Aliquippa, PA, April 28, 2020 – ARDEX Americas extended its successful AIA/CEU webinar series through May and June, inviting you to stay connected and continue your education. This free webinar series, though designed for architects, are also available to the general public.
Topics covered include stone veneer, adhesive systems and polished concrete. Each webinar, led by an instructor with decades of industry knowledge and expertise, is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the chosen topic.
(Chicago, IL, April 2020) Plans are underway to unite the commercial interiors
industry this June through a resource and content rich interactive online
platform. On June 1, NeoCon will launch NeoConnect 2020—a series of online
resources, programming, and events, hosted on neocon.com and designed to
virtually connect the NeoCon community.
For the full
month of June, NeoConnect will feature product and company details from NeoCon 2020
tenants and exhibitors as well as a full roster of complimentary NeoCon CEU
webinars, online panel discussions and virtual social events. Also serving as a
community portal, NeoConnect will share editorial features, digital issues and special
online programming from NeoCon partners and host a “From the Community” blog series.
A robust social media program beginning in May will complement the NeoConnect
hub and feature product spotlights, exhibitor takeovers and engaging interviews
on Instagram TV.
“NeoCon has brought the commercial design industry together
every June since 1969. Even though we can’t be together physically this year,
it remains important for us to continue to conduct our businesses, share ideas,
introduce new product concepts, learn
from one another, support our community and celebrate when and where possible. We
hope the industry will join us this year via NeoConnect,” says Byron Morton, VP
of Sales for NeoCon.
NeoConnect will remain active with updated content
through Fall 2020. Full details
including a schedule of online programming will be available mid-May. NeoConnect
will officially launch at neocon.com on June 1.
Access to showroom
and exhibitor press releases, as well as NeoConnect press releases and images
will be available in the online press room on neocon.com. For additional showroom,
exhibitor and general NeoConnect news, images, and real-time information, follow
NeoCon Shows on the following:Facebook (@NeoConShows),Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows), andInstagram (@NeoCon_Shows).
NeoCon 2021 will
run June 14-16, 2021 at theMART in Chicago.
Miami, FL – April 2020 – Tile of Spain, the
international brand representing over 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging
to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), announces a
number of upcoming digital opportunities showcasing the trends and innovations
from Spanish ceramic manufacturers.
Connected: Global Tile Trends 2020
Beginning April 20th, attendees to
Coverings Connected: A Digital Experience, will have the opportunity to download “Global Tile
Trends” on demand. This highly sought after session includes Ceramic Tile Specialist and Tile of Spain
Consultant, Ryan Fasan along with a stellar lineup of
industry leaders discussing innovative designs, techniques and materials. To
download the session, visit the On Demand tab
under Learning Opportunities on Coverings.com starting on April 20th.
Additionally, attendees to the digital
experience are invited to learn about some of the most advanced ceramic tile
technology and breathtaking design choices the world has to offer from 80
Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers by visiting the online Exhibitor
List and the interactive Floor
Ceramic Trends 2020 Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, May 5th at 1:00pm
Join Ryan Fasan for his
notable Trend Talk taking a deep dive into the latest ceramic design trends of
2020. This is one of Fasan’s most anticipated presentations of the year
as he delves into the inner makings, artistic design and advanced technologies
behind the world most notable Spanish ceramic manufacturers on display. To
join in, visit: @tileofspainusa
Contractors Special Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00pm
Join Tile of Spain for a special session developed with
Contractors and Installers in mind. Focus will be on the strengths and
weaknesses of emerging categories like slim-format wall tile, gauged porcelain
panels and 2cm pavers as they relate to the installation professional’s bids
and installation processes. We will review the benefits of project timing and
optimal execution of prep-work and best-practices for installation of these
modern formats to ensure that early adoption can be leveraged to optimize your
business and ensure the greatest chances for success. To join in, visit: @tileofspainusa
A & D Special Facebook Watch Party: Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00pm
Calling all architects and designers! Join Tile of Spain as we explore current trends in specifications and emerging formats, product categories and performance characteristics. Develop a fool-proof checklist of best-practices to employ the full gambit of modern innovations in your projects while optimizing budgets and leaving little chance of value-engineering to spoil your design goals. As we explore these categories of product, we will highlight installation guidelines and master specification tools to add into your project specs to ensure that even the most cutting edge material is possible on your projects, on budget and installed as expected. To join in, visit: @tileofspainusa
Tile of Spain on Facebook and Instagram at TileofSpainUSA; and on Twitter and
Pinterest at TileofSpain.
