Commercial Flooring Education

Armstrong is pleased to offer you a series of FREE continuing education courses. All Armstrong Flooring courses are AIA-approved, IDCEC CES-approved and many are GBCI approved to help you earn learning units towards your professional memberships.Contact Your Armstrong Flooring Representative to schedule a presentation for you and your colleagues.



Health, Wellness, and Designing for Senior Living

The expected population growth of older adults, has accelerated the demands for healthcare, in home care-giving, and assisted living facilities. This course provides an overview of key considerations  for designing senior living spaces including regulations, building codes  and health and wellness certifications that related to senior living design and flooring.

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The Six Pillars of Sustainable Flooring

This CEU explores the six (6) pillars that must be considered when designing and selecting sustainable flooring. The course reviews flooring through the environmental and social lens of sustainability, and explains how the six pillars relate to the health and well-being of building occupants. Key attributes of sustainable flooring will be discussed, along with the intent and requirements of LEED v4, WELL v1, and Building Codes.

  • Identify the six pillars of sustainable flooring
  • Describe how the six pillars relate to the intent of LEED v4 and WELL v1
  • Describe how flooring applies to both the environmental and social aspects of sustainability
  • Explain how flooring applies to wellness criteria in green building rating systems

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Infection Control, Design & Flooring

Explore the role of flooring and design in infection control including basic information about pathogens, key infection control recommendations and guidance, and information for properly disinfecting flooring to promote health and wellness

  • Identify key considerations for infection control, design & flooring
  • Describe how WELLv1 Feature 27 – Antimicrobial Activity for relates to flooring
  • Describe how WELL v1 Feature 28 – Cleanable environmental related to flooring
  • Describe how LEED O+M v4 and WELL v2 Feature X09 Cleaning Products and Protocol relates to infection control and flooring

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Design Disrupters: The Transformative Power of Healthcare & Education

A discussion of key disruptors shaping healthcare and education design. Supported by research, we'll highlight specific trend forecasts and share examples of each to equip you on your journey toward transformative design. We will look at Consumer Drivers, Industry Disruptors and Design Trends shaping our environments in today's built environment and beyond.

  • Analyze shifts in consumer behavior impacting goods, services and purchasing behaviors
  • Identify key disruptors and industry shifts impacting Education
  • Identify key disruptors and industry shifts impacting Healthcare
  • Distinguish overarching design trends (Modern Optimism, Tactile Elements and Quiet Brutalisim)

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The Art of Heat Welding 

Cracks and joints in healthcare flooring are common spots to host bacteria and pathogens, so it's imperative that flooring seams are heat welded. This course explains what heat welding is and why it's important. It will also outline the types of flooring can be heat welded and the tools required to complete the job. The presenter will walk through the steps that flooring installers need to take to ensure a successful installation.

  • Why heat welded seams are important
  • What flooring products can be heat welded
  • Where floors should be heat welded
  • Steps to create a strong seam

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Biophilic Design and Flooring

Human health and wellness are increasingly important design elements for buildings and spaces and biophilia can play and vital role. This program will introduce the principles of biophilic design, review scientific evidence supporting biophilic design and explore how biophilic design relates to flooring.

  • Define the concept of biophilia in relation to human health
  • Explain how the patterns of biophilic design impact health and well-being
  • Describe how biophilic design applies to wellness criteria in green building rating systems
  • Describe how biophilic design applies to flooring

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Health, Wellness and Specifying LVT

Human health and wellness and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are increasingly important design elements for building spaces. This course explores the intersection of these two design trends, provides insight into specifying LVT that achieves WELL Building Standard® Features and has been approved by the IDCEC, AIA for HWS  and the Green Business Certification Institute for WELL AP credit.

  • Define WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) and LVT and its unique performance attributes
  • Describe LVT attributes and how they align with WELL Building Standard Features
  • Identify key LVT selection criteria when health and wellness are project objectives
  • Describe how LVT contributes to the WELL Building Standard (WELL)

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Flooring and Building Energy Use

This seminar is designed to frame the concept of light reflectance and to provide you with an understanding of how this concept can impact your design and the energy use associated with a project’s design. 

