May 15, 2008 03:07 ET

Sustainable Interior Design Products and Homes Show Growth

FLOR Carpet Tiles Lead the Industry in Sustainable, Designer Flooring

ELMHURST, IL--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - According to the study, Greener Pastures for America's Homebuilders? A Survey of Sustainable Practices by the Homebuilding Industry, by the Calvert Group and the Boston College Institute for Responsible Investment, homes account for about 18% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Eco-conscious Americans are turning to green products and growth rates between 17% and 23% imply a significant change in the building materials industry. For those leaning towards green, but unsure how to proceed a visit the Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry could provide direction.

The exhibit, open through Jan. 4, 2009, features a functioning, three-story sustainable "green" home that showcases ways people can make eco-friendly living a part of their lives. And sustainability does not end with the building itself: Many homeowners are going the extra mile by purchasing sustainable interior design and home decor products -- everything from furniture and carpeting to lighting and linens.

The Smart Home, conceived by Michelle Kaufmann Designs™ and built by All American Homes™, features many green and sustainable products in the interior design. One of them is carpet tiles from Chicago-based FLOR.

"FLOR's environmental-premise is all about reducing waste, conserving energy and keeping the home free of harmful chemicals, so this pairing was a natural one," said Greg Colando, President of FLOR. "Our tiles are largely made from recycled and recyclable content and made in an eco-friendly factory that is responsible in the way it uses the Earth's resources. We know we can't go it alone, so we encourage our customers to participate in our Return and Recycle program, to ensure no FLOR products end up in a landfill."

In addition to the benefits of sustainability, interior design with FLOR carpet tiles also enables homeowners to custom design beautiful carpets that are easily installed, easily cleaned and, when it's time to make a change, recyclable.

Living in a green home, including sustainable interior design products, makes the home and the planet a safer, healthier place to live. Builders are making headway and those who can should take advantage of it. Those who are not in the market for a new home would be wise to take advantage of FLOR carpet tiles and other green interior design products to live a better life and protect the environment.

Smart Home: Green + Wired, powered by ComEd and warmed by Peoples Gas, is also sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Dominick's; and the Motorola Foundation.

About the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry's mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational. The Museum first opened its doors on June 19, 1933. In 2008 -- more than 175 million guests later -- the Museum commemorates its 75th Anniversary with a year-long celebration. Located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, the Museum is open every day of the year except December 25. Regular Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Extended summer hours, until 5:30 p.m. each day, will be offered from May 24 to Sept. 1. The Museum offers indoor parking and is accessible by CTA and Metra. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit the Museum's Web site at or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago.

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