Dekton®, is declared a carbon neutral product for its entire life cycle

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Carbon neutrality has been achieved for the entire life cycle of Dekton® (from cradle to grave), covering Scopes 1, 2 and 3, from the extraction of the raw material, to the use of the product and the end of its life.

This recognition, obtained through emission reduction and compensation projects certified by the United Nations, confirms the good practices of Cosentino Group in terms of sustainability and environmental management. In addition to the above-mentioned calculations, has been fostered by the strong measures taken by Cosentino in recent years to achieve greater efficiency in terms of energy, consumption of resources, use of renewable electricity and sustainable mobility policies.

In the field of carbon footprint calculation, an emissions reduction plan has been implemented. In the case of Dekton®, the plan has resulted in a 7% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions thanks to both the implementation of the best available techniques and the optimization of processes, with investments of more than 3 million euros.

Finally, in order to achieve carbon neutrality, Dekton® has offset its emissions by investing in GHG emission reduction projects. These projects are not only responsible, but also have a strong social component in support of achieving the SDGs of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which today is celebrating its World Day.

“In Cosentino we are progressing alongside the international momentum in the transition to a low-carbon economy, promoting energy efficiency, emissions reduction and sustainable mobility. This approach enhances our innovative character and allows us to improve processes with a vision of the future and, ultimately, combines our performance with strategic goals such as innovation (SDG 9), sustainable production (SDG 12), and climate action (SDG 13)”, says Antonio Urdiales, Environment Director of Cosentino Group

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Offsetting emissions

The remaining CO2 emissions not yet offset in the mandatory market (42,532 tons of CO2 in 2019, for one year’s production) have been balanced by the voluntary cancellation of the Certified Emission Reductions (CER) associated with a project of biogas electricity generation located in Loma Los Colorados, Chile, a facility registered with the UN’s Clean Development Mechanisms.

NEOCON EXTENDS CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS DEADLINE TO DECEMBER 1, 2020

NeoCon, a widely recognized voice of authority in the commercial design industry, is extending the deadline for program proposals for the 2021 NeoCon Conference Series, June 14–16 at the MART in Chicago. In light of today’s environment, the NeoCon team will continue to accept submissions through December 1, 2020.

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The extension allows thought leaders in the design and built environment additional time to submit their ideas for timely and compelling programming on a vast range of topics and educational tracks. Approved proposals will enhance the show’s nearly 100 CEU seminars, which offer world-class expertise and insight into today’s most relevant topics. Sessions selected will help shape the future of design through education and awareness. More details as well submission guidelines can be found at www.neoconcfp.com or www.neocon.com.  
 
Throughout the fall and as we head into NeoCon 2021, stay connected with NeoConnect at neocon.com as well as NeoCon’s social channels for new products from exhibitors, fresh editorial content from media partners, and blogs, creativity inspiring videos and more from community partners. Follow NeoCon on the following: Facebook (@NeoConShows), Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows), and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).

KBIS switches to all-virtual event for February 2021 show

The following statement has been issued by KBIS at the event website, https://kbis.com/kbis-2021-all-virtual/.

“Our goal is always to deliver our customers the most effective opportunities to conduct business and enhance the vitality of this industry through networking and education.  

“Driven by our responsibility to serve your best interests, we regret to announce that we are cancelling the in-person 2021 edition of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), originally scheduled to take place February 9-11, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, alongside the co-located International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Maintaining the health and safety of the  exhibitors, attendees, partners and employees remains our top priority. 

“The cancellation of the live event is due to continuing developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including current government restrictions and limitations on large gatherings imposed by states and other local government and public health authorities; the inability of KBIS’s international community to travel to the show due to quarantine requirements and travel bans; and the various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees affecting attendees and participating companies.  

“Despite cancelling our in-person February 2021 show, we are committed to keeping us all connected. As part of this commitment, we will be launching a virtual show and events platform during the second week of February that will offer interactive and immersive experiences for both exhibitors and attendees from wherever they are in the world. Registration for the virtual event will be free for all NKBA members.

“Further information will be available soon – stay tuned! 

