A raffle and fundraiser that begins today and extends through December 18 will support ALMA (Apprenticeships for Leaders in Mosaic Arts) Summer Institute in Albuquerque, N.M.
ALMA was initially established in 1999 as part of the Mayor’s Art Institute, under Mayor Jim Baca. It affords young people aged 16-25 from high schools, college and the community the opportunity to conceptualize, design, plan, hand make and glaze tiles, and install them in various sites around town as part of a paid summer apprenticeship.
ALMA (which means “soul” in Spanish) is operated by a handful of lead artists and three co-directors: Cassandra Reid (lotustileworks.com), Executive Director; Vanessa Alvarado (blubirdtileart.com), Outreach Director; and Margarita Paz-Pedro(paz-pedro.com), Operations Director. It has evolved into a 501 (c)3 non-profit , with the majority of its funding coming from grants.
Due to COVID, funding is even more precarious. ALMA is having an online Raffle and Fundraiser to help it to continue to provide programming for youth in the arts, and to raise $4,000.00 for its own kiln.
ALMA will announce the winner on Monday, Dec. 21st. There are four amazingly creative items to raffle off. Check it out and please share with everyone you know! Find out more here: ALMA Raffle
Interested in simply making a donation? Follow this link to see ways you can support ALMA. Donations of $50 or more will receive a tax-deduction letter.
Demand for most types of nonresidential projects remains flat amid COVID-10 uncertainty, dwindling state and local budgets and the lack of new federal coronavirus relief measureswhich put jobs at risk.
The construction industry’s fortunes continued to diverge in October, as
residential construction expanded again while nonresidential
construction remained largely unchanged from a month ago and is down
compared to last year, according to an analysis of new federal
construction spending data by the Associated General Contractors of
America. Association officials said that demand for nonresidential
construction is being hit by private sector worries about the
coronavirus, tighter state and local budgets and the lack of new federal
pandemic relief measures.
October spending report shows private nonresidential construction is
continuing to slide,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief
economist. “Public construction spending has fluctuated in recent months
but both types of nonresidential spending have fallen significantly
from recent peaks this year and appear to be heading even lower.”
spending in October totaled $1.44 trillion at a seasonally adjusted
annual rate, an increase of 1.3 percent from the pace in September and
3.7 percent higher than in October 2019. But the gains were limited to
residential construction, which increased 2.9 percent for the month and
14.6 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, private and public
nonresidential spending was virtually unchanged from September and
declined 3.7 percent from a year earlier.
Private nonresidential construction spending declined for the fourth
month in a row, slipping 0.7 percent from September to October, with
decreases in nine out of 11 categories. The October total was 8.2
percent lower than in October 2019. The largest private nonresidential
segment, power construction, declined 0.8 percent for the month. Among
the other large private nonresidential project types, commercial
construction—comprising retail, warehouse and farm structures—slid 1.0
percent, manufacturing construction declined 0.8 percent, and office
construction dipped 0.2 percent.
construction spending increased 1.0 percent in October and 3.7 percent
year-over-year. The largest public category, highway and street
construction, gained 1.6 percent for the month. Among other large public
segments, educational construction increased 1.1 percent for the month
and transportation construction rose 1.0 percent.
residential construction spending increased for the fifth consecutive
month, rising 2.9 percent in October. Single-family homebuilding jumped
5.6 percent for the month, while multifamily construction spending rose
1.2 percent and residential improvements spending was flat.
officials said demand for nonresidential construction was unlikely to
rebound in the near-term without new federal relief measures, putting
additional construction careers at risk. These should include new
investments in infrastructure, to improve aging roads and bridges,
public buildings and water utility networks. Federal officials should
refrain from taxing Paycheck Protection Program loans as it would
undermine the benefits of that program. And Congress and the
administration should work together to enact liability reforms to
protect honest firms from frivolous coronavirus lawsuits.
long as the coronavirus undermines private sector confidence and public
sector budgets, the only way to save good-paying construction careers
is through new federal relief measures,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the
association’s chief executive officer. “Fixing the nation’s
infrastructure, preserving the benefits of the PPP program and
protecting honest employers will give the economy a much-needed
members rank the overall health of the industry at 6.9 (on a scale of
one to 10), just below the 7.2 reported in pre-COVID Q4 2019. While
confident about current business conditions at 56.5, industry members
are even more optimistic about future conditions, which they set at 66.9
as 2020 draws to a close.
