Finding Solid Ground: Building a Foundation for Long-Lasting Floors

Finding Solid Ground: Building a Foundation for Long-Lasting Floors

Concerns for health, safety, and the environment triggered a major overhaul of construction materials over the last twenty years, including several key changes to the flooring industry. To adapt, many floor systems that were historically considered reliable needed to be redesigned and reformulated, sometimes resulting in less durable systems, materials without proven track records, and assemblies that at times caused high-profile failures. Many of these product issues have since been addressed by manufacturers, causing the industry to wonder: Have we emerged from this recent flooring revolution on solid ground? What can project teams learn from the past to help avoid these issues in the future? What else must we consider for successful floor finish design and installation? In this webinar, we will examine the recent history of flooring failures on concrete to extract lessons learned for future floor system designs. We will also explore a variety of floor finishes available today, review common installation challenges, and discuss how project teams can best integrate new systems and materials into their current projects.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand past causes of floor failures on concrete and how to avoid them.
  • Identify strategies to assess new systems and materials for use on projects.
  • Recognize and prevent common flooring installation challenges and issues.
  • Discuss the critical differences between varying floor finishes and their effect on selection, installation, and performance.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.

About the Speaker

Emily Hopps
Emily Hopps | Building Technology Division Head, Waltham

Emily Hopps is the Division Head for SGH’s Building Technology group in Waltham, MA. She has experience in design, investigation, evaluation, restoration, commissioning, and construction administration of historic and contemporary buildings. She specializes in design of building enclosure systems, including waterproofing, cladding, windows and curtain walls, and roofing. Emily also leads SGH’s Flooring, Paint, and Coatings practice and has wide experience in the design, failure investigation, and repair of a variety of flooring finishes and coatings.

Elizabeth Rodenkirch
Elizabeth Rodenkirch | Senior Consulting Architect

Elizabeth Rodenkirch has expertise focused on building enclosures and sustainability, failure investigation, and materials testing. She has experience in new building enclosure design, hygrothermal analysis, field testing, evaluation of materials, condition assessment, and preconstruction consulting and has investigated numerous material-, structural-, and construction-related failures. She is an active, contributing member of the ASTM Committee on Resilient Flooring Coverings and an Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Licensed Field Auditor.