This course addresses the questions that frequently arise in the design community regarding terrazzo. We will dive into terrazzo history, sustainability, and maintenance while reviewing real project examples. Gary French, Technical Director of the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, will also walk us through terrazzo's coefficient of friction and address how terrazzo restoration, renovation, and refinishing contribute to the reduction of waste and pollution.
- Recognize what terrazzo is along with its rich history (500 years in its current lineage) and discover the components of terrazzo, including the endless color options and various aggregates.
- Explore and analyze the sustainability of terrazzo. Realize how terrazzo is the original recycled flooring, and has proven to last over 100 years in buildings and survive hurricanes and flooding events.
- Assess project examples that defend how terrazzo restoration, renovation, and refinishing contribute to meeting environmental and sustainable objectives of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and the pollution associated with harvesting and manufacturing replacement materials.
- Evaluate terrazzo's coefficient of friction, sealers, slip-resistance, and ease of maintenance that contribute to a safe, healthy environment.