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CID Awards Celebrate Torres Blancas Unit 1040, a Stunning Urban Revival

Tile of Spain USA

Madrid, with its deep-rooted history, thriving art scene and rich culinary attractions, is one of Spain’s most sought-after travel destinations. It is also home to some of the country’s most iconic architectural landmarks, including one of this year’s Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards honorees: Torres Blancas Unit 1040. Receiving the ‘International Special Recognition’ CID honor, Unit 1040, designed by the local firm Studio.Noju , is a freshly renovated two-story resi

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FCEF to offer 100% training scholarships for 100 days

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Through a new promotion named “100 in 100,” the Floor Covering Education Foundation ( FCEF) announced that it will offer scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition for installation training to 100 individuals in 100 days. The promotion kicks off Dec. 1 and runs through March 10, 2024. To be eligible for the scholarship, individuals must be new to the industry or have worked as an installation helper for less than a year.

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Hot 2024 Real Estate Trends Feature Wellness Benefits

JG Kitchens

Real estate platform Zillow has published its list of hot 2024 residential real estate trend predictions. Of the six listed, four are wellness-enhancing. The post Hot 2024 Real Estate Trends Feature Wellness Benefits comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Ep 138: Is Architecture School Broken pt. 2

Life of an Architect

Are students graduating from architecture school prepared for the profession? Is the educational system aligned with the workplace? What is the best software to teach students? Can we all just get along? We started this exploration of the idea that Architecture School may need some modifications in Episode 137. The system needs to change to provide the skills, knowledge, and pathways for the future of the profession, but what else may need to be addressed?

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Esri’s ArcGIS Basemaps and ArcGIS Living Atlas Data to Be Integrated into Autodesk Software Environment

The A to Z of Building

Digital transformation is rapidly changing the foundational processes powering the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sectors. Industry leaders are relying on the.

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Retailers of the Year 2023

Floor Covering News

The ideal supplier/retailer relationship is more like a partnership, in which the two sides truly care about “winning together.” The spirit of ‘we’re all in this together’ was reflected in this year’s Floor Covering News Retailers of the Year issue. Featured were some of the industry’s most accomplished dealers from both influential buying groups to no affiliation at all.

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Surface Prep: How Industrial Concrete Grinders Enhance Coating Adhesion

Onfloor Technology

Due to its durability and ability to last for years with proper care, concrete is a popular choice for industrial flooring. However, concrete surfaces can become rough or uneven following age and wear.

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Stanton hires Jamann Stepp to accelerate hard surface growth

Floor Covering News

Woodbury, NY – Stanton Carpet Corp. has appointed Jamann Stepp to the newly created role of senior vice president of hard surface. In this position Stepp will assume overall responsibility and reporting for Stanton’s entire hard surface business. “ Stanton is deeply committed to accelerating its hard surface business over the next several years,” said Jonathan Cohen , Stanton CEO.

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Antolini implements CO2 reducing photovoltaic system

Floor Covering News

Verona, Italy–Important new efforts on the topic of sustainability have been promoted by Antolini while presenting the recently inaugurated photovoltaic system. “We have embraced the challenge of a sustainable future, and the photovoltaic panels are just the beginning,” said Alberto Antolini, CEO. “Our constant dedication to respecting Mother Nature encourages us to move toward ever more innovative and green solutions.

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Mapei highlights carbon-neutral product family

Floor Covering News

Deerfield Beach, Fla.–Mapei Corporation, a leading manufacturer of construction materials for the building industry, highlighted its family of carbon-neutral products. Now, specifiers, contractors and home owners can choose to use products that are fully offset throughout their entire life cycle. “For Mapei, our carbon-neutral status is achieved by calculating the product’s carbon footprint and reducing it to zero through a combination of efficiency measures in-house, as well as through the acqu

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Shaw lowers re[TURN] reclamation minimum requirements

Floor Covering News

Dalton–Shaw Industries announced that customers can now return a minimum of 100 square yards of EcoWorx carpet tile and either drop off material at a local Shaw regional distribution center or have it picked up at no charge. Launched in 1999 as a PVC-free, fully recyclable carpet tile, EcoWorx carries an environmental guarantee to be picked up at no charge at the end of its useful life on the floor.

