Perspectives

  • To a happy, healthy new year

    Winter 2016 It’s that time again when we’re all scurrying to complete the year’s final tasks and prepare for what’s to come in 2017. We at Green Operations would like to take a brief moment to say job well done, and we’re excited to be part of the conversation again next year. Sustainability is constantly evolving and consistently gaining clout in the decision-making process of the commercial building arena. Green

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    Circular systems for resource conservation

    Winter 2016 By Amy Costello, P.E., LEED-AP O+M, sustainability manager, Armstrong Flooring Circular economy and systems thinking are trending sustainability concepts, but these concepts are not new. John Muir observed more than 100 years ago: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” As an ecology student, I was taught about the connectivity of natural systems — photosynthesis, food

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    Goodbye office cubicle, hello third space

    Fall 2016 By Nancy Jackson, president Architectural Systems It was evident that after attending this year’s NeoCon that collaborative work environments and the creation of social
spaces are a definite design
trend. This means the lines are
blurring between workspaces,
and the decrease of the cubicle
enhances interactions and
invites connective experiences
among employees. Today’s
companies desire offices that
will foster creativity, and the bar is being raised to design comfortable areas to work in. To meet these demands,

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    DINP plastercizer gets safe designation

    Fall 2016 By Dean Thompson, president, RFCI Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP) is a general plasticizer used in many products, including some vinyl flooring and carpet backings, as well as roofing, wire, cable and automotive parts. In December 2013, DINP was added as a reproductive hazard to a list of almost 900 chemicals established under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Prop 65. Manufacturers

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    The benefits of wood flooring: More than meets the eye

    Fall 2016 By Michael Martin, president and CEO, NWFA There is a peculiar trend evolving in the flooring industry lately: It seems everywhere I turn, there are flooring products that look like wood but are not wood at all. Seemingly every flooring type — tile, carpet, laminate, LVT/resilient — is being made to duplicate wood’s unique aesthetic. So, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what does this tell

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    ‘Green’ building: The next frontier of innovation

    Spring 2016 By Amber Keenoy, principal, LEED AP BD+C – AO Consulting Building’s appearances and materials have largely been the same for the last several decades. Unfortunately, design and construction practices during this time have been focused first on budget and then on sustainability. For exam- ple, many projects have started with the best intentions of being green, only to re-buff the idea based on general contractor or architect feedback:

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    Technology contributes to the NEW, NOW, NEXT in flooring’s future

    As the modern movement of green flooring continues, the A+D community is relentlessly seeking what’s new, now and next in the future of flooring. From vinyl to manmade stone to hardwood, the flooring industry is constantly launching products that incorporate innovative technologies. As global distributors, Architectural Systems (ASI) has built a 25-year history of introducing award-winning, sustainable, solution-based and highaesthetic materials to the design professional. ASI understands the importance of

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    Wiping away flooring’s carbon footprint

    With the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in our midst, I find my thoughts turning more and more to the process with which we build, the products we use and the environmental footprint we leave behind. Greenbuild, which is the premier event for sustainable building, is where professionals, manufacturers and end users can find a host of educational panels, LEED workshops and master classes to address our industry’s environmental impact.

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