October, 2023

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Tile of Spain USA Premieres its Annual Update of the Quick Ship Collection: Showcasing Over 140 Series

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing more than 100 ceramic tile manufacturers, announces the annual release of the U.S. Quick Ship Collection. The new catalog of Spanish tiles includes more than 140 ceramic series from over 35 Spanish companies. The Quick Ship Collection is a reference guide which features a select group of ceramic products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S.

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Tile Treasures: A 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

As The Tile Turns

Home decor and accessories make for amazing gifts, especially if you’re eager to impress your most trend-driven friends and family members. The challenging part? Finding items that reflect your loved ones’ distinct sense of style. We’re here to help. From marble room decor to Moroccan accessories, we’ve highlighted some of the best tile inspired Christmas list ideas for 2023.

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Coverings 2024 registration, awards now open

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—Coverings, the premier international ceramic tile and natural stone exhibition and conference in North America, has launched the official openings for event registration, discounted hotel booking options and award program submissions for Coverings 2024, which will take place here at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) April 22-25, 2024.

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Discover Zellige: The Timeless Beauty of Moroccan Hand-Cut Terracotta Tiles

Rubble Tile

Unveil a Mediterranean touch in your next design project with Zellige tiles, the terracotta jewels of Moroccan architecture. Interior Surfaces Group brings these classics to the US market with an eye for handcrafted beauty.

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Stone Selection for Your Fireplace: A Blend of Aesthetics and Functionality

Realstone

Delve into a comprehensive guide exploring the diverse range of fireplace stone options. Do your stone selection for your fireplace specify the timeless appeal of traditional stones, the sleek look of modern materials, or eco-friendly choices, find the perfect stone to enhance both the aesthetic and functional aspects of your fireplace. Key Takeaways: Diverse Stone Selections: A vast array of stone options is available for fireplace construction, each offering a unique aesthetic and functional

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Embracing an Iconic Shape: Unwrapping a Modern Delight

Garden State Tile Blog

The Stick Collection is a modern mosaic of uniform pieces that are shaped like the iconic KitKat chocolate bar. This glazed porcelain stoneware has a warm minimalistic vibe and is made in a palette of indulgent color ways in a matte or glossy finish. The glossy pieces are enrobed in three layers of glaze and then sprinkled with crystalline creating tonal variations within each piece.

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Indulge in an Evening of Tile, Trends and Tapas: A CEU Event with Tile of Spain at AD EX Dallas

Tile of Spain USA

Join Tile of Spain at AIA Dallas on Tuesday, November 7 th from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm for a CEU presentation highlighting the latest in ceramic tile technologies presented by Tile of Spain Technical Consultant, Ryan Fasan. Along with the seminar and discussion on the best uses of tile, guests will enjoy Spanish tapas and wines, displays of new products and innovations from 15 Tile of Spain companies and the opportunity to network with industry peers.

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Annual Flooring Product Guide 2023

Floor Covering News

N ew products are the lifeblood of the retail flooring industry, and dealers sometimes stake their reputations on selecting winning products that will resonate with customers while contributing to the bottom line. Floor Covering News ’ 2023 Annual Product Guide includes more than 100 distinctive products across a range of formats and categories. Each manufacturer that chose to participate in this special issue had the opportunity to submit a photo and description of four recently introduced pro

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New Textile Pattern Porcelain Collection at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

As we get deeper into the fall season, we’re featuring a stunning collection of textile pattern tiles that offer modern depth and warmth to any room. Filose, from the innovative tile designers at AlysEdwards, provides the sophistication and aesthetic benefits of textiles that designers love.

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Stone Selection for Your Fireplace: A Blend of Aesthetics and Functionality

Realstone

Delve into a comprehensive guide exploring the diverse range of fireplace stone options. Do your stone selection for your fireplace specify the timeless appeal of traditional stones, the sleek look of modern materials, or eco-friendly choices, find the perfect stone to enhance both the aesthetic and functional aspects of your fireplace. Key Takeaways: Diverse Stone Selections: A vast array of stone options is available for fireplace construction, each offering a unique aesthetic and functional

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Coem Sustainability Report 2022: second edition

Ceramics of Italy

Coem is continuing its commitment to sustainable development through a programme of actions to promote a circular economy. The goal of the Green Deal is to reduce greenhouse gases by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 and to achieve neutrality by 2050. To accomplish these objectives, a transition to renewable energy sources and a more efficient use of resources is necessary.

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Tile of Spain Companies Present A Profusion of New Collections at Cersaie 2023

Tile of Spain USA

Spanish companies made the journey to Italy to unveil new collections at Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. This annual event serves as a hub for architects, interior designers, specifiers and tile producers to delve into innovations and prevailing trends within the ceramic tile sector and preview what’s to come in the year ahead.

