Why do we need to replace all our floors?
The answer is, in part, because we can, with some minimal engineering work, build a new floor system that’s just as good as the old one.
The problem is that building a new design for a floor system is an engineering challenge that’s beyond the capabilities of most architects.
But what’s a good architect to do?
A good architect needs to be able to identify the features of a floor, then build a solution that works for them.
In the case of engineered floor systems, that means designing for a different type of flooring.
That might mean designing to resist water and moisture in different places on the floor, for example, or making sure that floor tiles are both transparent and resilient to weather.
But it can also mean building a system that is modular, and that can be adapted to different materials and styles.
The question then becomes: what are the problems of designing a new engineered floor system?
Is it too costly?
It depends on the design, says David Kohn, director of engineering at the architectural firm Kohn + Associates.
“It’s a bit of a no-brainer,” he says.
“The more you can design for different types of floors, the less it’s going to be costly.”
But the cost of designing and building a design that can handle a variety of materials and materials systems is significant.
Building a new system for a given material can cost more than $100,000, Kohn says.
If the new flooring can handle the new materials, it can be more than 50 per cent cheaper than the old.
That’s because a floor is an engineered structure, he says, and it’s built for that purpose.
And so it’s much easier to fabricate a system for one material, such as aluminium, than for another, such the polyethylene used for the walls of many new apartment buildings.
In fact, the cost per square metre of new engineered floors has risen dramatically in the last decade, from less than $50 per square foot in 1999 to more than twice that today.
The reason is the development of new materials and new technologies.
In an article published in the Journal of the American Association for Architectural Engineering in 2015, researchers from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo calculated that if all floor systems used the same materials, the costs would fall by about a third, and the costs per square meter could drop by as much as 40 per cent.
This is the first step in the design process.
For some types of engineered floors, such polyethylenes are the most expensive materials.
But the research team also found that if you were designing for two different types, you could save up to 40 per, or even 50 per, per square cent.
But polyethyline floors were also the least expensive material.
So it’s not that the cost savings have gone to all materials, but that the materials have been cheaper.
So, in some ways, engineered floors are just a form of recycled materials, which have come down in cost by a similar amount.
But this new research has provided further insight into the way that floor systems are being built.
“If you’re looking at engineered floors as a way to improve energy efficiency, to improve the water and dust resistance, then it’s probably not the most cost-effective way,” says Kohn.
“But it’s certainly one of the most efficient ways.”
The researchers say they are working on a much more comprehensive report, based on more extensive research.
But even with this new information, the question remains, what is the best way to design engineered floors?
One obvious answer is to build a system with fewer and fewer floors.
The research suggests that it would be cheaper to design an engineered floor in the same way as it is for a standard wall system, and then build the floor systems with smaller and smaller parts to ensure that they would be resilient to the elements.
That would also make it cheaper to build.
But that’s not the best option.
For example, a wall that is designed to resist both water and humidity could be designed to withstand up to 60 per cent of rain.
But because the design of a wall system can change over time, a single water-resistant engineered floor might be more durable than the other floors, and so it would have to be modified more often to handle different water sources.
And this will require modifying the existing floor design.
That, of course, could also cost more, since the floor could be built using a different material, or it might be redesigned, which could mean replacing all the materials and then replacing the floors.
But then the design could be more resilient.
If you’re designing for water-resistance engineered floors that have different materials, you need to design the system to resist all those materials, and to use all the different materials.
This means that it is possible to build something with fewer floors that is much more energy efficient.
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