Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / USGBC awards INVISTA LEED-CI Gold Certification
USGBC awards INVISTA LEED-CI Gold Certification
Feb '09
INVISTA has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for Commercial Interiors for the Antron brand Studio showroom in Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

The showroom, created by Design Collaboratives, Inc. of Chicago, features minimal internal structure and utilizes many of the original 1983 finishes and furniture. This minimizes waste and the need for new materials by creating a multi-use, transformable space similar to a theater stage that can easily change its personality and functionality depending on the event. INVISTA directed the design team to reuse as many of the existing finishes as possible. Some of the finishes original to the showroom include:

• Multiple floor-to-ceiling glass space dividers
• Six hundred feet of millwork surfacing
• Furniture, including classic chairs and tables

The design also addresses future needs and reduces future waste through the use of technology to minimize materials needed for new graphic updates. Controls for the HVAC and lighting will reduce overall energy use in the showroom, optimizing energy performance. Other elements that contributed to LEED-CI Gold certification are:

• LED accent lighting
• Zero-VOC paints and adhesives
• 100% recycled no-formaldehyde substrates
• Energy Star appliances
• Renewable energy credits for showroom power needs
• Environmentally Preferable Product certification of Antron carpet fiber

“This showroom is a real-world example of our holistic view of sustainability, which goes well beyond mere building or product related features. Almost indefinitely extending the useful life of our showroom space through flexible, innovative design and the use of durable materials ensure that the environmental benefits certified by our LEED Gold designation can be sustained,” said Melissa Noebes, Antron brand manager. “This parallels our Antron brand sustainability approach, creating products that perform for years beyond expectations thus reducing the waste associated with replacement and benefitting the environment.”

The showroom will be continually used throughout the year for Antron ASAP seminars that are designed to educate new designers on issues including carpet and fiber specification, aesthetics options in carpet and sustainability.

According to Noebes, “There is no better place to teach designers about sustainability than in a showroom that features 20-plus year old materials to create a fresh, new and functional space. We're looking forward to another 20 years in the showroom and seeing what the next reuse of these materials will bring.”


Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Christian Dior

Fashion | On 25th Apr 2017

LVMH to acquire Christian Dior Couture for €6.5bn

LVMH and Christian Dior, which holds directly and indirectly 41 per...

Information Technology | On 25th Apr 2017

Self-repairing fabrics to be the future of fashion

It is the era of smart. Intelligent materials like self-repairing...

Textiles | On 25th Apr 2017

Indonesia revitalising textile sector

With exports of textile and textile products rising in Indonesia, the ...

Interviews View All

Studio Priyanka Rajiv

‘To reinvent the age-old tradition of embroidery to suit demographics and...

Marazban F Velati
Sutlej Textiles & Industries limited

No training can be effective till the candidate believes in it.

Deepak Jain

We are using Facebook and Instagram to promote ourselves

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search