This course provides an overview of resinous flooring systems and introduces how appropriate site evaluation, including recognition of moisture-related issues, as well as substrate preparation and product selection, can contribute to a safer and healthier facility for individual end users and the community as a whole.
Presentation of chemistry, industry standards, case studies and application best practices demonstrates how today’s resinous flooring, meeting the most stringent environmental regulations, offers greater durability, performance and aesthetics than ever before.
Describe the different types of resinous flooring in use today and the many unique benefits contributing to environmental sustainability and end user health and safety. Explain how new “hybrid” floors combine superior industrial performance with outstanding decorative appeal in the same customizable surface. Be able to characterize materials by installation method and polymer type.
Discuss the pre-construction decisions that can extend the life of new concrete slabs and/or allow for existing slab renovation and reuse. Understand how thoughtful selection of durable and impervious resinous flooring prevents dangerous contaminants from leaching through the porous concrete into surrounding soil and community groundwater.
Recognize the sustainable performance, as well as health benefits of resinous flooring in terms of its: Ability to control concrete “dusting”, easing strain on air filtration systems and improving overall air quality; “Seamless” nature, offering bacteria few places to hide and allowing for improved hygiene and sanitation; Highly reflective floor finish options, reducing the need for additional lighting and energy consumption; Zero to very low VOC content.
Use typical applications and case studies involving resinous flooring skid-resistance, static dissipation, recycled content and locally sourced component options, as well as systems’ various chemical, abrasion, impact and thermal shock resistance properties, in designing durable, eco-friendly spaces that help safeguard inhabitants, while simultaneously qualifying for credits under green building programs.