TISE West: Daltile launches PANORAMIC 10.5’ x 5.3’ porcelain tile

At TISE West, two weeks ago, Daltile launched PANORAMIC Porcelain Surfaces™ – a 10.5’ x 5.3’ gauged porcelain tile, that comes in two thicknesses: 6 mm for floors and walls and 12 mm for countertop fabrication. PANORAMIC was also on display at IBS, in Orlando, in early January.

PANORAMIC comes in eight colors and is offered in polished and honed finish. Daltile stock PANORAMIC in eight locations around the country by the end of January. The product will have its official launch in April.

In the meantime, Daltile is making training available in its stone centers for handling and installing PANORAMIC, with recommendations for equipment suppliers.

“PANORAMIC is additive to what we’ve done with the SlimLite™ line” said Daltile senior brand manager Kim Albrecht, at the manufacturer’s booth during TISE West.  SlimLite is Daltile’s line of 3.5 mm gauged porcelain panels up to 39” x 118”, designed for wall use. PANORAMIC greater 6mm thickness gives it durability for floor use.

For more information, visit daltile.com/panoramic or view a video at https://vimeo.com/198224269.

 

OSHA’s final rule to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica

Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion, annually.

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.

Key provisions

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

Compliance schedule

Both standards contained in the final rule take effect on June 23, 2016., after which industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

Construction – June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date.

General Industry and Maritime – June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.

Hydraulic Fracturing – June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date for all provisions except Engineering Controls, which have a compliance date of June 23, 2021.

Background

The U.S. Department of Labor first highlighted the hazards of respirable crystalline silica in the 1930s, after a wave of worker deaths. The department set standards to limit worker exposure in 1971, when OSHA was created. However, the standards are outdated and do not adequately protect workers from silica-related diseases. Furthermore, workers are being exposed to silica in new industries such as stone or artificial stone countertop fabrication and hydraulic fracturing.

A full review of scientific evidence, industry consensus standards, and extensive stakeholder input provide the basis for the final rule, which was proposed in September 2013. The rule-making process allowed OSHA to solicit input in various forms for nearly a full year. The agency held 14 days of public hearings, during which more than 200 stakeholders presented testimony, and accepted over 2,000 comments, amounting to about 34,000 pages of material. In response to this extensive public engagement, OSHA made substantial changes, including enhanced employer flexibility in choosing how to reduce levels of respirable crystalline silica, while maintaining or improving worker protection.

More information and assistance

OSHA looks forward to working with employers to ensure that all workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica realize the benefits of this final rule. Please check back for frequent updates on compliance assistance materials and events, and learn about OSHA’s on-site consulting services for small business.

OSHA approved State Plans have six months to adopt standards that are at least as effective as federal OSHA standards. Establishments in states that operate their own safety and health plans should check with their State Plan for the implementation date of the new standards.

For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/silica/

Stay tuned to TileLetter Weekly for reaction and comments from tile contractors and installers about this new ruling.

Managing mold in stone showers

Mold is a destructive organism that can overtake grout, stone and tile in showers and wet areas, rendering them not simply unsightly, but also unhygienic.

Sometimes mold is superficial and resides only on the surface of the installation. Most shampoos and soaps contain organic matter, some more than others .When you have organic materials, warm temperatures and moisture, you have a great environment for mold to grow.

Proper and regular cleaning of showers removes those materials. When used and not cleaned regularly you can end up with discoloration on grouts, stone and tile. Always use a neutral PH cleaners approved for cleaning the stone or tile in your shower. And always test the cleaner in a inconspicuous area to make sure there’s no adverse reactions.

Double check for mold or wet areas outside the shower as well to ensure there are no leaks. If water has escaped the shower assembly and has reached the wood substructure this can also provide the organic matter needed for mold to grow. – Robb Roderick, NTCA trainer/presenter

Coverings 2017 Appreciation Days

Created to facilitate enhanced learning and networking opportunities on the Coverings show floor, Coverings segment-focused Appreciation Days feature a tailored guided tour of the show floor, lunch, education sessions, happy hour and more.

Schedule

Appreciation Lounge

Located in booth 3958, this area on the show floor will be dedicated to our various segments on their Appreciation Day (see above schedule). It’s a great spot to network, relax and meet with colleagues during the show.

Contractor Lounge

Located in booth 4437, the Contractor Lounge will be open for badged contractors to network and relax on Wednesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 6th. Be sure to stop by for the free happy hours at 3:00 pm.

Builder & Remodeler Day: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The Builder & Remodeler Appreciation Day Tour will be held on the show floor at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon and roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge (booth 3958).