ANDERSON, SC-Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announces the 2020 North American industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ceramic tile has been certified by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) and published to UL’s publicly accessible database.
This EPD, valid for the next five years, updates the previous North American industry-wide EPD for ceramic tile, which expired at the end of 2019. Effective immediately, products covered by the EPD can be used to satisfy architectural and green building specification criteria, including those established by LEED v4.1.
Over 85% of North American ceramic tiles are covered by the EPD and specifically those from the following companies: American Wonder Porcelain, Arto Brick, Crossville, Inc., Dal-Tile Corporation, Del Conca USA Inc., Florida Tile, Interceramic USA, Ironrock, Porcelanite-Lamosa, Portobello America, Quarry Tile Co., StonePeak Ceramics Inc., and Vitromex USA, Inc.
Simply stated, this industry-wide EPD is a report of the environmental footprint of the North American ceramic tile industry. The environmental impacts reported by the EPD are significantly lower than those reported by EPDs for flooring comprised of plastic based materials, such as luxury vinyl tiles and planks. In particular, a direct comparison to publicly available UL-Certified industry-wide EPDs for vinyl tile and rigid core board reveals the following:
Vinyl tile’s 75-year global warming potential and fossil
fuel resource depletion are two and three times higher, respectively,
than ceramic tile’s.
Rigid core board’s 75-year
global warming potential and fossil fuel resource depletion are three
and five times higher, respectively, than ceramic tile’s.
“Global warming potential and fossil fuel depletion throughout the full life cycle of a product are key metrics in characterizing carbon footprint. Not only does the North American industry-wide EPD for ceramic tile evidence a generally low carbon footprint, it also shows ceramic tile to have the lowest overall impacts in photochemical oxidant creation (smog), ozone depletion, acidification, and eutrophication potential when compared to publicly available EPDs for competitive flooring materials,” said Bill Griese, TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives. “Ceramic tile is the proven green choice for the good of the environment.”
Schönox is offering two fully accredited CEU presentations. Both are registered with AIA/CES, IDCEC, and USGBC. Scheduling is flexible – we are setting up online CEU webinars every day and look forward to meeting you. More about the two presentations below.
The Evolution of Self-Leveling Technology: Self-leveling technology is evolving, and demand for it is growing steadily as specifiers and contractors experience its substantial benefits. Self-leveling compounds successfully address the most challenging subfloor issues while delivering the highest quality results. Understanding the best practices and capabilities of self-leveling technology will help every architect and designer harness the strength of this process in their new and renovation flooring projects. Offered: April 16 & April 30 @ 11:00AM CST – Register Now
Moisture Mitigation: Planning for Success –Moisture in concrete slabs and substrates is a widespread and common problem with negative flooring consequences, if not addressed. Successful moisture mitigation solutions exist so long as the issues are identified and paired with the right processes and products. Together, we’ll walk through moisture testing and the best practices in moisture mitigation, leading to successful, sustainable flooring installations. Offered: April 23 @ 10:00AM CST – Register Now
Schönox thought about which CEU presentations would make the most significant difference in your work with flooring projects and focused on these two. Participation in these presentations will expand your knowledge on these vital topics while equipping you to employ best practices in addressing subfloor challenges with success. If you would like to set up a private CEU for your team or a private online training specific to Schönox products, please contact your local sales representative or me and we will be happy schedule a convenient time that works for you.
One of the core pillars of NTCA is its focus on education and training. It has a long history of road shows (now called workshops), and in recent years has instituted training events and lunch-and-learns.
While these events generally target contractors and installers, periodically there are special sessions planned for the A&D community, offering coveted Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – or architects and designers may choose to attend a regularly-scheduled NTCA Workshop on a subject of interest. There is always a wealth of information for A&D professionals to be aware of – new products, techniques, substrate preparation, and properly specing and understanding gauged porcelain tile panels and slabs. Workshops also offer A&D professionals an opportunity to interact with contractors, and sponsors/suppliers of finishing and installation products.
