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Flooring choices can help building owners meet standards for indoor air quality.
The building materials that make up a floor’s subfloor, underlayment, adhesive and finish material can positively or negatively impact a building’s indoor air quality, depending on the content of each, and ultimately impact the health of a facility’s occupants. Children are especially sensitive to exposure to chemicals in their indoor environments. As a result, an increasing number of building codes, specifications and sustainability programs are incorporating emissions criteria, especially as they pertain to schools, daycare centers and other environments where children spend significant amounts of time.
GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification helps facilities meet these criteria, especially where indoor air quality is a concern. Created by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), this product certification program for low-emitting building materials, furniture, finishes, cleaning products, electronics and consumer products is one of the most stringent and rigorous indoor air quality certification programs in the world. All GREENGUARD Children & Schools CertifiedSM products meet the stringent GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification requirements, including limits outlined in California's Department of Public Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350. These same products undergo both annual re-certification and quarterly quality monitoring to ensure ongoing compliance. The certification is also recognized and accepted by a number of green building programs, including the United States Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.
GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification makes it easy for environmentally conscious architects, designers and facility managers to identify and specify floor coverings that support the health of building occupants by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. In their search, they will find that all standard nora® products and adhesives are GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified and can contribute to LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Credits for Low-Emitting Materials.
Preventing Moisture Issues during Installation
Flooring installers, architects, facility managers and anyone else involved with flooring installation know the dangers that excess moisture introduces to a project. In a previous column, we shared the proper way to test for moisture in concrete slabs. But what happens if the test reveals high moisture levels within the slab?
One option to help contend with moisture is to use a vapor retarder below a freshly poured concrete slab. Suitable vapor retarders offer very low permeability and can help stop water vapor from rising into the slab and eventually finding its way to the surface, where it can cause bubbles or other problems associated with moisture. Another option is to apply a topical moisture mitigation system or membrane on top of the prepared concrete slab. These also offer very low permeability and protect against moisture and pH failures.
Of course, we recommend that manufacturers and installers confer and adhere to the specifications of the materials used, along with the requirements of the project. Appropriate moisture testing should also be conducted well before installation takes place. Following these steps should help eliminate any moisture concerns associated with a flooring installation.
New nora® Technical Videos Provide Maintenance and Installation Tips
Are you a flooring specialist that frequently installs nora® flooring on your jobs? Maybe you are responsible for cleaning the nora flooring in your facility. Whatever your specialty, nora offers a series of installation and maintenance videos designed to assist you in meeting your job requirements.
Our new and updated technical videos, always available on the nora website, provide useful tips for installing and maintaining nora flooring. These videos will equip you with the most up-to-date information while addressing your unique and specific challenges. The brief how-to videos demonstrate techniques and tips and bring step-by-step guidance to the installation and maintenance processes. While the videos are helpful, they do not replace detailed instruction, so customers should still refer to installation guides and cleaning instructions that apply to specific nora products.
Our new video series consists of 14 technical videos, ranging from welding and seam cutting to various aspects of the nora® pro clean system.