Building the Schools of Tomorrow

How do we create dynamic learning spaces that improve student health, well-being and academic performance now and into the future? Building the Schools of Tomorrow Whitepaper tackles this question by exploring the key parameters that are taking on increasing importance in modern education design. The areas explored in this paper include: the use and influence of colour in educational spaces; improving indoor air quality; caring for the environment; the role of acoustic design; encouraging participation in sports; and enhancing accessibility and inclusion through design.

The Hospital of the Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our healthcare systems, economies and societies. It has brought to light the challenges created by handling a surge of new patients while maintaining continuity of care for everyone else. The whitepaper aims to define the stakes and challenges: human, technical and logistical, which hospitals of the future will need to address. It also aims to spotlight some of the unacknowledged needs of patients and staff and to propose some approaches that might lead us to practicable solutions.


Examining how flooring materials affect human health and the environment is a challenging process. Designers and specifiers who want to know how products affect the environment and human health need to place an increasing emphasis on product transparency, and they need to have quick and easy access to this information in order to make informed choices. A growing number of resources and tools for green products are available to aid project teams in making thoughtful evaluations and selections.

Infection Control

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought infection prevention and control to the front of mind of design professionals. Healthcare settings have been a focus due to the increased risk of immunocompromised patients in hospitals, and the potential exposure of healthcare workers putting a strain on hospital resources. In this whitepaper, we examine the critical role of flooring in creating safe hospital environments and the design considerations when specifying flooring solutions for such applications.

Worklife and the Impact of Covid

More than ever, it is clear that COVID-19 has fundamentally transformed the role of the workplace. In the past, workplaces were seen as places of constraint – defined physical spaces designed for productivity and efficiency that separated work from everyday life. With the global pandemic forcing the hand of companies worldwide, increased adoption and investments in technology have enabled employees to work whenever and wherever they want.

Acoustic Flooring for Noise Control

Whether it be at work, in school or at home, Australians spend 90% of their time indoors, which highlights the importance of creating comfortable and productive indoor environments.

In this whitepaper, we take a closer look at the impact of internal acoustics on occupant health, wellbeing and comfort. We also examine specifying flooring for acoustic performance and the various considerations integral to the design process.

A Guide to Slip Resistance

When specifying pedestrian surfaces for slip resistance, the installation context should be accessed to determine what design considerations apply.

In this whitepaper we provide a concise guide to safety flooring, sustainable slip resistance and the design considerations relevant to flooring specification. This includes discussion on the slip resistance recommendations, testing methods and classifications set out in the National Construction Code (NCC), Australian Standards and other related guidelines.

Schools of the Future

Regular exposure to allergens can lead to the development of asthma, a major cause of school absenteeism.

In this whitepaper we look at the important design aspects required for planning education facilities for the future. We go through how to create engaging, healthy spaces that enable elevated learning and teaching outcomes.

Designing Healing Environments

21st century healthcare facilities must provide a high quality of patient care while reducing operating costs, lowering their impact on the environment and striving to humanise healthcare in a highly medicalised environment.

In this whitepaper we discuss what to consider when designing hospital environments, from designing sustainable buildings, indoor air quality and acoustics to selecting the ideal colours and products to suit specific functions/rooms. We explore how to ensure patient comfort, encourage mobility and minimise the spread of healthcare associated infections.

Aged Care Design

We are seeing a demographic shift in our population with life expectancy increasing. Longer lives aren’t always healthier of course. Ageing brings its own challenges as faculties decline, and conditions such as dementia cause further complications.

In this whitepaper we will look at the problems posed by ageing, both with and without dementia.  We will also look at some of the challenges faced in the aged-care segment including the needs of the caregivers, support staff and resident families.

Rethinking Workplace

Tarkett is committed to helping our customers create human-centred spaces where people thrive, that’s why recently we surveyed 2,500 office workers in five European countries to establish their version of ‘The Great Indoors’. 

In this research, we look into identifying what matters most to end-users, and what this means for the future of work and the ensuing commercial design opportunities.

Improving Workplace Health & Wellbeing through effective design

Millennials are driving the contemporary workforce, and are reported to be more concerned with health and wellbeing than any preceding generations. This massive demographic shift is shaping workplace culture and office design, particularly with regard to health and wellbeing. 

In this whitepaper, we focus specifically on how flooring can shape healthful experiences within the workplace, and take a closer look at how carpet can improve wellbeing and indoor environmental quality.

Indoor Air Quality

Australians are spending more time at work or indoors. As work hours continue to mount, it is clear that work conditions are a critical factor in the overall health and wellbeing of workers. Employee productivity and retention have also been linked to good employee health and wellbeing. It is critical for designers and specifiers to incorporate solutions that contribute to the wellbeing of end users wherever possible. In this whitepaper, we focus on flooring solutions, and take a look at how careful specification can boost indoor air quality in the workplace.

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