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Next Generation Recycled Rubber Flooring

Recycled rubber flooring has always been a highly sustainable choice, using waste tires as a resource to create highly durable, versatile floor products. Very recent technological advances are creating a new generation of recycled rubber flooring, with higher recycled content, more sustainable manufacturing processes that virtually eliminate VOCs and slash installment times, high tech sealants that dramatically reduce maintenance costs, and an expanded array of organic color and design options. This article details what to look for to get the most sustainable, highest performing flooring option, including an overview of new manufacturing breakthroughs that increase ergonomic performance and reduce maintenance, comparisons of life cycle costs for major flooring alternatives, and colorful examples of recycled rubber flooring in applications around the country.

Learn At Your Own Pace:

You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the newest generation of recycled rubber flooring, and how recent technological advances affect its sustainability and performance, particularly in relation to conventional rubber flooring.
  • Evaluate criteria for ergonomic performance in flooring, and new low heat, low chemical manufacturing processes that increase sustainability while delivering superior ergonomic performance.
  • Explain the key role of maintenance in the overall cost and environmental impact of flooring, and how new sealant technology significantly reduces cost, energy use and installation and maintenance time.
  • Compare detailed life cycle cost analysis of major types of flooring, including factors related to sustainability at every stage from resource to recycling.
  • Explore important issues in flooring selection such as potential LEED® contribution and FloorScore certification.

AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW

This course was approved by the GBCI for 1 GBCI credit hour(s) for LEED Credential Maintenance.

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit
 

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