Now Trending: Notable Looks from Tile of Spain Manufacturers at Coverings 2018

This year, tens of thousands of attendees from every facet of the design community happened upon the Spain Pavilion at Coverings 2018, where the term eye candy took on a whole new meaning.

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), exhibited a wide variety of new product innovations and trends from 85 Spanish tile manufacturers. Architects, designers and contractors alike emerged from Coverings equipped with a fresh take on what’s new in ceramics. As in years past, new tile trends emerged while others maintain their position in the arena.
Notable trends by Tile of Spain manufactures include:
Geometric Shapes. From hexagons to herringbone, geometric shapes are still going strong. Fading, by Harmony, is a comprehensive 20x20cm collection with interplay between overlapping patterns and finishes.
Intriguing geometric patterns awaken the senses with Oset’s Andorra Collection. This stone-inspired fish scale pattern design is frost resistant and ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Mosaics are still a highly sought after format. The Allure Collection by Onix is a prime example of how combining sophisticated palettes with refined finishes creates design perfection.
One of the more prominent trends on the heels of Coverings is marble. Museum’snew Santana Collection exhibits a strong veined pattern on a restful background that lends surfaces a bold personality. Similarly, Inalco’s Azalai Collection emulates fine marble whose powerful intensity exudes elegance.
Natural looks are in abundance. Fanal’s Fusta series mimics the look of pressed wood chips; bringing a raw and natural look to floors and walls. The polished glazed porcelain is available in a 45x118cm format.
Maintaining its position in the arena is the wood look. Fine examples of trending wood looks can be seen in the Ceiba Collection from Cicogres as well as the Sonoma Collection from Pamesa. The beauty of wood reflected in ceramic tiles has a timeless prevalence.
The D’Anticatto Collection by Natucer brings a modern twist to old world charm. The warmth and comfort of each piece adds value to the highest standards of quality and its distinguished, enduring aesthetic. The rustic and slightly aged look gives depth and character to any space.
Finally, the Resort Collection by Vives solidifies that the cement look is here to stay. A perfect combination of industrial and refined, cement tiles have evolved to create more sophisticated visuals in both indoor and outdoor settings.
For press information and high-resolution images visit: http://bit.ly/TOSCoverings18
The 2018 Spanish Pavilion wass organized and sponsored by ASCER, the Professional Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers from Spain, and ICEX Spain Trade and Investment. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit tileofspainusa.com.
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Trend-setting tiles, award-winning projects & more from Ceramics of Italy at Coverings + ICFF

Ceramics of Italy just wrapped up another successful edition of Coverings (May 8-11 in Atlanta) with a dynamic, tile-clad exhibit designed by e+i studio and hundreds of new tile and setting products from over 120 brands.
In case you missed the action, here are a few highlights:

If you have ICFF on your calendar this week, make sure to stop by the Ceramics of Italy Pavilion (booths 2219-2319) where 15 brands will showcase the latest trends in tile – from porcelain emulating terrazzo, marble and eucalyptus wood to new designer collections and outdoor tile.

NTCA Awards Night Special Guest: U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna, Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program smart home recipients

NTCA, Crossville, Inc., and MAPEI are all supporters of the program

One of the most moving moments of the NTCA Awards Night was the talk given by Sgt. Eric Hunter and his wife Kenna, who gave personal insight in to the transforming power of Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. specially-adapted smart homes.

U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna spoke about the importance of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program and its specially-adapted smart homes to restore independence and dignity to veterans injured in the line of duty.

Sgt. Hunter and Kenna spoke about the circumstances that surrounded the family’s need for a specially-adapted smart home, provided by the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program. NTCA, along with ceramic tile donor Crossville, Inc., and setting materials supplier MAPEI, have been supporters of this program.

Sgt. Hunter explained how after suffering injuries in the service of his country, he was denied assistance from other organizations because he wasn’t injured “enough” to qualify for assistance. A cut to his Social Security benefits increased the hardship the family was facing in a home that was inadequate for his special needs. He explained how the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E Program gave hope to him and his family, and how the specially-adapted smart home will allow him to regain independence and dignity.

