Calhoun, Ga. [April 22, 2015] Mohawk Group, a leading commercial flooring company known for its sustainable and innovative product solutions, is pleased to announce that the company has received the first Manufacturing Visionary Award from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Recognized for its commitment to the ILFI’s mission, as well as leadership in the manufacture of products that contribute to a healthy environment, Mohawk Group currently has 18 Declare labels that cover the majority of its commercial offerings. The inaugural award was presented at the ILFI’s annual unConference 2015.
"We recognize Mohawk for being the first company to have Declare labels across all of their soft surface product lines (and the most of any company), promoting the message of transparency and responsible formulation to all design firms and clients across the nation,” said Jason F McLennan, CEO of the International Living Future Institute. “Mohawk is a powerful partner in our efforts to create a Living Future, showing leadership and commitment to our core message in many critical ways.”
The ILFI hosted its ninth annual Living Future unConference on April 1-3 in Seattle, Washington. ILFI’s unConference is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement. ILFI is growing in influence, and now administers three initiatives including the Living Building Challenge – the most aspirational green building standard in the world – the Living Community Challenge, and the Living Product Challenge. Over the past two years, Mohawk has been working side by side with ILFI to spread its revolutionary message throughout the world. Declare labels provide a clear ingredients list for building products and a quick assessment of whether or not the product is free of red list materials, helping customers easily and confidently make conscious, informed decisions when specifying products.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the International Living Future Institute for the work we have been doing in product innovation and providing transparency. We are leading in eliminating red list ingredients in our products and providing detailed product information to our customers so they can make confident, healthy choices,” said Michel Vermette, president of Mohawk commercial and international. “Together with the Institute, we are working towards the goal of creating inspiring and healthy interiors. However, the work isn’t finished, and receiving this award means we must continue to raise the bar for our own company and the building material industry.”
Mohawk Group has embarked on its own Living Building Challenge project. The company is working on petal recognition for a design studio located in Dalton, and anticipates completion in 2015.
To learn more about Mohawk’s work in transparency, its sustainability initiatives, and to view the company’s most recent corporate sustainability report, visit MohawkGroup.com.
About Mohawk Group
Mohawk Group, the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, delivers industry-leading style, cutting-edge innovation, unmatched service and superior sustainability. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, Mohawk Group has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. The company’s enduring family of brands—Mohawk, Karastan, and Durkan—are widely regarded as the most trusted names in the commercial flooring business. Together, these brands function beautifully, delivering the perfect flooring solution for all markets and price points. Rounding out its esteemed product offering, the Mohawk Group also offers a full spectrum of hard surface flooring products and installation accessories that exceed the most rigorous performance standards. For additional information about its proven design solutions, and to learn more about what is next from Mohawk, visit www.mohawkgroup.com or call (800) 554-6637.
About the International Living Future Institute
International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The Institute also runs the Cascadia Green Building Council, Ecotone Press, Declare, JUST and other leading-edge programs. A global network of more than 350 volunteers across nearly 30 countries drive the local adoption of restorative principles in their communities.
About the Living Building Challenge
The Institute operates the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous building performance standard. The Challenge is a philosophy, an advocacy tool and a certification program. Launched in 2006, more than 250 projects (totaling nearly 9 million square feet of space) are currently registered for the Challenge. The Living Building Challenge fosters buildings that produce more energy than they consume, avoid knows toxins and harmful chemicals, and collect and reuse their own water.