we approach the end of an unprecedented year, the industry outlook is
promising,” said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “While COVID-19 will continue to
present challenges to the supply chain, labor and spending, we’re
grateful to be one of a few industries that has actually seen growth in
response to consumers spending more time at home and looking to make
their spaces more functional in this new normal. Kitchen and bath
professionals are well-positioned for continued success into the coming
have undertaken a lot of remodeling in 2020, but significant
opportunity remains, especially for the kitchen and bath market, going
into 2021,” notes Todd Tomalak, Principal at JBREC. “Much
of the already completed renovation work has focused outside the home —
redoing decks, gardens and outdoor entertaining spaces — in response to
COVID-19 restrictions. For many
families working and schooling from home, 2020 wasn’t the ideal time to
redo a space as essential as the kitchen or bathroom. As such, we
anticipate continued activity for kitchen and bath remodeling next
the first half of 2020, NKBA members predicted negative sales for the
year, but Q3 brought better news for the industry, which now expects a
1.1% increase in YOY sales compared to 2019. In fact, Q3 sales in 2020
were up 2.1% from 2019, and sales grew 5.9% since last quarter overall —
ranging from designers, who saw a smaller 3.2% increase, to
manufacturers, who experienced a significant 9.6% rise.
More than half (62%) of all companies surveyed report COVID-19 drove higher demand to their business in Q3. While the crisis continues to have some adverse effect on the industry, with 29% reporting the pandemic has led to lower demand, its negative impact has lessened each quarter and, at 5.9 (on a scale of one to 10), is nearly 30% lower than the Q1 rating of 8.1. Among those industry professionals who haven’t seen demand return to normal levels, 29% expect it to do so in 2021.
The following trends are expected to impact homeowners and the industry into 2021:
For the first time, supply chain disruption
is reported as the industry’s greatest challenge, beating out economic
uncertainty and recession and further hinting at an optimistic outlook
for 2021 as manufacturers ramp up production in response to demand. Appliances
and cabinets are most impacted, while other luxury products,
particularly from Europe, are facing delays in lead times and backorders
Increased pipeline demand
is another promising indicator for 2021, with 53% seeing larger
pipelines of projects or project orders in Q3 2020 compared to the same
period in 2019.
Still, uncertainty remains. When
asked if they think COVID-19 will “shut down” the economy again in Q4,
39% of NKBA members are unsure. Almost the same percentage (37%) do not
expect another shutdown, but 24% do anticipate shutdowns as infection
strong remodeling interest, consumers are still more price-conscious
than they were pre-COVID, with designers especially noting smaller budgets. Customers are leaning toward smaller-scale remodels and temporary solutions that are low-cost and largely DIY.
Each sector of the kitchen and bath market faces unique challenges and opportunities:
Perhaps unexpectedly given COVID-19 restrictions, retail sales
foot traffic rose 8% in 2020 over 2019. With much of the foot traffic
driven by DIY’ers, the increase in foot traffic has not necessarily led
to increased revenue.
In response to a heightened demand for products, especially appliances, manufacturing
sales increased 5.8% YOY in Q3, despite some COVID-19-related
disruptions and difficulties finding qualified labor to meet ramped-up
production needs. Manufacturers also rated the KBMI highest of any
sector, at 67.7. The majority (55%) of manufacturers are back to
operating at 100% or more of their normal workforce, with 14% employing
more workers than pre-COVID.
Lower price points and cutbacks in discretionary design
services have propelled homeowners to DIY projects – but designers are
seeing marked improvement in Q3, with more than half (57%) reporting
higher bids in the last quarter than Q1 and Q2. Additionally, 39%
reported no canceled or postponed projects in Q3.
Building and construction
companies also continue to see fewer postponements and cancellations,
with 49% reporting zero of either in Q3. More than half (54%) of
companies with postponed jobs expect those to resume in 2021.