In fact, Erin Albrecht, of NTCA Five-Star Contractor J&R Tile in San Antonio, Texas, gave a workshop on gauged porcelain tile panels/slab recently to a group of A&D professionals from Studio8 Architects in San Antonio.
Megan Moshier of Studio8 Architects said she attended this workshop because the firm does a lot of interior remodels and this is an effective material for that application. She was particularly searching for “install details, warranties for owners, and understanding liability of drawings.”
The workshop helped her understand that there are alternate uses for gauged porcelain, such as countertops. And she walked away with an ability to educate “clients in a more informed way, with different perspectives.”
Two states over, in Gilbert Arizona, Randy Fleming conducted the NTCA Tile Matters: Best Practices for the Pros workshop, held at Monterrey Tile.
Invited to attend by Jeffrey Bennett of Monterrey Tile, Jackie Funkhouser, Owner and Interior Designer of Scottsdale Interior Design Group, was on hand at this workshop to “learn more about tile installation and the products, trends, and advances being made around that particular element of design.”
She was driven by a desire to learn “more about tile installation techniques,” and discovered that there are “very specific techniques used by tile installers to make a quality installation that meets specs and standards in the industry.”
Her experience at the workshop has influenced her choice of tile installers for future projects. “From the perspective of choosing a tile installer, I will always consider the installer’s qualifications and knowledge for my clients.”
This workshop was a positive and useful experience all around. Funkhouser called Monterrey Tile “a great host,” and said she was “pleasantly surprised at the depth and breadth of knowledge imparted during this workshop.” Admitting she was “very impressed,” she’d be interested in learning about “more finishing techniques and more finishing products and options” in a future workshop.
If you are an A&D professional and would like to attend an NTCA Workshop near you, speak to your local distributor about scheduling one, or go to the Community Calendar at www.tile-assn.com. Under the Education & Certification tab, click on FREE Educational Workshops/CEU Credits to find an already-scheduled event near you!
Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue 19-4052
A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience. A red undertone imbues this tone with a feeling of energy and vibrancy. This universal color is relatable around the world and in different cultures.
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication. ”
As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.
About Pantone Color of the Year
For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.
In the world of design, like so many other arenas of business, getting the job done right the first time is critical. The success or failure of a design company depends greatly on the people in the trenches in order to translate the vision the design team has for any given project.
“With this project, the client loved a large format tile that I had installed in my showroom in Hudson, Ohio. We incorporated this into the project. The tile needed to have less grout lines and act as a backdrop for the custom made hood. The tile had a beautiful ‘stamped floral’ design that was all one uniform color and allowed the hood to shine but yet still introduce a uniqueness in its design and format that was unusual at the time it was installed in our area,” said Dostal.
As the professional liaison to her clients, Amber Clore, owner, A. Clore Interiors, Sanford, Fla., said there are several reasons her firm hires qualified installers to perform the trade work needed for its projects. The first is to effectively communicate and translate her design ideas, whether verbal or digital.
The second, she explained, is the end result and quality of installation. “The methods used are important to the project budget and timeline. Using a qualified and trained contractor who continues educating is a must when working with our clients.”
Rose Dostal, principal, RMD Designs, Hudson, Ohio, is also concerned about who works on her projects. ”It is critical to know if they are qualified laborers so that I know they will adhere to our requirements to build the project, know the local codes and most current methodology, and are up to speed with the latest standards.”
Chanda Seymour, owner, Chanda Seymour Design, San Francisco, agreed with Dostal, and noted designers include qualified labor in their specs to avoid costly mistakes, and ensure correct implementation of their designs.
Clore knew early on in her career it was important to have a high-quality team of professionals who “add value to our services and cater to our clients the same way we do in preliminary design phase.”
The bathroom shower pictured here was part of a full gut remodel undertaken by Chanda Seymour Design, San Francisco. The original space was from 1982, according to Seymour, who also noted the product used in the bathroom shower consists of Ashen Grey marble, 6″ x 24″ honed tiles by Bedrosians Tile & Stone.
