“Look out everyone—the inspector is coming!” Whether it is an owner’s representative, a construction manager, or a ministry official, there always seems to be a heightened sense of duty and care when inspectors are on the job. It is natural for everyone to step up his or her efforts to do what is right when their work is being inspected.
Producing a good quality polished concrete floor may appear to be a relatively simple task.1 Certainly, when conditions and circumstances are favourable during the various phases of construction, highly durable, attractive surfaces and finishes can be achieved that require very little maintenance.
As design professionals identify products for healthcare projects, they frequently find themselves making recommendations based not only on patient comfort, but also on the well-being of those working in the space. This means specifying materials and finishes promoting healthy, healing environments while contributing to a safe, productive workplace.
Moisture vapour is a hot topic in any type of construction where there is concrete on, above, or below grade. Moisture vapour emissions through a concrete slab in any building can contribute to costly floorcovering failures and down time. Over the past 20 years, the frequency of moisture vapour emission issues has increased. Several contributing factors include:
Cork flooring has evolved over the past few years. Today, it comes in various styles, textures, and modern finishes. While it continues to offer builders, architects, and specifiers many design benefits, it has morphed from its early pushpin board days into a durable flooring choice with powerful esthetic potential.
Pressure is mounting on architects and designers to create practical and sustainable projects. Clients want beauty and ease of maintenance from long-lasting products, but within a limited budget. Thoughtful design and the use of proper materials, like recycled rubber flooring, can help ensure this model is achieved. Whether it is a commercial, institutional, government, industrial, or residential building, the premise of design starts with the needs of the end-user.
A relatively new product in the construction industry, rice husk-based materials are rapidly becoming a viable replacement to hardwoods for outdoor flooring, cladding, and fencing. Aside from the environmental benefits of saving forests by reusing rice husks (a waste product difficult to dispose of), rice husk has unique properties that make it more stable and resilient than hardwoods.