Material selection is a critical element of the specification process in design projects, with many factors to consider. Designers must account for health, safety, durability, performance, and sustainability criteria when assessing materials. It is crucial to find a balance based on the needs of the client and end users, aesthetics, application, budget, cleaning requirements, and life cycle.
Sourced from valued partners, this curated catalog of CEU and educational resources related to materials and their chemistry will guide you to ask critical questions to make the most appropriate choices for your projects.
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Specifying Residential Upholstered Furniture to Safeguard Human Health and Well-Being: A Toolkit for Reducing Fire and Chemical Risks
This toolkit will help you consider chemical safety and fire safety when selecting furniture, with guidance on specifying solutions that address this safety convergence.
Use this toolkit to understand the fundamentals of 3D printers and learn mitigation strategies to support the safe application of this innovative technology.
- Includes Credits
Is it possible to specify residential upholstered furniture that protects people from both fire and chemical hazards? This course explores this issue and highlights research related to fire barrier technology.
Learn the critical questions to ask when selecting and specifying materials, and explore key considerations including health and safety, performance, and environmental impact.
- Includes Credits
Improve your specification process with this simple framework that integrates a product’s health, environmental, and safety risk information across all five life-cycle phases.
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