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University of Ceramic Tile and Stone launches tile specialist course

Floor Covering News

San Diego, Calif.—The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has provided training to thousands of people in the tile and stone industry over the last decade. The online course “Installer Tile Specialist (ITS) Standards Verification course,” has been taken by both union and non-union installers as well as industry technical and salespeople to be up-to-date with the industry installation standards, methods and practices.

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The CTI Test at THASIE 2024

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

Learn about the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) hands-on test that took place in conjunction with THASIE 2024 in Fresno, California.

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Inaugural Flooring Sustainability Summit set for July

Floor Covering News

In a landmark move for the flooring industry, the first-ever Flooring Sustainability Summit will take place July 17-18 in Washington, D.C. The event, co-hosted by organizations including the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), Natural Stone Institute and North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), is billed as a watershed moment for sustainability in flooring.

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Sustainability Topics Shape the Future of Flooring 

Why Tile

This year, the Coverings ceramic tile and natural stone exhibition and conference held April 22-25, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia, centered around four key tenets — Health and Wellness, Sustainability, Outdoor Spaces, and Timeless Luxury. The show opened on Earth Day, setting the stage for sustainability topics and activities to reign large throughout the week.

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Mapei opens a new facility in the UK

Ceramics of Italy

Mapei, a global leader in the production of chemical products for the building industry, is enhancing its presence in the UK by opening a new facility in Speke, near Liverpool. This new facility is part of the Italian multinational’s ongoing international expansion strategy, which since the beginning of the year has seen it announce openings or acquisitions of new plants in Denmark, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Portugal.

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Rubble Tile’s Partnership with Mosa: Four Years of Sustainable Design in the Dakotas

Rubble Tile

For the past four years, Rubble Tile has proudly represented Mosa, a renowned European tile manufacturer, in North and South Dakota. This partnership has brought Mosa’s innovative and sustainable tile solutions to the region’s talented designers, architects, contractors, and tile dealers. With a strong commitment. The post Rubble Tile’s Partnership with Mosa: Four Years of Sustainable Design in the Dakotas first appeared on Rubble Tile.

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Exclusive: AFS, Broadlume to host third and final retail bootcamp

Floor Covering News

Columbus, Ohio—For the third and final time, America’s Floor Source (AFS), in conjunction with Broadlume, will be hosting a 48-hour retail bootcamp at the new, state-of-the-art, 265,000-square-foot AFS facility here. The event will take place June 4-5, 2024, is open to any and all specialty retailers looking to own and grow a thriving retail business.

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New Technology From Spanish Brand Streamlines Kitchen Countertops

JG Kitchens

Take a look at this counter intelligence feature and let me know your thoughts! (Some industry pros shared theirs in the piece.) The post New Technology From Spanish Brand Streamlines Kitchen Countertops comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Green Concrete Recycling Twice the Coal Ash is Built to Last

The A to Z of Building

New modelling reveals that low-carbon concrete developed at RMIT University can recycle double the amount of coal ash compared to current standards, halve the amount of cement required and perform exceptionally well over time.

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Ep 151: Starting a Business

Life of an Architect

We are finally conceding to a request that’s been made a thousand times – do an episode on starting an architectural business – a topic that I have resisted for essentially 6 years, and I think I’ve finally broken. This is not as easy of a topic to discuss as you might think because there are a million different ways you could answer a question this broad.

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Tile of Spain Companies Present an All-Encompassing Display of Innovations at Coverings 2024 

Tile of Spain USA

More than 50 ceramic companies from the Spanish delegation showcased their latest collections and cutting-edge products at Coverings 2024, North America’s premier international tile and stone exhibition and conference. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from April 22 – 25, 2024, this year’s fair emphasized Spain’s position at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

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Add Resilience to Your Home (Bonus Chapter Excerpt) and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

JG Kitchens

I’m thrilled to share an excerpt on adding resilience to your home that published Saturday in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The last time I had a piece on the front page of the Home + Garden section was when Wellness by Design published in 2020 and they excerpted the section on creating a home fitness […] The post Add Resilience to Your Home (Bonus Chapter Excerpt) and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and A

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The Role of Biochar in Sustainable Construction

The A to Z of Building

May 2 2024 Reviewed by Bethan Davies Aston University and construction company Miles Macadam are collaborating to develop more sustainable road surfaces.

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Ep 150: Drawing Stuff

Life of an Architect

So here we are … Episode 150, and I am a little surprised that I made it this far into this Life of an Architect experiment, but due to the support and interest we have received over the last 6 years, we find ourselves as what I believe to be a fairly significant milestone. When it came time to pick today’s subject matter, there was really on one topic that was up for consideration … Welcome to EP 150: Drawing Stuff!

