As the premier commercial brand of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, Shaw Contract Group not only defines design through aesthetic elements, but also through superior performance, innovation and sustainability. Shaw Contract Group revolutionised environmental stewardship by investing millions of dollars (US) in infrastructure to design and manufacture environmentally responsible products, resulting in:
* The world’s first Cradle to Cradle certified flooring products. Read more ...
* PVC-free and Bitumen-free carpet tile, optimized for human health and safety.
* The industry’s largest carpet reclamation program, reclaiming over 270 million kg of carpet since 2006.
* The first sustainability report in the industry, published annually following GRI guidelines.
* A strong commitment to reduce waste 100% and design all products adhering to Cradle to Cradle protocols.
As a part of Shaw Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company, Shaw Contract Group has access to the best talent, capital and resources in the industry. By leveraging this financial strength and expertise, the brand has received numerous design awards and was recognised among Contract magazine’s top ten “Brands that Inspire.” For more information, visit shawcontractgroup.com.
Meet the Jury
The judges for the 2014 Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building were:
Constant Van Aerschot
Constant is a renowned sustainability expert with extensive experience in the construction sector. Constant is the Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Singapore, a non-profit organization led by forward-thinking companies dedicated to creating a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. The BCSD Singapore is the regional network partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Constant is a member of an International Panel of Experts mandated to review Singapore’s green building policies and regulations. He also serves as an advisor to the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN), a global think tank on buildings. A native of Geneva, Constant holds a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the ETH Zurich (Switzerland), an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management (UK) and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
An expert on sustainable development, Stefanos is currently serving as the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) Senior Regional Coordinator on Resource Efficiency for the Asia and Pacific region. Under his portfolio, Stefano is coordinating the regional implementation of UNEP’s initiatives on resource efficiency including green economy, sustainable consumption and production, relations with industry and corporate social responsibility, and other areas.
Stefanos' professional experience includes assignments for the European Commission, work for the private sector, and posts in research and academic institutes. Stefano also has extensive experience as an educator; he has taught as a visiting lecture at the Aristotle University and at the University of Macedonia. He holds a masters degree in Forestry, a PhD in Natural Resources Economics, and a masters degree in Information Systems.
Karan Grover is a passionate advocate of sustainable contemporary architecture that harmonises with the prevailing culture and heritage in which it is located. Winner of every Indian award for excellence in architecture and interior design, Karan has been honoured as Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation of Washington and is a Permanent Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of the Environment. Karan’s 22–year effort resulted in the Champanar Pavagadh in Gujarat achieving UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status. Karan was a member of the World Economic Forum’s sustainability panel at Davos in 2009. Karan Grover and Associates was named Best Architect of the Year 2013 (Residential Category) at the Era Fame Awards 2013, supported by the Indian Institute of Architects.
Senior Program Manager for the International Finance Corporation, Hans Shrader has worked on private sector development in emerging markets and middle income countries for more than fifteen years. Originally with the World Bank, he joined the International Finance Corporation in 2000 to work on implementation of private sector policy reforms that increase investment and support economic growth.
From 2003, Hans has worked in Asia and led teams to develop and implement investment climate growth strategies in partnership with Asian governments and private sector institutions. His expertise lies in legal and regulatory reform that streamlines and rationalizes regulation. Climate change is a strategic priority for IFC in Asia and Hans is leading work for green building development. Hans has an MBA and an MA in International Affairs and lives in Manila with his family.
An architect, planner and ecologist, Ken Yeang is best known for his signature eco-architecture and eco-masterplanning that have a distinctive green aesthetic. He trained at the AA School in the United Kingdom and received a doctorate from Wolfson College at Cambridge University. He is principal of Hamzah & Yeang in Malaysia, a firm with expertise in deep green innovative ecological architecture and masterplanning. Ken is Illinois University’s Distinguished Plym Professor, has authored more than twelve books on green architecture and has received numerous awards including the Malaysian Government’s Merdeka Award.