Designers and specifiers have a variety of ceiling materials, such as mineral fiber and thermoformed rigid vinyl, to choose from. Yet, product selection requires a rational investigation of the test data supporting manufacturer claims.
Occupants of a recently completed building reported localized peeling of wallcoverings from partition walls (primarily coinciding with the brick cladding/exterior curtain wall interface), as well as condensation on many interior surfaces during the cooling season.
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.
For nearly 20 years, the U.S. design and construction community has largely focused on single-dimension green attributes of building materials. Most practitioners, with hurried schedules and product specifications up to their eyeballs, look for two primary green features—recycled content and low-emitting materials. However, that is now changing.
Constructing commercial, residential, or industrial buildings can not only be expensive, but also create large amounts of waste. After construction or renovation is completed, most old, discarded material will likely end up in a landfill. However, there is a way to give these materials a ‘second life’ through repurposing.