Innovations in Acoustical Ceilings for Today’s Flexible Interiors

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions presented a 1 hour seminar on the topic of acoustical ceiling options.

Designing for acoustics in flexible interiors takes on new importance as traditional recommendations are not so compatible with current design trends. Now the science behind the ceiling is able to provide both high sound absorption and sound blocking in the same panel.

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Fire Rated Door Assemblies: Compliant Designs

Dormakaba, formerly Mesker Openings, presented a 1 hour seminar on the topic of fire rated door assemblies.

Seminar included a review of compliance specifications; 2015 IBC, NFPA 80, and SDI 118. Design considerations detailed fire protection vs fire resistance and included job site preparation and field modifications.

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Omnisports- Reduce Impact Noise in Gym

When it comes to flooring in the gymnasium, impact acoustics is an important factor to consider. Unlike the ambient acoustics of a room, impact acoustics relate to the sound generated from footfall, ball bounce, and other collisions with the surface. Reducing impact noise can make a significant difference in a team’s ability to communicate with each other or a teacher’s ability to give instructions to a large PE class.

Tarkett Sports’ Omnisports™ reduces in-room impact noise by around 61-62 dB.

Toilet Partitions- 5 Key Considerations

Choosing the right toilet partition configuration is crucial to the success and longevity of your commercial restroom project. While budget is always a major factor, choosing a material on price alone may not be the best solution.

For high-quality, affordable commercial toilet partition hardware, depend on our experts to advise you on 5 key considerations.

AIP has Commercial Door Hardware Specification Competency

Commercial Doors and Hardware. With all the pieces, parts and components, it’s so easy to make a mistake in the specifications. And you don’t learn until the end of the job, when installing these finished goods, that the 1/16” made a difference. Time is compressed, deadline is looming, and now the project is delayed. No one is happy.

AIP is good at the details and we have a real competency for Commercial Doors.

Omnisports is Phthalate-Free Sports Flooring

In the past year, big box retailers like Home Depot, Lowes and Menards along with Lumber Liquidators have taken the prudent step of phasing out flooring that contains phthalates. A phthalate is a compound used in the production of some flooring products that is now known to cause adverse health effects. Since Omnisports™ is already manufactured with phthalate-free technology, Tarkett is again ahead of the curve in terms of health and the environment.

Even the health standards that apply to food containers and children’s toys can be applied to Omnisports™ athletic flooring.

Sports Flooring – Asthma and Allergy Friendly Options

Approximately 61 million people in the United States suffer from asthma or allergies, making it more prevalent than diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer combined. Some causes of this epidemic cannot be controlled, like genetics and outdoor conditions, but indoor air quality (IAQ) is one factor that can. It can have a dramatic impact, too. Since we spend around 93% of our time indoors, good IAQ is the most effective environmental remedy for asthma and allergy sufferers.

Creating a healthy space for sports and physical education activities is only fitting. We have a solution that is certified asthma and allergy friendly. Omnisports was the first sports flooring to receive the asthma & allergy friendly™ certification from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Sports Flooring – GreenLay is Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly

Not all sports floors are created equal when it comes to recycling; some contain materials that recycling centers reject. Installation can also have an effect. Some methods can make recycling difficult, if not impossible, by contaminating the floor with adhesive. Taking recycling into consideration before purchasing is the best way to guarantee that your floor stays out of overburdened landfills.

Omnisports GreenLay™ overcomes the biggest obstacles to recycling and reduces waste in the process. Omnisports GreenLay™ limits adhesive to only 2% of the surface area, minimizing contamination and making removal easier. Omnisports is also manufactured with good raw materials that any recycling center will accept.

Commercial Door Install and Repair- Eliminate the Finger Pointing and Delays

Commercial doors can be complicated, especially when door access control and security is a primary function. You need both an expert on the mechanical components of the door as well as the security technician to integrate the door’s function.

Is the problem mechanical or is it related to the security software? Have you ever been in the situation where each is blaming the other and finger pointing?

Evaluating a Sports Floor’s Performance Properties

To evaluate performance properties of sports and multi-use floors, use the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2772: Standard Specifcation for Athletic Performance Properties of Indoor Sports Floor Systems. Developed in 2009, it establishes clear standards by setting minimum criteria and categories for use in North America.


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