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Important Environmental Considerations- when selecting materials January 29, 2009

Identifying the Origin of a Material helps you gain valuable background knowledge and help to know what to expect during the selection process, if it’s a renew-able resource, and projected lead times.   

 

“Safety in use can encompass indoor air quality and emissions as well as chemical optimization to assess for human and environmental health.” Dose it emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) or does it have a low level of VOC emissions?

 

Product life Cycle should be a consideration as well as if the manufacture offers a take-back program.  What will happen to it at the end of life cycle is it biodegradable or recyclable, or will it end up in a landfill? 

 

 

1.) BASKET WEAVER UPHOLSTERY
  environmental design
  extreme performance

Low Emitting, Alternative To PVC, Useful Life, Reutilization

80.00% RECYCLED POLYESTER
20.00% POLYURETHANE

 

2.) LINKS- DRAPERY
  environmental design
(C2C Gold certified)

Part of “the new Climatex® Lifecycle™ upholsteries (also C2C Gold) utilize new technological advancements to creating a fabrics with a luxurious hand and superior draping qualities”

http://www.dtex.com/files/50d9e3e6cbf140618499c5f9f9a2b9f6/environmental%20design%20collection.pdf

 3.) BERRY GRID 4X8- FUSION
  environmental design

(polyester resin panels)

60.00% PETG
40.00% PRECONSUMER RECY. PETG

Useful Life, Reutilization, Green Guard, Recycled Content, Low Emitting Reclamation Program

http://www.dtex.com/fusion_Product.aspx?f=35622

Posted By Kate Blanchfield

 

 

 

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Flooring for Wheelchairs January 22, 2009

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When designing spaces for movement of wheelchairs or heavy equipment, it is important to consider friction.  Hard surfaces, as opposed to carpet surfaces, reduce the amount of of force required to move equipment and create less friction for easy movement.  Some appropriate flooring materials to consider are vinyl composition tile, composition wood, or cork…

Posted by: Kristina Kalfaian

Source:

“Design Safety Worksit Redesign Technical Advisory Report.” Oregon.gov. 22 September 2007. Department of Human Resources. 22 Jan 2009 <http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/spd/provtools/dd/safety_design/living_areas.shtml&gt;.