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FCEF brings install students to Coverings

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—Last week, students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC)/The Dalton Academy and Atlanta Technical College, who are participating in the Basic Floor Covering Program, attended Coverings 2024 here. Coverings, which spans nine miles of tile and stone from 1,000+ global exhibitors, was an opportunity for the students to experience the industry outside of the classroom.

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Top 8 Concrete Design Trends Contractors Should Look Out For

Onfloor Technology

In the ever-evolving world of construction, staying ahead of the curve is not just an option; it's a necessity. With design trends shaping the industry as much as technological advancements, being ignorant of what's in vogue can put you at a real disadvantage.

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Wellness Concerns Top Sustainability Report (I Told You So!)

JG Kitchens

I've been telling whoever would listen that regulators and legislators should pitch appliance electrification on the basis of the family's health, rather than the planet's. As one of my sources, a homebuilding marketing consultant noted, "No one wants to buy a house that will kill them." The post Wellness Concerns Top Sustainability Report (I Told You So!

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Mass Timber vs. Steel: Carbon Footprint Comparison

The A to Z of Building

This study compared the embodied carbon (EC) of a mass timber structure with a steel equivalent, focusing on Adohi Hall at the University of Arkansas. Mass timber showed a 19% reduction in carbon emissions compared to steel, highlighting its environmental advantages and potential for sustainable construction practices.

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Rose Bennett Interiors

Garden State Tile Blog

Notable Projects “While traditional design principles are critical to understand and honor, I love to mix them with mid-century modern, industrial, and vintage eclectic.” The Designer: Rose Bennet It was a few words of encouragement from a teacher that set Rose Bennett on her journey towards a career in interior design. Growing up in Philadelphia with a hard-working single mom, Bennett and her sister discovered joy in art, which be-came an important part of her life.

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Atlas Concorde USA introduces new collections

Floor Covering News

Franklin, Tenn.—Atlas Concorde USA unveiled its latest porcelain tile offerings, showcasing a fusion of inspiration and innovation at Coverings 2024. With a commitment to pushing the boundaries of design, this year’s collections—Beyond Calacatta, Beyond Dolomite and Memory Oak—embrace the essence of raw materials while introducing a diverse palette of colors previously unseen in nature. “The intention behind our new collections is to redefine the possibilities in interior design,R

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Stamped Concrete: The Definitive Guide

Onfloor Technology

Rain or shine, stamped concrete has solidified its place among the most lucrative trends in home landscaping. This method, a boon for designers and DIYers alike, offers endless possibilities for artful flooring and walkway design.

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Decocer exhibits at HD Expo in Las Vegas

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—Decocer, a ceramic company specializing in the design and manufacture of small-size tiles, participated for the first time at HD Expo, held here April 30-May 2. The ceramic company is a strategic partner that designs custom collections tailored to the needs of manufacturers, distribution chains and architects and interior designers. Decocer’s beginnings date back to the tradition of hand-painted and decorated ceramics with several firings until it became a modern industry with th

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Tile continues downward slide

Floor Covering News

Clemson, S.C.—U.S. ceramic tile consumption in 2023 was 2.85 billion square feet, down 7.3% from the previous year, according to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). Imports U.S. ceramic tile imports were at 2.00 billion square feet in 2023, an 8.4% decline from the prior year. Imports comprised 70.2% of 2023 U.S. tile consumption by volume, down from 71.1% in 2022.

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Coverings 2024 urges industry growth, inspires young professionals

Floor Covering News

Atlanta , Ga.— Coverings, the leading international ceramic tile and natural stone event in North America, captivated the tile, stone and design-build industries with an electric show and conference. Nearly 25,000 industry professionals from all applicable business sectors converged at Coverings 2024 , held here. The event drew a remarkable influx of first-time attendees, young professionals and other key audiences from around the world.

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Decora SPC now features Välinge 5G Cross technology

Floor Covering News

Sweden—Decora, a leading European manufacturing company producing technologically advanced flooring products for an international market, now features Välinge 5G Cross technology on its SPC flooring. Decora is known for its high-quality SPC flooring, available both under its own brands and under its partners’ brands. Decora is a trusted, long-term partner to several of the largest DIY chains and professional stores.

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Reid Kubesh appointed to NSI board of directors

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Reid Kubesh Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute board of directors has appointed Reid Kubesh (Coldspring) to fill a vacancy left by Alexandra Niedbalski, who resigned her position after leaving the industry. Kubesh will serve a four-year term from 2024-2027. Kubesh is vice president of sales for Coldspring in Cold Spring, Minn. Having joined the company in 2013, Kubesh led the company’s initiatives in developing a new market in Bismarck, N.D. and spearheaded the start-up at this location.

