Shaw Contract products are manufactured with safe and healthy ingredients and have reduced environmental impact across the entire lifecycle of our product.

Shaw Contract is the only carpet manufacturer that has products that can contribute to all the following LEED v4 credits:

  • MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients” Option 1: Material Ingredient Reporting

  • MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients.” Option 2: Material Ingredient Optimization.

  • MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Environmental Product Declaration” Option 1: Environmental Product Declaration

  • MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure—Sourcing of Raw Materials” Option 1: Raw Material Source and Extraction Reporting

  • MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure—Sourcing of Raw Materials” Option 2: Leadership Extraction Practices

  • MR Credit “Interiors Life-Cycle Impact Reduction” Option 3: Design for Flexibility

  • IEQ Credit “Low-Emitting Materials” Option 1: Product Category Calculations
Learn about Shaw Contract product attributes that contribute to
LEED v4 certification:
Cradle to Cradle Certification
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
GRI compliant Sustainability Report
Carpet recycling program and recycled content in product
Recyclable products with guaranteed reclamation and system for removal and reuse
Green Label Plus Certification

Our online LEED calculator provides information regarding the environmental attributes of Shaw Contract products, as well as documentation on their contribution to the LEED Rating System. Calculate LEED credit from any product detail page.
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Cradle to Cradle Certification
MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients.” Option 1: Material Ingredient Reporting

LEED requirement: Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

Cradle to Cradle CertificationCM rewards achievement in five categories: material health, water, renewable energy, material reutilization, and social fairness. As part of the Cradle to Cradle material health assessment, products are third-party evaluated down to 100 parts per million, well beyond the 1000 parts per million requirement for the LEED credit.

Learn more about Shaw Contract Cradle to Cradle CertificationCM
Environmental Product Declaration

MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Environmental Product Declaration.” Option 1: Environmental Product Declaration

LEED requirement: Use at least 20 different permanently installed products sourced from at least five different manufacturers that meet one of the approved disclosure criteria.

An Environmental Product Declaration is based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data and provides transparency on the environmental impacts of a product from manufacture and use to end of life. A product EPD meets disclosure criteria for the LEED credit.

Download EPD for Shaw Contract Tile Constructed
with EcoWorx backing and EcoSolution Q fiber


Download EPD for Shaw Contract Tile Constructed with EcoWorx backing and Solution Q or Solution Q Extreme fiber

Download EPD for Shaw Contract EcoWorx Performance Broadloom Constructed with EcoSolution Q fiber

Download EPD for Shaw Contract EcoWorx Performance Broadloom Constructed with Solution Q
or Solution Q Extreme fiber


Download EPD for Ultraloc Broadloom Constructed with EcoSolution Q fiber
GRI compliant Sustainability Report

MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure—Sourcing of Raw Materials.” Option 1: Raw Material Source and Extraction Reporting

LEED requirement: Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that have publicly released a report from their raw material suppliers which include raw material supplier extraction locations, a commitment to long-term ecologically responsible land use, a commitment to reducing environmental harms from extraction and/or manufacturing processes, and a commitment to meeting applicable standards or programs voluntarily that address responsible sourcing criteria.

The annual Shaw Industries corporate sustainability report is compliant with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, addressing Shaw responsible sourcing practices and meeting LEED requirements for full contribution to this credit. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines promote transparency and provide a framework for reporting sustainability performance and disclosure.

Our latest corporate sustainability report shares our progress and investments in environmental and social responsibility, including:

  • The company's approach and continued commitment to the circular economy.

  • The significant milestone of recycling more than 700 million pounds of carpet since 2006.

  • Achieving 64 percent of product sales from Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products.

  • A continued dedication to transparency through Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

  • Strategic community and education partnerships to cultivate the workforce of the future and foster local economic development.

  • An investment of $20 million in energy and greenhouse gas reductions through efficient equipment and systems in recent years.

  • The installation of a 1MW solar panel system - one of the largest commercial installations in the Southeastern U.S. - on the roof of Shaw's carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, GA.

  • Donations valued at nearly $4 million dollars to community and nonprofit organizations.

  • An investment of $350 million in expanded or enhanced carpet tile, hardwood, LVT, extrusion and distribution operations and the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs in coming years as a result.
View complete 2014 Shaw Corporate Sustainability Report
Carpet recycling program and recycled content in product

MR Credit “Building Product Disclosure—Sourcing of Raw Materials.” Option 2: Leadership Extraction Practices

LEED requirement: Use products that meet at least one of the approved responsible extraction criteria for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products in the project.

Demonstrating extended producer responsibility and leading the industry in this area, Shaw reclaims and recycles more than 1 million pounds of post-consumer carpet each year. Every tile or broadloom product with EcoWorx backing offers guaranteed reclamation and recycling at no additional cost. Extended producer responsibility is one of the criteria outlined by LEED for contribution to this credit.

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Also contributing to this credit is product recycled content. All Shaw Contract products constructed with EcoSolution Q fiber and/or EcoWorx backing contain recycled content.

Visit the Shaw Contract online product catalog to view recycled content by product
Recyclable products with guaranteed reclamation and system for removal and reuse

MR Credit “Interiors Life-Cycle Impact Reduction”
Option 3: Design for Flexibility

LEED requirement: Conduct an integrative planning process to increase the useful life of the project space. Increase project space flexibility, ease of adaptive use, and recycling of building materials while considering differential durability and premature obsolescence over building design life and individual component service lives. Use at least three of the approved strategies.

Contributing to qualifying strategies for design flexibility and contributing to the LEED credit, Shaw Contract offers a take back program, recyclable materials, accessible systems, and movable floors.

All EcoWorx products are backed with an environmental guarantee for free reclamation and recycling. The returned materials are 100% recyclable.

Learn more about EcoWorx reclamation and recycling

And, when installed with LokDots, Shaw Contract tile can be installed allowing access to underfloor systems, or removed and reuse. LokDots offers a 97% reduction in materials compared to wet adhesive, is virtually VOC-free, and provides an alternative to wet adhesive.

Learn more about LokDots
Green Label Plus Certification

IEQ Credit “Low-Emitting Materials”
Option 1: Product Category Calculations

LEED requirement: Achieve the threshold level of compliance with emissions and content standards; points awarded based on number of product categories achieving compliance.

All Shaw Contract carpet is CRI Green Label Plus certified, ensuring low VOC emissions across the entire line of carpet tile and broadloom products and meeting LEED requirements.

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