Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Carpet Aids Learning in Schools" in CEFPI Journal

CEFPI coverThe current issue of Educational Facility Planner, which is published quarterly by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEPFI) contains an article entitled, “Carpet as an Aid to Learning in High Performance Schools authored by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Vice-President Frank Hurd.

Through his role as Director of Government Issues at CRI, Frank has become involved with the High Performance Schools movement in the United States, serving on several technical subcommittees with California’s Collaborative for High-Performance Schools, and as a contributor to the review process for the Colorado CHPS standard. The concept for High Performance schools began in California, but the organization is now a national non-profit organization that has expanded to eight other states, with two more states on track to adopt CHPS standards in the near future.

The article, which is written for an audience of school planning professionals, outlines how carpet benefits school environments while meeting the standards outlined in the High Performance Schools criteria.

In the introduction to the article Frank points out,

Carpet has contributed to high-quality school environments for many years. Valued by educational facility designers for its color and design flexibility, carpet’s softness makes it a safer as well as more comfortable flooring choice. In a classroom, carpet reduces noise, defines learning areas, and cuts down glare. In terms of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carpet is one of the lowest-emitting of all building materials, and multiple studies demonstrate how clean, dry carpet actually contributes to improved indoor air quality. Hard science illustrates how carpet in schools helps create environments where teachers are happy to teach and students are excited about learning.”
In later paragraphs, Frank gives details of carpet’s increased thermal comfort. For example, research conducted over the past two years at Georgia Tech shows how carpet increases the R-value, or insulation level, of a carpeted area. The R-value (thermal resistance) measures how much a material resists the movement of heat through a ceiling, wall, or floor in a building. The higher the number, the more effective the insulation. This research confirms that carpet contributes to another CHPS criteria – resource conservation through efficient energy use.

In terms of acoustics, carpet’s benefits to an education facility are particularly compelling. Carpet is especially helpful in reducing the transfer of sound through floors and ceilings. And, carpet reduces sound reverberation times, meaning that, in a carpeted classroom or lecture hall, sound is absorbed more quickly, so teachers' voices don’t get tired and students can hear what they need in order to learn. Nationally-recognized school acoustics expert William Stewart is quoted in the article saying that without carpet in a classroom, acoustic wall panels must be installed, because “ceiling tiles alone aren’t enough” to reduce sound sufficient to meet the standards required for High Performance Schools.

I urge everyone to read the complete article, and I congratulate Frank on bringing the facts about carpet’s immense value in school environments to the attention of the readers of this prestigious professional journal. For this and all his many contributions to CRI, he deserves an A-plus. Way to go, Frank!

Bethany

Frank HurdBy the way, per his bio, Frank Hurd is Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Carpet and Rug Institute, Chairman of the Board for the Carpet America Recovery Effort, Vice-Chair of the National Older Worker Career Center, and is a member of various standard-setting committees with ANSI, ISO and CHPS. With the California Collaborative for High-performance Schools, Mr. Hurd serves on several technical subcommittees and is active with revisions to the Colorado CHPS standard. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, where in addition to a wide variety of armor command and staff positions, he served as the U.S. Army’s liaison to the U.S. Senate.


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