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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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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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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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People making a difference 2024

Floor Covering News

Floor Covering News ’ annual “People making a difference” special section is a tribute to those in the flooring industry who go about their daily business lives striving to make a positive impact. This year’s list represents all facets of the flooring industry—manufacturing, distribution, retail and installation. Some are well-known executives, names familiar to flooring industry observers; others are more of the unsung hero variety, albeit people who step up in their roles.

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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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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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Inspiring messages from floor covering installers

Floor Covering News

Spoiler alert: This article will not be reflective of my own personal thoughts, ideas or experiences. In recognition of May being “National Skilled Trades month,” I thought it would be more appropriate to provide a few quotes directly from some of our industry’s finest installers. These are the individuals who dedicate their time and energy to help make our industry better and promote quality training and education.

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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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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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Higher mortgage rates hammer builder confidence in May

Floor Covering News

Washington, D.C.—With mortgage rates averaging above 7% for the past four weeks per data from Freddie Mac, builder sentiment posted its first decline since November 2023. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes was 45 in May, down six points from April, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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Seth Gladden launches Gladden Group

Floor Covering News

Chattanooga, Tenn.—After almost a decade in the flooring industry, Seth Gladden, the former head of marketing for Taylor Adhesives and the Flooring Division of Meridian Adhesives Group, launched his own agency, the Gladden Group. “Our full-service agency aims to revolutionize brands with a focus on marketing, consulting, and branding,” Gladden said.

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Ecore Athletic enhances Performance collection

Floor Covering News

Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore has expanded its Ecore Athletic portfolio with the introduction of Performance Motivate Plus. The company that transforms reclaimed materials into high-performance products that make people’s lives better has created a product engineered for functional, selectorized strength, free weight and cardio training. Designed from customer feedback and tailored specifically for light strength and conditioning workouts, Performance Motivate Plus complements Ecore’s Performance Beast f

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Exotics vie for their fare share of the hardwood pie

Floor Covering News

Triangulo’s Murilo Granemann and Christina Hack. In an age where European white oak, domestic red oak and hickory reign supreme (and for good reason) it may behoove retailers and distributors to know that they have other hardwood flooring options to help them stand apart from the “me-too” pack. That’s precisely where exotic hardwoods—also known as imported “tropical” species—come into play.

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Fulton Market Design District preparing for Design Days events

Floor Covering News

Chicago—Fulton Market District will once again welcome top design professionals and enthusiasts to enjoy product launches, exhibits and events from June 10 – 12, during the second annual Fulton Market Design Days (FMDD) here, which coincides with NeoCon, held at the Merchandise Mart. With over 40,000 professionals visiting last year’s inaugural FMDD, show organizers said the neighborhood of brands in the area have once again joined together to further enhance this year’s events and logisti

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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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New Modeling Recycles Double the Amount of Coal Ash

The A to Z of Building

RMIT’s pilot computer modeling software, created in collaboration with Dr. Yogarajah Elakneswaran of Hokkaido University and detailed in the journal Cement and Concrete Research, is now being utilized to estimate the time-dependent performance of innovative concrete mixtures.

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Optimizing Roof Retrofit for Energy Efficiency

The A to Z of Building

A study from the University of Rome presents a catalog of optimized, sustainable solutions for energy-efficient building retrofits. Using standardized and prefabricated insulation methods, the research targets prevalent roof types in national residential building heritage, enhancing thermal performance by over 66% and promoting environmental sustainability.

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Black Crust from Historic Buildings as an Air Pollution Indicator

The A to Z of Building

A study on Lipowiec Castle in Poland uses black crust analysis to gauge regional air pollution, showcasing historic sites as environmental indicators. Results highlight industrial influence despite rural location, emphasizing the study's significance for heritage preservation and pollution management.

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Rainstorm Warning Systems for Cultural Heritage Areas

The A to Z of Building

A recent study in Water journal devised a novel rainstorm-induced waterlogging risk warning model tailored for Beijing's historical and cultural districts. Integrating advanced modeling techniques and standardized warning systems, the model exhibited high accuracy and efficiency, offering precise early warnings to mitigate disaster risks and enhance emergency response capabilities.

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Sustainable Concrete Solutions for Urban Rainwater Management

The A to Z of Building

In an innovative project, researchers from UCLan are creating sustainable concrete from crushed shells, which are typically destined for landfill, and this could potentially aid in preventing flooding.

