Student Health. Student Performance. Student Success.

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Interface
Presented by Catherine Prossen

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of the physical learning environment and how flooring selection contributes to reduced absenteeism and speech intelligibility as a performance driver for students and teachers.
  2. Explain the role of flooring in the built environment as a component to achieving educational goals through improved indoor air quality to reduce allergy and asthma issues.
  3. Recall how the upfront consideration of design flexibility, space adaptability, wayfinding and space-specific needs can contribute to resiliency in the learning built environment.
  4. Describe how flooring performance characteristics address exposure and risk with improved indoor air quality, reduce absenteeism, lower maintenance outlay, reduce musculoskeletal fatigue, offer operational cost savings, reduce surface contamination, reduce slips, trips and falls, and improve speech intelligibility and sustainable life cycle cost.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
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
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Design innovation in educational facilities at all levels is undergoing a revolution. Evidence-based design—making design decisions based on research about how aspects of the physical environment directly influence human performance and well-being — has transformed healthcare architecture, measurably impacting experiences for patients, families, and staff. Now, the same principles are being applied to spaces for learning, enabling education facilities to make informed design decisions with positive outcomes in mind. This presentation will reference a growing body of research and real-life examples to show how interior product selections contribute to and support effective learning environments that position students for success.

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 Catherine Prossen, is a Regional Sales Director for Interface with a specific interest in the education segment. Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a 20-year career in architectural product sales with a personal passion to expand industry knowledge and understanding of her customers’ needs. She is constantly researching the statistics and trends that impact the learning environment for students, teachers and staff. Catherine is focused on building relationships with architects, designers and end users in order to supply long-term flooring solutions that improve the learning experience while reducing maintenance costs for schools and universities.


Interface Interface is a world-leading modular flooring company with a fully integrated collection of carpet tiles and resilient flooring. Our modular system helps customers create interior spaces while positively impacting the people who use them and our planet. nora is Interface’s commercial rubber flooring systems and solutions brand. Produced in Germany for more than 65 years, nora premium rubber works to improve operations, efficiencies, health, safety, and wellness with sustainable flooring that eases maintenance, absorbs noise, and provides added comfort underfoot.


Originally published in May 2022