There is a growing emphasis on biophilia, the principle of incorporating elements of nature into the built environment. Floorcoverings can contribute to biophilic design and help achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and WELL certifications.
Contemporary glass designers are transforming today’s walls and ﬂoors with stunning glass tile creations. Thanks to its reﬂective properties, glass tile helps to intensify light and colour. It is frostproof as well as resistant to heat, fading, and discolouration.
Beautiful hardwood floors are an investment expected to last a lifetime. To ensure the best long-term performance and appearance, careful attention must be paid to subfloor installation and the mitigation of moisture risks.
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?”