Lunchtime Professional Program 


Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM EDT
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Woodlawn Library 
2020 W 9th St
Wilmington, DE 19805

The library can be chilly, dress accordingly.

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Nancy Payne, Executive Director 
AIA Delaware 

The Phenomenon of Resilient Flooring
1st of 2 Courses | Sept. 27 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | In Person | Free  

There has been a dramatic increase in the installation of resilient flooring because of the beautiful design options, durability, and ease of maintenance. However, resilient products have unique properties that affect an installation. They can also affect health and wellness in unexpected ways. For example, without an underlayment and/or other sound dampening materials, noise can be a major problem for concentration at work, learning in education, and recovery in healthcare facilities. Falls are a key consideration in the workplace and healthcare. There are ways to compensate for the hard surface. Finally, many people (and experts) think that hard surface is better for asthma than carpet. Not so according to research. Learn how to specify the correct product, help customers avoid problems, ensure a safe and healthy environment, and extend the life of the product. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn the explanation of the growth in the resilient industry.
  • The participants will be able to name 3 design trends in resilient, the 4 basic layers of resilient and the 2 new categories in resilient.
  • They will learn how to respond appropriately to health concerns about plasticizer migration.
  • They will gain an understanding on moisture issues related to resilient that can cause health problems and on solutions that help asthma patients.
  • They will learn how to improve the acoustics of a space which will enhance concentration, learning and healing.
  • They will learn about reducing the chance of falls when they use resilient.

CE Credits
1 AIA LU/HSW | Must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.

Acoustics, Flooring and the Built Environment
2nd of 2 Courses | Sept. 27 | 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM | In Person | Free

Because of trends in the market toward hard surface flooring, multi-story buildings, glass walls and open office, noise has suddenly become a renewed concern for architects, designers, building managers and property managers. This course provides background on how sound affects our health and wellbeing, how sound is measured and tested, and how flooring construction and flooring materials can help attenuate noise in multi-level buildings.

Course Level
This course is Intermediate

Learning Objectives

  • The attendee will be able to define decibels and hertz, name the 3 key test for sound, and identify the 3 types of sound.
  • The attendee will be able to name 3 flooring construction options that will reduce sound. They will be able to name the International Building Code for IIC and STC, and they will be able to explain why noise is more of an issue now than in the past.
  • The attendee will be able to identify how much productivity is lost due to interruptions at work and identify the biggest frustration from employees in an open office setting.
  • The attendee will identify the type of sound that is and is not affected by floor covering, and name types of floor covering that will reduce impact sound.

CE Credits
1 AIA LU/HSW | Must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.

Woodlawn Library, 2020 W 9th St, Wilmington, DE 19805

Free and open to the public.

Registration is required by Monday, September 25th (so we have a light lunch headcount).

Presented in partnership with
Rachel Ritchey, Delaware Account Manager, ShawContract®