“We also look forward to coming together again for a full scale, live event, from February 8-10, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. 

“Your health and safety are of the utmost concern to us, and we thank you for your understanding as we all navigate through this challenging time.   

“Stay safe and be well. “

Sanitary surfaces – why ceramic tile and quartz countertops are a good choice for the COVID era

Tile and engineered quartz countertops have long held appeal with new applications arising as the technology of these products – and the skills to install them – have evolved.

Photo of Shea Pumarejo, Younique Designs
Shea Pumarejo, Younique Designs, said that after being sequestered due to COVID-19, clients want to spruce up their spaces.

Enter COVID-19, and these options are gaining ground, not simply because of their beauty, but also due to more-important-than-ever considerations like durability, easy maintenance, disinfecting – and in some cases – inherent antimicrobial qualities. Designers working with these products discuss how their businesses – and the demand for products – have evolved since spring 2020. 

Like many companies in the last few months, designers have seen interruptions in their operations, but things are starting to ease. For Shea Pumarejo, of Younique Designs in San Antonio, Texas, after coming to an initial screeching halt, she’s finding business picking up again. Many of her remodeling clients – including those in mid-project – put the brakes on when COVID-19 hit. But lately, half a dozen clients have signed on for projects. “People have been quarantining and they are looking around, wanting to spruce things up,” she said. 

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Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home, says the concept of virtual design is growing.

Robin Wilson, the interior designer, wellness expert, and CEO of Robin Wilson Home, based in New York City, sees an evolution of consciousness due to the COVID crisis. “There is a realization that the big commute – and running all those errands on Saturdays – just is not necessary.” The other evolution she is seeing is a demand for virtual design. “You get the floor plans, and walk through the space virtually, then design the home,” she said. “You are creating from afar, and working with contractors remotely.” Wilson noted that the new HGTV series Design at the Door capitalizes on this trend – catch it Thursday nights at 9/8c.

Some aspects of the design process are foundational and unchanged: “Good designers will ask people how they live – do they have children, do they entertain a lot, do they have underlying health conditions? – and will suggest materials that are easier to clean and maintain and more durable, based upon client response,” Wilson said. 

Tile and quartz safeguard health

Photo of bathroom with Modtique HDP porcelain tile from Florida Tile
The Modtique HDP line of porcelain tile from Florida Tile incorporates Microban® to inhibit bacterial growth, improve visible cleanliness, and reduce odors.

That’s where tile and quartz shine. “It’s a known fact that porcelain tile is impervious and easy to clean, said Mark Shannon, executive vice president of sales for Crossville, Inc., Tennessee-based porcelain tile manufacturer. “Its inherent properties in a properly-installed system make for an ideal surface, thanks to the ability to withstand any necessary cleaning and sanitization materials or methods.” 

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Solid surfaces that don’t have places for microbes to hide are becoming de rigueur, and glass tile backsplashes with undermount lighting are bringing beautiful reflectance to spaces, said Wilson.

Ceramic tile products, in fact, are a huge foundation for Wilson’s business. “Clients love wood-look tile, the texture, the light shades that look like weathered wood,” she said. Clients are choosing these products especially for mudrooms, laundry rooms, playrooms, and basements. A particular favorite is the 48” planks now available; Wilson favors the Crossville planks since they don’t exhibit a bowing in their length like some other long planks do. 

“People are doing an entire basement in tile – wall cladding with thin tile on the wall and on the floor now,” Wilson said. As a result of COVID, she said, people are “recognizing their home should be a sanctuary,” especially outdoor spaces. 

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Agate mosaic from Allison Eden in the niche, stone tile on shower walls, and floors of porcelain provide easily cleaned and beautiful surfaces.

All kinds of tile are being incorporated, Wilson said: flat tile, textured tile, rugged surfaces and live edges, a spike in the use of glass tile on backsplashes with undermount lights that create a bright, beautiful reflectance on the glass, Wilson said. 

Quartz countertops are a favorite due to the antimicrobial features that some brands offer. “The goal is to have a solid surface that doesn’t have a place for bacteria to hide,” Wilson said. 