Amityville, NY, November 2020 – Infinity Drain, leading the industry in decorative shower and wet area drain solutions, won a PIA award from Architectural Products magazine for its Stainless Steel Shower Base. The new shower base dramatically reduces the amount of time required to install a new bathroom shower and decreases the need for trade coordination because it is ready to tile, pre-sloped and does not require additional waterproofing on the walls. The game-changing Infinity Drain Stainless Steel Shower Base is guaranteed for life against waterproofing failure.
“Our dedication to innovation continues to keep Infinity Drain top of mind among designers, builders and discerning consumers around the world,” noted Jonathan Brill, President of Infinity Drain. “We’re thrilled to have won this prestigious honor for our patent-pending Stainless Steel Shower Base.”
“Building on the success of past programs, the tenth edition of the PIA awards proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering products that deliver better performance, life and affordability, that keep pace with ever-shifting market requirements,” stated Jim Crockett, Editorial Director for Architectural Products magazine. With judging and evaluation of products and systems from a distinguished panel of 22 designers and product specialists skilled in product evaluation, the PIA program awards manufacturers based on attributes, qualities, functionality and/or performance beyond industry standards.
About the Infinity Drain Stainless Steel Shower Base
Patent-pending waterproof design saves time as it’s ready to tile and pre-sloped. Available sizes include a 60″ x 30″ option as well as custom sizing for quantities of 10 or more. Additional features of the Shower Base include a curb or curbless option and the ability to use any grate style or tile insert. If the product should develop a leak, Infinity Drain will bear the cost of labor, removal, replacement, and will restore the installation with the same ‘like and kind” materials originally used.
Infinity Drain® Custom Stainless Steel Shower Base Features
Available sizes: 60″ x 30″ or custom sizes (minimum quantity 10)
Stainless steel shower base is completely waterproof
Additional waterproofing on wall is optional
Ready to tile
Available with any grate style or tile insert
Curb or curbless option
Plumbing code compliant for use as prefabricated shower receptor
IAPMO tested to IAPMO PS-106-2015 standard
Integrated linear drain or center drain options
With a 6″ sleeve on foundation, the 2″ no hub connection through slab allows for 2″ variance in any direction
Shower base sets shower framing for exact wall to wall installation
CTEF will celebrate generosity on GivingTuesday
2020 by highlighting the opportunities available to provide education
and installer certification programs for ceramic tile and stone industry
professionals. GivingTuesday takes place December 1st, 2020.
What is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday is a
global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and
organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year.
Why GivingTuesday for CTEF?
For CTEF, GivingTuesday
is about raising awareness and financial support for the ceramic tile
and stone industry professional education and certification programs it
offers. COVID-19 has severely threatened CTEF programs which have been
rescheduled until 2021. During normal times, CTEF generates income
through in-person training and hands-on certification event fees.
At the same time, if it weren’t for the
strong community of passionately dedicated ceramic tile artisans,
installers, suppliers and specifiers committed to elevating the
standards and expectations for tile installations and the importance of
Qualified Labor, CTEF would not exist. More specifically, this community
sponsors, volunteers for, promotes, educates, hosts hands-on
certification testing events, encourages participation, celebrates
successes, and generally supports ongoing tile industry learning and
“I encourage everyone who values the
critical importance of tile industry standards and the high expectations
derived from them to participate in GivingTuesday,” says Scott Carothers, CTEF director of certification and training.
“Share with your communities why you value tile industry education and
certification programs such as those CTEF offers; explain what Qualified
Labor means to you and encourage others to do the same.”
launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages
people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a
global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give,
collaborate, and celebrate generosity. People demonstrate generosity in
many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it is helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts.
raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets
21 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations
speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to
get involved in their communities. “GivingTuesday
inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive
progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but
throughout the year,” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. “With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world.”
Ceramic tile manufacturers from Spain are making waves in the digital arena by turning to technology to transform the tile selection process.
“We are seeing more and more of our manufacturers turn to digital
tools to make the tile selection process both effortless and
inspirational for specifiers and end users,” said Francisco Garzón,
Trade Commissioner of Spain, in Miami. “The applications we are seeing
offer users a uniquely creative opportunity to explore innovative
formats, applications and finishes to meet specific design needs.”
