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Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

State of Sustainability 2015: Manufacturers adapt to market transformations   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Exec. editor Darius Helm offers a comprehensive overview of green progress in the flooring industry, with reports on trends, green tools and product developments, along with updates on dozens of the industry's leading flooring manufacturers.

Carpet Reclamation Update: Demand for recycled fibers continues to fall - Aug/Sep 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm reports on the state of carpet reclamation, including an update from CARE as well as several processors and recyclers, along with analysis of reduced demand for recycled nylon and the development of end use PET markets.

Environmental Impacts: J+J Flooring attains zero waste to landfill certification   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Exec. editor Darius Helm takes a look at the challenges to reducing environmental footprints, and he takes a close look at what J+J had to do in order to become the first flooring manufacturer with a certification for zero waste to landfill.

Laminate Update: Innovative design and premium product mix sustain the category   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Sr editor Calista Sprague reports on the state of the laminate industry from formaldehyde concerns to performance attributes, competition from other flooring categories, design trends, ingredients, applications, channels and commoditization.

Multi-Family Markets and Trends: Shifting into a higher gear - Aug/Sep 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague first maps out the market, then examines the major influences on multi-family growth, followed by a look at what types of flooring are used in the market, as well as their qualities and where they are installed.

Roppe Celebrates 60 Years: A family picnic markes the milestone - Aug/Sep 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague reports on Roppe's recent celebration of its 60th anniversary with a look back on the history of the firm and a report on the celebration itself, which took place on July 18 at Ole Zim's Wagon Shed in Gibsonburg, Ohio.

Housing, carpet numbers, Home Depot, Metroflor, USGBC: Strategic Exchange   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr discusses housing inventory, breaks out carpet by end use markets, analyzes Home Depot's LifeProof carpet, explains Metroflor's use of Green Globe, and comments on Rick Fedrizzi's pending retirement from the USGBC.

Michael Braungart, environmental chemist: Focus on Leadership   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Michael Braungart, co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry and founder of the EPEA, with topics ranging from green flooring, PVC and cradle-to-cradle strategies to challenges to full transparency.

CTA's design of Scentsy's Idaho headquarters: Designer Forum   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Randi Thomas with CTA Architects Engineers discusses how the project, which attained a four Green Globes certification, used products from Interface, Shaw Contract, Mannington, Masland and Daltile to achieve its environmental goals.

Salinas, California based Wheeler's Flooring: Best Practices   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Wheeler's Flooring, a 40-year-old business that serves the residential & commercial markets. The family-owned firm has diverse operations, including a Costco partnership and a thriving wholesale business.