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Design is Good Energy. View Shaw’s 2012 Sustainability Report.

Shaw Industries’ latest corporate sustainability report shares our progress and investments in environmental and social responsibility. Highlights include:

  • Reclaiming and recycling more than 600 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006
  • More than 60% of Shaw products now Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM)
  • 3 more LEED® certified facilities
  • An 8.3% energy intensity reduction since 2007
  • A 33.7% water intensity reduction since 2006
  • 56,196 associate volunteer hours to community causes
  • More than $2 million in contributions to community causes

sustainability report 2012

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Top LEED States in the US for 2012

Does your state make the list? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012. The list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space has been certified worldwide through 2012.

“Securing a spot on this list is a remarkable achievement for everyone involved in the green building movement in these states,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “From architects and designers to local chapter advocates, their collective efforts have brought sustainable building design and use to the forefront of the national discussion on the environment, and I applaud their efforts to create a healthier present and future for the people of their states.”

The District of Columbia tops the rankings again with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012.

Top 5 LEED States of 2012


Shaw Contract Group Flooring is featured in many LEED certified projects including (clockwise from top left) Aflac, CBRE, IIDA Headquarters and Bank of America.

Images: emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org, durabilityanddesign.com, agcase.com, bdcnetwork.com

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Here are the 2012 Design is…Award Winners. These are Their Stories.

In its seventh year, the Shaw Contract Group Design Is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining the way we work, play and organize our lives. The winning firms will be recognized in an upcoming advertising campaign in leading industry publications and receive an original award sculpture. A $2,000 charitable donation in the name of each winning firm will be awarded to the program or organization of the firm’s choosing. Shaw Contract Group will also promote its winners through promotional and marketing materials. Out of 285 entries from 19 countries, the following five firms are the Design Is… Award winners for 2012:

Visit our website to learn more about the winners and view the 2012 winner’s videos

Checkwitch Poiron Architects Inc. - Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal

Colacion Studio - Tamdeen Group

D/DOCK - B/S/H/ Huishoudapparaten

Gensler - Shore Hotel

Shimoda Design Group - Steelcase WorkCafe (Also chosen as the People's Choice Award winner)

Visit our website to find out more about the program and to enter your project in our 2013 Design is…Award. 

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2012 Olympic Stadium on Track to get a ‘Medal’ of its Own

Just like gymnastics and swimming, art and architecture used to be Olympic events. Between 1912 and 1948, artists as well as athletes could receive a medal for literature, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture — otherwise known as the “pentathlon of the muses.” Art and architecture as Olympic events has since been disbanded, but architects still vie for an award each year.

The new stadium built for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London has made the shortlist for Britain’s top architecture honor – the Stirling Prize, from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Every year the prize is presented to the architects of the building that have made a great contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. The prize is for projects “built or designed in Britain.” Buildings are eligible if they are in the UK or Europe, and designed by an architect whose head office is in the UK.

The institute said on its website that the stadium design, by the firm Populous, “focuses very much on the ease of movement of the large numbers of people who will use the stadium during the Games.” This year’s stadium (flanked by London’s new eye-catching Olympic structure) is the lightest Olympic Stadium ever built with the roof fabricated from a PVC fabric, helping with the weight issue while keeping costs low. The structure supporting the roof is 2,500 tons of steel tubing sourced from recycled old lines – keeping with the sustainable goal that many other buildings in Olympic Park have reached.

The announcement of the winner is scheduled to take place Oct. 13.
Shaw Contract Group celebrates design excellence with its annual Design is…Award. 2012 winners will be announced August 10 and submissions for 2013 begin in September.

Photos: Telegraph.UK

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London’s Olympic Landmark

The 2012 Olympic Games commence in London on July 27 and the city has been prepping for the past few years to make a statement. Enter the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, wanted a structure and artwork to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and a design competition was launched. During a chance meeting with Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Johnson secured ArcelorMittal’s support. The winning artist and design of the ArcelorMittal Orbit (by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond) were unveiled in March 2010. The ArcelorMittal Orbit reached its full height in late 2011 and became the tallest sculpture in England, with 455 steps to the top and a size that scales 377 feet, 70 feet over the Statue of Liberty (ground to torch). The Orbit stands in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, between Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, allowing for views of the entire park from its two observation decks.

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The Aquatics Centre (left), ArcelorMittal Orbit (centre), Olympic Stadium (background, right) and Water Polo Arena (foreground, right) in the London Olympic Park viewed from the Westfield Stratford City John Lewis viewing gallery in May 2012.

Photos: ArcelorMittal.com, Wikipedia

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