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Based on the internal clockwork of humankind, Collective Time Resilient takes cues from the shifting light captured from day to night.

Collective Time Resilient

The Nightingale Gold Award-winning collection was designed specifically with healthcare environments in mind, and given the positive response we’ve received from the market we expect this product to be used across all segments.  There’s additional versatility here, as these styles are intended to coordinate with the Collective Time Carpet collection, a 2014 Neocon Gold recipient.


Product Detail

Collective Time Resilient, a collection of sheet vinyl and plank products, is constructed with high performance components, including ExoGuard quartz-enhanced urethane for severe traffic and intensive use spaces.  Each box of plank is intentionally designed for random and fluid movement of color, ensuring that no two installations are alike. Constant sheet is designed with solid color options and a soft gradient that shifts across the width of the product. Styles can be used alone or mixed to create visual interest in a space.

Because healthcare clients prefer a cohesive design that is not visually sterile, Collective Time was designed to provide flexibility within a space. Clients can mix styles to create unique installations, enhance way-finding and provide an additional layer of design.  There are three styles in the collection – each featuring a woven visual texture:

Change: a sheet good with a soft gradient aesthetic.  Available in 6 colors.

Constant: a sheet good providing a solid option .  Available in 12 colors.

Interval: a plank offering the same, soft gradient . Available in 6 colors.



This collection is FloorScore certified and contributes to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Additionally, Shaw Hard Surface products and adhesives emit low VOCs, making them safe for even the most sensitive areas such as hospitals and schools. Our products have independent certification from various third party laboratories that ensure safe and clean air post-installation.

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Dunbarton High School Named Greenest School on Earth

Congratulations to Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, for earning the title of the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. This annual competition, sponsored by the Global Coalition for Green Schools (an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC), recognizes a K-12 school for achievement in its environmental impact, human health and ecoliteracy.

I was honored to be one of the judges for the competition and amazed at what these schools are doing to make a difference in their school and the world. Choosing a single winner was extremely difficult. While reviewing submissions, the jury discovered so many incredible things being done around the world. Dunbarton emerged the winner because of its success meeting each of the three pillars of the competition.

Because the buildings were built in the 1960s, the school focused its efforts to reduce environmental impact on inexpensive retrofits (paid by fundraising efforts from the Environmental Club) and behavioral changes that involve students, teachers, faculty, staff, and the community. I love the fact that the school plans to spend a portion of the prize money on a garden that will be 20% for its own use and 80% for the local food bank.

For the human health component, the school is looking long-term, with a seven-year campus biodiversity program to provide trees to shade an outdoor classroom. The commitment to health continues with providing nutritious options in the cafeteria and vending machines, as well as water fountains with reusable water bottles.

One of the initiatives that separated Dunbarton from the rest is how it’s addressing the remaining pillar – ecoliteracy. Students take what they learn and apply it to their school. For example, science classes monitor school and campus air quality, local stream water quality and school electricity use. The students then use this data to create a conservation plan.

Congratulations Environmental Council

​Pickering Area Trustee Chris Braney congratulating the Environmental Council on their award – Greenest School on Earth.

Seeing the resourceful leadership that went into these entries reinforces our sense of pride in being a partner with the Center for Green Schools. To support the Center and their initiatives, including the Greenest School on Earth competition, go to centerforgreenschools.org and check out Shaw Contract Group’s Cut & Compose collection, 3 tile and 2 broadloom styles for which we are donating 1.5% of the proceeds to the Center for Green Schools.


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Red Carpet Green Dress Brings Sustainable Fashion to the Academy Awards

Red Carpet Green Dress' winning design, worn by actress Naomi Harris to the 85th Academy Awards

Every dress that hit the red carpet for last night’s Academy Awards was special, but the dress worn by actress and recent Skyfall Bond Girl Naomie Harris was a little different.  That’s because she represented the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative, a design contest started by Director James Cameron’s wife Suzy Amis Cameron, in which Harris wore the winning design made of completely sustainable materials.

Red Carpet Green Dress was started with the idea of bringing change to the way people in the fashion industry design. Fashion can be used to create sustainability through the way we design, what we make, what we throw away and how we reuse things. In partnership with the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute, Red Carpet Green Dress works to bring attention to the beauty and practicality of sustainable design, more people will consider sustainable alternatives and practices in their own lives.

This year, the contest winner is Michael Badger, a Ghanian-born fashion student at Savannah College of Art & Design (whose students also inspired our Natural Palette collection). Part of Badger’s prize was getting mentored by famous fashion designer Vivienne Westwood in creating the dress.

The gown, made from certified organic silk Crepe De Chine and using recycled zippers, was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework with vintage glass beads and chocolate candy wrappers. The color was achieved through a dying process using goldenrod and chamomile, the byproducts of which, containing no chemical pollutants, went straight to the compost heap. Badger said his design was inspired by volcanoes and the appearance of flowing lava.

Winning designer Michael Badger creates the piece with help from designer Vivienne Westood

Images: InStyle.com

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Visit Shaw Contract Group at Greenbuild

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco, CA. As the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of San Francisco’s green buildings.

Visit Shaw Contract at our booth – 1601S – to learn more about our sustainable innovations and environmental leadership. Additionally, every visitor to our booth will have an opportunity to select an organization to which Shaw Contract Group will donate $1 on their behalf. The organizations benefiting are DIFFA, Public Architecture’s 1% program or MASS Design.

The theme of our booth is: Design is Good Energy. Every moment of every day we have a choice. We chose to be positive. To be mindful of people and the planet. To be design leaders and groundbreakers. And you know what that creates? Good energy. So let’s share share this message with the world. Create your own good energy board on Pinterest. If we repin your post, we’ll send you a token of good energy. Be sure to use #designisgoodenergy on ALL of your pins, so we know how to find you! Visit our Design is Good Energy board.

Visit our website to learn more about how our designs create good energy and stop by our booth, 1601S, on Wednesday and Thursday.

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