Below, are virtual design tools created by Spanish tile manufacturers that will pioneer the way architects, designers, specifiers and homeowners source materials for residential and commercial projects:
Glass Mosaic Mesh Creator by Alttoglass
Create your very own mosaic sheets with the GLASS MOSAIC MESH Creator
by Alttoglass. Users can select the number of pieces in their sheet,
color, and finish to design custom mosaic creations: https://www.alttoglass.com/en/generador
The AZTECA EXPERIENCE takes visitors on a virtual tour of a
California residence, where they can view Azteca’s collections in
high-resolution. With 10 different spaces, each featuring a distinct
look, the Azteca Experience is truly a unique way for homeowners,
interior designers, installers and architects to draw inspiration for
their next design: https://www.aztecaexperience.com/en/
Home Design 3D by Azulev Grupo
HOME DESIGN 3D is a program that allows users to create
three-dimensional environments with the full range of ceramic materials
from Azulev Group. Thanks to its user-friendly interface architects,
designers and homeowners can explore hundreds of tile installations from
the comfort of their home or office: https://azulevgrupo.com/es/azulev3d
Click & Tile by Azuliber
From indoor and outdoor applications to residential and commercial
settings, Azuliber’s CLICK & TILE tool is a new take on virtual
design. Simply select the space you wish to design then click on each
area of the room to begin the process. Azuliber also allows users to
choose different paint and décor options to see how their ceramic
collections pair with different design styles: https://clickandtile.azuliber.com/en/editor-lienzo/6
CREATE 3D by Baldocer
Design your very own three-dimensional space with the CREATE 3D
program from Baldocer. Available in two different settings, HOME and
PRO, visitors can design both residential and commercial spaces with
Baldocer’s full line of ceramic products: https://baldocer.com/crea-3d/
Cement Tile Floor Simulator by Cerlat
Design your own collection of Spanish floor tiles with the CEMENT
TILE FLOOR SIMULATOR by Cerlat. This brand-new digital tool allows users
to choose from a selection of graphics, colors, and effects for a
series that showcases their personal style: https://simuladormosaicos.cerlat.com/?lang=en_GB#
Cevica Lab by Cevica
Design and develop your very own ceramic materials with CEVICA LAB.
From color and size to format and shape, Cevica provides resources to
create and manufacture bespoke products for ceramic tiles as unique as
your style: https://www.cevica.es/en/cevica-lab-presentacion/
Colorker 3D by Colorker
Bring your tile vision to life with the new 3D room-planning tool by
Colorker. Visitors can start with a new floor plan or recreate an
existing space and begin outlining their design by selecting pieces from
Colorker’s extensive catalog of tile and grout options: https://www.colorker.com/3d.html
GF 3D by Gayafores
Bring your digital design to life with the GF 3D design tool from
Gayafores. This virtual platform invites visitors to draw their own
room, insert different decor and design elements and apply Gayafores
products to the walls and floors for a virtual space that suites their
personal taste: https://gayafores.es/en/3d-viewer/
Virtual Showroom by Grespania
Grespania offers a refreshing perspective on tile design with their
VIRTUAL SHOWROOM. From inspiration to application, this digital tool
allows users to explore new collections from their home or office: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=mU8yHDFT6we
Keraben 3D by Keraben Grupo
KERABEN 3D is an easy-to-use digital platform that allows visitors to
create a custom rendering of their space designed with Keraben’s
expansive line of ceramic tile. Users can create unique settings in a
matter of minutes while play with the various textures, colors and
graphics featured across Keraben’s catalog: https://www.keraben.com/ver/287/3d.html
Virtual House by Natucer
Natucer explores the benefits of ceramic tile with its brand-new
VIRTUAL HOUSE program. Beginning with the entryway and ending with the
backyard, users are taken on a tour of the home where they will learn
how ceramic tile can visually enhance each room of the home while
improving its functionality: https://www.natucer.es/virtual_house_natucer/
Mainzu 3D by Mainzu Ceramica
MAINZU 3D is a downloadable software tool for architects, designers,
specifiers and homeowners. This virtual program provides users with the
capability of building a one-of-a-kind virtual space in five simple
steps. Users can establish their floor plan, place furniture and
accessories and complete their space with Mainzu’s ceramic collections: https://www.mainzu.com/en/mainzu-3d
Mosaic Creator by Onix