  • Describe light reflectivity as a physical property of materials
  • Explain how flooring contributes to building energy use  and sustainable building design
  • Describe the sustainability benefits of light reflectivity
  • Identify LEED credits related to energy, light reflectivity and flooring

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The Role of Flooring in Room Acoustics

Flooring & Acoustics: The Role of Flooring in Room Acoustics describes the  fundamental properties of sound and how acoustical design impacts indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The role of acoustics in green building rating systems will be described and examples comparing acoustical design criteria in LEED 2009 and LEED® v4 will be reviewed.

  • Describe fundamental properties of sound and how sound propagates within buildings
  • Describe impact of acoustical design on indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in green buildings, including new LEED® v4 acoustical design criteria
  • Explain the importance of acoustical design to human health and well being  sustainability strategies
  • Identify design drivers for acoustics

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Resilient Flooring Options For The Specifier

Review the history, development, raw materials, different types, standards, and performance characteristics of resilient floor products.

  • Discuss the reasons for using resilient flooring
  • Discuss the ASTM specifications for resilient flooring
  • List the applications for resilient flooring
  • List the differentiators of linoleum and vinyl flooring

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Specifying Concrete Subfloors To Receive Resilient And Wood Flooring

Includes information on sub-base design, sources of moisture, how to measure slab vapor emissions, the proper use of vapor retarders, good concrete mix design, measurement of slab flatness and levelness, joint treatments, and curing compounds and sealers.

  • Discuss the reasons why floors fail
  • Discuss the importance of subfloor preparation
  • List the various methods of moisture testing
  • Discuss the options when moisture testing fails

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Maintenance of Commercial Resilient Flooring

An investigation into commercial resilient flooring maintenance practices and products, including sealers, polishes, cleaners, strippers, floor machines, walk-off mats, and entrance grating with an emphasis on stain removal, prevention of soiling and wear, and the role that proper maintenance plays in lessening the chances for slips and falls.

  • Discuss the maintenance program and its role in supporting a clean and healthy environment
  • Identify the key considerations when choosing the right maintenance program for commercial resilient flooring
  • Describe the different types of maintenance programs
  • Discuss the maintenance life cycle to maintain commercial resilient flooring

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Wayfinding Flooring Strategies

Explore the answer to the question: “How do individuals navigate through space: using color and design directional cues, space definition & functionality, and safety indicators. Discuss the financial value of utilitzing wayfinding strategies in a space and the impact that wayfinding strategies has on communicating a well organized and professional facility.

  • Identify Wayfinding challenges
  • Identify ways to mediate Wayfinding challenge
  • Discuss ways in which floor color can be used to aid in Wayfinding
  • Discuss ways in which floor design can be used to aid in Wayfinding

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Using Design To Improve The Visual Performance of Your Floor

Learn how to use color, design and pattern to help the visual performance of the floor. Review the questions need to be asked before making a flooring selection for your space. Discuss how you can use flooring as an effective design element.

  • Identify potential flooring hotspots
  • List the fact finding questions that are necessary to ask before making flooring selections
  • Identify visual flooring design options
  • Discuss floor patterning options that can improve your installations

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Installation of Commercial Resilient Flooring

We will discuss proper subfloor preparation, components of a successfull installation which include jobsite conditions, product acclimation for tile, sheet and linoleum, tools for the job, review ASTM F 710 guidelines, and discuss installation methods for heat welding, coving, inside and corners and wall base installation.

  • Discuss components of a successful installation
  • Discuss importance of subfloor preparation
  • Discuss the importance of using the required tools and adhesives for each product as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Discuss the appropriate installation and seaming methods for tile, linoleum and sheet products

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Evidence Based Design and Flooring

Discuss how Evidence Based Design (EBD) is defined in the healthcare industry and the impact it has on the bottom line. Discuss the benefits of incorporating EBD into your projects. Review the credible research that prove these benefits of EBD in Healthcare and real world examples. We will discuss how EBD applies to color in Healthcare and the measurable results.

  • Define Evidence Based Design (EBD)
  • Discuss the healthcare benefits of EBD
  • Illustrate ways EBD can be used in flooring design
  • Analyze how EBD applies to color and flooring choice in healthcare

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Material Impacts Changes In LEED V4

  • Describe differences between LEED V3 and LEED V4 related to materials
  • Identify credits that have been removed and added to LEED V4
  • Explain why changes were made in LEED V4
  • Explain how LEED V4 is driving innovation and market transformation

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