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Michael Eckert


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Greenbuild — Human X Nature

Nov 7, 2018 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness, Sustainability

Greenbuild is just around the corner, beginning Wednesday, November 14, at McCormick Place in Chicago — and we always look forward to what’s happening there. Now, if you’ve been reading this blog regularly (which you have, right?), you’ll be aware of the fact that we’ve been talking quite a bit about the WELL Building StandardTM of late. In part, that’s because Milliken’s Chicago showroom in theMART was recently certified Platinum by the IWBI. It’s the only Platinum-certified space in Chicago, at the moment.

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Active Attention — 5 Strategies (you can implement today) for a Healthier Workplace

Oct 31, 2018 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness, Performance, Sustainability

Over the years, the office has certainly changed. Unless you’ve recently emerged from an underground vault, the current emphasis on creating healthier workplaces certainly isn’t a surprise. As a society we’ve really come to embrace this idea — that healthier, happier employees are better employees. Everyone wins.

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WELL, What Is It?

May 9, 2018 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness, Sustainability

If we were to take a trip to the ancient, dust-covered days of the modern sustainability standard — by strapping ourselves into the time machine that’s been sitting in the back of the garage, and cranking the power up — we’d be going on a long, arduous journey all the way back to . . . 1993. Yep, just 25 years. When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC ) was founded. Also when the development of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard began. Let’s say you accosted a random badge-holder with edgy glasses at the nearest design conference, then demanded they immediately shout out the name of the first sustainability-friendly building standard that popped into their head. If you did that, “LEED!” would probably get yelled the most.

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Warranties: What Exactly Should I Be Looking At?

Apr 27, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

Plenty of things are complicated. There’s nothing wrong with admitting you don’t understand something down to its tiniest detail — there’s no way to be an expert at everything. If there were, we’d all be plotting trajectories for the next Mars mission — or building our own cars in the garage rather than buying them from a dealership.

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Why being red list free is a big deal

Mar 26, 2018 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

 As of January 1, 2018: All Milliken modular carpet products manufactured
in North America are Red List Free, with third-party verification.

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Why acoustics should not be an afterthought

Mar 19, 2018 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness, Performance, Design

Think about the spaces you’ve spent time in today. What were your impressions? Maybe you liked the furniture and the layout of an office you were in this morning because it felt so comfortable. Later you were in a room with three skylights, and they made the space seem expansive. Wood surfaces and plants give your favorite lunch spot a cozy, natural ambiance. But after that you went to see your client with the very cramped lobby — also you always notice how it’s just too bright in there. It’s not your favorite place to visit.

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Sit to Stand Working: Everything You Need to Get Started

Mar 14, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

Sit to stand working is one of the biggest workplace trends of recent years, thanks to our growing understanding of the risks posed by an extremely sedentary lifestyle. Employers are looking to the sit to stand work trend to encourage employees to be more active day-to-day, and in turn to improve health and wellness across their organization.

However, it can be difficult to make that change in your organization's culture and adopt healthy sit to stand working practices. To help your company successfully embrace the sit to stand work trend, we're sharing the health benefits of this work practice, as well as everything you need to get started from a practical standpoint.

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What to Look for in Self-Adhesive Carpet Tiles

Feb 22, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

If you're looking to cut-out the hassle of traditional flooring adhesives, it's time to turn to self-adhesive carpet tiles. From sticky backings to friction-based coatings, we're sharing the pros and cons of self-adhesive carpet tiles - and seeing how they stack-up compared to conventional adhesives.

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The Complete Guide to Printed Carpet

Feb 7, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

Printed carpet offers unparalleled design flexibility and creative freedom. Designs can be made to match perfectly from tile to tile, and vary hugely in size – from high-resolution half-inch patterns, to patterns as large as your floor plan.

New technology made printed carpet available for the first time, more than 40 years ago. Since then, decades of technical refinement, improvement and development have enhanced design possibilities with printed carpet - but despite that, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding printed carpet.

We've pulled together everything you need to know about printed carpet, to dispel these myths and share the creative possibilities that printed carpet offers.

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A Simple Guide to Carpet Installation Patterns

Jan 16, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

One of the main benefits of modular carpet tiles is the design flexibility they offer. Not only are carpet tiles available in a much wider range of patterns, colors and designs than other flooring types; they can also be installed in a variety of different patterns and layouts, to add an additional design flair to even a subtle choice of carpet tile.

We're looking at several different installation pattern options, for both modular carpet squares and carpet planks - as different shapes of carpet tiles offer different installation patterning opportunities.

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