Understanding Wood – How Next-Generation Designers and Artists Impact the Global Forest Ecosystem (Print Course)

Social responsibility should be at the forefront of every designer’s practice, as their designs impact raw material use, land development, and the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.

This course will discuss one natural resource that is facing a significant threat from exploitation and development: the global forest ecosystem.

We will discuss how building product manufacturers can offer material alternatives that do not further dwindle the world’s endangered wood species. We will also dive deep into a collaborative project between an engineered surfaces company, Interlochen Arts Academy, and visiting artists to return a pine plantation forest to its native state while studying ecology, creating art, and educating a future generation of artists.

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The Surfaces that Surround Us While We Heal (Print Course)

The mission of healthcare organizations is to provide patient care that is effective, medically relevant, and operationally efficient in a comfortable, convenient environment where the patient-provider relationship is at the center. Surfaces play a key role in creating a positive tone within healthcare built environments, but surface quality is dependent on proper material selection, durability of design, and material performance. Designers must understand how to specify surfaces in healthcare settings that address disinfection, durability, and design challenges to achieve safety, efficiency, and patient comfort.

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Designing With Surface Materials To Reinforce Key Trends Shaping Hospitality Interiors (Print Course)

This CEU will connect designers with the ways in which surface materials can help them respond to and reinforce hospitality trends through design, durability, and availability.

We will explore trends impacting the hospitality industry, the performance attributes and applications of various surface materials, and how these materials can be used to improve design in high-trend hospitality spaces.

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High-Performance Water-Proof Wall Panel Systems Interiors (Print Course)

Due to the pandemic, remodeling projects are booming and health, safety, and welfare have become a very high priority when specifying surfaces. Now, more than ever, we are aware of the things around us and the surfaces we touch. Bathroom renovations continue to be one of the top improvements made in both residential and commercial projects. Wall options are often limited to beautiful but expensive materials like marble, or lower-cost, unattractive solutions like metal or fiberglass shower units.

Now, a water-proof, lightweight, high pressure decorative laminate wall panel system is available that is perfect for wet area applications and offers antimicrobial protection, benefitting occupant health and safety. The system’s large format and on-trend designs help create a space that fully reflects a project’s unique style. Water-proof wall panels are easy to install over gypsum board, green board, or fiberboard, and can even be installed over existing tile. Because it is a grout-free surface, it offers worry-free, easy maintenance and can help to mitigate moisture damage.

This course will compare water-proof wall panel systems to traditional tile installations, explore the features and performance benefits of the system, and identify how it can help to mitigate moisture damage in wet wall applications.

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