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ERIC Number: ED018970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-May
Pages: 6
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Reference Count: 0
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THE ACCEPTANCE OF CARPET AS A SCHOOL FLOOR COVERING. AN ADDRESS TO MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL COMMITTEES, (CHICOPEE, MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 21, 1964).
GARRETT, JOE B.
THIS SPEECH DISCUSSES THE ACOUSTICAL, INSULATIVE, LOW-MAINTENANCE FLOOR COVERING KNOWN AS CARPET AND ITS USE IN SCHOOL FACILITIES. IT REVIEWS THE BASIC INDEPENDENT RESEARCH WHICH HAS BEEN DONE, DOCUMENTING THE ACOUSTICAL AND MAINTENANCE PROPERTIES AS A SCHOOL FLOOR COVERING, AND TRACES THE ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF A NUMBER OF CARPETED SCHOOLS. CARPETING MEETS THE PERFORMANCE QUALITIES OF MODERN DESIGN TRENDS IN SCHOOL PLANTS. CARPET HAS BEEN, AND IS, WIDELY USED FOR BOTH AESTHETIC AND NOISE CONTROL PURPOSES AND, WITH ALL FACTORS CONSIDERED, AT NO GREATER "TOTAL USE" COST. CARPETING HAS A NOISE REDUCTION COEFFICIENT (NRC) OF .55 WHICH IS AS EFFECTIVE AS MOST MATERIALS ON THE MARKET TODAY MANUFACTURED FOR THE EXCLUSIVE PURPOSE OF NOISE REDUCTION. BY TREATING THE FLOOR ACOUSTICALLY, CEILINGS CAN BE LEFT HARD AND REFLECTIVE FOR BETTER VOICE PROJECTION TO ALL PARTS OF THE ROOM. CARPETING VIRTUALLY ELIMINATES IMPACT NOISE AND ALSO CREATES A POSITIVE HABIT DEVELOPMENT BY STUDENTS USING THESE AREAS. WITH REGARD TO MAINTENANCE, ALL TESTS CONDUCTED FROM THE FIRST IN 1955 POINT TO VERY SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS WITH CARPETED FLOORS. IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT CARPET MAINTENANCE COSTS ARE APPROXIMATELY 50 PERCENT LESS, UNDER HEAVIEST USE CONDITIONS. THE ELIMINATION OF OTHER WALL OR CEILING ACOUSTICAL TREATMENTS IN CARPETED AREAS CAN OFFSET OR EQUALIZE INITIAL MATERIAL COST. CARPETED FLOORS WILL LESSEN FUEL CONSUMPTION. THE USE OF CARPETING IN AUDITORIUMS, ENTRANCE WAYS, AND AS A REPLACEMENT FLOOR COVERING IS DEALT WITH BRIEFLY. (RK)
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Authoring Institution: American Carpet Inst., New York, NY.
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