While introducing Eric and Kenna Hunter, NTCA assistant executive director Jim Olson said, “These life-changing homes not only provide our injured veterans the opportunity to reclaim independence but also the families that have sacrificed alongside them.The recipients of the Foundation homes are deeply grateful for the support of the many sponsors and volunteers. Every one of them have hand signed a photo of their completed home and have sent them to us.”

He continued with the introduction, saying “ United States Army Sergeant Eric Hunter was first deployed to Iraq in 2010. While there, he connected on the internet with a girl from his hometown named Kenna, and they remained in contact throughout his deployment. On June 1st, 2011, Eric and Kenna married and she and her two children came to live with him in Kentucky.

“Eric’s second deployment in 2012 took him to Afghanistan,” he continued. “On May 31st, 2012, the day before Eric and Kenna’s one year anniversary, while patrolling his unit, Eric stepped on an improvised explosive device. Along with many other injuries, the bomb took his right leg and shattered his left. Eric was flown to three different hospitals before arriving at Walter Reed National Medical Center, where Kenna came to be at his side.

NTCA’s Bart Bettiga (l) and Jim Olson (r) with U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna. NTCA, along with MAPEI and Crossville, Inc., are all supporters of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program.

“Eric spent four years at Walter Reed where he has undergone 61 surgeries with the possibility of more to come as he still feels pain in his salvaged leg,” Olson added. “In December 2016, Eric and Kenna welcomed a new baby girl, making them a family of five. They currently reside in a non-handicap accessible rental in Marietta, GA. Since Eric cannot use his wheelchair in his home, he has to cope with being in pain while walking or scooting from room to room. The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide the Hunters a specially adapted smart home to further enable this soldier and his family to move forward with their new life together. The NTCA is proud to be a part of this program and we are particularly honored that they are willing to say a few words to us tonight about the difference the Foundations supporters are making in their family’s life.”

View a video of Eric and Kenna’s remarks on the National Tile Contractors Association Facebook page here: Sgt. Eric Hunter and wife Kenna remarks at NTCA Awards Night

 

Jim Olson coordinates sponsors and assists in finding NTCA contractors to provide labor to install donated ceramic tile. For information on being involved in the program, contact Jim Olson at [email protected].

Clean the World volunteers at Coverings assemble hygiene kits for homeless veterans

NTCA, MAPEI and Florida Tile sponsor initiative

An industry outreach to the local community at Coverings 18 in Atlanta this year took the form of four teams of volunteers meeting Monday afternoon, May 7 in a friendly competition to assemble 800 kits of hygiene and toiletry products to be delivered to area homeless veterans.

Four volunteer teams of 8-10 people each compiled 200 hygiene kits to be delivered to area homeless veterans by Clean the World.

Friendly competition between teams resulted all 800 kits being assembled in less than 20 minutes! Much laughter ensued! Photo credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 10-person team from NTCA, MAPEI, Florida Tile and industry press each enjoyed camaraderie and fun for a worthy cause as they put soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste combs, razors, socks, and a card with a personal message into a plastic bag that Clean the World Atlanta (https://cleantheworld.org) distributed to area homeless veterans.

The MAPEI Team. Gerald Sloan and Martin Brookes jumped ship to fill in some spots on the NTCA team once things were underway. Photo credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video

 

The Florida Tile Team.
Photo credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Press Team (missing: Terri Sparks).

The winning NTCA Team!
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Florida Tile’s Ashley Donaldson and MAPEI’s Dan Marvin coordinated the overall effort, with Becky Serbin and Jim Olson overseeing the NTCA team, and TileLetter editor Lesley Goddin organizing the press team.

“Other trade shows have done a good job with community outreach programs,” said MAPEI’s Marvin. “This year will be the starting point for larger efforts in the years to come.”

Each team assembled 200 kits in about 20 minutes, with the NTCA Team coming in first. All members of this winning team received a gift certificate from show management company Taffy Event Strategies.

“It was a lot of fun to work with peers and colleagues to kick the show off with friendly competition for a good cause,” TileLetter’s Goddin said. “Thanks to everyone who took part!”

 

The jubilant volunteers.
Photo credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video

 

Contractors visit a dozen installation products exhibitors in 65 minutes with NTCA tour

Contractors visiting Coverings ‘18 May 8-11 in Atlanta had the opportunity to partake in a full schedule of educational conference sessions, special features on the show floor like the Installation Experience, Installation Design Showcase, demos on the Installation Demonstration Stage, Quickfire sessions on a variety of topics and of course the amazing array of tile and stone products and setting materials, tools and associated products.

