Emily R. Hopps, P.E., Associate Principal in the Building Technology division of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), leads SGH’s national flooring practice and has experience in the design, investigation, evaluation, restoration, and commissioning of building enclosure systems, including foundations, wall systems, windows and roofing.
Concerns for health, safety and the environment triggered a major overhaul of construction materials, including those used in the flooring industry. Many floor systems, historically considered reliable were redesigned, sometimes resulting in a loss of durability and costly floor replacements. New floor systems introduced to combat these negative effects left the industry without track records to verify performance. Emily will delve into the recent history of flooring failures and extract lessons-learned for future floor system designs. She will explore the variety of floor finishes available today and discuss how these new systems can be integrated into current projects.