How far does your imagination go? Find out with the MOSAIC CREATOR,
from Onix. Users are invited to choose from a vast selection of formats,
finishes and grout colors to design their very own mosaic designs,
perfect for walls, floors, pools and more: https://mosaiccreator.onixmosaico.com/en
Pamesa 3D by Pamesa Cerámica
Design your dream home with the PAMESA 3D creation tool. This new
program allows users to build their own three-dimensional custom space
with Pamesa’s broad range of ceramic wall and floor tiles: https://www.pamesa.com/3D.html
Peronda 3D by Peronda
PERONDA 3D is an easy-to-use design program that offers architects,
designers, homeowners and installers tools to customize their space with
ceramic tile. Users can mix and match different colors, textures
patterns and formats in a virtual setting to design a space that fits
with their personal style: https://peronda.com/es/3d
Porcelanite 3D by Porcelanite Dos
PORCELANITE 3D is a virtual program that allows users to create high-resolution spaces using Porcelanite Dos’ full range of ceramic offerings. Users can choose to fill their space with modern graphics, traditional formats, metallic finishes and much more in this easy-to-use style selection tool: https://www.porcelanite.es/en/productos/?cnpf=1&cnep=0&cato_cat=881
Design Your Space by Porcelanosa Grupo
Invest in the future of your space with the DESIGN YOUR SPACE TOOL
from Porcelanosa. Users choose from a selection of room styles that best
reflects their interior taste. Porcelanosa will then suggest a
selection of ceramic options that will recreate this look in their own
residential or commercial space: https://sites.porcelanosa.com/spaces/en/
Creahome by Saloni
CREAHOME is a new tool by Ceramica Saloni that takes custom design
from virtual to reality. Users begin with a blank floor plan and have to
option to build out a custom digital space using Saloni’s full range of
ceramic products: https://saloni-creahome.tilelook.com
Digital Platforms by Vives Ceramica
Vives Ceramica offers five digital platforms that allow architects,
designers and their clients to create their very own three-dimensional
spaces. These new digital tools allow users to experiment and combine
different products from Vives and apply them to the specific area or
scenario they are creating: https://www.vivesceramica.com/ambientes/crea-tus-ambientes.html
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Despite the cancellation of Cersaie and other design trade shows around the world, Italian manufacturers continue to invent new designs and invest in technologies to keep expanding the versatility and value proposition of ceramics. After all, Italian ceramic tile is prized for its functionality – durability, ease of maintenance, hygiene, water and frost resistance – as much as its aesthetics. In terms of design, this season’s trends can be summed up in three words: natural, colorful, and playful.
Nothing dazzles like a
bag full of confetti, which is the same effect that these tiles have on
interior spaces. Whether the designs are a kaleidoscope of colors or floating
fragments of shapes, the patterns lend a burst of energy to floors and walls.
Even speckled stone and ancient flooring techniques like Venetian terrazzo can
add an interesting layer of perceived texture and help develop a cohesive,
contemporary design. This trend works especially well on extra-large tiles that
minimize grout lines and allow the pattern to shine.
Autumn is historically
a season of transition and one where nature is the main protagonist. As
temperatures drop, leaves start to change color, apples and pumpkins are harvested,
and fires dot the landscape of countless backyards. This year Italian
manufacturers were clearly inspired by the effects of Fall with motifs and
colors that conjure the feeling of a crisp autumn day or cozy night by the
fire. Organic hues like earthy browns, golden yellows, and burgundy reds are a
few autumnal examples alongside tiles with natural effects like wood and stone
in a warm palette. Collection names like “Matter” and “Husk” and colorways like
“Autumn” further solidify this trend.
Concrete is a
ubiquitous building material that has allowed creative architectural expression
since ancient times. The Romans used it to build the dome of the Pantheon
nearly 2,000 years ago – an engineering marvel that still stands today.
Modernists used it to create load-bearing columns that would make their
buildings appear lighter. Long admired for its strength and beauty, concrete
continues to serve as a muse for architects as well as manufacturers. From the
industrial look of Béton
brut to the charm of encaustic cement, these Italian tile collections
can be used for all types of surface applications, both indoors and out.
