By Joel Scanlon
Shaw Industries Group declared that it has been presented with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for its administrative facility- Plant 95 that is located on its corporate campus in Dalton. The award was presented by The United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Among all the buildings in Dalton, Plant 95 is the first one to achieve certification under the LEED Existing Buildings’ Operations and Maintenance rating system, and the second Shaw facility to achieve LEED certification. The 32,335 sq.ft facility was formerly the first private building in Dalton to win the US EPA Energy Star rating.
Shaw Corporate Facilities Director Jason Bowling, said that their commitment to sustainability owes to the facility’s environmental and social responsibility. Evaluation on the facility’s infrastructure has been carried out in order to formulate new methods to improve water and energy efficiency, thereby reducing the overall impact of its buildings. Plant 95 is an evidence of the company’s commitment; the constant investment in developing the facility’s environmental responsibility pushed the company in winning the LEED certification.
Bowling further says that the high level of energy efficiency, which facilitated the building with Energy Star, also helped to achieve a LEED rating for the building. According to Shaw Corporate Facilities Manager Rhonda Allen, various other features that promoted the building for high rating include green cleaning, water efficiency, water efficient landscaping, eco- based sourcing and purchasing, waste reduction and recycling, and lighting.
Shaw Vice President of Sustainability Paul Murray says that sustainable firms need sustainable buildings. High standards for environmental efficiency are maintained in all of its commercial areas including physical infrastructure and product manufacturing while achieving LEED certification for the facility.