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Planning Your Architectural Projects for the New Year: Incorporating Energy & Health

In recent years, it has become hard not to come across the word sustainability in both professional and personal life. For those of you in the architecture and interior design business, you likely hear this word daily. And there is good reason for that. Architects especially have the responsibility and opportunity to bring sustainable solutions to market for both the planet and the people inhabiting the spaces they create.

Since 2013, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) has touted their report “Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan,” which cites an interesting trend: physical spaces are connected to energy and health. Architectural innovation in these areas has a chance to both serve the best interest of those who occupy buildings, and the environmental settings in which the buildings are staged.

Incorporating Arclin TFL into design plans addresses both of these components of innovative, high-quality architecture. With its environmentally friendly, health conscious design and production, TFL is an excellent choice for architects seeking to make a positive impact.

Sustainability in Building Materials - Arclin TFL in Hotels

Energy Sustainability

The field of architecture is increasingly tasked with being mindful not only of the physical elements of design, but also its environmental effects. For example, rating systems such as LEED and regulations like the International Green Construction Code are taking into account performance aspects of design. Whether architects are asked to improve existing structures or are creating something completely new, TFL can be a game-changer.

TFL fulfills the needs of specifiers and buyers looking for responsible building materials. Using TFL in place of wood and wood-related products can be a critical step in creating greener buildings. TFL’s substrate looks like natural surfaces, without the potentially devastating environmental impacts. With its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification, Arclin’s manufacturing facilities are examples of excellence in production. TFL can contribute to LEED EQ Credit 4.4 ratings for improved air quality. Further, Arclin’s proprietary E-Gen® designation is further assurance of exceptional performance with low environmental impact.

Sustainability in Building Materials - Arclin TFL

Healthy Living

Architecture also plays a vital role in ensuring built environments are productive partners in addressing health and wellness concerns for those who occupy them. Whether it is being mindful of public health concerns in commercial buildings or personal wellness in residential sectors, TFL is a smart option for architects.

Some of the elements that make TFL environmentally sound – such as zero-emitting panels – are also a boon in regard to health. Its germ-resistant surfaces and ease of maintenance and cleaning also contribute on this front. While all TFL products are exceptional choices when keeping in mind occupants’ and residents’ health, some overlays are available with Greenguard certification, further enhancing its protective qualities. Further, none of TFL’s health benefits need supersede its aesthetic appeal – whether in public or private design settings, attractive design elements are guaranteed.

Sustainable building materials - Arclin TFL in office lobby

If you are interested in further exploring how Arclin TFL might play into your upcoming architectural projects, please contact us for more information.

TFL Before and After: Education

As theories of design continue to evolve, it is undeniable that we are increasingly guided by the idea that the spaces in which we conduct our lives not only provide a stage for our activities, but can have a significant impact on the success of those activities. One arena where this notion is receiving particular attention is in the education sector. No longer do we subscribe to a model of schools with standardized, unimaginative classrooms and campus layouts. Instead, we move toward designs that provide greater learning and teaching options for students and instructors, embrace environmental consciousness, and support inspiring sensory experiences.

Arclin TFL can be the foundation of transformations for educational environments. With its functional, multi-use character, green sourcing, and design-forward options, TFL is the choice for building better schools.

Learning In (and Out) of the Classroom

Arclin TFL - Before & After TFL in Education

One of the most important changes in contemporary educational curricula is the idea that learning can – and should – happen in a variety of environments. E-learning technologies allow classes to be held practically anywhere, and more administrators and instructors are seeking ways to take students out of the confines of the traditional classroom. Open space learning environments, mock clinical settings, and building designs that transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor areas are gaining traction in forward-thinking educational design.

TFL, with its durability, hygienic qualities, and wide range of applications, can accommodate the needs of these varied learning spaces. TFL designs are at home in office, healthcare, high-traffic, and residential spaces – all of which are applicable in new takes on educational architecture.

Green Learning

Arclin TFL - Before & After TFL in Education

Sustainability is a watchword for all aspects of contemporary life, and bringing tenants of environmentalism into classrooms is vital. Educational settings from preschools to universities are committing to campaigns such as enhanced recycling programs and community gardening, but the materials used to build learning spaces are also drawing more scrutiny.

Using TFL is an ideal way to make educational building environmentally conscious, from the ground up. Able to replicate the look of natural materials without depleting natural resources, TFL is manufactured in certified facilities, guaranteeing its responsible sourcing. TFL can also help in the LEED accreditation process, earning facilities greed building ratings. TFL can contribute to a healthier learning environment, both for those occupying the spaces, and the larger environments in which they are placed.

Inspiring Design

Arclin TFL - After Photo in University Collaboration Rooms

While functionality will always be a hallmark of educational design, gone are cookie cutter classrooms that are impossible to distinguish from one another. Instead, practical, serviceable spaces are being augmented with materials and colors meant to spark students’ and teachers’ creativity. Using spaces as a backdrop for exploration by providing multiple ways to learn in a single space, and by imbuing these spaces with stimulating materials is changing the way learning is leveraged.

Once again, Arclin TFL is up to the task. With an incredible array of choices in colors and finishes, we lay the foundation for exciting educational environments.