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  • Carpet tile defines today’s workspace

    Summer 2016 By K.J. Quinn Employees are spending more time in the office, and amenities such as interactive cafes, all-hands space, social hubs and active areas are a requirement — especially in today’s environment where talent attraction and retention are imperative. At the center of these spaces is the floor design, which experts say is trending toward familiar textures and colors to help workers feel more at home. “We now

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    Carpet colors of the world: Hospitality

    Spring 2016 By K.J. Quinn As hospitality brands invest millions of dollars to renovate existing properties and build new ones, a common theme is interior spaces that make their guests feel at home. This residential design trend is not so much about creating a “home away from home,” experts say, but providing a special experience that takes people away from the daily grind of modern-day life. “Hotels want to craft

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    People, Planet, Profit, Sustainable Design as a Competitive Advantage

    Architects and designers by nature look to the future, visualizing and planning spaces to meet the demands of tomorrow’s built environment. These leaders have taken sustainable design to the mainstream, where it has become not just a basic business tenet but a competitive advantage in a marketplace that continues to evolve around that innovation. “Firms that practice sustainable design strive to mitigate the negative impacts with the long term of

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    Fashionable Flooring, the menswear trend finds success in all segments

    Durable, stylish, classic. These words can be used to describe an exceptional floor, but they also describe an excellent suit. The marriage of menswear and flooring design makes perfect sense, which might explain why flooring patterns that draw their inspiration from menswear are so popular. Green Operations spoke to a number of companies that are designing and selling patterns that fit in this category and found that menswear-inspired designs are

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    Sustainability Through Net Zero Strategies

    Conserving water, reducing energy usage and eliminating waste can improve the environment, help communities become more sustainable and save money. Net Zero strategies are one way to accomplish these ends, and flooring companies are taking the lead. Simply put, Net Zero means consuming only as much energy as produced, achieving a sustainable balance between water availability and demand, and eliminating solid waste sent to landfills. So what companies are seeking

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    Greenbuild Preview

    The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which is slated for Oct. 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, will not only host an array of educational speakers from the sustainable building industry, but it will also offer networking opportunities, LEED workshops and tours of some of the green buildings the Big Easy has to offer. Many flooring companies will be showcasing product, renewing their commitment to the green

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