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Preface xiii Acknowledgments xv Part I Design Considerations 1 Chapter 1 Finish Selection and Specification 3 Functional Criteria 4 Health and Safety Codes 7 Building Codes 7 Residential Codes 8 Other Regulations and Standards 9 Finish and Furniture Selection and Codes 11 Human Factors and Material Selection 12 Accessible and Universal Design 13 Cost Estimating 14 Chapter 2 Sustainable Design 17 Sustainable Design Principles 18 Sustainability Codes and Standards 18 Sustainable Materials 19 Materials Selection Considerations 20 Evaluating Sustainable Materials 23 Product Certifications and Standards 25 Product Certification Systems 25 Sustainable Product Standards 25 The LEED System 26 Green Globes 27 Chapter 3 Existing Buildings 29 Existing Building Interiors 30 Cost Factors for Existing Buildings 31 Historic Buildings 32 Treatment Standards and Guidelines 32 Rehabilitating Historic Interiors 36 Hazardous Existing Materials 37 Asbestos 37 Lead 38 Mold 39 Part II Interior Materials 41 Chapter 4 Concrete and Cement-Based Materials 43 Cement 43 Types of Cement 43 Manufacturing Cement 44 Environmental Impacts of Cement 45 Specifying Cement 46 Applications for Cement 46 Terrazzo 49 Types of Terrazzo 49 Terrazzo Materials 50 Environmental Impacts of Terrazzo 50 Applications for Terrazzo 51 Specifying and Cost Factors for Terrazzo 51 Installing Terrazzo 52 Concrete 53 Design Context for Concrete 53 Types of Concrete 54 Manufacturing of Concrete 55 Environmental Impacts of Concrete 55 Applications for Concrete 56 Cost Factors for Concrete 58 Finishes for Concrete 58 Chapter 5 Stone, Masonry, and Concrete Masonry Units 63 Stone 63 Design Context for Stone 63 Types of Stone 65 Processing Stone 68 Environmental Impacts of Stone 69 Interior Applications for Stone 70 Specifying Stone 72 Cost Factors for Stone 72 Installing Stone 72 Brick 74 Design Context for Brick 74 Types of Brick 76 Manufacturing Brick 76 Environmental Impacts of Brick 77 Interior Applications for Brick 77 Specifying and Cost Factors for Brick 78 Installing Brick 78 Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs) 79 Properties of CMUs 80 Types of CMUs 80 Environmental Impacts of CMUs 80 Specifying and Cost Factors for CMUs 80 Installing CMUs 82 Chapter 6 Glass and Ceramics 83 Glass 83 Design Context for Glass 84 Types of Glass 86 Manufacturing Glass 91 Environmental Impacts of Glass 91 Interior Applications for Glass 92 Codes, Specifications, and Cost Factors for Glass 93 Installing Glass 95 Ceramics 97 Design Context for Ceramics 97 Types of Ceramics 97 Manufacturing Ceramics 98 Environmental Impacts of Ceramics 98 Interior Applications for Ceramics 100 Specifying and Cost Factors for Ceramics 103 Installing Ceramic Tile 105 Chapter 7 Wood and Wood Products 107 Solid Wood 107 Design Context for Wood 107 Types of Wood 109 Manufacturing Solid Wood 113 Environmental Impacts of Solid Wood 114 Interior Applications for Solid Wood 116 Specifying and Cost Factors for Solid Wood 117 Installing Solid Wood 118 Wood Veneer 119 Design Context for Wood Veneer 119 Types of Wood Veneer 120 Manufacturing Wood Veneer 121 Environmental Impacts of Wood Veneer 121 Interior Applications for Wood Veneer 122 Specifying and Cost Factors for Wood Veneer 123 Installing Wood Veneer 123 Wood Panel Products 125 Design Context for Wood Panels 125 Types of Wood Panel Products 126 Environmental Impacts of Wood Panels 130 Specifying and Cost Factors for Wood Panels 130 Finishes for Wood Panels 131 Chapter 8 Plaster and Gypsum Board 133 Plaster 133 Design Context for Plaster 133 Types of Plaster 135 Manufacturing Plaster 135 Environmental Impacts of Plaster 137 Interior Applications for Plaster 137 Specifying and Cost Factors for Plaster 138 Installing Plaster 139 Gypsum Board 142 Design Context for Gypsum Board 142 Types of Gypsum Board 143 Manufacturing Gypsum Board 143 Environmental Impacts of Gypsum Board 144 Interior Applications for Gypsum Board 144 Specifying and Cost Factors for Gypsum Board 145 Installing Gypsum Board 145 Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) 147 Interior Applications for GFRG 148 Specifying and Cost Factors for GFRG 148 Installing GFRG 149 Chapter 9 Metals 151 General Information 151 Ferrous Metals 152 Design Context for Ferrous Metals 152 Types of Ferrous Metals 153 Manufacturing and Environmental Impacts of Ferrous Metals 154 Interior