Medical problems caused by negligent hardwood flooring manufacturer put focus on compliance with California Air Resource Board (CARB) standardsConsumer complaints of severe allergic reactions to flooring -- followed by news that one of the nation’s largest flooring retailers was importing floors that exceeded limits for formaldehyde -- should call our attention to the term, CARB Compliant.
Small amounts of formaldehyde occur naturally. But excessive amounts can be emitted from certain glues. Excessive amounts of formaldehyde are carcinogenic. Flooring manufacturers who are supposed to comply with California Air Resource Board (CARB) standards, should no longer be using adhesives that exceed standards.
But how are consumers supposed to know?
Carpet recycling industry sees dramatic rise in this non-recyclable carpet fiberWe like to tout our diligence in carpet recycling, particularly when Natural Interiors® affiliates divert 2 million pounds of carpet from landfills annually in Greater Cincinnati alone.
But it’s possible that we are painting a somewhat rosier picture than reality allows. Yes, post- consumer carpet recycling has grown into a successful industry over the past decade. But this national business success is focused largely around nylon, and to a lesser extent, polypropylene.
Unfortunately, 30 percent of carpet sent to recyclers this year will be made of polyester (PET). That’s up from 4 percent in 2007. PET is not recyclable because, unlike nylon, there are not products of value that PET can be turned into.
Properly done, seams should not be an issue in linoleum installationQ. We are remodeling an older home and I was "sold" on Marmoleum, until I kept coming across questions about repairing seams which have buckled.
I want to use it in the bathroom floors, but I am really hesitant since reading all these questions about repairing the seams.
Have you had questions on this and/or how do you feel about using Marmoleum in the bathrooms?
A. Dear LM:
If you are using Marmoleum sheet goods that are installed by a contractor who is properly trained, you should have no problems with seams that need repair.
Latest designs encourage movement and discourage assigned work stations and officesThere is a counter-height desk on wheels for the worker who is more productive walking through the office while working on his computer.
There are areas for groups of employees to collaborate. And private spaces for when workers need to take important or private calls. Work areas, equipped with traditional seating as well as counters for people who prefer to stand, are arranged for use by all.
The corner offices for high-ranking executives are gone. So are traditional work stations assigned to a specific worker. A work café – for group and individual work – also is a must.
What is this place? It is the workplace that promotes health, wellness and the most efficient use of space at a time when businesses do not want to spend for new buildings, says John Shideler, workplace consultant for Steelcase.
Glass in all shapes and sizes offers common bond for design winnersCreative use in glass in everything from mosaic tiles to light fixtures and sinks underscore a trend in 2013. Recycled counter tops, contain glass, quartz and corn-based polymers are also hot.
You can see all the finalists' designs here.
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