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Pictured is Johnsonite’s rubber flooring plant, one of the Tarkett North America plants that have received ISO 14001:2004 certification.

Tarkett, Johnsonite plants earn ISO 14001:2004 cert

All of Tarkett North America’s plants (including Johnsonite), have received ISO 14001:2004 certification. The ISO standard sets out the requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS), including prevention of pollution, continual improvement, and compliance with national and local regulations.

“To have all Tarkett factories in North America ISO 14001 certified is a great accomplishment and shows the dedication and hard work of our team to ensure that our corporate philosophy of better resource stewardship is not only met, but exceeded,” said Diane Martel, Tarkett North America’s vp environmental planning and strategy.

Tarkett operates six manufacturing plants in North America, in Houston; Florence, Ala.; Middlefield, Ohio; Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Waterloo, Ontario; and Farnham, Quebec.

Karastan first to receive Wool: Clear Air cert

Karastan is the first company to carry the new Wool: Clean Air Certified label from Wools of New Zealand, signifying its products meet LEED point requirements for indoor air quality, as well as California Section 01350 and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) standards.

“Solid scientific backing and high testing standards give the Wool: Clean Air Certified label impressive credibility that we are proud to carry on our products.”

said Connie Berry, Karastan’s director marketing.

“Wool is proven to significantly reduce indoor air contaminants within seven hours of installation and to keep contaminants out of the air for 30 years,” added Elise Demboski, WONZ’s exec director North America.

Carpets and rugs containing a minimum of 50 percent wool are eligible for Wool: Clean Air certification. For more information, visit woolcleanair.com.

McGraw-Hill report shows green construction on the rise

The value of green building construction starts were up 50 percent from 2008 to 2010, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s newest report, “Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth.” Additionally, green building represented 25 percent of all new construction activity in 2010, and the green building market size is expected to reach $135 billion by 2015.

Currently, a third of all new non-residential construction is green, representing a $54 billion market. In five years, non-residential green building activity is expected to triple to between $120 - $145 billion in new construction, and $14 - $18 billion in major retrofit and renovation projects.

The report also determined health care construction is expected to grow up to 40 percent; education and office construction are also expected to increase. For details, visit construction.com/market_research.

Shaw to provide all floors in 2011 HGTV Green Home

Shaw Industries will again be the exclusive flooring provider/sponsor for the annual HGTV Green Home Giveaway, set for this spring. HGTV will build its fourth Green Home in Stapleton, Colo.

The 2010 HGTV Green Home Giveaway in Plymouth, Mass., generated 17 million entries. “We’re honored that Shaw is again the exclusive flooring provider of the HGTV Green Home,” said Steve Sieracki, Shaw’s vp marketing and product. “The sponsorship brings incredible brand awareness to Shaw and our vast offering of sustainable, stylish floors. Best of all, the sponsorship delivers value to our retailers through Shaw’s prominent presence on the network during the spring.”

The 2,400 sq. ft. custom-built home will be given away as part of the HGTV Green Home Giveaway, running April 14 through June 2. For more information, visit HGTV.com/greenhome.

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