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Let’s Talk About Grout!

Giotile

Let’s talk about grout! While not the most exciting component of a tile installation, grout is an important piece of the big picture. Choosing the right grout for your project, budget, and performance requirements is essential. Let’s look at the different types of grout and when to use them. Standard Cement Grout Standard cement grout … The post Let’s Talk About Grout!

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Touting the merits of glue-down vinyl

Floor Covering News

Designed with tenant-occupied and multi-family properties in mind, Mohawk’s UltimateFlex LVT is a glue-down vinyl, making it easy to install and repair. I n today’s retail environment it’s easy to get bogged down by the promises of rigid core and click LVT—and for good reason. The popular luxury vinyl construction took the industry by storm a mere handful of years ago and raised the resilient category up to the fastest growing and highest selling in decades.

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Post-Pandemic Urban Garden Trend Enhances Well-Being

JG Kitchens

Those folks who had gardens on their balconies, rooftops or in courtyards within their building had a wellness asset denied to many. I'm glad we're well beyond that! Access to nature and nature views are restorative! The post Post-Pandemic Urban Garden Trend Enhances Well-Being comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Stone Veneer Siding: A Beautiful and Affordable Alternative for Your Home

Realstone

Key Takeaways Stone veneer siding is a type of siding that mimics the look of Full Bed natural stone at a lower cost and weight. Stone veneer siding comes in two main types: natural stone veneer and manufactured stone veneer, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Stone veneer siding is durable, low-maintenance, fire-resistant , and energy-efficient.

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Eco’s Green Build Solution to Help Solve Nation’s Housing Crisis Showcased at UK’s Biggest Zero Carbon Built Environment Festival

The A to Z of Building

A GREEN build solution by Scottish-based innovators Eco which uses recycled glass to help tackle the nation’s housing crisis is set to be showcased at the UK’s biggest zero carbon built.

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How to Level a Concrete Surface

Onfloor Technology

Are you looking to level an uneven concrete floor? Whether it's for an existing concrete floor, a garage floor , or a driveway, leveling a concrete surface is an important step in creating a durable and even structure.

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Ep 135: Employee Takeover

Life of an Architect

It was podcast Episode 130: Employee Evaluations, and Andrew and I were discussing the process and criteria used to assess and measure an individual employee’s performance when we made the point that there would be value in creating a process where upward evaluations could be implemented, one that allowed the employee to share their thoughts and opinions on what mattered to them from their managers, from their team leads, even their employers.

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Dal-Tile highlights ESG accomplishments

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—Dal-Tile and its powerhouse tile brands—Daltile, Marazzi and American Olean—highlighted their ESG efforts in tandem with the newly released Mohawk Industries Environmental, Social and Governance Report (ESG). Dal-Tile, a subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, is making the ESG Report information easily accessible to customers via the Daltile , Marazzi and American Olean websites.

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Five 2024 Wellness-Enhancing Smart Home Trends For Your Kitchen

JG Kitchens

I recently posted about eight wellness design trends for your kitchen that emerged from the new NKBA 2024 Kitchen Design Trends Report. All of those looked at trends that tie to both wellness design and sustainability. This week’s post returns to that report with a focus on wellness and innovation. One theme that emerged strongly […] The post Five 2024 Wellness-Enhancing Smart Home Trends For Your Kitchen comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consulta

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Stone Veneer Siding: A Beautiful and Affordable Alternative for Your Home

Realstone

Key Takeaways Stone veneer siding is a type of siding that mimics the look of Full Bed natural stone at a lower cost and weight. Stone veneer siding comes in two main types: natural stone veneer and manufactured stone veneer, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Stone veneer siding is durable, low-maintenance, fire-resistant , and energy-efficient.

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What is the best kitchen splashback colour?

Kitchen and Residential Design

Photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash When designing any interior space, the colour scheme is undoubtedly one of the most important choices – and with the kitchen being the heart of most homes, it’s important to get the palette right. One essential element that can have a significant impact on the visual effect of your kitchen is a splashback. It may be a practical piece that shields the walls behind the cooker or sink from unsightly splatters and stains, but a kitchen splashback also offers an o

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Tips to Repair Cracks & Pitting in Concrete Garage Floors - Updated 2023

Onfloor Technology

A popular adage in the concrete industry is that there are two guarantees with concrete: one, it will harden, and two, it will crack. Contractors can attest that cracking and pitting are everyday causes of complaints in the concrete industry.

