooms, home offices, kitchens, home gyms and bathrooms.  For homeowners with wet basements, Place N’ Go is an ideal solution as the tiles may be removed, allowed to dry out and replaced once the floor is dry. Continue reading SelectTech unveils improved sustainable flooring

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Regulations help to keep wood viable

by Matthew Spieler

In the world of green, wood, by and large, is considered one of the more environmentally friendly products out there: It’s renewable, can last for generations, can be repurposed into something else and contributes to the overall health of the planet—both in a living and decaying stage.

Despite all its positive environmental attributes, illegal logging here and abroad, mismanaged forests and unfriendly environmental manufacturing processes have force governments and non-government agencies and organizations to put forth numerous regulation and rules surrounding the material—from laws, such as the Lacey Act and California’s CARB to standards like the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGNC) LEED rating system and third-party certifications such as from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)—in order to ensure the product is not only available for generations to come but is safe to bring into home and offices environments. Continue reading Regulations help to keep wood viable

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Manhattan Forest Products brings piece of NY to Chicago

Chicago — LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation, is pleased to announce that Manhattan Forest Products, manufacturers of restored and reproduced premium hardwood flooring, is opening a showroom on the 1st floor of The Merchandise Mart this month. Located in the Design Resource Center , Suite 163, the new space is a primary showcase for the New York-based company’s broad collection of reclaimed and custom wood products.  Continue reading Manhattan Forest Products brings piece of NY to Chicago