Ceilings and Wall Partitions for Healthy, Sustainable Spaces: Addressing Occupant Concerns for Well-Being Post-COVID

Sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions
By Juliet Grable
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 ICC CEU; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; 1 LEED AP BD+C; 1 LEED AP ID+C; 1 WELL AP; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key elements to consider when specifying materials and systems for healthy and sustainable interiors.
  2. Explain how various materials, ceiling systems, and technologies can help create healthy, sustainable spaces in a post-COVID world, including improved indoor air quality.
  3. Describe how ceiling systems can help earn multiple credit categories in green building programs such as WELL, LEED, and the Living Building Challenge.
  4. Discuss how interior finish systems can contribute to the health, productivity, and well-being of building occupants.
  5. Outline how ceiling systems can help meet evolving standards for cleaning, filtration, and air ventilation.

This course is part of the Sustainability Academy

Ceiling systems serve a number of functions: They are a key component in creating an ideal acoustic environment, they enhance artificial lighting and help promote daylighting, and they contribute to cleaner air and overall good indoor air quality. The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our world, placing an even greater emphasis on health and well-being inside our buildings.

This course will discuss the key elements of healthy and sustainable interiors with the added considerations related to COVID-19 virus transmission, including from the occupants’ perspective. Next, participants will learn how interior finish systems, in particular ceilings and wall partitions, can help address all of these elements. Emphasis will be placed on systems that help control airflow, clean and filter the air, and/or protect occupants by ensuring adequate physical distancing. Participants will also learn how these systems can help earn green building certification under programs such as LEED, WELL, and the Living Building Challenge, as well as new and evolving standards that protect the health and safety of building occupants in a post-COVID world. Finally, participants will explore how all of these elements come together in the Healthy Spaces Living Lab pilot project.

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Photo courtesy of Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions

Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions Armstrong World Industries is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial ceiling and wall systems. At home, at work, in health-care facilities, classrooms, stores, and restaurants, Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions offer interior options that help create healthy, sustainable spaces that protect people and cultivate well-being and comfort so they can be at their best.

Armstrong is committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that empower its customers to create beautiful, high-performance residential and commercial buildings. Armstrong continues to grow and prosper for the benefit of all its stakeholders. armstrongceilings.com/commercial


Originally published in June 2021