Applications for Ferrous Metals 155 Specifying and Cost Factors for Ferrous Metals 155 Installation and Maintenance of Ferrous Metals 157 Nonferrous Metals 158 Design Context for Nonferrous Metals 158 Types of Nonferrous Metals 160 Manufacturing and Environmental Impacts of Nonferrous Metals 167 Interior Applications for Nonferrous Metals 168 Specifying and Cost Factors for Nonferrous Metals 169 Finishes for Nonferrous Metals 170 Maintenance of Nonferrous Metals 171 Chapter 10 Synthetic Materials 173 General Information 173 Design Context for Synthetics 173 Manufacturing Synthetics 175 Environmental Impacts of Synthetics 175 Cost Factors for Synthetic Materials 177 Types of Synthetic Materials 178 Thermoplastics 178 Thermoset Plastics 182 Elastomers 183 Composite Materials 183 Interior Applications for Synthetic Materials 185 Finish Materials 185 Plastic Furniture 188 Adhesives 188 Plastic Films 189 Part III Finish Comparisons 191 Chapter 11 Paints and Coatings 193 Paints 193 Painting Systems 193 Paint Components 195 Types of Interior Paints 195 Specifying and Cost Factors for Paints 200 Coatings and Stains 201 Finishes for Wood 201 Finishes for Metals 205 Chapter 12 Fibers, Textiles, and Leather 209 Fibers 209 Properties of Fibers 209 Plant Fibers 210 Animal Fibers 213 Synthetic Fibers 217 Textiles 222 General Considerations for Textiles 222 Fabrication Methods for Textiles 223 Finishing Textiles 229 Leather 232 General Considerations for Leather 232 Types of Leather 232 Manufacturing Leather 233 Environmental Impacts of Leather 234 Interior Applications for Leather 235 Specifying and Cost Factors for Leather 235 Finishes and Maintenance for Leather 236 Chapter 13 Floor Finishes 237 General Considerations for Floor Finishes 237 Durability 237 Accessories and Maintenance 237 Codes and Standards for Floor Finishes 238 Cost Factors 238 Hard Floor Surfaces 238 Tile Flooring 239 Glass Flooring 243 Concrete, Terrazzo, and Poured Flooring 243 Laminate Flooring 244 Wood and Bamboo Flooring 246 Solid Wood Flooring 246 Parquet Flooring 250 Engineered Hardwood Flooring 250 Bamboo Flooring 251 Resilient Flooring 253 General Considerations for Resilient Flooring 253 Cork Flooring 254 Linoleum 255 Rubber Flooring 256 Vinyl Flooring 257 Leather Floor Tiles 259 Soft Floor Coverings 260 Codes and Standards for Soft Floor Coverings 260 Carpets 260 Rugs 268 Chapter 14 Wall and Window Finishes 273 Wall Finishes 273 General Considerations for Wall Finishes 273 Wall Tiles 274 Wall Panels 276 Low Partitions 283 Toilet Partitions 283 Office Partitions 284 Wallcoverings 284 General Considerations for Wallcoverings 284 Wallpaper and Wall Lining 287 Wood and Natural Fiber Wallcoverings 288 Textile, Nonwoven, and Leather Wallcoverings 292 Glass Partitions and Glazing 295 General Considerations for Glass and Glazing 295 Glass Block Walls 296 Glazed Walls 296 Interior Glazing 298 Window Treatments 300 Shutters, Blinds, and Shades 300 Draperies and Curtains 303 Chapter 15 Ceiling Finishes 309 General Considerations 309 Light, Sound, and Heat 309 Codes and Standards 311 Cost Factors 311 Ceiling Forms 311 Exposed Ceilings 312 Wood Structures 313 Concrete and Metal Structures 314 Plaster and Gypsum Board Ceilings 314 Plaster Ceilings 314 Gypsum Board Ceilings 315 Finishes 315 Wood Ceilings 316 Planks and Panels 316 Suspended Ceiling Systems 317 Ceiling System Grids 317 Canopies and Clouds 318 Decorative Grids 319 Acoustical Tiles and Panels 319 Metal Ceilings 321 Textile Ceiling Systems 325 Chapter 16 Millwork, Casework, and Furnishings 327 Millwork 327 Design Considerations for Millwork 327 Moldings and Trims 328 Casework 332 Design Considerations for Casework 332 Cabinets 333 Shelving 339 Countertops 339 Furnishings 345 General Considerations for Furnishings 346 Furniture Types 347 Furniture Materials 350 Upholstery 355 Other Furnishings 359 Glossary 361 Index 369

About the Author

Corky Binggeli, ASID, practices at Corky Binggeli Interior Design and is a member of the faculty at Boston Architectural College. A professional member of ASID and past president of ASID New England, she is the author of Graphic Standards Field Guide to Commercial Interiors and Building Systems for Interior Designers. She is the coauthor with Francis D.K. Ching of Interior Design Illustrated and the editor of Interior Graphic Standards, Second Edition, all from Wiley.

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