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Mohawk Group names Bandy Jr. as VP of Sustainability

Mohawk Group Names George Bandy VP Of Sustainability
George Bandy Jr.

Calhoun, Ga.–Mohawk Group announced that George Bandy Jr. has joined the organization as its vice president of sustainability. Bandy has spent over 22 years working in the sustainability field, and has amassed a rich experience within the discipline’s concepts and practices as they relate to positioning environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for business.

“George is a seasoned sustainability leader who will bring a wealth of knowledge and valuable industry relationships to Mohawk,” said Michel Vermette, president of Mohawk Group. “Over the past few years, our company has made significant strides in our sustainability journey, embracing new ideas and leading the building materials industry in transparent manufacturing. We are confident that George will bring a fresh perspective to our approach and catapult us to new levels of leadership in the industry. We are incredibly proud to have him join the Mohawk team.”

He comes to Mohawk Group following 16 years with Interface, where he most recently served as the flooring company’s VP of Sustainability, and was also a member of Interface’s Americas Sustainability Council. In his role at Interface, Bandy traveled extensively as a highly sought after presenter on key topics including the business of sustainability, innovation in relation to nature, social sustainability and changing mindsets to a greener focus.

“Mohawk’s sustainability ethic already sets a high bar for businesses around the world at a time when the stakes for our efforts have never been higher,” said Bandy.  “As a manufacturing powerhouse, we can continue to make outsized contributions to solutions that ensure our children’s future. At the same time, we nurture the communities in which we live and work through our environmental stewardship, inspire actions that advance our society and provide the innovation that drives growth for our shareholders.  I am excited to join the Mohawk team and contribute to the company’s success.”

Before working at Interface, Bandy was employed as the University Sustainability Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is the immediate past board chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and has also served on the board for Second Nature, a non-profit that champions for higher education institutions to make the principles of sustainability fundamental to every aspect of learning.

When asked what truly sets Bandy apart, the sustainability industry’s most notable leaders point to his experience, charisma and depth of understanding. “George Bandy is the consummate sustainability leader on every level you can name,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.  “As chair of the USGBC board of directors during a time of explosive growth and change, his amazing ability to lead others to consensus and action was so critical to advancing our work to create a healthier, more sustainable built environment.  He deeply understands what needs to be done, and is brilliant in sharing with others why it matters in ways that are both inspirational and instructive, and we’re all better for it.”

 

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Mohawk Group issues two HPDs under open standard 2.0

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 11.54.16 AMCalhoun, Ga.–Mohawk Group disclosed that it has issued two Health Product Declarations (HPDs) under the new HPD Open Standard Version 2.0 for its EcoFlex NXT modular carpet tiles and EcoFlex NXT Air tufted nylon carpet. The company said these are the first of several HPDs that it will issued under the new Version 2.0 standard.

The Health Product Declaration format was developed by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, which is composed of product manufacturers and building experts. An HPD is a standard format for reporting product ingredients and associated health information. It seeks to objectively provide the critical information needed to support accurate supply chain disclosure and informed decisions by building designers, specifiers, owners, and users. Mohawk is actively involved in the HPD Collaborative.

“We are excited to be the very first in the flooring industry to issue and publicly disclose two new HPDs under the HPD Open Standard Version 2.0, demonstrating our support of the HPD Collaborative and our mutual vision of transparency in building products,” said Rochelle Routman, vice president of sustainability, Mohawk Flooring. “These new HPDs will take the place of the HPDs that Mohawk issued under the original HPD 1.0 open standard. With the implementation of LEED v4, it is more important than ever before to provide our customers with complete, transparent ingredients information of our products, and the potential health impacts of the ingredients themselves.”

Mohawk Group has an extensive transparency portfolio, including HPDs, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Declare Labels. According to the company, these initiatives are essential in assisting architects, designers and end users in making wiser choices about healthy materials. The U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has also incorporated HPDs and EPDs into LEED V4, its most recent version of the popular LEED standard.

EcoFlex NXT modular carpet tiles have a composite construction of a tufted yarn dyed nylon face, primary backing, fiberglass scrim (scrim is a fabric often used to reinforce other materials, including fiberglass), and a pre-coated polymer with an extruded polyolefin modular backing that does not contain PVC. It also contains an average of 53% pre-consumer recycled content, according to Mohawk.

Mohawk describes EcoFlex NFT Air as the next evolution in red list free cushion backed carpet tile offering substantial sound reduction and enhanced comfort under foot. It also incorporates an average of 54% recycled content (pre- and post-consumer) by total product weight. It has a composite construction of tufted nylon face, primary backing, fiberglass scrim and pre-coat polymer with cushion back.

More information on the HPDs can be found at mohawkgroup.com.