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Greenwashing: Why Sustainable Design Isn't Always What It Seems

Sep 12, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Sustainability has been shown to have a major impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions, leading some companies to work - and sometimes overwork - the ‘green angle’ into their marketing efforts. This means it has become increasingly difficult for designers to differentiate between truly sustainable products and materials, and those where the green claims have been exaggerated.

This practice - of making exaggerated or misleading claims about the environmental benefits of a product - is known as 'greenwashing'. At best, greenwashing is used to make a company appear more 'green' or environmentally friendly than they are; at worst, it's a way to distract from other business practices that may actually be damaging the environment.

Today we're looking at two increasingly prevalent examples of greenwashing, to help differentiate between exaggerated claims and truly sustainable design options.

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How to Overcome the 3 Biggest Barriers to Adoption of Sit-to-Stand Working

Sep 7, 2017 / by Mike Brown

Sit-to-stand working is one of the most popular workplace trends of recent years, thanks to the growing awareness of the health risks associated with extended sedentary periods. Employers are embracing the sit-stand work trend as a way to encourage their employees to be more active, and in turn to improve health and wellness across their organization.

However, it doesn't always catch-on. There's nothing worse than spending thousands of dollars investing in top-of-the-range sit-stand desks, only to realize that none of your employees use them except in the default 'seated' position.

To help you avoid this waste of resources, we've identified the three biggest barriers to adoption of sit-to-stand working, with suggestions to help you overcome them.

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What Flooring Manufacturers' Installation Instructions Really Mean for Your Next Project

Sep 5, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Most design and construction specifications rely on the manufacturer's installation instructions as a base reference document, and language like "Installed per the manufacturers installation instructions" has almost become common place. Unfortunately, installation requirements vary from manufacturer to manufacturer: some requirements are incredibly vague and hard to follow, and some are so exacting it's almost impossible to get right.

We're highlighting the four main points covered in manufacturers installation requirements, to help you understand why each is so critical for a successful flooring project.

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Engineered Hardwood Floors: 6 Pros and Cons

Aug 31, 2017 / by Alan Fennell

Engineered hardwood flooring is made from layers of ply that are bonded together, and topped with a layer of real hardwood. This creates an aesthetic that's very similar to real wood flooring, without the high price point. But how does it compare to other hard flooring types?

Today we're weighing up the pros and cons of engineered hardwood floors, to help you assess whether it's a smart flooring choice for your organization.

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Health and Wellness: the Next Era of Sustainable Design

Aug 29, 2017 / by Mike Brown

Sustainability has long been a priority for designers looking to make a positive impact with their work, beyond simply focusing on aesthetics and functionality. But now every major company has its own 'green' stance and sustainability measures in place, and there's a new trend emerging in sustainable design.

Increasingly, designers are turning their attentions towards health and wellness, finding ways to design a space that's good for its users. People become the focal point of the design: how will they use this space every day, and how can we design it to improve their lives?

Today we're looking at these shifting priorities in sustainable design, and exploring exactly why health and wellness is on the rise.

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What is the Life Expectancy of Commercial Carpet?

Aug 24, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

The life expectancy of commercial carpet is affected by several factors, from how it's used to the type of carpet you've selected. Shorter replacement cycles can hit your maintenance budget hard, and it's likely that a slightly more expensive carpet with a longer lifecycle will be better value for your money over its lifetime compared with a cheaper, less durable option.

Today we're sharing four factors that affect carpet longevity, and revealing how long you can expect different carpet types to last in a commercial environment.

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4 Things to Consider When Designing a Healthy School Environment

Aug 22, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

When redesigning school interiors, it's important to consider how your design choices will impact the health and wellness of the hundreds of students, teachers and staff who will use the building every single day. Many seemingly minor decisions can have a significant impact on the classroom and school environment.

Today we're sharing four health and wellness concerns that can be addressed through school design to create a healthier and more comfortable learning environment.

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6 Hot Interior Design Trends We've Seen in 2017

Aug 16, 2017 / by Mike Brown

When you're investing in an office redesign, you want more than a fresh coat of paint: you want to improve the space and how your employees, customers and visitors experience it. The desire to improve your experience of a space is one of the driving forces behind this year's hottest interior design trends.

We've spent a lot of time talking with architects and designers, and visiting trade shows like NeoCon 2017, to uncover emerging design ideas to keep your renovation project on-trend. From color, to materials, to concepts, we're sharing 6 of the hottest interior design trends of 2017.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Buying Moisture Mitigation Products

Aug 16, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

High moisture levels are a billion-dollar problem for the construction industry, and flooring is particularly affected. Changes in construction processes, materials used, and accelerated build schedules compound to create one colossal moisture problem.

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The Only Moisture Mitigation Solution You'll Ever Need

Aug 10, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Moisture causes millions of dollars of damage in the construction industry, and a lot of the time it's flooring that gets hit hardest. As a result, many flooring installers are building moisture mitigation products and processes into their installation quotes as standard.

However, many of the most commonly-used moisture mitigation products don't actually solve or prevent moisture problems from occurring - they simply isolate the moisture issues from the flooring, covering it up so it's out of sight and out of mind.

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