One great way to get a crash course of what’s available for contractors was to take part in a NTCA Tour, given Wednesday and Thursday of the show. This tour, led by NTCA assistant executive director Jim Olson with assistance from member volunteers and Ally Jenkins from show management company Taffy Event Strategies, originated from the Contractor Lounge and led participants on a journey through 12 exhibitors in a little over an hour.

Here are the highlights:

Raimondi/Donnelly Distribution : Lindsey Madrid introduced tour participants to the Italian-made RLS leveling system, Buzon pedestals and a range of cutters and blades. A new product is the Roboslab, a hydraulic-operated mobile lifter for gauged porcelain tile panels.

European Tile Masters: Ben Szell showed a range of products and tables for handling, moving and working with gauged porcelain tile panels.

Roboslab hydraulic-powered GPTP panel lifter at Raimondi/Donnelly Distribution

European Tile Master’s (ETM) Ben Szell talked to the group about the company’s line of tables and handling devices for GPTP panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USG: USG’s Leo Pena displayed USG’s Shower System featuring Durock with EdgeGuard. This improved edge protects again blowouts. USG also offers the ability to custom configure a shower project, with materials easily sent to the site or contractor via UPS.

RUBI: Albert Mendez demonstrated the company’s TZ Cutter, as well as a vacuum attachment that eliminates dust from cutting tile and stone products.

 

USG’s Leo Pena talks about USG’s custom shower program, standing in front of a display of Durock with EdgeGuard.

At RUBI, Albert Mendez shows a vacuum tool that eliminates dust when cutting holes in tile or stone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schluter: Bobby Linam talked about DITRA-HEAT, which combines an uncoupling mat with a thermal break with customizable heating cables for electric heat installs. He also talked about the range of Schluter’s edge protection profiles, in metallic or textured powder coat styles, as well as movement joint products.

MAPEI: Brian Pistulka talked about the company’s Planitop 330 Fast quick-setting, polymer-modified, fiber-reinforced, cementitious rendering, patching and leveling mortar for interior and exterior walls, floors and submerged areas as well as Mapeguard UM uncoupling membrane, Flexcolor 3D translucent, iridescent ready-to-use grout, and mortars that conform to ANSI 118.5 for gauged porcelain tile installations.

Bobby Linam discussing DITRA-HEAT at Schluter.

At MAPEI, Brian Pistulka tells the group about Planitop 330 Fast Patching and Rendering Mortar, Flexcolor 3D translucent and iridescent grout and other MAPEI products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tile Eze: Niels Mierendorff discussed the company’s Keil concealed anchoring system for ventilated facades which is proven in extreme weather conditions and offers a simple three-step process that allows for panels to be hung as easily as a picture. In addition, Tile Eze demonstrated its automatic grout cleanup machine, which cleans 1,000 sq.ft./hour residentially and 1,500 sq.ft./hour commercially.

Lackmond: Justin Thomas demonstrated the Beast 10” saw and the Beast B-BTEC Rail Saw.

Neils Mierendorff at Tile Eze presented information about the KEIL concealed anchoring system for ventilated facades.

At Lackmond, Justin Thomas talked about the BEAST line of saws and cutters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUSTOM: Russell Brown discussed the benefits of SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar and RedGard SpeedCoat for speeding waterproofing and tile setting in shower installations.

LATICRETE: Spencer Maheu conveyed the benefits of STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack, which is the first heat diffusion additive designed exclusively for the STRATA_HEAT electric floor heating system. The STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack eliminates cold spots between wires, reduces energy cost by 15%, and ensures heat from the STRATA_HEAT wire is distributed evenly throughout the adhesive.

LATICRETE’s Spencer Maheu explaining the STRATA_HEAT Thermal Pack technology and the STRATA_HEAT radiant heating system.

CUSTOM’s Russell Brown told contractors about the SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Mortar and RedGard SpeedCoat waterproofing for fast shower installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEC: Loren Doppelt told the group that with TEC’s Ultimate 6 Plus Mortar (TEC 487), projects can be grouted in as little as six hours. The product has a two-to-three hour pot life and 60 minute working time.

