Mohawk's Glasgow, VA Showroom Earns LEED Gold
Glasgow, VA, April 2, 2018-Mohawk Industries has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its renovated showroom at the Glasgow, Virginia commercial carpet tile manufacturing facility. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, the rating system provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
The facility, located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, manufactures carpet tile and plank for the flooring company’s Mohawk Group commercial brand. The renovated showroom, which showcases Mohawk Group’s carpet tile, broadloom and hard surface portfolio, will be used as an initial connection point for contract customers visiting the site as part of Mohawk’s mill tour experience and as meeting space for internal and external stakeholders. The re-envisioned showroom achieved LEED Gold by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and other sustainable attributes.
LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) gives project teams the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. More than 93,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 19.7 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and across 167 countries and territories.
The Mohawk team implemented several strategic operations in design and construction, including the following:
• All construction waste generated on-site was diverted from the landfill.
• All finishes used in the showroom’s interior are comprised of low-emitting materials.
• All appliances installed in the showroom space are Energy Star certified.
• Virtually all showroom lighting fixtures include occupancy sensors.
• Only LED lighting was specified, helping to reduce lighting power by nearly 67% over code.
• Almost one third of materials taken from the original space were repurposed, salvaged and reused in the renovation.
Mohawk’s Glasgow facility has long been celebrated as a model of innovation and energy efficiency as the source of the world’s first Living Product Challenge Petal certified floorcovering, Lichen, as well as several hundred other Red List-free products. Investments like lighting retrofits and the replacement of aging boilers and ovens with new, more efficient ones have led to significant reductions in energy consumption at the plant. The Glasgow campus was recently recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The plant is also home to six on-site beehives maintained by a production manager who is also a beekeeper. Additionally, the site provides rich connections to the natural world for the nearly 645 team members there, helping contribute to employee health and wellness.
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