With blue and green
dominating this year – emerald was touted as designers’ go-to color and classic
blue was Pantone’s color of the year – it should be no surprise that this
tertiary color is king among many new Italian tile collections. Color trends
reflect the overall emotions and mood of society and according to color
theorists, blue-green combines the tranquil effects of blue with the optimistic
feeling of green, which is much needed in these uncertain times. Hues of
blue-green also have strong associations with water, from the turquoise of
glacial lakes to the aquamarine water of the Mediterranean Sea, that can help
people find quieter moments and peace of mind without traveling.
Glossy tiles are
making a comeback, allowing floors and walls to pop with perfectly smooth
surfaces and beautiful shine. Glossy finishes are also a good option for areas
that need to be cleaned often – from backsplashes and showers to lobby floors
and exterior walls – offering a way to add both flair and durability to the
built environment. In some collections, light and reflection are the main
features, allowing designers to accentuate architectural features and construct
chic environments full of drama. However, most tile lines offer a variety of
finishes, ranging from ultra-matte to high gloss, which can be used
concurrently to create a perception of depth and eye-catching texture.
Art deco is a classic trend that never really goes
out of style. Characterized by bold geometric shapes and decadent details, deco
tiles feature chevron patterns, arches of contrasting marble, and scallops full
of color. Traditional deco style leans toward striking contrasts, which you can
see in many these collections, juxtaposing dark shades against light. Others
offer bold geometric shapes in monochrome palettes to create a powerful yet
These trend-setting products from Ceramics of Italy
members, and hundreds of others from Italian tile manufacturers, are now
available in the North American market through an extensive network of tile
dealers and retailers. For additional products and inspiration, visit the product gallery on ceramica.info. For information
on individual companies across the Italian ceramic sector, visit the new Italian Ceramic Finder.
The longest-running awards program of its kind includes new categories for single-family and multi-family residential spaces
(November 18, 2020) Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the official call for entries for the 2021 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its 28th year, the competition recognizes top North American architecture and design firms and design students for their creative use of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Winning projects will exemplify innovative design while demonstrating the superior technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian tile.
An international jury of design experts will select winners in four built categories – Residential (Single-Family), Residential (Multi-Family), Commercial, and Institutional – as well as a winner in the Student category. In addition to the juried winners, a People’s Choice Award will be given to a firm elected by the public for the second year in a row.
With the plethora of exciting residential projects submitted each year, Ceramics of Italy decided to divide Residential into two categories: Single-Family and Multi-Family. Projects in the four built categories – Residential (Single-Family), Residential (Multi-Family), Commercial and Institutional – must be designed by architects and designers based in North America and completed between January 2016 and March 2021. Projects may be domestic or international, and must feature a significant amount of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile produced by Ceramics of Italy member companies. All styles and scales of projects will be considered, from office buildings and spas to kitchen renovations and residential developments. The jury’s official criteria includes: the overall design of the project; the aesthetic and technical quality of the tile installation; the degree to which tile enhances the setting; and the project’s sustainable attributes.
The jury will once again review submissions from North American design and architecture students who create imaginative spaces using Italian tile. Individuals or groups of students are invited to submit their projects in the form of renderings, floor plans and sketches. Students must be enrolled in an accredited North American university to be eligible.
This year, the competition will also uphold its public voting component, which will help determine the second annual People’s Choice Award. Using Submittable, Ceramics of Italy will invite the public to vote on their favorite project submissions. The project that receives the most votes will be recognized as the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
Winners will be notified in April and officially announced during Coverings – the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America – taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from July 7-9, 2021. All of the winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the show to present their projects in front of a large audience of media, manufacturers and tile industry professionals during the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference. Built project winners will also receive a 5-day CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – with a delegation of top design media.
competition guidelines, submission form and an archive of
beautiful winning projects from the past 27 years can be found on the Ceramics
of Italy Tile Competition website, www.tilecompetition.com. There is no fee to
enter and multiple submissions are accepted.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has received a record number of entries for the organization’s 2020 Global Innovation Awards and has assembled a diverse panel of notable international judges. Award submissions are being accepted through the end of November.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — With less than two weeks remaining to participate in the 2020 Global Innovation Awards
(GIA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is proud to
recognize receiving a record number of entries to date, as well as
assembling a wealth of notable international judges.