Loren Doppelt at TEC talked about Ultimate 6 Plus Mortar, for set to grout in six hours.

 

Exhibitors handed out information, cards and giveaways, with contractors returning after the tour to discuss products individually with suppliers.

FLAVIKER TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT AT COVERINGS 2018

Reinterpretation and hyper-realism are the key characteristics of the new products showcased in Atlanta

HYPER Patch Silver

At Coverings 2018, the most important North American exhibition for the ceramic sector, Flaviker has showcased its new HYPER and RIVER tile collections combining innovation, HD digital decoration and Italian design. The Solignano-based company’s exhibit in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, has offered a fascinating exploration of materials developed through its research efforts, a long-term stylistic and aesthetic project that has constantly expanded the potential for use of ceramic tiles and made them an increasingly popular material in the world of interior design.

Hyper-realism is the style concept behind the new offerings from Flaviker, particularly the HYPER collection inspired by the aesthetics of concrete. Along with the sheer variety of its versatile and contemporary surfaces, the 3D graphic design has meticulously preserved all the marks of the natural industrial concrete ageing process. HYPER also includes the precious capsule collection developed in collaboration with Tattoo & Visual artist Tiziano Colella, consisting of a series of decorated panels inspired by the visual language of street art.

RIVER Lead Ecru

The RIVER collection offers an original interpretation of terrazzo floors, skilfully combining surface homogeneity with the beauty of individual fragments while preserving the signs of wear and tear experienced over the centuries. Based on an outstanding interpretation of the popular recomposed material trend, one of the most interesting decorative solutions to have emerged in recent years, RIVER reproduces elegant micro-pebbles with extraordinary three-dimensional effects. Skilfully designed long, thin cracks are used to create a sense of movement in surfaces available in sizes ranging from 160×320 cm down to the smallest and most decorative submultiples 10×60 cm and 30×30 cm.

TILE PERSON OF THE YEAR AND JOE A. TARVER AWARD BESTOWED BY NTCA AT COVERINGS 2018

 

 The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, recognized industry leaders at its Annual Awards Ceremony, during Coverings 2018 on May 10, 2018. Over 200 guests were present to see the NTCA honor two exceptional individuals for their unsurpassed dedication and leadership with​in the tile industry.

David Allen Company’s Chris Walker (l), NTCA’s Tile Person of the Year, with NTCA President Martin Howard

The NTCA’S 2017 Tile Person of the Year​ ​award was presented to Christopher Walker, Vice President of the David Allen Company (DAC). ​To date, Chris has logged more than 32 years as ​both a manager and installer within the tile industry. ​In addition to his time spent at DAC, he concurrently serves as 1st Vice President of the National Tile Contractors Association, Chairman of the American National Standards Institute A-108 Committee, Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO T-189​ and is on the Board of Directors – Associated Builders &​ ​Contractor (ABC) of Virginia​. ​Chris has also been a voting member of the NTCA Methods and Standards and Technical Committee and TCNA Handbook Committee for many years.

“Chris is a recognized industry leader and expert; serving our industry and the NTCA for his entire career,” stated NTCA’s President, Martin Howard.  “A true professional, he is most definitely deserving of this distinguish​ed recognition.”

Daltile’s John Cousins (center with plaque) winner of the Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award, with (l to r) NTCA’s Jim Olson, Bart Bettiga, Joe Tarver and NTCA President Martin Howard.

John Cousins, Vice President of  Daltile, received the Joe A. Tarver Lifetime Achievement Award, offered to a leader in the tile and stone industry who dedicates his/her career to advancing ​the trade. John joined Dal-Tile in 1979 after a brief time as an accountant with Ernst & Ernst. ​He spent several years managing the Chicago area Daltile Sales Service Centers. When Daltile merged with American Olean, he assumed the role of Regional Manager of the​ firm’s​ Home Center business. In 1997, John was named Daltile’s Midwest Region General Manager and in 2004, John accepted the additional responsibility of​becoming General Manager for Canada. ​He assumed his current role, Vice President of Sales, in September 2008. ​John Cousins believes strongly in listening to customers and building a company team to exceed customer expectations.

