• Green Squared Certified sustainable tiles and tile installation materials qualify for new LEED credit

    Building design professionals, facility managers and others seeking LEED building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) can now look to certified sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles, and tile installation materials to earn the needed credits. To contribute, tiles and related installation materials on a project (mortars, grouts, etc.) must meet the extensive environmental and social responsibility requirements of Green Squared, the ceramic tile industry’s multi-attribute, cradle-to-grave sustainability standard.

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    Crossville announces winners for its 2016 The Common Thread for the Cure scarf design contest

    Crossville, Inc. has announced the winners of the 2016 The Common Thread for the Cure scarf design contest, a biennial competition held in support of the nonprofit organization that provides practical support for members of the furnishings and interior design industries facing the challenges of breast cancer. “We received lots of entries this year, so it’s really exciting to see how the voting turned out,” states Robin Rhea, Crossville’s director

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    PET recycling turns waste to market-based solutions

    Summer 2016 By Ken Ryan Since the economic downturn, the use of polyester has grown dramatically as has the challenge of finding viable market-based solutions for this post-consumer PET. However, the recent Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) conference in Greenville, S.C., proved progress toward an aftermarket solution for the polymer is being made. At one time the processing of post-consumer PET had to be “pure,” meaning all calcium carbonate and

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    Expanding LEED credit sparks support and questions

    Summer 2016 By Sarah Bousquet In its continued efforts to further advance environmentally responsible forest management, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) to promote the use of certified legal wood. While industry members are on board with the broader cause, the details of the pilot program have been met with varying responses. One concern has been the immediate and vast expansion

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    Signature Leaves Its Mark On Environmental Responsibility

    John McIntosh hates the word “sustainability.” In fact, the vice president of sales and marketing at Signature Accord will hardly even utter it, referring to it instead as “the ‘S’ word.” He has had this view ever since he first sat down with Jim Evanoff, the senior environmental officer at Yellowstone National Park. It was a meeting that forged a groundbreaking environmental partnership and changed the way McIntosh and his

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