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Design is Connected India Retreat Weaves Sustainability into Practice


Sustainability is a key concern for designers and they prefer to use eco-friendly products and materials. They also believe they could weave sustainability in their design projects. This follows a recent survey conducted with key architect and design industry leaders who attended the Design Is Connected Retreat organised by Shaw Contract Group in Goa, India from 9 to 11 October 2015. Shaw Contract Group organised this retreat with the aim to connect with their partners in the Asia Pacific region and India in the aspect of design.

8 out of 10 designers also rated design as the most important consideration when selecting a supplier.


“The discussions and insights drawn from key leaders in the design and architecture industry have been beneficial to Shaw Contract Group. Following this retreat, we are able to align our product offerings with our suppliers to ensure the Architects and Designers in India are shown our full range of products. This has been helpful in our continual collaboration with India.” said Dan Clark, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Shaw Contract Group.

“It was a very inspiring event for those in the design field to see such level of work being done on the design, pattern and texture of carpets” said Sabina Reddy, Director, at M Moser Associates.

“The next trend will be moving from geometrical patterns to more abstract patterns with bright colours,” says Raghunath Avutapalli, Senior Architect, DWP Interics, in relation to design trends in 2016.

On creating sustainable designs, Satish Purushan, Senior Architect, STUP Consultants, says that “it is crucial to create products that not only have 100 per cent LEED rating on paper, but are also eco-friendly in terms of practicality in order to raise awareness and promote sustainability across all industries.”


The Design Is Connected Retreat saw about 50 guests comprising of directors, architects and service providers from more than 20 well-established firms, including DSP, RSP and Space Matrix, come together and exchange their views on upcoming trends in the industry.


For more information about Shaw’s sustainability initiatives and its continued leadership in the discussion, development and application of sustainable design, please visit our sustainability site.

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Sustainability Fuels the Future: Earth Day and Beyond

Earth Day is an annual day to show support for environmental protection. If the right investments are made now, we can help make changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.

Sustainability starts at the top and drives everything Shaw Contract Group does, every Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) step of the way. Shaw Contract Group carpet also contributes to LEED credits in recycled content, low-emitting materials, innovation in design, construction and waste management. In celebration of Earth Day and Shaw Contract Group sustainable products and projects from Shanghai to Chicago, check out some of our ‘green’ efforts across the globe:

LEED projects

Shaw Contract Group products cover the floors of many LEED-certified projects across the globe. From clockwise left: SmithGroupJJR Office, Shore Hotel, Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, Douglas Park Elementary School. Visit our project profile page HERE to view more sustainable projects.

Some of our showrooms and manufacturing facilities are certified or pursuing LEED certification, including our Shanghai showroom and new manufacturing facility in Nantong, China. Take a virtual tour of these spaces HERE.

View more environmental stories on our blog.

Happy Earth Day!

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Haworth Showroom Named First LEED v4 Certified Project

LEED v4 is the latest, and most environmentally-aggressive set of green building standards to be created by the U.S. Green Building Council. Some claimed that the standards were just too strict, but the world’s first LEED v4 certified project proves that it’s still possible to create beautiful, functional spaces under the new rules. Haworth’s Showroom inside Beijing’s Parkview Green (a massive LEED Platinum pyramid made of glass) has been recognized as the first successful project completed under the LEED version 4 beta program.


Haworth has created a workspace concept that offers co-working and lounge spaces that can be used by the building’s tenants, hotel guests and members in the community. Everything from partition walls, meeting rooms, huddle spaces and private focus areas can be rearranged to meet the day-to-day needs of its users. To reduce energy consumption, variable air volume (VAV) air diffusers, an optimized HVAC system strict no-VOC paints, water recycling and LED lighting design are just some of the attributes used in the space to help Haworth’s achieve LEED v4 Gold status.


Shaw Contract Group EcoWorx® and Eco Solution Q® products contribute to LEED v4. Find out more information on our website.


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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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Shaw’s Reclaim to Energy (Re2E) Facility Earns LEED Silver

Shaw has achieved the USGBC’s LEED Silver designation for New Construction for its Reclaim to Energy (Re2E) process building, located in Dalton, Ga. The 35,397-square-foot facility illustrates Shaw’s commitment to sustainability through innovation.

“We take a holistic approach to all that we do, so it’s only fitting that the facilities that manufacture and recycle our products are also designed for minimal environmental impact,” Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs for Shaw Industries noted.

In 2012, Shaw’s Re2E facility began to convert carpet to steam energy – a steady, cost-stable alternative power supply for two adjacent carpet manufacturing facilities. Re2E is projected to convert 84 million pounds of carpet each year into 50,000 pounds of steam energy per hour. It will save enough fossil fuel to power the equivalent of approximately 7,500 homes annually – eventually co-generating enough electrical energy to help sustain its own operations.

“Our engineering and facilities staff worked diligently to identify opportunities to decrease our environmental impact as well as reduce operating costs at this facility,” Murray added. “Earning LEED points for an industrial facility in a non-metropolitan area requires more thought and planning than for an office building in a more urban area because such facilities can’t readily take advantage of site-based points such as development density or transportation connectivity.”

LEED reviews sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor air quality. Features contributing to the Re2E’s LEED Silver certification include:

  • Optimized energy performance, obtaining more than 20 percent cost savings compared with buildings that only comply with Georgia’s strong energy code – reducing environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use
  • Water efficient landscaping, achieving a 50 percent reduction in the use of potable water, or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site, for landscape irrigation
  • Material selection
  • Incorporating products that in aggregate achieved more than 28 percent recycled content for the building
  • Using low-emitting materials, including Shaw Contract Group’s Site Lines Carpet Tile, which boasts 44 percent recycled content, is Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified and 100 percent recyclable

Learn more about Re2E in this video:

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