​”Throughout his distinguished career, John has dedicated himself to moving our industry forward,”  ​declared Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the NTCA. “He is known for his tireless efforts and contributions to the tile industry and our association.”

 

NTCA Announces Recipients of the Tom Ade Scholarship Award at Coverings 2018

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced recipients of its Tom Ade Scholarship Award at Coverings 2018.

Tom Ade Scholarship Award recipients (l. to r.): Heather Sinclair; Olivia Owen; Nicholas Certeza; Madison Walker: and Hannah Stovall.

This program was established by the NTCA to provide educational opportunities at the ​college or trade​ level​ for children or grandchildren of NTCA contractor members. It was respectfully named after Tom Ade of Filling Marble & Tile in New Jersey, a former NTCA regional director and a previous recipient of the NTCA’s Ring of Honor and Tile Person of the Year Awards. Through his generosity and selfless support of NTCA ​training and education, this scholarship program continues to thrive.

S​cholarships were presented by Bart Bettiga, NTCA’s Executive Director, during the Association’s Awards Night on May 10th to five students, selected out of 37 nominees.  ​Bettiga commenced the presentation by declaring​,​ “This year, the NTCA is giving $20,000 to highly deserving students. Due to such outstanding entries, the NTCA decided to award $4,000 each to five individual students.”

The winners are as follows:

  • Madison Walker, freshman at Northern Virginia Community College, majoring in biology with a minor in organic chemistry. Madison aspires to continue her studies, work on the Medical College Admissions Test and attend medical school. ​She is the daughter of NTCA’s First Vice President, Chris Walker and his wife Elena​.
  • Olivia Owen, recently accepted into the University of Georgia with plans to major in criminal justice. She carries a 4.25 GPA and balances academics with other extracurricular activities both on campus and at her church. ​Olivia is the daughter of Rod and Melinda Owen, owners of the Five Star Contractor Company, CC Owen Tile of Jonesboro, Georgia.
  • Nicholas Certeza — nominated by his​ former​ ​captain, Nicholas recently completed active duty in the US Army and is a member of the Texas Army National Guard. This scholarship will help offset costs not covered by ​the​ GI Bill for his continued higher education studies. ​Nicholas is the son of Elizabeth Lambert and stepfather Dan Lambert, NTCA Five Star Contractors Lambert Tile & Stone in Colorado.
  • Heather Sinclair, full​-​time wife, mother, employee and student, pursuing a business degree at University of Phoenix. She overseas six Goodwill stores throughout Central Iowa. Heather is the daughter of NTCA contractor member John Walker, with whom she worked side​-​by​-​side throughout her childhood,​ in his tile business.
  • Hannah Stovall​, ​​a dance major and member of the Dean​’​s List at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Hannah aspires to earn her MBA and further her dance career getting involved in choreography, production and eventually, ​becoming ​a dance professor. She is the daughter of BJ and Gerri Stovall of Mr. David’s flooring in Frankland, Illinois.

Noble Company enjoys robust presence at Coverings 18

Noble Company has been a fixture at Coverings for more than 20 years. The company’s new owners, Federal Process, have continued and expanded on this commitment with a larger footprint and a fresh, updated booth presence last week at Coverings 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On display at the booth was a solution for loyal Noble product end users to get Noble adhesives and sealants off their tools, fingers and hands. The Tub O’ Towels was launched at this show, and is one of the best ways to get stubborn construction sealers and adhesives off the areas that you need clean. This tough, durable construction wipe  holds up to demanding job-site conditions.

 

In addition to the sleek, new booth presence for Noble Company, Coverings management provided Noble with six presentation opportunities, which offered attendees a diverse, varied slate of topics in a variety of forums from stage demos, round table CE discussions, and this year’s Quickfire sessions debut.

Noble’s Dave Kennedy (l) and Dean Moilanen present on the installation demonstration stage at Coverings.

The Noble Smoker is a perennial must attend event at Coverings, and this year was no exception, as hundreds of Noble Company’s best friends came early, stayed late and enjoyed the casual atmosphere and hospitality which is the hallmark of this signature Coverings event.

Tile Geeks were in the house at the Noble Smoker.

