Environmental

Hardcore responsibility.

We're every bit as hardcore about environmental and social responsibility as we are about design. Which makes for high-performance engineered hardwood that looks beautiful, does right by the world and contributes to multiple LEED credits. Responsibility is engineered right in.

Manufacturing Practices

Shaw's heritage of crafting wood flooring is unparalleled. Through its Anderson Hardwoods brand, we are the pioneer of engineered hardwood. Using a rotary technique, the entire log is peeled for use in high-quality flooring, compared to other techniques that underutilize the log and create more wood waste. Engineered products are ideal for any climate and can be installed above and below grade.

Shaw is building upon the noted environmental practices in place at Anderson. Our heritage for conservation includes innovative methods of waste and emissions reduction. Waste that cannot be repurposed into products is used as fuel, sold to other manufacturers or used for landscaping mulch. Responsible logging is practiced to ensure regrowth rates exceed harvesting rates and so that the visual impact of harvesting is reduced and that animal habitats are protected.

Wood waste created from the manufacturing processes is used to create the EnviroCore™ section of our engineered hardwood products. Use of this wasted wood fiber prevents it from being burned or sent to landfills. EnviroCore has distinct advantages over other 3 ply alternatives, such as unsurpassed structural integrity, impact resistance and moisture tolerance.

By striving to use every part of the tree in the manufacturing process of our hardwood flooring, Shaw produces the most environmentally responsible engineered hardwood product available. Shaw engineered hardwood with EnviroCore™ requires 50 percent less newly-harvested wood than conventional 3/8” engineered wood flooring products.

All Shaw Hardwoods are low-emitting materials and are Greenguard Certified for Children & Schools.

LEED Contribution

Shaw hardwood flooring contributes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.

MR Credit 7: Certified Wood
When using new wood-based products and materials, use a minimum of 50% that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s principles and criteria.

Shaw can meet this certification through five running line products or for 5,000 square foot minimum orders. Contact your Shaw Contract Group sales representative.


IEQ Credit 4.1: Adhesives and Sealants
All building adhesives and sealants, including carpet adhesives and sealants, must meet VOC guidelines of LEED (1 point). Adhesives, sealants and sealant primers must comply with South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168.

All Shaw Contract Group adhesives are CRI Green Label Plus certified and meet SCAQMD Rule 1168 requirements.


IEQ Credit 4.3: Flooring Systems
All flooring systems installed in the building interior must meet the testing and product requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus program (1 point).

Products are GreenGuard Certified for Children & Schools


ID Credit 1.1: Innovation in Design
Achieve significant, measurable environmental performance using a strategy not addressed in the LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors Rating System. One point is awarded for each innovation achieved.

Projects seeking LEED certification can earn "Innovation in Design" points by using products with Cradle to Cradle Certificationsm. Cradle to Cradle certification is granted by MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry), a third-party consultancy founded by architect William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart. EnviroCore hardwoods are certified with a Silver rating. To contribute, Silver Certified products must be 5% of the total value of all building materials.

Social Responsibility

Shaw believes in giving back to the community, to supporting charitable causes that are close to our business, and to being leaders of community organizations. Our people are active volunteers who give freely of their time and skills. Shaw is proud to provide support to the programs below through our hardwood business.

The Prison Industry Enterprise Program
Shaw's Anderson Hardwood brand has participated in the South Carolina Department of Corrections Prison Industry Enterprise (PIE) Program for more than 12 years. The program employs inmates to handcraft certain hardwood products. Our involvement helps make South Carolina’s PIE program one of the largest in the U.S. Through the entirely voluntary program, participants earn comparable pay to civilians in their region. Wages are apportioned by the state for victims’ restitution, room and board, inmate savings, family allocation and spending. Additionally, Anderson has successfully employed many inmates after their release. For inmates working in the program for at least one year, the likelihood of an inmate returning to prison after release drops to 11 percent – as compared to the national average of 34 percent. Shaw has recently increased this program to include prison facilities in Tennessee.

Shaw Contract Group supports the following organizations:

U.S. Forest Service Hardwood Forestry Fund
Forest Stewardship Council Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Hardwood Federation Sierra Club
American Forest and Paper Association World Wildlife Fund
National Wood Flooring Association  

FSC Certification

Shaw is working with Forest Stewardship Council – United State (FSC) and the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) to increase the available timber land that is certified through FSC, which will increase the flooring industry’s access to FSC certified hardwood. Because of the limited amount of FSC certified timber today, Shaw currently offers FSC certified products in five running line styles or as custom orders for our other products. Many Shaw Contract Group hardwoods sourced domestically carry the label “From U.S. Renewing Forests,” part of the NWFA’s Responsible Procurement Program. We anticipate that all Shaw hardwood products will achieve FSC certification in the future. If you want to learn more about what we are doing to advance the cause of FSC and responsible forestry go to www.RPProgram.org.