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November 18, 2009

Shaw Hardwoods Earn GREENGUARD Certification

 

First Hardwood Flooring Manufacturer to Earn Certification on Entire Line Up of Products


Dalton, Ga. - November 18, 2009- All Shaw hardwood flooring products are now GREENGUARD Children & Schools SM Certified, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) announced today. As an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air quality, GEI created the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification Program to recognize companies whose products meet or exceed stringent requirements for low chemical emissions. The company announced in September that all Shaw laminate flooring is also certified.

To achieve GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification, Shaw hardwoods were screened for more than 10,000 different volatile organic companounds (VOCs) and were verified to meet the required California chronic exposure levels including 13.5 parts per billion formaldehyde. To maintain certification, Shaw's hardwoods will be re-tested according to these strict standards on an ongoing basis. Interestingly, of the products that seek GREEGUARD Children & Schools Certification, about 60 percent cannot initially meet the rigorous requirements of the program.

"Shaw's achievement of GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification, first of their laminates and now for their hardwood flooring, demonstrates a solid commitment to occupant health and sustainability. Though indoor air quality affects everyone, children are especially at risk for negative effects of chemical exposure. Selecting GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified products is an easy way to ensure that children and other sensitive individuals are surrounded by products that have been scientifically proven to be safe and healthy for indoor air," said Henning Bloech, executive director of GEI.

"We are very pleased to be the first hardwood flooring manufacturer to earn GEI's prestigious GREENGUARD Children & Schools certification on our entire line up of products," said David Wilkerson, Shaw's corporate director of sustainability and product stewardship. "This achievement not only reinforces Shaw's commitment to optimum indoor air quality but also insures these hardwood styles are eligible for low emission credit under the respective commercial and residential LEED certification programs."

To view Shaw's sustainability report, visit www.shawgreenedge.com.

About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)

Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that overseees the GREENGUARD Certification Program℠. GEI's mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for building materials, furnishings, electronic equipmen, indoor environments and buildings. GREENGUARD Certification is recognized and accepted by "green" building programs, including the United States Building Council's (USGBC) LEED program. For a free online guide to certified products visit www.greenguard.org.

About Shaw

Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a susbsidiary 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 26,000 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.

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