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Study shows carpet tile creates less stressful hospital environments

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 2.28.28 PMCalhoun, Ga. — Carpet tile has a greater impact than terrazzo and rubber floorings on decreasing the effects of environmental stressors found in hospital settings, according to research that will be published in the spring 2015 issue of Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD).

Researchers found flooring selection can make a difference in the stress levels of healthcare workers, patients and providers. Dr. Debra D. Harris, Ph.D., of RAD Consultants, conducted the study, “The Influence of Flooring on Environmental Stressors: A Comparative Study of Three Flooring Materials in a Healthcare Setting,” which was funded by the Mohawk Group.

“Funding this study is a reflection of Mohawk’s commitment to understanding how flooring affects the end user’s experience,” said Kent Clauson, vice president of brand at Mohawk. “These insights will be used in the development of new products and help our customers select the right products for their needs.”

The study took place in an older hospital and tested three flooring conditions (terrazzo, rubber and carpet tile) in patient unit corridors over a period of 42 weeks. The healthcare system participated in the study because it was in the process of building a new replacement hospital, and it intended to use the research to inform its flooring selection process for the new facility.

Environmental stressors in healthcare facilities include ergonomic factors and sound. The study examined the impact of different flooring materials on sound levels within the corridors, the perceptions and preferences of healthcare workers when it comes to floor covering in the workplace and the patient experience as it related to how often the area around the patient’s room was quiet.

RAD Consultants’ findings indicate that carpet tile performed better for sound level attenuation by absorption, reduced noise levels, lessened the impact of noise on the healthcare employees’ jobs and on the patients and improved speech privacy. Carpet tile also had a positive effect on air quality, reduced discomfort from reflected glare, increased comfort underfoot and provided a preferred aesthetic.

Some results from this study:

  • Patients indicated that carpet had a measurable effect—a 6% reduction (translating to 3.14 decibels)—on noise levels when compared to rubber flooring.
  • Healthcare workers were 11% more likely to prefer carpet tile than rubber and 26% more likely to choose carpet tile rather than terrazzo as their preferred flooring.
  • Light Reflectance Value (LRV) should be between 20% and 30% for patient unit corridors, according to the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). LRV was 62% for terrazzo, 60% for rubber and 24% for carpet tiles.
  • HCAHPS surveys indicated that during the carpet tile phase of the study, 60% of patients responded with “always” when asked, “How often is the area around your room quiet at night?”—which was higher than patient responses during the terrazzo and rubber phases. HCAHPS is the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.

Complete results of the study can be found in the Spring 2015 issue of Health Environments Research and Design Journal.


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Mohawk Group partners with Future Institute

MohawkGroupCalhoun, Ga.—The Mohawk Group said it is in a partnership with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as one of the organization’s transformative sponsors. 
The ILFI is an international vision for community-driven transformation that offers green building and infrastructure solutions, global strategies for lasting sustainability, and administers the Living Building Challenge.

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Mohawk designates November as Sustainability Month

MohawkGroupCalhoun, Ga.—The Mohawk Group has designated November as the company’s inaugural sustainability month. 
A number of key environmental initiatives are being unveiled throughout the month, including new transparency certifications, participation in GreenWizard on-line tool, and the company’s new alliance with the International Living Future Institute. Continue reading Mohawk designates November as Sustainability Month

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Dobbs Mills names Curtis VP of product and marketing development

Dalton – Veteran textile designer Susan Curtis has been named vice president of product and marketing development for Dobbs Mills, where she will be responsible for both the Phenix and Looptex brands. In her new role, Curtis will apply over 25 years of experience in the flooring industry to the two residential broadloom carpet lines, which are sold in specialty retail and home center channels, respectively, throughout the U.S. and Canada. Continue reading Dobbs Mills names Curtis VP of product and marketing development

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Durkan ups design with Spectronics 25X

Marietta, Ga. — Durkan, the hospitality brand of The Mohawk Group, is pleased to offer customers the most innovative and advanced method of printing with its new Spectronics 25X digital printing technology. The company is the first in the hospitality industry to employ the state-of-the-art 25 dpi system, which uses computer controlled, high-speed valves to achieve deep color penetration and elaborate design precision. Continue reading Durkan ups design with Spectronics 25X

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War hero and 'Dancing With The Stars' champion J.R. Martinez appears at Mohawk retailer convention

DaltonMohawk’s sold out aligned retailer convention ended on an incredibly high note Saturday, with a surprise appearance from a special guest at the Solutions 2012 gala. War hero and recently crowned Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez unveiled an exclusive partnership between Mohawk and Operation Finally Home, a non-profit organization providing custom-made, mortgage-free homes for America’s war wounded. Mohawk will donate flooring for all 16 of the houses Operation Finally Home will build in 2012. Continue reading War hero and 'Dancing With The Stars' champion J.R. Martinez appears at Mohawk retailer convention

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Ga. Dept. of Agriculture partners with the Mohawk Group

MARIETTA, GA.—The Mohawk Group’s carpet is gaining the attention of Georgia’s leaders in sustainability and agriculture. SmartStrand Contract is now the featured carpet incorporated into the design of the Georgia Department of Agriculture building in Atlanta. The partnership comes at the same time the Department of Agriculture is revamping its Georgia Grown campaign, which helps retailers promote locally grown produce and locally manufactured goods to consumers. Continue reading Ga. Dept. of Agriculture partners with the Mohawk Group

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Mohawk introduces first product catalog

MARIETTA, GA.— For the first time ever, Karastan Contract, Lees and Bigelow are compiled in one printed publication that architects and designers can easily reference. The Mohawk Group is issuing its inaugural product catalog, which contains detailed information about every innovative product the company manufactures, as well as photography of all the company’s collections.

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Susan Curtis joins the Mohawk Group

DALTON—The Mohawk Group announced Susan Curtis recently joined the organization, as  senior director of color and design. Curtis is a highly respected textile designer with more than 20 years experience in the commercial flooring industry. As the head of the commercial design team, Curtis will work to conceive, cultivate and launch new product offerings. Continue reading Susan Curtis joins the Mohawk Group