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Product Assessment for Sustainability: A Framework for Sustainable Products with a Focus on Interior Resilient Flooring

Author: Janet Yester Klosky
Date: August 2006
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

Information on sustainable philosophies, life cycle assessment, testing and certification programs are the basis for this study to develop an interior design framework for selecting sustainable resilient flooring. The purpose of the framework is to provide interior design practitioners with a simple, flexible and easy-to-use tool for identifying sustainable interior resilient flooring. The product assessment for sustainability (PAS) was designed as a framework based on life cycle assessment (LCA) to include manufacturing contributions and impacts on human health and the environment. PAS was designed to be an evolving tool that is readily changeable. As sustainable approaches become the norm and more information becomes available, PAS evaluation criteria will also develop and change.