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Organized by types of materials and applications, this guide helps designers successfully address material evaluation and selection of interior components. Engagingly written, highly detailed, and helpfully illustrated with more than 550 color illustrations, Materials for Interior Environments is a comprehensive guide to everything a designer needs to know about the materials available for interiors—from aesthetic qualities to manufacturing and fabrication, applications, installation and maintenance, and specifications for materials used in commercial and residential applications.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents


Part I Design Considerations

Chapter 1 Finish Selection and Specification

Functional Criteria

Health and Safety Codes

Building Codes

Residential Codes

Other Regulations and Standards

Finish and Furniture Selection and Codes

Human Factors and Material Selection

Accessible and Universal Design

Cost Estimating

Chapter 2 Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design Principles

Sustainability Codes and Standards

Sustainable Materials

Materials Selection Considerations

Evaluating Sustainable Materials

Product Certifications and Standards

Product Certification Systems

Sustainable Product Standards

The LEED System

Green Globes

Chapter 3 Existing Buildings

Existing Building Interiors

Cost Factors for Existing Buildings

Historic Buildings

Treatment Standards and Guidelines

Rehabilitating Historic Interiors

Hazardous Existing Materials




Part II Interior Materials

Chapter 4 Concrete and Cement-Based Materials


Types of Cement

Cement Manufacturing

Environmental Impacts Specifying Cement

Applications for Cement


Types of Terrazzo

Terrazzo Materials

Environmental Impacts


Specifying and Cost Factors

Installing Terrazzo


Design Context Concrete Types

Concrete Manufacturing Environmental Impacts Applications for Concrete

Cost Factors Finishes

Chapter 5 Stone, Masonry, and Concrete Masonry Units


Design Context

Types of Stone

Stone Processing

Environmental Impacts Interior Applications of Stone

Specifying Stone

Cost Factors

Installing Stone


Design Context Types of Brick

Brick Manufacturing Environmental Impacts of Brick

Interior Applications for Brick

Specifying and Cost Factors

Installing Brick

Concrete Masonry Units Properties

Types of CMUs

Environmental Impacts Specifying and Cost Factors

Installing CMUs

Chapter 6 Glass and Ceramics


Design Context

Types of Glass

Manufacturing Glass

Environmental Impacts

Interior Applications for Glass

Codes, Specifications, and Cost Factors Installing Glass


Design Context Types of Ceramics

Manufacturing Ceramics

Environmental Impacts Interior Applications for Ceramics

Specifying and Cost Factors Installing Ceramic Tile

Chapter 7 Wood and Wood Products

Solid Wood

Design Context

Types of Wood

Manufacturing Environmental Impacts

Interior Applications Specifying and Cost Factors Installing Solid Wood

Wood Veneer

Design Context Types of Wood Veneer

Manufacturing Environmental Impacts Interior Applications for Wood Veneer Specifying and Cost Factors Installing Wood Veneer

Wood Panel Products

Design Context Types of Wood Panel Products

Environmental Impacts Specifying and Cost Factors Finishes

Chapter 8 Plaster and Gypsum Board

Plaster Design Context

Types of Plaster

Manufacturing Environmental Impacts Interior Applications Specifying and Cost Factors Installing Plaster

Gypsum Board

Design Context Types of Gypsum Board

Manufacturing Environmental Impacts Interior Applications Specifying and Cost Factors Installing Gypsum Board

Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG)

Interior Applications Specifying and Cost Factors Installing GFRG

Chapter 9 Metals

General Information

Ferrous Metals

Design Context Types of Ferrous Metals

Manufacturing and Environmental Impact

Interior Applications Specifying and Cost Factors Installation and Maintenance Nonferrous Metals

Design Context Types of Nonferrous Metals

Manufacturing and Environmental Impact

Interior Applications Specifying and Cost Factors Finishes


Chapter 10 Synthetic Materials

General Information

Design Context Manufacturing Plastics

Environmental Impacts Types of Synthetic Materials


Thermoset Plastics


Composite Materials

Interior Applications Finish Materials

Plastic Furniture Adhesives

Plastic Films

Part III Finish Comparisons

Chapter 11 Paints and Coatings


Painting Systems

Paint Components

Interior Paint Types

Specifying and Cost Factors

Coatings and Stains

Finishes for Wood

Finishes for Metals

Chapter 12 Fibers, Textiles, and Leather


Fiber Properties

Plant Fibers

Animal Fibers

Synthetic Fibers


General Considerations

Fabrication Methods



General Considerations

Types of Leather


Environmental Impacts

Interior Applications

Specifying and Cost Factors

Finishes and Maintenance

Chapter 13 Floor Finishes

General Considerations


Accessories and Maintenance

Codes and Standards

Cost Factors

Hard Floor Surfaces

Tile Flooring

Glass Flooring

Concrete, Terrazzo, and Poured Flooring

Laminate Flooring

Wood and Bamboo Flooring

Solid Wood Flooring

Parquet Flooring

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Bamboo Flooring

Resilient Flooring

General Considerations

Cork Flooring

Linoleum Rubber Flooring

Vinyl Flooring

Leather Floor Tiles

Soft Floor Coverings

Codes and Standards



Chapter 14 Wall and Window Finishes Wall Finishes

General Considerations

Wall Tiles

Wall Panels

Low Partitions

Toilet Partitions

Office Partitions


General Considerations

Wallpaper and Wall Lining

Wood and Natural Fiber Wallcoverings

Textile, Nonwoven, and Leather Wallcoverings

Glass Partitions and Glazing

General Considerations

Glass Block Walls

Glazed Walls

Interior Glazing

Window Treatments

Shutters, Blinds, and Shades

Draperies and Curtains

Chapter 15 Ceiling Finishes General Considerations

Light, Sound, and Heat

Codes and Standards

Cost Factors

Ceiling Forms

Exposed Ceilings

Wood Structures

Concrete and Metal Structures

Plaster and Gypsum Board Ceilings

Plaster Ceilings

Gypsum Board Ceilings


Wood Ceilings

Planks and Panels

Suspended Ceiling Systems

Ceiling System Grids

Canopies and Clouds

Decorative Grids

Acoustical Tiles and Panels

Metal Ceilings

Textile Ceiling Systems

Chapter 16 Millwork, Casework, and Furnishings


Design Considerations

Moldings and Trims


Design Considerations





General Considerations

Furniture Types

Furniture Materials


Other Furnishings


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