Some design professionals have wondered what effect floorcoverings, along with the wider built environment, can have on occupant wellness. In a 90-day flooring test running from November 2014 to February 2015, Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) attempted to answer this question.
Acoustics has an ever-increasing influence on modern commercial construction. There are guidelines stating how loud classrooms should be, how much noise workers can be exposed to, and even the level of privacy needed in sensitive spaces.
According to the results of a survey conducted by Accountability Information Management (AIM) for the Vinyl Institute, music is not the only industry to recently experience a renewed interest in vinyl. The survey states use of vinyl in design and construction has increased from 76 percent in 2010 to 82 percent in 2015, with a similar increase in user satisfaction with vinyl products.
One of the biggest mistakes a designer can make when specifying polished concrete slabs is to state, “Concrete for polished concrete, including formwork, reinforcement, concrete materials, mixture design, placement procedures, initial finishing, and curing is specified in Section 03 30 00 Cast-in-Place Concrete.”