Sustainability and Beyond

How resilient flooring has become a powerful technology for health, safety and well-being
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1 AIA LU/Elective; 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 CIM CEU; 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. Describe how resilient design flooring manufacturers are pushing for funding that would also stimulate the economy.
  2. Explain certification and tariff exclusion benefits associated with multilayer flooring.
  3. Discuss how schools and healthcare facilities benefit from resilient flooring in the context of pandemic issues.
  4. List five reasons resilient flooring is sustainable.

This course is part of the Flooring Academy

This course is part of The Flooring Academy

Below are a set of links to articles from Floor Trends. Click on each link below to read the articles and then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

Resilient flooring has been a growing category for several decades, as consumers opt for resilient materials to meet sustainability standards and trends. Since the pandemic, resilient flooring has continued to be a top choice for a multitude of reasons. This course looks at sustainability qualities in the face of climate change as well as health, well-being and safety reasons people choose resilient flooring technologies.

New Frontiers in Resilient Floors
The resilient flooring sector continues to boom, having grown from $2.3 billion in 2003 to over $7 billion 2020. Resilient flooring manufacturers have invested in research and development to create more sustainable, innovative products with revolutionary aesthetics. This article looks at some of the resilient trends and outlines the three pillars of communications that help explain the benefits of resilient flooring.

Architects Advocate for Climate Action, Resilient Design during AIA Capitol Hill Day
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and more than 600 of its architect members are lobbying members of Congress to secure $300 billion to support climate action and resilient design in the built environment. This article looks at action being taken to push for better funding to make buildings resilient in the face of climate change, while stimulating the economy.

Multilayer Flooring Set for Success in 2020
Multilayer flooring sees an average annual growth rate of about 20%. Industry leaders say there has been a massive adoption from global customers of new and innovative products. This article discusses tariff exclusion benefits as well as new certification programs and standards development that will help with supporting continued innovation in regard to multilayer flooring products.

Research Group Projects Global Demand Growth for Hard-Surface Flooring to Continue
A new Freedonia Group analysis projects global demand growth for hard-surface flooring to continue to outpace that of carpets and rugs and strengthen its already-dominant position in the global flooring market, which totaled 19.4 billion square meters in 2019. This article looks at the factors boosting hard surface flooring use around the world and lists trends in resilient vs. non-resilient flooring.

Campaign Promotes Resilient Flooring
This editorial discusses current state of affairs with flooring and the campaign by Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) to promote resilient flooring. It discusses the consumer angle on resilient flooring from beauty to performance and with health, well-being, safety and environment in mind.
Tanja Kern

The Next Evolution of Healthcare Flooring
The pandemic presented the healthcare sector with unprecedented challenges. Flooring was at the forefront during the pandemic, as hospital and clinic staff sought to keep the material underfoot as hygienic at all times. High-performing, low-maintenance resilient flooring will contribute to cleaner and safer healthcare environments, while lowering operating costs and improving the quality of patient care.
Anna Zappia

The Redesign of Learning Spaces Post COVID-19
As students head back to the classroom after months of remote learning, there is a renewed focus on the best flooring for education spaces. With cleaning protocols and ease of maintenance still at the forefront, specifiers are now looking at reslient flooring as a tool to also help with wayfinding and maintaining distance, allowing students and teachers to feel safe and supported during the school day.
Anna Zappia

Five Reasons Resilient Flooring is Sustainable
In the last several years, there has been a great deal of focus on the environmental impacts of building materials, and resilient flooring has become more widely recognized as a sustainable selection. When talking with customers, retailers and contractors should be sure to point out what makes resilient flooring sustainable.
Dean Thompson

Solving Resilient Flooring Discoloration
Resilient floors have been experiencing discoloration problems for many years. They became more visible/noticeable when the industry went to lighter-colored products. While most of the discoloration occurs in rotogravure (printed) products, inlaid, heterogeneous and homogeneous materials are also subject to this problem. This article looks at the causes of bottom-up discoloration.

Sustainability Beyond

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Originally published in October 2021