In the world of design, she added, there are many challenges when it comes to the built environment. “There have been many difficult design dilemmas we’ve faced, but with the right contractors, creative solutions can be created.”
As for Dostal, working with those she knows is a must. “Since I only use who I know, the contractor and I are in constant communication with what is current in the market place. I go to tradeshows once a year. If I have any takeaways from the tilesetter’s point of view, I always share them with my trades.
“Before we start a project,” she explained, “there’s always a conversation about what’s new, what’s not, what is the most applicable product before it is written on the drawings. This process is very different from when I used to do commercial projects.”
For Seymour, after working in commercial design where qualified labor is typically required, she began doing more residential design in the early 2000s. “Many general contractors were hiring sub-contractors who weren’t licensed or certified,” she said. “As a result, mistakes were made, the wrong product was used, and the quality of the work was lacking.”
With the finished product being the most important element of any project, all believe using qualified people makes a difference. “Your project depends on qualified labor,” said Dostal. “Your design is only as good as its proper installation. Clients remember the end results. It’s in my best interest to have a critical eye in terms of who is working on my projects, as the trades who work on my project are a reflection on my work.”
Part of the same Chanda Seymour Design project, the kitchen backsplash shown here features honed Skyline marble, cut to size 3″ x 9″ by Country Floors.
Since the designer isn’t always on the jobsite to oversee the installation, explained Seymour, if a sub-contractor isn’t reviewing the specs or drawings, tile can get installed incorrectly, and the wrong technique or product can get used. Incorrect work often needs to be redone. Tile, needs to be re-ordered, resulting in increased costs and delays.
“Qualified labor matters because they read and follow the specs and plans,” she explained. “They work collaboratively, and question the design intent if something isn’t clearly called out. They take pride in their work. It makes all the difference as to whether a project runs smoothly, is completed on time, correctly, within budget, and looks great.”
Clore believes working with skilled professionals sets her design firm apart from others. “When we’re able help a client from inception to completion, they’re assured the design intent will be carried through and any issues will be mitigated in a timely manner. This shows…that we are able to create a home or space to live in and love.”
For the past 23 years David Allen Company has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to gifted and promising architectural students at the North Carolina State University College of Architecture. The Dean of the college makes the selection to either a graduate or an undergraduate student.
Accompanied by Ankit Ghasi (right), a David Allen Company Leader, presents the 2019-2020 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Students, Jasmyn Byrd (on right) and Maya Miller.
Ankit Ghasi, a David Allen Company Leader, presented the 2019-2020 award to Jasmyn Byrd and Maya Miller, Graduate Architectural Students, identified by the Design School Dean and faculty as a promising leader in architecture.
David Allen Company has a long history of promoting the use of tile, marble, granite, natural stone, and terrazzo through its relationship with and support of architectural and design schools.With offices in Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Columbia SC; Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA and South Florida, NC, the company is celebrating its 100th year in 2020.
Humans spend 90% of their lives indoors. This means the architectural design profession must create interior environments with purpose, and specify materials that allow these environments to positively interact and impact the world around us today and for the future.
As architects and designers, we are challenged to be current with design strategies, and rigorous in the material specifications for our projects. The assemblage of planes that define space are constant and required. The cladding of these planes sets the stage as the foreground, middle ground and background of the spatial composition.
Natural materials shine in QC process
The choice of natural materials with which to clad interior and exterior design elements can reflect the integrity of the environment-conscious design strategy. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.
Since its inception, NANO’s motivating philosophy behind its success is one of spatial relationships based upon a series of scales. This philosophy is performed by an analytical study of context and perspective, which translates into thinking of any project as encompassing not only the most removed, observable viewpoint, but also the minutest detail.
We approach each project at not only the scale of the city, the block, and the street, but also at the level of the smallest essentials – the joint, the reveal, and the grain. In the process of developing a project, no scale holds supremacy, but must inform one another to construct the overall design concept. Building upon our philosophy, we have instituted a quality control assurance program for all material specifications on our projects. This evaluates the product for its life cycle costs and environmental indoor quality, as well as its recyclable effects on the environment.
