From the Ground Up: Flooring Considerations for the Retrofit Market

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As the U.S. architecture market is now reporting an almost full recovery from the Great Recession, a prominent reason behind the recovery is the advance of the retrofit and renovation market. Of total building design billings, 45% were renovations to existing buildings. Likewise, the US Department of Energy reports that of the 5.5 million non-residential buildings in the US, 80% are more than 20 years old. Currently, retrofit spending exceeds new construction spending by 30%.

Flooring is a major consideration in any retrofit project – and can be one of the most costly if installed incorrectly. This course will dive into the main aspects of a flooring installation that an architect, building owner and facility manager should consider in a retrofit project including proper specification, the critical role of substrate preparation and how to ensure the success of a flooring installation by working with properly trained and certified floorcovering professionals.

Course Tuition: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the considerations in specifying the right flooring product for the application.
  • Understand primary reasons that cause floor failure.
  • Understand how proper substrate preparation plays a critical role into the success of a retrofit project
  • Understand the security and benefit of working with properly trained and certified floorcovering professionals to ensure the success of your flooring installation 

From Our Partner

John T. McGrath Jr.

Executive Director

John T. McGrath, Jr. is the Executive Director of INSTALL –the International Standards and Training Alliance, which is the construction industry’s best industry-endorsed floor covering installation training and certification program. McGrath has helped to increase installation standards and expectations in the flooring industry by playing a leading role in facilitating communication and cooperation among mills, manufacturers, specifiers, contractors and installers. All of these groups regularly come together to review and revise the INSTALL curriculum and certification standards. He was a significant contributor in creating the ANSI S600 Carpet Installation Standards and has served as a returning judge in the Starnet Awards, Canadian Apprenticeship Contest and the Schonox Worst Subfloor in North America Contest. A three-decade flooring installation professional and accomplished speaker, McGrath conducts seminars regularly for architects, interior designers, building owners and facility managers to increase their knowledge of flooring installation issues. He has been a featured presenter for AIA, IIDA, IFMA and CSI professionals to help increase their knowledge and awareness of many floorcovering concerns. These annual exhibitions bring together decision-makers for the flooring industry from around the world.