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NSI introduces new safety certificate 

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) released the newly-updated Silica & Slab safety certificate. This online certificate consists of 17 courses focused on preventing silicosis, safe slab handling and creating a safety program. The updated certificate can be completed in 4-6 hours. The certificate includes videos, course readings and tests.

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Rising mortgage rates push affordability to historic lows

Floor Covering News

Washington, D.C.—Rising mortgage rates, elevated construction costs and limited existing inventory helped push housing affordability in the third quarter of 2023 to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), just 37.4% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earn

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Mannington, Broadlume partner on Digital Retailing initiative

Floor Covering News

New York—Broadlume, a leader in flooring technology, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Mannington to offer the company its Digital Retailing program to Mannington brands, with the launch scheduled for Q1 2024. Introduced in October, Digital Retailing enables shoppers to complete most of the transaction online and finalize it in a showroom.

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Interface introduces new carbon neutral rubber flooring

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—noraplan dariva, a new rubber flooring from nora by Interface , is designed to combine the beauty of nature with the benefits of rubber to create a safe and durable floorscape for modern interiors. Designed for a wide range of spaces, noraplan dariva is said to unite beauty with performance for a biophilic, holistic flooring solution. The product offers performance characteristics that deliver on noraplan standards for durability, ergonomics, acoustics, safety and maintenance.

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Mohawk, Tunnel to Towers celebrate 10 years of partnership

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—This week, Mohawk is celebrating a decade of partnership with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Founded in tribute to New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life while saving others during 9/11, the organization helps America’s heroes by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children.

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Ultra-Green Concrete: A New Approach to Sustainable Construction

The A to Z of Building

Researchers at ETH are actively engaged in developing a low-carbon cement that boasts a substantially reduced embodied CO2 content compared to traditional cement. The Ultra Green Concrete project has.

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Retailers React: Which social media platform works best?

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: Which social media platform works best for your business? Here are their responses: “Instagram is the best platform for Home Carpet One. It allows us to highlight the custom runner and rug work that we do best.

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Strongwell Recognized for Manufacture of 200’ Tall Fiberglass Structure

The A to Z of Building

Strongwell (USA), the world leader in the pultrusion of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, was recently recognized with two prestigious awards for its innovation in the design and manufacture.

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NAFCD + NBMDA conference kicks off in Colorado

Floor Covering News

ITR Economics senior economist Connor Lokar at the NAFCD + NBMDA conference. Colorado Springs—Day one of the 2023 North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors/North American Building Materials Distributors Association (NAFCD + NBMDA) convention kicked off here with valuable networking activities and relevant seminars and educational sessions.

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Square foot prices more than double inflation in 2022

Floor Covering News

Washington, D.C.—Median square foot prices (excluding improved lot values) for new for-sale single-family detached (SFD) homes started in 2022 increased 18% to $155, according to National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) analysis of the latest Survey of Construction data. Increases for square foot prices in new custom SFD homes were similarly high, averaging 19% to a national median of $156 per square foot.

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Mohawk partners with builder Tim O’Brien Homes

Floor Covering News

Milwaukee, Wis.—Mohawk and Green Builder Media have joined forces with national award-winning builder Tim O’Brien Homes to floor the VISION House Sussex in the Vista Run community near here. The VISION House Sussex project shows building professionals and consumers how to optimize performance, sustainability, health and wellness, intelligence and resiliency at an attainable price point.

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NAFCD+NBMDA conference puts education, networking front and center

Floor Covering News

ITR Economics senior economist Connor Lokar. Colorado Springs—Day one of the 2023 North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors/North American Building Materials Distributors Association (NAFCD+NBMDA) convention kicked off here with valuable networking activities and relevant seminars and educational sessions. One of the highlights of the first full day of the conference was a keynote presentation by a very familiar face at NAFCD: Connor Lokar, senior economist with ITR Economics.

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BritBox: A case study in customer service

Floor Covering News

I fell in love with BritBox when I found the show “ Hercule Poirot , ” the Belgi a n detective with the handlebar mustache and his unlimited grey cells. If you don’t know about BritBox , it’s basically a subscription -based streaming service that specializes in offering British television content to viewers around the world. I had been watching it for a year , but when I renewed my subscription I could no longer access my favorite shows on my TV.