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i4F to exhibit 2024 Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor

Floor Covering News

Shanghai, China—i4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, is participating as an exhibitor at this year’s Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor show taking place on May 28-30, 2024, here. i4F’s entire Asia team and senior management members will be present in the booth. This year’s i4F booth is designed for visitors to “Experience Innovation” through a “try, touch and feel” approach.

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Tuesday Tips: Getting the sales interview right

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s “Tuesday Tips ,” Tom Jennings, retail training expert discusses the problem with the customer interview process.

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Flooring retailers pushed to embrace artificial intelligence

Floor Covering News

It’s been said that artificial intelligence (AI) can transform internal business operations through chatbots that act as personal assistants, helping to manage emails, maintain calendars and provide recommendations for streamlining processes. What’s more, chatbots can help retailers grow their business by handling customers’ inquiries online. The man who said it, Pawel Rajszel, CEO and founder of Leap Tools (parent company of Roomvo), uttered those words during a recent FCA Network convention.

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Hope’s Windows, Inc. Highlights Old World SuiteTM with Thermal EvolutionTM Technology for Commercial Construction Applications

The A to Z of Building

Hope's Windows, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom-designed, solid steel and bronze window and door systems, highlights that its classic Old World SuiteTM can be enhanced with Thermal EvolutionTM technology.

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Ecore appoints Shweta Srikanth chief circularity officer

Floor Covering News

Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore, a global leader in recycled rubber and performance-driven surfaces and solutions, has appointed Shweta Srikanth as chief circularity officer. In this new role, Srikanth will spearhead the company’s commitment to sustainability and circular economy practices, driving strategies to reduce environmental impact and enhance overall sustainability.

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Latest software rollouts help dealers up their digital game

Floor Covering News

From advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to browser-based business management software to digital samples data, the world of flooring software is rapidly expanding, which is a good thing for today’s flooring retailer looking to up their game. To help those retailers on their way, we spoke to the industry’s top providers to find out what they’re bringing to the table.

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How many hard surface displays are too many?

Floor Covering News

Well, you did it. One of your long-time reps just convinced you to accept another tower or step-up display featuring a dozen wood- grain patterns in a 7 x 48 luxury vinyl plank. Great! We all know that in six to 12 months, if his company has not dropped that line of LVT , you are going to put that display and all its untouched samples in a dumpster behind the warehouse.

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Wells Fargo Championship leverages sustainable product

Floor Covering News

Charlotte, N.C.—At the Quail Hollow Club the Wells Fargo Championship PGA Tour tournament was green in multiple ways. In addition to its sweeping fairways, the event showcased a new standard in sustainable, eco-friendly outdoor flooring options, provided by Mohawk Industries. Mohawk introduced the event to an innovative product that’s 100% PET-recycled carpet.

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Benchwick partners with Adornus Cabinetry

Floor Covering News

Elk Grove, Calif.—Benchwick, a Northann Corp’s full subsidiary and leader in 3D printing home improvement solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Adornus Cabinetry, a South Carolina-based manufacturer of luxury cabinetry. The partnership will focus on combining Benchwick’s pioneering 3D printing technologies with Adornus’ expertise in high-quality cabinetry design and manufacturing.

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HQ Living partners with Buckwold Western

Floor Covering News

Saskatchewan—HQ Living, a leader in home comfort innovation, announced its partnership with Canada-based Buckwold Western, making its premium carpet cushions more accessible to Canadian customers. This collaboration brings HQ Living’s advanced flooring solutions to a wider audience across Canada. “Partnering with Buckwold Western marks a significant milestone in our mission to enhance home living spaces across Canada,” said a Darren Wright for HQ Living.

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WFCA announces next cohort for SEAL Leadership Academy

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) announced the upcoming session of its highly acclaimed SEAL (Seeking Excellence As Leaders) Leadership Development and Certification Program, starting June 3. The program is designed to equip participants with essential leadership tools and mindsets for success in their professional and personal lives.

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Why you’re struggling to find good employees

Floor Covering News

You can’t walk down the street without seeing “We’re Hiring” signs plastered all over the business landscape. My wife and I recently went to a local restaurant for dinner. There was a 20-minute wait but when we were finally seated, we realized that over 30% of the dining area was empty. On a Friday night. Clearly the tables were left empty not because there weren’t enough people to fill them but because they were short staffed.

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