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 Shaw Floors Sponsors Second HGTV Green Home Giveaway Set for Spring 2009

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December 23, 2008

Shaw Floors Sponsors Second HGTV Green Home Giveaway Set for Spring 2009

Dalton, Ga. - December 23, 2008 - Shaw announced today that the company will again be the exclusive flooring provider and sponsor for the HGTV Green Home Giveaway set for spring 2009. HGTV is building its second annual "green" home in Tradition Florida, a dynamic master-planned community located in the heart of one of America's fastest growing regions — St. Lucie County — along Florida's Treasure Coast. One lucky winner will receive the fully-furnished, custom-built 2009 HGTV Green Home next spring.

The HGTV Green Home is a Spanish contemporary-styled, coastal Florida cottage under construction in Port St. Lucie, Florida. the home will feature both construction and design elements that are known to contribute to an energy efficient, cleaner and even healthier living environment. As last year, the HGTV Green Home will register to receive a significant LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. LEED for Homes, a voluntary rating system, is a nationwide residential certification project of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Viewers can enter to win the home and grand prize package during the HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2009℠, from April 17-June 5, 2009. Fans can get a virtual tour of the home on HGTV.com beginning in April, followed by a televised tour during the HGTV Green Home 2009 special on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"The success of last year's HGTV Green Home Giveaway showed us that many of our viewers are truly interested in hearing more about green lifestyles," said HGTV President Jim Samples. "The HGTV Green Home Giveaway provides an excellent opportunity to showcase affordable, acessible and eco-friendly approache to living."

"We are privileged to be chosen as the location of the 2009 HGTV Green Home and see this as an opportunity to showcase our commitment to sustainable community development, " said Wes McCurry, president of Tradition Florida. "From seven residential neighborhoods in which our builders utilize green design and conservation elements, to a 150-acre research campus where scientists develop cures for disease in environmentally frieendly, LEED-certified buildings, Tradition has earned a reputation as a model community for future generations."

Jack Thomasson, the HGTV Green Home House Planner who has overseen construction of 12 out the 13 HGTV Dream Homes says that today's construction materials and building practices provide many options for environmentally-friendly elements that can be incorporated into a home. "the HGTV Green Home is designed to demonstrate that you don't have to be extreme to be green," said Thomasson. "Through thoughtful design and selection of products, the HGTV Green Home uses the latest building technology and easily attainable materials to create a beautiful, comfortable home that provides affordable examples for an audience passionate about making eco-friendly lifestyle decisions."

"In addition, Tradition Florida is the perfect community for our second annual HGTV Green Home. We wanted to select a community that demonstrates that you can build green in an existing location with desirable amenities. Port St. Lucie is an established town that offers a warm climate and reasonable access to the Atlantic Ocean along with established shopping, schools and heatlh care," said Thomasson.

Recyclable Shaw carpet and hardwood containing recycled content will be featured in the 2009 HGTV Green Home. Shaw products featurd in the HGTV Green Home are part of the Shaw Green Edge™. The Shaw Green Edge is an umbrella terms that encompasses over one hundred of the company's social, economic and environmental initiatives centered on the company's business model of sustainability. Initiatives include Shaw's ability to recycle Type 6 nylon carpet at the company's Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility in Augusta, Ga. To date, the company has recycled over 180 million pounds of nylon carpet. To learn more about Shaw or the Shaw Green Edge, visit shawfloors.com.

About HGTV
HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV's website, HGTV.com, is the nation's leading online home-and-garden destination which attracts an average of 5 million unique visitors per month. HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada and provides much of the Canadian network's daily programming. The network's branded programming also can be seen in 120 territories across all seven continents and its selected programming is available to military personnel onboard Navy ships and through American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS), which services more than 1,000 outlets in over 175 countries. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and San Francisco, HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks, which also operates Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living Network and Great American Country.

About Core Communities

The award-winnning developer of the St. Lucie West and Tradition communities in Florida, Core Communities' mission is to create and develop master-planned total-living community environments throughout the Southeastern United States. Its St. Lucie West community is today home to more than 7,500 residences and serves as the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. Tradition, Florida encompasses more than 8,300 acres and serves as a catalyst for job creation on the Florida Treasure Coast. Visit www.traditionfl.com for more information. Core Communities is headquartered in Port St. Lucie at Tradition Station, 10521 S.W. Village Center Drive, Suite 201, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34987. Visit Core Communities on the Internet at www.CoreCommunities.com. Core Communities also is developing Tradition Hilton Head (www.traditionhh.com), the 5,300-acre master-planned community that is home to the first HGTV Green Home.

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 29,000 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.