SCHOOL FLOORING SELECTION OPTIONS
Information on selection options for flooring in school and university facilities, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
Covering All Options.
American School and University; v83 n6 , p30-32 ; Feb 2011
Reviews attributes of carpet, resilient flooring, and wood as school flooring, with particular attention to suitability, cost, and cleaning practices.
Indoor Environmental Quality within an Elementary School: Measurements of Felis Domesticus I, Dermatophagoides Pteronyssinus, Dermatophagoides Farinae I, And Blatella Germanica in Carpeting.
(University of South Florida, Tampa , 2009)
Quantifies the concentrations of cat (Felis domesticus I), dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus I, Dermatophagoides farinae I), and cockroach (Blatella germanica) allergens in carpeting in an elementary school kindergarten class and documents student group activities that are floorbased. One Florida elementary school classroom was identified as the study site. A total of eight reservoir dust samples were collected during the school year to be analyzed. The sampling reservoir was the carpeting used for group floor-based activities by the school children. Dust samples from the carpet were analyzed by The Johns Hopkins University Reference Laboratory for Dermatology, Allergy, and Clinical Immunology (DACI). Following discussions with the kindergarten teacher regarding curriculum and scheduled classroom activities, group floor activities were identified. The kindergarten class was observed periodically throughout a school year to document and quantify classroom activities that were floor-based. The information documented includes: occupancy of classroom, occupied floor area, occupant density, and time spent on carpeting. Based upon the DACI criteria, dust mite concentrations were moderate to high and cat concentrations were low to moderate. Kindergarten children spent approximately 38% of classroom time in floor-based activities. [author's abstract] 57p.
References to Journal Articles
Meeting Flooring for Schools Performance Needs
American School and University; , p27-30 ; Mar 2012
In education institutions, specialty spaces deserve special attention when it comes to flooring decisions. This looks at the performance benefits of rubber flooring for athletic facilities, science laboratories, computer labs, research centers, and cafeterias.
15 Low-Cost Tips for School Interiors
School Planning and Management; , p18-22 ; Feb 2012
Interior designer Carla Remenschneider and architects Jeanne Jackson and Steven Shiver share their favorite low-cost techniques for brightening schools, including ideas for casework, colors, furnishings graphics, lighting, windows, flooring materials, and sustainable materials.
Development of a Consensus Standard for School Equipment: NSF/NSSEA 380
Educational Facility Planner; v45 n4 ; Dec 2011
In early 2010, NSF International and the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) came together to develop quality standards for products and equipment designed for use in schools across the United States. Discusses standards for furnishings, carpeting/flooring, and AV equipment.
Avoiding Flooring Failures.
Migliore, Lewis G.
Maintenance Solutions; Nov 2011
Understanding key characteristics of carpeting and hard-surface flooring can lead facilities managers to products that perform well.
Maximizing Floor Safety.
College Planning and Management; v14 n7 , p50,52,53 ; Jul 2011
Advises on selecting and maintaining floors for safety, particularly tripping and slipping. Developing a decision matrix to choose the right flooring for a space, installation, and matting are addressed.
How to Avoid the Landfill: Being Environmentally Conscious with Your Carpet.
Facility Management Journal; v21 n3 , p65-67 ; May-Jun 2011
Acknowledges that carpet is rarely considered in discussions of recycling and green considerations. The author proposes substituting a "cradle to grave" approach to carpet selection with a "cradle to cradle" plan, which emphasizes planned obsolescence and uses carpeting intelligently designed for recycling.
Building Operating Management; v58 n2 , p27,28,30 ; Feb 2011
Provides advice on choosing hard flooring options. Hard surfaces must address cleanability concerns, very strong durability and longevity, and ease of accommodating wheeled office equipment. Advantages can be found with rubber, linoleum, a linoleum and engineered porcelain tile (for LEED points), and vinyl. Terrazzo is reserved for lobbies and reception areas.
Routine Maintenance and Its Impact on the Specification.
American School and Hospital Facility; v33 n6 , p22,24,25 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Advises on considering maintenance requirements when specifying a floor. Ten questions to ask are presented, covering cleaning agents and frequency, resistance to chemicals and spills, sanitation, installation, durability, and maintenance cost.
New Three R's in School Design.
School Planning and Management; v49 n8 , p25,26,28,30 ; Aug 2010
Advocates the use of carpet in schools to increase comfort, control noise, and reduce glare. Current techniques enable manufacturers to create carpet that is recyclable and consumes very few resources in production.
Building Blueprints: Sports and Athletics.
Schuster, Fred; Woolever, Tim; Dillonis, Dave
School Planning and Management; v49 n7 , p52,53 ; Jul 2010
Discusses flooring for athletic facilities, noting issues of maintainability, performance, aesthetics, installation, and recyclability of various options.
Fit for Purpose.
American School and University; v82 n7 , p45-47 ; Mar 2010
Discusses flooring selection for schools, addressing safety, air quality, acoustics, maintenance, repair, and sustainability.
Sustainable Flooring in School and Hospital Facilities.
American School and Hospital Facility; v33 n1 , p10,12,13 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Discusses the advantages of rubber flooring as a sustainable product that has low VOC emissions, long live, low maintenance, comfort, and pleasing aesthetics.
The Facts Underlying Polyurethane Carpet Backing.
Perry, Tom; Jenkines, Randy
Construction Specifier; v62 n9 , p50-53 ; Sep 2009
Describes the typical construction of carpet pile and backing. The performance properties, noise reduction, comfort, and protection from liquid spills of polyurethane backing are emphasized.
Laying the Groundwork.
School Planning and Management; v48 n6 , p28,30,32,34 ; Jun 2009
Discusses typical varieties of school flooring, their cost, and installation and maintenance requirements.
The Lowdon on Residence Hall Flooring.
College Planning and Management; v12 n6 , p25,26,28,30 ; Jun 2009
Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of carpet, vinyl, linoleum, and epoxy flooring in dormitory halls and rooms. The strategy of leaving rooms as simple as possible to allow for student decorating is encouraged.
Walk the Walk.
American School and University; v81 n6 , p24,26,28,29 ; Feb 2009
Advises on floor selection for schools. Criteria are discussed that assess durability, cleanliness, acoustics, effects on lighting and the environment, aesthetics, and appropriateness of different types of flooring to different spaces. A long list of flooring types, extending significantly beyond traditional selections of linoleum, vinyl, terrazzo, and carpet is included.
Getting Your Priorities Straight.
Building Operating Management; v56 n2 , p19,20,22 ; Feb 2009
Advises on floor covering selection, offering four considerations when choosing a floor covering: 1)how the space will be used, 2)the importance of sustainability, 3)maintenance requirements, and 4)affordability.
Carpet Aids Learning in High Performance Schools.
Educational Facility Planner; v43 n4 , p19-22 ; 2009
Describes carpet’s benefits to the learning environment, including contributions to indoor air quality; thermal, visual and acoustical comfort, and safety.