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Panariagroup USA promotes Ashley Donaldson to VPO

Floor Covering News

Lexington, Ky.—Panariagroup USA has promoted Ashley Donaldson to the role of vice president of operations. According to the company, Donaldson’s appointment reflects her unwavering commitment and exceptional service in customer relationship building and operational management. In her new role, Donaldson will oversee all aspects of operations at Panariagroup USA.

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Emser Tile names Jim Parello EVP of sales

Floor Covering News

Jim Parello Los Angeles—Emser Tile has added to its leadership team with the appointment of Jim Parello to the position of executive vice president of sales. He brings several decades of experience in various areas including management, sales, marketing, product development and operations. “Our team is pleased to welcome Jim aboard,” said Carl Delia, president of Emser Tile. “With his wealth of experience and proven track record, he will play a key part in improving efficiencie

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Godfrey Hirst gets a fashionable brand refresh

Floor Covering News

Flooring retailers have embraced Godfrey Hirst for its wool carpets and timeless designs. Shown is Novel Flair. Mohawk is giving Godfrey Hirst a brand refresh in 2024, providing the renowned wool supplier with the requisite sales resources to seize an opportunity in the trade-up fashion space. Ever since acquiring Godfrey Hirst in 2018, Mohawk has sought to grow the brand while creating a distinct path for it to avoid any overlap between Mohawk and Karastan.

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CARE names Person, Recycler of the Year Awards winners

Floor Covering News

Indianapolis, Indiana—CARE has named the winners of the Person and Recycler of the Year Awards for 2023 on May 7 in conjunction with the organization’s 22 nd annual conference, held here. The 2023 CARE Person of the Year is Wes Nelson of GreenWaste Carpet Recycling. CARE Recycler of the Year is Repurpose Earth (Gardena, Calif.). Nelson is the sales and marketing manager for GreenWaste Carpet Recycling, a division of GreenWaste Recovery.

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NTCA announces 2024 Tom Ade Scholarship winners

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—In a testament to the enduring commitment to supporting the educational aspirations of its members’ families, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) announced the recipients of the 2024 Tom Ade Scholarships. Established nine years ago through the generosity of NTCA contractor member Tom Ade, this scholarship fund has become a cornerstone of NTCA’s mission to foster the next generation of leaders.

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Unilin Technologies to exhibit at Domotex Asia 2024

Floor Covering News

Shanghai—Unilin Technologies, the IP and technology division of Unilin, will exhibit at this year’s Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor. Here from May 28 to May 30, 2024, the company will showcase its commitment to elevating the quality and performance of flooring products. “At Unilin Technologies, our mission is clear: to revolutionize the flooring industry by delivering unparalleled quality and innovation,” said Grin jin Yan, sales director South-East Asia at Unilin Technologies. “

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Portobello America enhances several tile collections

Floor Covering News

Baxter, Tenn.—Portobello America has made significant enhancements to its tile collections, blending innovation, versatility and exceptional design seamlessly. The revamped collections introduce the new 18 x 48 format, enriched with relief textures. The introduction of three relief textures—Bordi, Doghi, and Graffi—seamlessly integrated into the new 18 x 48 format are designed to transform spaces with their tactile charm.

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Tarkett to take part in Chicago’s Design Days

Floor Covering News

Chicago—As more than 40,000 people from across the global design community gather in Fulton Market District from June 10–12 for Chicago’s Design Days , an annual showcase of the latest in commercial products and design, Tarkett will welcome design professionals into its showroom (215 N. Peoria Street, Floor 10) for a firsthand look at the company’s newest initiatives and products.

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A glimpse into the Floor & Decor playbook

Floor Covering News

I recently had the opportunity to attend a private press tour of the first Floor & Decor location within New York’s five boroughs (see story on page 3). The massive, 129,000-square-foot store carries about 3,400 SKUs of product. Many of you already compete against Floor & Decor and have determined your competitive advantage. After all, they are in 36 states with 230 locations.

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Retailers React: How is the home remodeling business in your market?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week, we asked: How is the home remodeling business in your market? Here are their responses: “We are busy with home remodeling mostly because the homes have gotten so expensive in our area that it is less expensive to stay in your current home and remodel.

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Multifamily developer confidence declines in first quarter

Floor Covering News

A multifamily condominium is under construction. Washington, D.C.—Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing declined year-over-year in the first quarter of 2024, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The MMS produces two separate indices; the Multifamily Production Index (MPI) had a reading of 47, down three points year-over-year, while the Multifamily Occupancy Index (MOI) had a reading of 83, up on

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