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Ep 136: Leadership vs. Management

Life of an Architect

What is the difference between Leadership and Management – there is definitely some overlap, but the key distinction lies in … wait, you thought I was going to tell you in the opening? It’s going to take some time to talk through those distinctions before we get there … Welcome to EP 136: Leadership vs. Management [Note: If you are reading this via email, click here to access the on-site audio player] Today we are talking about the nuanced distinction between leadership and management.

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Tarkett distributor expands to Philadelphia market

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett, a global leader in sustainable and innovative flooring solutions, is increasing its presence on the east coast, thanks to the expansion of one of its distributors. Effective Oct.1, 2023, Michael Halebian & Co., will expand its footprint to the Philadelphia market area, which includes Delaware and portions of New Jersey. “We’re excited for the growth of our partners at Michael Halebian & Co.,” said Rusty Joyce, commercial president at Tarkett North America.

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Faucet and Fixture Trends for Your Home

JG Kitchens

Here's the latest piece on kitchen and bath faucets and fixtures (trade speak for sinks, tubs, toilets and showers). I hope it's helpful in planning your upcoming building or remodeling projects. The post Faucet and Fixture Trends for Your Home comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Decarbonisation: Veolia Operates the First Solar Car Park to Deliver Renewable Energy for a Hospital in the UK

The A to Z of Building

Leading sustainable resource management company Veolia, working with 3ti solar car park specialists, have started renewable electricity generation at Eastbourne District General Hospital (EDGH). By.

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Mapei inaugurates its new plant in Laval, Canada

Ceramics of Italy

Mapei Canada, part of Mapei Group, inaugurated a new powders production and warehouse expansion in September at its flagship facility in Laval, Quebec. “Now that the powders and admixtures lines are operational, Mapei Laval is among the biggest and most technologically advanced plants in Mapei’s North American network,” Mapei Canada general manager Marco Roma said.

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Troubleshooting Common Issues with Industrial Concrete Grinders: Advice for Business Owners

Onfloor Technology

Industrial concrete grinders are an integral part of any construction or renovation project. Concrete grinding helps to level, smooth, and shape concrete surfaces to create the perfect finish. Unfortunately, as with all machinery, these tools can sometimes encounter problems or breakdowns that can hinder your project's progress.

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Ep 137: Is Architecture School Broken pt. 1

Life of an Architect

The architectural education system hasn't been around for that long, yet it has it's issues and concerns. So that leads us to ask the question. Is Architecture School Broken? Join us for Part One of the conversation in Episode 137. We discuss the short history of arch edu, some common concerns with the system, and the shortcomings of the studio-based learning environments.

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AHF Products purchase of assets of Crossville, Inc.

Floor Covering News

Mountville, Penn.— AHF Products has officially purchased assets of Crossville, Inc., from the Curran Group, a family-owned, privately-held company. This acquisition catapults AHF into an industry-leading position in the fast-growing tile sector, with a comprehensive line of porcelain, ceramic, stone and accessories for both residential and commercial applications in interior and exterior floors, walls and countertops.

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Eight Kitchen Wellness Trends for 2024 (From New Industry Report)

JG Kitchens

This week, I wrote part one of a two parter on the NKBA Kitchen Trends Report for 2024. I focused on the overlaps between wellness design and sustainability. The post Eight Kitchen Wellness Trends for 2024 (From New Industry Report) comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Peab Builds Fire and Emergency Station in Norrköping

The A to Z of Building

Peab has been commissioned to build a new fire and emergency station in Norrköping. The customer is Norrköping Municipality and the contract is worth EUR 132 million. Image Credit: Peab.

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Louisville Tile promotes Dub Newell to CEO

Floor Covering News

Dub Newell Louisville, Ky.— Louisville Tile , one of America’s largest and longest tenured distributors of ceramic tile and related products, has appointed Walter “Dub” Newell to the position of CEO. Newell’s experience includes owning and operating his own home health business, public accounting, consulting and serving as the treasurer at the University of Louisville.

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Tile of Spain releases annual Quick Ship Collection

Floor Covering News

Miami, Fla.—Tile of Spain, the international brand representing more than 100 ceramic tile manufacturers, announced the annual release of the U.S. Quick Ship Collection. The new catalog of Spanish tiles includes more than 140 ceramic series from over 35 Spanish companies. The Quick Ship Collection is a reference guide, which features a select group of ceramic products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S.

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Karndean adds stylish new LooseLay designs

Floor Covering News

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has added 13 stylish new colorways to the popular LooseLay collection. Offering a unique combination of design versatility, easy installation and high-end performance, Karndean LooseLay aims to set the standard for commercial LVT. At 4.5 mm thick, Karndean LooseLay transitions easily to most carpet tile. Engineered and manufactured for installation as a floating floor, the product also can be glued down if a project requires.

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