“Silestone has a quartz product with an antimicrobial treatment added to it, and some tile options that have Microban® added,” Pumarejo said, such as specific collections from Panaria/Florida Tile. Pumarejo noted that a new client – a doctor husband and wife – recently rejected a butcher block countertop due to the possibility of microbe growth in favor of a quartz option. 

Wilson said that quartz countertops combined with a gauged porcelain tile “waterfall” down the side of the islands are becoming more popular. 

Photo of vanity with mosaic Pumarejo chose from Allison Eden Studios.
Glass tile enlivens projects like this mosaic Pumarejo chose from Allison Eden Studios.

Pumarejo also sees large-format tile in general gaining ground since it limits grout joints, facilitating maintenance and cleaning. She also has observed that “grout has come a long way in recent years, too, as far as maintenance and cleanability.” 

General awareness of pro-health products are the purview of the designer and sometimes the client themselves. “Rugs are better than carpet because they can be cleaned and shaken out or laundered, keeping tile as the surface,” Wilson said. Even highly-trafficked areas can still be as beautiful with ceramic tile and yet easier to clean, she explained. 

Ceramic vanquishes vinyl

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Today’s grouts have come a long way in regards to cleaning and maintenance, Pumarejo said.

Though Pumarejo noted that her clients sometimes choose luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) for price, softer and warmer feel underfoot, and a realistic wood texture, Wilson said her clients, “choose tile over LVT for durability and also because if vinyl is installed improperly, moisture can grow beneath the surface, which can be unnoticed until you have a sick home. In any wet area, tile or concrete should be used to prevent major health issues from unseen mold growth. A contractor once told me, ‘It’s like putting a shower curtain on the floor and putting caulk on the shower curtain edge. If one piece of a shower curtain does not adhere, watch the mold grow!’ 

“I am noticing that there are people who believe LVT should be placed in a baby nursery,” she added. “I would like to go on record to say make sure it NEVER gets wet. Do not use a mop and bucket. But people are not told about what can happen with these products.”

Learn from Home with Free AIA/CEU Webinars from ARDEX – More Dates Added

Learn at home with free ARDEX webinars for architects

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. 

Thursday, April 30: Guest Speaker Peter Craig
Q&A Forum on Moisture in Concrete and Early Phase Construction
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1576282265879896844

Thursday, May 7: Preparing Substrates to Receive Patches and Leveling Compounds
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5724714348711288332

Thursday, May 14: Polished Concrete & Decorative Concrete Toppings
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8089140437423284492

Thursday, May 21:Designing Installation Systems for Tile & Stone
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5814366328275676172

Thursday, May 28: Guest Speaker – Tentative 
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1393192689593059852

Thursday, June 4: Adhesives and Navigating High RH Discussion
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2811849661958938892


The webinars are held on Thursdays from 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT. For more information, and to register for an upcoming webinar, visit www.ardexamericas.com.

NEOCON ANNOUNCES NEW DIGITAL HUB: NEOCONNECT 2020

(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), and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).

NeoCon 2021 will run June 14-16, 2021 at theMART in Chicago.

Tile of Spain Announces Upcoming Schedule of Digital Events Showcasing Spanish Ceramic Tile and Design

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.

Coverings 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 Plan.

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

Connect with Tile of Spain on Facebook and Instagram at TileofSpainUSA; and on Twitter and Pinterest at TileofSpain.

Industry-Wide EPD Demonstrates North American Ceramic Tile has a Significantly Lower Global Warming Potential Compared to LVT

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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.”  

For more information, please refer to the EPD Guide for North American Ceramic Tile  or the Guide to EPDs in the 2020 Tile the Natural Choice publication.

Accredited CEU Opportunities for Architects and Designers — Register Today for a CEU on any Thursday in April


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.

A&D professionals learn, earn CEU credits at NTCA workshops

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.

Architects from Studio8 learn about tile installation and performance during a workshop by J&R Tile in San Antonio

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. 

Jackie Funkhouser, Scottsdale Interior Design Group

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!

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