WINCHESTER, Va., (January 18, 2023) – Increasingly, the design world is acknowledging the crucial role that a strong connection with nature provides in maintaining long-term health and well-being for humans. This is the driving force behind the growing biophilic design movement and the focus of a continuing education unit (CEU) by Trex Company, the brand that revolutionized sustainable outdoor living and remains the world’s largest manufacturer of eco-friendly composite decking and railing that is both high-performance and low maintenance. The credit-certified course, titled “Nature and Well-Being: The Benefits of Outdoor Spaces and Related Applications of Composite Wood Decking,” is hosted on AECDaily.com.
Designed for industry professionals such as architects, designers and other specifiers interested in biophilic design, the online, self-paced course focuses on the critical role nature plays in our wellness and how designers and specifiers can harness the benefits of nature in their projects. Participants will gain insight into the connection between a healthy building and the health of its occupants, as well as the types of spaces, design approaches and material selections that promote wellness in the built environment.
“Biophilic design goes far beyond aesthetics and can have meaningful, positive effects on our subconscious thoughts and overall mood,” explained Leslie Adkins, vice president of marketing and ESG development at Trex Company. “The health and wellness benefits of incorporating natural elements and materials into design – both inside and out – are well documented and have been proven to deliver tangible returns on investment in terms of occupant productivity and happiness.”
A main focus of the Trex course is material selection, which is positioned as the key to successfully implementing biophilic design, since materials are the elements that the end-user sees, touches and interacts with in a commercial space or living environment. To bring this notion to life, the presentation explores the benefits of composite products over wood and discusses both the product lifecycle advantages and the larger impact of these material selections on aesthetics, performance and the planet.
“Composite decking is biophilic by design,” noted Adkins. “It has the aesthetic appeal of natural wood that instantly connects with nature while offering the added benefits of durability, low maintenance, function, form and sustainability that make it a superior choice for outdoor spaces and other applications.”
A pioneer in recycling, Trex’s world-famous composite decking is sustainably made from 95% recycled materials, including a mix of industrial wood scrap and polyethylene (PE) plastic film upcycled from common household items such as grocery/shopping bags, sandwich bags, case overwrap, newspaper sleeves and more. Each year, the company repurposes more than one billion pounds of reclaimed materials in the making of its products, including more than 430 million pounds of plastic film, making it one of the largest recyclers of PE in North America.
The Trex CEU is registered with The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and 25 other industry associations. A full list of crediting organizations can be found at AECDaily.com.
Industry professionals interested in enrolling in the Trex course can do so by visiting www.aecdaily.com/s/trex. For more information about Trex Company and its extensive portfolio of high-performance, low-maintenance and eco-friendly outdoor living products, visit Trex.com/professionals.
About Trex Company, Inc.
For more than 30 years, Trex Company [NYSE: TREX] has invented, reinvented and defined the composite decking category. Today, the company is the world’s #1 brand of sustainably made, wood-alternative decking and deck railing – all proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. – and a leader in high performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products. The undisputed global leader, Trex boasts the industry’s strongest distribution network with products sold through more than 6,700 retail outlets across six continents. Through strategic licensing agreements, the company offers a comprehensive outdoor living portfolio that includes deck drainage, flashing tapes, LED lighting, outdoor kitchen components, pergolas, spiral stairs, fencing, lattice, cornhole and outdoor furniture – all marketed under the Trex® brand. Based in Winchester, Va., Trex is proud to have been named one of 2022’s 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week. For more information, visit Trex.com. You may also follow Trex on Facebook (trexcompany), Instagram (trexcompany), Twitter (Trex_Company), LinkedIn (trex-company), TikTok (trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) and Houzz (trex-company-inc), or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).
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