Specifying resinous flooring systems involves crunching numerous performance data points, such as compressive strength and abrasion resistance, to select the optimal flooring system for a given environment. A major goof in picking a system could mean years of lost durability.
People have a very unique relationship and innate gravitation to the ground, and subsequently, the floor. At its surface, a floor can define a space, create the appearance of motion or movement, be a wayfinding element, or provide direction and sense of navigation from one place to another.
Most floorcovering failures result from design mistakes, lack of groundwater barriers, and placement of the material before concrete has dried to safe levels. Therefore, all members of the project team must collaborate at every stage, such as the design, placement, curing, and relative humidity (RH) testing of the concrete.
The Vancouver Island Chapter is having a luncheon meeting on understanding and preventing floorcovering failure. The event will take place on Thursday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Fireside Grill in Victoria, B.C.
Polished concrete is one of the most widely utilized floor systems. However, a successful outcome with this material in new construction is still unpredictable. It can be difficult to translate the expectations of building owners and designers into results, particularly with the overall ‘look’ of a polished floor and/or its durability.
The Calgary Chapter will hold a dinner meeting on October 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Winston Golf and Country Club. Chris Bierschank, sustainability manager with Mapei Americas, will be presenting on “Sustainability Programs – how are they changing the design and built world?”
CSC’s Edmonton Chapter will hold its monthly breakfast meeting on October 9 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre. Chris Bierschank, sustainability manager with Mapei Americas, will be presenting on sustainability and how it affects the flooring professional.
On October 2, the Toronto Chapter will have a dinner meeting at Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. Paul Giangualano (BNE Contractors) will present on “Polished Concrete: Understanding, Specifying and Verifying.”
The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University, Toronto, won the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition in the institutional category. Designed by ZAS Architects + Interiors, the project chose porcelain tile for its durability, low porosity, and stain-resistant properties.