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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.

Natural Connection: The Return of Bringing Nature Indoors

Look at any architecture or interior design trend list and you are bound to come across a list that touts how bringing nature back indoors is on the rise. And it is no surprise. Natural palettes and textures have been gaining momentum in both commercial and residential interiors. In part, the trend has been infiltrating interiors as reverberation from our technology-drenched lives. Sometimes, we just need to reset and go back to the basics. Here are two ways we are loving the modern version of bringing nature indoors.

Going Green

Interior Design - Arclin TFL - Green Wall

Avant-garde in the 1970’s, indoor gardens were a must-have. Today, designers understand that introducing more natural elements indoors add a peaceful touch that can help calm external chaos. This can be done by painting a single wall in the room a green tone, adding a plant wall, or simply just having green accented soft furnishings. All can be incorporated into hotel rooms, classrooms, and even hospitals.

Companies like Ambius specialize in interior landscaping. Though these plant walls are often found inside companies that want to accentuate their sustainability, they are increasingly being used for numerous other uses. From elevating oxygen levels in the space to increasing alertness among employees — these efforts ultimately improve the levels of employee productivity.

Into the Woods

Connected to nature Arclin TFLA 2015 study done by FPInnovations, a Canadian research center, looked into how adding wood into healthcare facilities provides benefits to both patients and their caretakers. In Wood as a Restorative Material in Healthcare Environments, the study showed that woodsy elements reduced stress in participants, among other hormonal and physical benefits.

Natural wood or wood textured decorative overlay allow for a connection with nature, even when inside. Healthcare isn’t the only ones on board with nature-based interior design — restaurants like Nærvær in Copenhagen and hotels like the Clarion in Sola, Norway are implementing these elements as well. Interior designers are aiming to create more tactile surfaces, from textured TFL to soft furnishings to create spaces that feel intimate and cozy.

At Arclin, we are inspired by natural designs and textures. Our Harvest Collection is inspired by natural elements from all over the world. This collection was intentionally cultivated to bring nature to you. Get in touch with Arclin TFL here for samples from our latest collection.