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AHF Products sponsors 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Floor Covering News

Mountville, Pa.–AHF Products, through three of its well-known flooring brands–Bruce, Armstrong Flooring and Robbins–is a sponsor of the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree –known as “The People’s Tree”–lights up the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the holiday season and is selected from a different national forest each year, a tradition that began in 1970 when Monongahela National Forest provided the first tree on behalf of the U.S.

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Consumer expenditures inconsistent with reports of consumers hurting

Floor Covering News

O nce again, your friendly neighborhood flooring publisher is here to debunk another media-created fallacy that is designed to generate eyeballs and clicks and, potentially, negatively impact your business. This time the fallacy surrounds the state of the economy, specifically consumers’ supposed dire straits. Sitting in my hotel room in Dalton recently, I was perusing the ITR Economics site in preparation of principal Brian Beaulieu’s presentation next week at the NAFCD conference in Colorado S

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QFloors touts tech advancements

Floor Covering News

Springdale, Utah— QFloors , designer of a host of flooring-specific software solutions and programs for specialty retailers, kicked off its 2023 Users Conference here at the mouth of the beautiful Zion National Park earlier this month to record-breaking attendance. “ There’s more people here than we’ve ever had at a conference before — I think you can see it’s splitting at the seams ,” QFloors CEO, Chad Ogden, told FCNews.

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Bjelin to launch new products at Domotex

Floor Covering News

Bjelin hardened wood floors Hannover, Germany—Bjelin plans to introduce a bevy of new offerings at the Domotex fair here, Jan. 11-14. Bjelin will display the new products alongside its existing hardened wood range, offering the latest floor panel sizes, herringbone parquet and resilient and light rigid core. As sustainability remains a hot topic, Bjelin will showcase flooring developed by sister company, Valinge Innovation.

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COREtec unveils new product training

Floor Covering News

Dalton–COREtec, Shaw’s premier brand specializing in waterproof LVP and mineral core floors, has introduced a new COREtec Resource Center on retailers’ account management platform, ShawNow. The main goal of the brand’s new dashboard experience is to help streamline operations for customers. Retail sales associates (RSAs) can conveniently access new product training materials.

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COREtec unveils new product training, ShawNow Resource Center

Floor Covering News

Dalton—COREtec, Shaw’s premier brand specializing in waterproof LVP and mineral core floors, has introduced a new COREtec Resource Center on retailers’ account management platform, ShawNow. The main goal of the brand’s new dashboard experience is to help streamline operations for customers. Retail sales associates (RSAs) can conveniently access new product training materials.

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Tarkett’s Cliff Gustafson receives MASMS award

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Cliff Gustafson, an account executive for Tarkett North America, was recognized at the Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals Association’s (MASMS) annual conference last month with the 2023 Outstanding Business Contributor Award. The award acknowledges Gustafson’s outstanding dedication and commitment to educational facilities management.

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AFS Contract joins Starnet Commercial Flooring membership

Floor Covering News

Columbus, Ohio— Starnet Commercial Flooring has added AFS Contract as its newest member. Based in Columbus, AFS Contract serves the Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville and Lexington, Ky., markets. “We are enthusiastic about becoming a part of Starnet and engaging in collaborative efforts with their flooring contractor members and strategic partners,” said Butch Huffman, vice president of AFS Contract.

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Aesthetics and acoustics should work in tandem

Floor Covering News

R egardless of how smoothly and promptly orders are processed, how effortlessly installations proceed, or how visually stunning the new flooring may be, one critical factor often gets overshadowed—unwanted noise. This is a recurring issue when flooring dealers emphasize aesthetics without considering acoustics. By neglecting the acoustic aspect, flooring professionals run the risk of eroding brand trust and stunting business growth.

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Välinge to introduce new flooring technologies at Domotex

Floor Covering News

Välinge Innovation will showcase several new flooring innovations at Domotex, scheduled Jan. 11-14, in Hannover, Germany. “We are looking forward to meet both existing and potential partners at Domotex,” said Niklas Borgquist, key account manager at Välinge. Välinge will show both wooden and resilient flooring at the fair. For wooden flooring, Välinge will introduce the next generation of installation systems designed to increase value for consumers, installers and the environment.