program annually acknowledges the most cutting-edge, advanced and
original products, services and homes from around the world. The program
is considered one of the leading forums to reach and influence
builders, developers, manufacturers, educational instructors, vocational
schools and universities, publishers, trade associations, embassies,
consulates and other leaders in the construction industry.
have been received from almost every continent, including locations
such as Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, New Zealand,
Taiwan and the United States of America. Participants have submitted
applications in the Best Product of the Year and Best Technology and
Education of the Year categories along with a new category for 2020.
year we are excited to announce that we have introduced an additional
category, Best International Home of the Year,” said Jillian Pritchard
Cooke, founder of Wellness Within Your Walls and 2020 Global Innovation
Judges representing countries from across the globe,
including Australia, Iraq, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, the
U.S. and China, will select the winners.
Past GIA winners and
finalists have recognized the benefits of participating in the awards
competition. “Winning this award has added more credibility to our
company than any marketing campaign in our 25-year history,” said Ken
Calligar, CEO of RSG3D, Mexicali, Mexico. “In a world needing resilience
and energy efficiency, RSG3D was recognized as a leader in exterior and
interior wall, ceiling, floor and roof panel technology.”
Fabar, president of Green Home Builders Australia, an international
building franchise company based in Sydney, is a GIA 2019 recipient. “We
are so proud to have been recognized by NAHB for our educational and
training program,” said Fabar. “Our building science education
incorporates innovative energy strategies, water conservation,
preservation techniques and universal design.”
Two-time GIA winner
Alex Levy, president of Hillside Software London UK, Johannesburg,
South Africa, noted that “introducing new technology to the home
building industry has always been a challenge. Our NAHB membership and
the GIA program have been invaluable in helping us reach U.S. members.”
Global Innovation Awards honor the most innovative products, services,
homes and communities in the global residential building industry – from
new augmented reality technology to ultra-efficient HVAC units and
everything in between.
According to Pritchard Cooke, there are
numerous reasons to enter, including the opportunity for companies to
set themselves apart and gain exposure as part of the official NAHB Awards Program,
along with the ability to leverage the award when marketing to new and
current customers. Additionally, winning entries will receive global
recognition in NAHB’s blogs, publications and press releases.
The Entry Deadline is November 30, 2020. To apply, please click here. For more information, contact Giuliana Nava-Cord ([email protected] or 202.266.8182).
Innovative Schönox Subfloor Solutions Available atPowerhouse-Distributor Walcro
Florence, AL – November 17, 2020 – With 18 locations across six midwestern states, distribution-giant Walcro has partnered with Schönox to expand its offering of installation supply options for its substantial customer base. The partnership provides Walcro with innovative subfloor materials, supporting growth into new sectors with a wider range of contractors and installers. Schönox gains greater distribution throughout a key region of the country, working alongside Walcro, servicing customers with industry-leading subfloor solutions.
“Walcro makes it clear that a fundamental part of its mission is to make every installer’s job easier,” explained Mike Penney, Senior Vice President of Sales, Schönox HPS North America, Inc. “Schönox excels in that important area, helping projects move more quickly, with stronger results, while providing air quality and safety benefits for flooring professionals.” Walcro will stock the full Schönox line, but some products have gained early attention based on Walcro’s focus on installer success. Among those is Schönox SL, smoothing and finishing compound, a best-in-class performer with installer-friendly characteristics including its ability to be remixed up to three times without loss of its smooth texture. “Walcro customers will see improvements in all subfloor tasks using Schönox products,” commented Penney. “We are excited to see Schönox products and services aligning closely with Walcro’s focus on strong answers and production methods for customers.”
With nearly 50 years in the floor covering supplies and accessories business, Walcro has extensive distribution facilities, pickup locations, and a truck fleet for deliveries. “Walcro provides everything needed to make floor covering easier, faster, and more profitable,” explained Brandon Hagen, Regional Vice President, Schönox HPS North America, Inc. “We are really impressed with Walcro’s logistics savvy and commitment to knowledgeable customer service.” Plans are underway, enhancing the region’s access to Schönox and Walcro’s customer base expansion.