Shaw Contract’s new Bengaluru office achieves LEED Gold standard
Shaw Contract, a fully-owned brand of Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and leading floor covering provider, has received LEED v4 Gold for Interior Design and Construction certification for its newly opened 343 sqm showroom in Bengaluru, making it one of the first few projects in India to have achieved this international standard. With this certification, Shaw Contract hopes to lead the design and build community in creating spaces that are better for the planet and its people. Said Rakesh Lakra, Regional VP, Shaw Floors India, “Our approach to creating a better future is thought through every step – from sourcing materials, our manufacturing processes to our sales offices and recycling centres. LEED’S rigorous standards made this achievement obligatory for Shaw Contract who has always chosen the environmentally smart approach.” Earlier in 2015, Shaw Industries’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nantong, China, built to cater to customers in the Asia Pacific region, was awarded the LEED Silver status in the New Construction category. The new Bengaluru showroom met high standards in sustainability by integrating more natural light through effective use of glass panelling, minimising energy consumption and selecting furnishings that are environmentally friendly. The use of Shaw Contract’s own carpet tiles, which are completely recyclable and Cradle to Cradle Certified™, further contributed to credits and prerequisites set by LEED v4. Shaw Contract is among the few carpet manufacturers in the world that has products that can contribute to all the LEED v4 credits, raising the bar in achieving environmental, economic and social impact. Consistent with their commitment to full life-cycle sustainability, the use of their own carpet tiles helped the showroom easily achieve the gold standard. Designed as an open collaborative workspace with pockets of space conducive for people to connect with one another, the Bengaluru showroom was designed without walls. Different spaces were marked out by mixing and combining colourful carpet tiles selected from Shaw Contract’s awardwinning collections. “Shaw Contract’s LEED certification for the Bengaluru showroom demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said P. Gopalakrishana, MD, APAC & Middle East Market, Green Business Certification Inc. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with a healthy, green and high performing buildings. Shaw Contract Bengaluru showroom serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.” With the final threads in place, Shaw Contract opened its latest showroom to welcome collaboration from designers, architects and industry partners to explore better solutions using sustainable and environment-friendly products as demonstrated through its LEED certified showroom.
Vertical garden feature in Shaw Contract showroom improves air quality
Shaw’s signature Contact hexagonal adds colour and vibrancy to the showroom