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The Pros and Cons of PVC Backed Carpet Tiles

Oct 3, 2017 / by Mike Brown

In recent years, PVC products have come under increasing scrutiny, particularly from designers and architects looking to vet products containing PVC, and ensure their suitability for health-conscious projects.

Flooring is one area where PVC still has a foothold, so today, we're helping you to understand the pros and cons of using PVC-backed carpet tiles in your next project.

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Here's Why Those Waterproofing Silicates in Your Concrete Admixture Don't Work

Sep 28, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Adding silicates to concrete is a common tactic for battling the moisture problems that so often derail construction projects. But increasingly, these expensive concrete waterproofing admixtures are being rendered ineffective - or worse, completely redundant - by smart and cost-effective advances in flooring technology.

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How to Choose the Right Flooring for Elementary School Classrooms

Sep 26, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

For younger students, creating the right classroom environment is essential: students need to feel welcome and safe, in a space that reduces the anxiety of being in a new environment - especially for the youngest students and new starters. Classroom design is key for creating a welcoming space to cultivate positive associations with school and learning for young students.

We're looking at how your choice of flooring affects the classroom environment, and what you should prioritize when selecting new flooring for elementary school classrooms.

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How Modular Carpet Tiles can Breathe New Life into Your Office Design

Sep 21, 2017 / by Mike Brown

We spend upwards of 40 hours every week in the office - more of our waking time than we spend anywhere else. As such, it's becoming increasingly important to design office spaces that not only look the part, but create a comfortable working environment too. We're sharing five ways your choice of carpet can breathe new life into your office design, and create a space that improves communication, collaboration and engagement between employees.

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Is LVT a Smart Choice for Classroom Flooring?

Sep 19, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

There's lots to consider when selecting classroom flooring, and with different flooring types excelling in different areas, it can be hard to work out which is the best option.

The popularity of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is surging - but is it a smart option to use in classrooms?

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Everything You Need to Know About the WELL Building Standard

Sep 14, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) combines design and construction best practices with proven, evidence-based strategies for improving health and wellness. According to WELL, this is the "first standard of its kind that focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants".

Today we're looking at some of the key concepts that WELL focuses on, and how they affect health and wellness for building users.

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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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