NANO’s quality control assurance program evaluates products for their life cycle costs, environmental indoor quality as well as their recyclable effects on the environment. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.
As we have designed both commercial and residential spaces in the last several years, natural materials have excelled in our quality control process. Several of their sustainability factors include: durability over time; positive alignment with the environment; resilience to fluctuating temperature and solar conditions. Stone and tile are the oldest materials in the world and have proven their longevity over the centuries, containing natural minerals such as carbon carbonate and silicon dioxide, which comprise 59% of the earth’s crust. This is important to NANO‘s quality control assurance plan, because of their relevance to interior spaces and their contribution to current design longevity, in addition to the ease of long-term maintenance for the client. Typically our new and returning clients want upgrades to their facilities every seven to 10 years. If the design is intentional, usually our clients want a refresh, leaving the materiality of the stone or tile as a constant within the space to work with for the refresh.
We began NANO’s in-house quality control process three years ago and have built upon this process with every project that we design. Lately, our residential clients have become very interested about LEED materials and how their houses can become “honest healthy houses” utilizing the LEED residential certification requirements. Even if they decide not to pursue the LEED certification, we use this process as a goal for products and materials selection. The process then becomes a team-building exercise that allows the client to participate in and positively contribute to the design and ecosystem they inhabit. Most of our clients are genuinely concerned with their immediate and global environment, wanting to facilitate change where possible.
The cost of stone and tile compared to plastic-based products is more expensive in most cases, but the proven sustainability and reduced impact of tile on the environment shows that it’s worth the cost and pays for itself over time. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.
Educating the client
NANO encourages an “open forum” of communication between the client and the design team. But the dialogue can be difficult when architects/designers educate clients concerning sustainable stone and tile qualities compared to price and aesthetic. In recent years the dialogue has become easier, thanks to the amount of quantitative data on life cycle costs and environmental effects of plastic materials and plastic-based material floorings such as LVT. The cost of stone and tile compared to plastic-based products is more expensive in most cases, but emphasizing the proven sustainability and reduced impact of tile on the environment shows that it’s worth the cost and pays for itself over time.
Qualified installersproduce accurateinstallations
Another partnership that is essential in the architectural design profession is that of the material supplier and a qualified installer. We work with several preferred suppliers and rely on qualified licensed installers, who have completed an industry-recognized certification program to perform the proper installation of the spaces we design and specify. A well-performing professional installation is the best outcome, and can only happen with a licensed, certified installer. NANO will only work with licensed, certified tile contractors that have the training and knowledge for the systems we specify.
The best outcome and well-performing professional installation can only happen with a licensed, certified installer. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.
Within the Gulf Coast region, moisture, humidity and mold are serious and costly issues. When stone and tile are installed incorrectly, or waterproofing membranes not properly sealed, the damage to adjoining spaces, design features, and the structure of the building can be devastating for clients. To achieve a successful, code-complaint building and prevent the majority of litigation for most projects, it’s essential to adhere to local and federal building codes, the IBC 2015, ADAAG, and Tile Council of North America (TCNA) installation guidelines. Licensed, certified tile installers with full knowledge of codes and installation requirements are critical team members for any successful project.
NANO has set goals for our future designs by initiating our own quality control assurance program for material specifications as it pertains to LEED qualifications, well performance life cycle costs, and environmentally-safe products, while creating performative spaces for the future. Architecture is a generative process for all team members – including clients – as we educate and execute the design.
As stone and tile are formed from catalyst materials that create the outer crust of the earth, it is only natural that they lead the future in sustainability and environmentally cohesive products for our global ecosystem on Earth. Photo courtesy of Micahl Wyckoff of MW Visual Design.
When designing intentionally and specifying materials consciously, the project becomes a complete system that supports the inhabitable environment and protects the external environment or habitat. The choice of natural materials with which to clad interior and exterior design elements can reflect the integrity of the environment-conscious design strategy. As stone and tile are formed from catalyst materials that create the outer crust of the earth, it is only natural that they lead the future in sustainability and environmentally cohesive products for our global ecosystem on Earth.