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China’s First LEED-CI Certification in Shanghai

The first-ever LEED for Commercial Interiors certification in China has been awarded to an InterfaceFLOR facility in Shanghai. The company, which produces modular floor coverings, received LEED-CI Gold for its 4,500 square foot space in Shanghai’s historic district, successfully incorporating a variety of low-flow water fixtures and reclaimed materials, including antique timbers reclaimed from nearby condemned buildings. This is the second LEED-CI space for InterfaceFLOR; its Atlanta showroom received the first-ever LEED Platinum CI rating back in 2004.

“China, more than any other developing nation, can benefit from the principles of resource conservation that come with green building,” said Dan Hendrix, President and CEO of Interface, Inc. “With our growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region, Interface is uniquely poised to bring the concept of Mission Zero to the booming commercial interiors industry in Shanghai.”

China poses a fascinating challenge to green building and the new Interface facility is undoubtedly just one of what promises to be many green projects across Asia in 2007.

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