Children play in a room with blue walls and carpet. Children play in a room with blue walls and carpet.

Education Flooring Solutions

Healthy and High Performance engaging spaces for every learner

We must start with a profound understanding of current and future pedagogy to positively impact both student and instructor daily activities. Tarkett designs solutions for those who create with our products, those who rely on them, and those who maintain them.

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‘No Equal in the Industry’: Tarkett’s Powerbond® RS is World’s First CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® Soft-Surface Flooring

Powerbond RS is a hybrid resilient flooring, meaning it combines the look and feel of carpet with the durability and cleanability of a resilient surface. Having CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® soft surface flooring ensures that Tarkett is contributing not only to healthier classrooms and learning spaces for children, but also campus housing.

Healthy Building Summit

Tarkett shares a passion with experts in the education design industry. We host designers, facility managers, maintenance professionals, educators, sustainability experts and student housing leadership in an annual Healthy Building Summit.  The mission of this summit is to unpackage the complex problems we face together while creating and modernizing future ready educational spaces so all students can thrive.

Key Takeaways

The attendees at our Healthy Building Summit events identified several paths forward for championing healthier school buildings, particularly in disadvantaged communities where students are most at risk. From involving the community early in building projects to incorporating public health research into design, there are many practical actions we can take.

Trusted Partner in Education

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Case Study

Celebrating 55 Years of Powerbond®

Prospect Valley Elementary School in Wheat Ridge, Colorado installed Powerbond hybrid soft-surface flooring in 1967. More than a half-century later, the school’s original Powerbond had outlasted the serviceable life of the building and was removed in 2023 before demolition
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Case Study

Centennial Elementary School

The design team for Humble wanted to create multiple pods for immersive experiences that boost student engagement and support social-emotional learning.

Healthy and High Performance products for education

Tarkett’s product category recommendations are engineered with high performance and health in mind. They are intentionally designed to work together fostering creative and flexible spaces for the diverse needs of all learners. Whether you are driven by high performance or budget, we have you covered.

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High Performance Flooring with Low Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Both hard and soft services have significantly driven up the cost of custodial and maintenance costs. Skilled labor, employee shortages, budget shortfalls have all impacted these outcomes. The education facilities industry has sought-after high-performance flooring solutions to enhance high performance buildings for decades.

Tarkett has created a third-party assessed comparison tool that includes both resilient and soft surfaces. The tool includes a floor’s installed cost, as well as maintenance costs.

Healthy Spaces for All

Every instructor needs and deserves healthy spaces to be at their highest performance levels. According to the 2021 State of our Schools Report “(students) perform up to 17 percent better on academic assessments than students in sub-standard buildings, even controlling for socioeconomic status”. Healthy buildings provide for thriving futures.

Students sit in common room with large steps and grey flooring. Students sit in common room with large steps and grey flooring.

Impact of Acoustics

Acoustics has proven to be instrumental in a students learning, engagement, behavior and overall cognitive performance. Speech recognition, reading and spelling, paying attention, and concentration are all identified by researchers that can impact test scores. Instructors also have illustrated sick leave with significant costs because of vocal disorder. In 2022 The Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research identified 10 areas of development and transition zones for education environments in which 8 of them are impacted by flooring. Number 1 was the reduction of noise.
Students lounge in a large common room with tall ceilings, blue furniture, and grey geometric floors. Students lounge in a large common room with tall ceilings, blue furniture, and grey geometric floors.

Indoor Air Quality

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is “air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of buildings occupants.” Research shows that schools buildings impact student health, thinking, and academic performance. Children’s lungs are developing until the age of 18, making them more susceptible to IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) pollutants. Asthma is one of the biggest indicators of poor IAQ. Per the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 6.1 million children (about twice the population of Nevada) under the age of 18 have asthma, resulting in over 14 million school days missed annually. 

 
Students sitting and walking through school hallway with large windows and grey geometric floors. Students sitting and walking through school hallway with large windows and grey geometric floors.

Spaces of Connection

Students today have a much shorter attention span and much higher levels of anxiety. COVID showed us that students desire and thrive with human connection. Their mental health, social engagement, and learning depend on it. Flooring can contribute to helping students feel more comfortable while navigating the daily challenges and building life friendships. 

Proof in Every Step

We are always pushing what’s possible to deliver not one, but many healthy and sustainable flooring options that our customers can count on. Walk forward with confidence wherever you are with Tarkett floors. From initial programming for healthy environment selections to end of life recycling efforts, we are with you every step of the way.

Upcoming Events

2 October

ACUHOi Facilities Conference


Columbus, OH

12 October

A4LE Learning Scapes

Quickship

Tarkett makes service easy with several different programs to serve the education market segment.

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