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Five ceiling trends to consider for your next project

Robert Marshall, Senior Technical Manager, CertainTeed Ceilings, discusses the top trends in ceilings, from color, shapes and materials to sustainable ceiling products which support wellness and offer acoustic control. “Whether you are motivated by biophilic design to integrate natural looks into your project, working to enhance the wellbeing of a space’s occupants or simply looking to make a bold design statement, there’s a ceiling trend to inspire. Influenced by larger trends in commercial design, ceilings play an integral role in achieving the overall design vision of any space. As we rapidly approach 2020, here’s a look at some key trends driving commercial ceilings.

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Revitalizing feeling of nature inspires tomorrow’s life-care destinations

Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager, PPG paint brand, discusses paint color trends in senior care living in her article “Revitalizing feeling of nature inspires tomorrow’s life-care destinations” published on PRISM. “As generations enter various stages of their life, their preferences and senses continuously change. Color choices often relate to a moment in time, how we feel and even how we remember certain experiences. Unlike many current assisted care facilities, paint color palettes for senior living developments will become more sophisticated over the coming decade, with infusions of modern architecture, colors and nature-inspired elements. Future life-care developments will soon mimic those of high-end hotels and resorts, as baby boomers and Generation X have refined expectations for their living spaces. From staff and services to design and décor, these communities will offer a relaxing, worry-free environment and a sense of being on permanent vacation, and color choices help contribute to the complete experience.”

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Today’s color trends and how experts predict them

“Today’s color trends and how experts predict them” by Kiki Redhead, CMG, Global Color & Trend Manager, Sherwin-Williams DesignHouse, discusses color trends for architectural metal coatings, including the science behind these trends, the color possibilities now available to architects and designers, and the future of color forecasting.

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With biomimicry, nature’s best ideas cover high-performance, green buildings

In this article, Amanda Poole, Associate Product Manager, Coatings at Sto Corp., discusses new façade coatings technology that draws from nature to improve performance related to a number of key sustainability measures. “At its core, biomimicry looks to nature for design inspiration, uncovering innovative and sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating time-tested patterns and strategies in biological processes. A significant area of study for sustainable building design and operations has been the successful application of biomimetic micro technologies in finish materials, sealants and coatings.”

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A healthy future for mass timber in medical facilities

Contributing author Lanny Flynn, Principal, Buildings Engineering at Stantec, takes a comprehensive look at the use of mass timber as a design element and as an advanced building material in the construction of medical facilities. Flynn shares his expertise citing research on positive health outcomes; the types and key elements of mass timber; benefits including infection control and ease of mass timber construction; safety concerns; and future changes in the International Building Code which will introduce three new construction types enabling the consideration of mass timber for larger facilities.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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