The Tile Geeks, a nationwide organization of tile contractors, with their ever-expanding social media presence were welcomed and entertained at this year’s Noble Smoker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO Lynnette Bloomberg, who has been a fixture at Noble Company for decades, and has been a critical factor in the success and growth of this company, is stepping down to pursue personal goals. It is an understatement to say she will be missed by company personnel and industry friends alike.

Lynnette Bloomberg, Noble Company CEO is retiring this month after nearly 34 years with the company.

 Lynette  created this handprint tile at the Tile Heritage Foundation Global Monumental Handprint Mural Project booth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TCNA’s Bill Griese Receives ASTM International’s Top Honor

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is pleased to announce that Bill Griese, TCNA’s director of standards development and sustainability initiatives, has been honored with ASTM International’s prestigious Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of standards for the Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares.
The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the ASTM International Board of Directors and is the highest society award granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM International committee activities. This includes general advancement of the interests of ASTM committees and the society as a whole.
Along with the award Mr. Griese is now a Fellow of the ASTM Society.
“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition from an organization I admire so deeply,” remarked Mr. Griese. “ASTM’s standards development process is unlike that of any other. The level of staff involvement and the broad range of countless volunteers and experts who collaborate to develop some of the most trustworthy technical specifications in the world is impressive, to say the least. I am humbled and honored to be able to interact regularly with such high-caliber professionals, and I would be remiss to talk about the successes of the committees in which I’m involved without recognizing the hard work, expertise, and contributions of so many others.”
Mr. Griese will be presented with the Award of Merit at the NTCA Awards Ceremony on Thurs., May 10th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Coverings 2018 (www.coverings.com).
Mr. Griese joined ASTM in 2007. Beginning in 2008 he served three consecutive terms as chairman of Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products. He currently serves as C21 vice-chairman and chairman of Subcommittee C21.06 on Ceramic Tile. He also served two terms (one as chairman) as an appointed member of ASTM’s regulatory Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), and this year he began a three-year term on ASTM’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Griese is a member of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability and ASTM Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units.
With Mr. Griese’s contributions, especially to C21, new specifications have been created and dormant ones revitalized. On several occasions he has authored and coauthored ASTM International standards, and he has reduced the cycle time of standardization efforts through outreach, stakeholder engagement, and increased committee correspondence. Through his consensus building aptitude, he has led committees through contentious subjects, and he has suggested compromises by which standards on the brink of expiration could be passed.
Mr. Griese has given countless hours of his time, energy, and service to the operations of ASTM and has been recognized by the Society on several other occasions. In 2013 he was selected by then ASTM President James A. Thomas as a recipient of the ASTM International President’s Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of Service Awards in 2014 and 2017 for his contributions as a member and chairman of COTCO.
In addition to his recognition by ASTM, Bill is well-known throughout the tile industry as a leader. As the chief visionary behind TCNA’s environmental efforts, Mr. Griese manages TCNA’s Green Initiative Committee, which is comprised of more than 80 members representing more than 50 organizations. Some of his most important projects include the development of Green Squared®-the first and only standard and certification program for sustainable tiles and tile installation materials-and industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for North American-made ceramic tile, tile mortar, and tile grout.
Mr. Griese serves on numerous standards committees outside of ASTM. He is a U.S. delegate internationally in groups such as ISO TC 189 (Ceramic Tile), ISO TC59/SC17 (Sustainability in Buildings and Construction), and ISO PC 277 (Sustainable Procurement). He is a member of the tile industry’s ANSI ASC A108 committee where he spearheaded the development of Green Squared®.
Mr. Griese is a contributor to the development of TCNA’s Handbook for Ceramic, Stone and Glass Tile Installation. He served as an International Code Council working group member in the original drafting of the International Green Construction Code. He was also appointed to the U.S. EPA’s Governance Committee Flooring Panel, which helped develop federal guidelines on sustainability standards and certification labels.
Mr. Griese is an active participant in the World Ceramic Tiles Forum. He also speaks regularly at events in the U.S. and abroad and is an author, columnist, and contributor to several industry publications. In 2016 Coverings (the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America) honored him as a “Coverings Rock Star,” a group of young professionals recognized for having distinguished themselves as industry leaders.
Mr. Griese is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with a specialty in building design and construction. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, SC.
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