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September 16, 2008

Shaw Floors Selected for Good Housekeeping Green House


First LEED Certified Single-Family Home in Harlem

Dalton, Ga. - September 16, 2008 - With gas prices rising and global warming on the minds of so many Americans, ideas for greener living are becoming increasingly important to consumers. In July, Good Housekeeping, the magazine that helps 25 million readers a month make informed choices on a wide range of products, unveiled The Good Housekeeping Green House, which will be the first LEED-certified single-family home in Harlem and the most environmentally-friendly private residence in New York City. The home features Shaw Floors including recyclable Anso nylon carpet and recycled Grand Canyon hardwood.

To ensure the interior design was as eco-friendly as the structural modifications, Good Housekeeping partnered with established eco-home lifestyle and design expert Robin Wilson, who specializes in providing the smartest and most efficient solutions for a healthy home. As the magazine prepares for the 100th birthday of the Good Housekeeping Seal in 2009, the house is the physical manifestation of Good Housekeeping's commitment to "green", according to the publication.

"The Green House is the tangible evidence of the work we've been doing for several years to advise and help our readers make sense of the green-and green-washing-products in the market today," said Rosemary Ellis, editor in chief of Good Housekeeping. "The Green House also delivers ideas and examples of the changes our readers can make in their own homes that will have a substantial impact on the environment."

The Good Housekeeping Green House is a stunning four-story brownstone on Harlem's West 122nd Street -- a chic, urban example of the newest lifestyle trends and family-friendly home design complete with all of the key environmental hallmarks, including low-flow plumbing, skylights with solar panels, denim insulation, tankless hot water heaters, no-VOC paint, recycled hardwood flooring and recyclable carpet.

The house features a full-floor master-suite, which includes a spacious terrace, lavishly designed bathroom, and his and hers walk-in closets, as well as a "children's floor" with two bedrooms, two baths and space for playing and schoolwork. The parlor floor features an open kitchen and living space, including French doors that lead to the back yard, designed by a landscape architect specializing in truly "green" gardens.

The magazine sought input from non-profit environmental organization Global Green and oversight and third-party verification from Steven Winters Associates, one of only 18 LEED residential consultancies in the U.S.

The Good Housekeeping Green House is filled with beautiful Shaw Flooring. The entire first floor and master suite features Shaw's Grand Canyon hardwood. The first wide-width solid made 100 percent from mill byproducts that would have normally been burned or sent to landfills, Grand Canyon utilizes a technologically advanced manufacturing process. The process alternates the solid grain pattern and combnes it with a state-of-the-art gluing process which creates this 8" premium solid wood flooring that is less susceptible to cupping, crowning and warping during and after installation. Grand Canyon has hand beveled edges and ends, Lifetime Structural Warranty and 5 Star, 25 Year Finish Warranty.

The bedrooms, stairway and area rugs within the home utilize Shaw's Anso nylon recyclable carpet from the Style Solutions collection. Style Solutions embodies the appealing look of high-end carpet styles that are created to coordinate with exotic hard surfaces so popular today. Species, plank widths, trims, stone's colorations and surface texture all work together with luxurious carpeting to provide beautiful flooring combinations. The collection showcases rich two-toned carpet colors such as chocolate and blue, velvety fabric-inspired textures and upscale sculpted patterns. All Shaw Anso nylon products contain recycled content and can be recycled back into nylon again and again at the company's Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility in Augusta, Ga.

For more information on Shaw Floors, visit shawfloors.com.


About Shaw

Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider with more than $5 billion in annual sales and approximately 31,000 associates. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company manufactures and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and cradle to cradle design solutions, collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge. For more information, visit shawfloors.com.