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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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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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Support Schools on Green Apple Day of Service

On September 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first annual Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking action in their community. When you look at our educational spaces, you see outdated buildings in need of repairs, burdened with unsafe toxins, dwindling budgets and outdated resources – in place of opportunity and progress. The Center for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all learning environments into safe, engaging, and comfortable facilities that enhance kid’s ability to learn and teacher’s ability to teach.

To register your school or to find a participating school near you, got to MyGreenApple.org.  Stay tuned to see how Shaw Contract Group will lend a hand in support of schools.

Photos: mygreenapple.org

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LEED-Certified Projects Hit Two Billion Square Feet

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that the total footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED green building program surpassed two billion square feet. An additional seven billion square feet is currently in the pipeline across the globe as registered projects.

LEED, the most widely recognized and used green building program, is certifying two million square feet of commercial building space each day in more than 130 countries. Today, nearly 50,000 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising the nine billion square feet of construction space.

Shaw Contract Group carpet contributes to the LEED Green Building Rating System™ through use of recycled content, adherence to stringent indoor air quality standards, and innovation in design though Cradle to Cradle and NSF 140 certification.  A few of the most notable projects that leverage Shaw Contract Group products include Aflac, CBRE, Bank of AmericaThe Dali Museum and Steelcase.

Shaw Contract Group has been featured in many LEED-certified projects all over the world including Aflac, CBRE, Bank of America, The Dali Museum and Steelcase.

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