Join the Builder and Remodeler Appreciation Day tour of the exhibit floor as we showcase the latest in tile, stone and installation materials from around the world. An interactive experience, the group will be polled to select destinations of interest. See and touch the newest products and possibly catch a glimpse of what will be the next big thing. After the tour, join us for lunch and a roundtable discussion in the Appreciation Lounge. (Builder/Remodelers must be registered for the tour to receive free lunch.) Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Free sessions for Builders & Remodelers on this day include:

Tile Trends: Moving Forward

New Directions for Gauged (formerly Thin) Porcelain Tile

Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices

Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends

Installation Training for Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs

Architect & Designer Day: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

The Architect & Designer Day Trends Tour will be held on the show floor at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon and roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge (booth 3958).

Join Coverings’ Industry Ambassador, Alena Capra, as she leads you on a tour of the exhibit floor at 11:00 am showcasing the latest trends in tile and stone from around the world. What’s the latest in large format and thin tiles? What are the hot colors and textures? On the tour, you will see and touch the newest products and possibly catch a glimpse of what will be the next big thing.

After the tour, join Alena for lunch and a roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge. Architects and Designers must be registered for the tour to receive free lunch. Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Free sessions for architects and designers on this day include:

  • Contract Magazine Presents: A Fireside Chat with John Czarnecki and Todd Avery-Lenahan
  • Tile Shower Installation Systems – Design Trends and Techniques
  • Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions Presented by Architectural Record
  • Raise Your Profile: The Ins and Outs of Being a Brand Ambassador

Join other Architects and Designers for happy hour in the Appreciation Lounge at 4:00 pm.

Contractor Days: Wednesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The Contractor Appreciation Days Tours will be held Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am on the show floor followed by a luncheon at 12:15 pm in the Contractor Lounge (booth 4437).

Join the Contractor and Installer Day Tour of the exhibit floor as we showcase the latest in machinery, installation materials and tools. After the tour, join us for lunch and a roundtable discussion in the Contractor Lounge. Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Win great prizes and network with fellow contractors at the free happy hours in the contractor lounge on Wednesday and Thursday at 3:00 pm.

Free sessions for Contractors and Installers on these days include:

  • Top 5 reasons Why Tile Installations Fail
  • Introduction to Tile Industry Standards and How to Use Them to Your Advantage
  • Industry Update on Gauged Porcelain Tile (formerly Large Format)
  • Small Business Healthcare Strategies
  • Membranes: When, Where, Why and What

Fabricator Day: Friday, April 7th, 2017

The Fabricator Appreciation Day Tour will be held on the show floor at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon and roundtable at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge (booth 3958).

Join us for the guided fabricator tour, New and Innovative Products from the Marketplace, led by Tony Malisani, owner of Malisani, inc. and GK Naquin, President of Stone Interiors. The stone industry is always changing and a company’s success can be based on their understanding of new and innovative products. During this interactive tour, visit vendors on the show floor and learn what new products are available to the industry. Come away with a plan to implement new products that could grow your business.  Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online. 

After the tour, join us for lunch at 12:15 pm in the Appreciation Lounge for the fabricator discussion: Building a Kicka$$ Culture and Watch Your Profits Soar. Network with other fabricators and discuss building a team that creates a culture of success. Learn how to outline your company’s mission and communicate that mission so everyone at your organization is on the same page. Space is limited. Sign up for free when registering for Coverings online.

Free sessions for Fabricators on this day include:

  • Capillary Passive Drainage to Avoid Efflorescence and Failures on Exterior Balcony, Porch and Patio Tile and Stone Installations
  • Women in Stone Speed Mentoring & Leadership Workshop
  • Don’t Get Caught Doing What Worked Yesterday When Customers Are Obsessed With What They Want Tomorrow

Check out the Coverings website to learn about all the sessions and activities taking place and to register – coverings.com.

NTCA Benefits Box – January 2017

benefitsboxNTCA offers two “partner” programs in its package for members: PartnerShip® and Partnering for Success

PartnerShip

partnershipPartnerShip, the endorsed shipping management provider of NTCA, offers shipping discounts to all NTCA members on select FedEx® services, as well as savings on less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip. This program is FREE to all NTCA members, with no minimums required.

Members can request a no-obligation free quote for standard or guaranteed LTL (less-than-truckload) services from PartnerShip freight broker. The service works with the reputable LTL carriers, including: AAA Cooper, Estes Express, FedEx Freight, Dayton Freight, Old Dominion, New Penn, Pitt Ohio, R+L Carriers, Reddaway, Southeastern, UPS Freight, YRC Freight and many more!

Services also include full or partial truckload (dry van, flat bed, step deck, refrigerated, etc.). PartnerShip employs a stringent carrier review process and has access to thousands of the top truckload freight carriers across North America.

If you need to ship to a trade show, PartnerShip can help with this as well, as it can arrange great shipping rates with leading exhibit freight carriers. The company has a relationship with UPS Freight and YRC Freight and, if needed, can secure other carrier options as well.

Interested in learning more about PartnerShip or becoming a NTCA member? Contact assistant executive director Jim Olson at 612-788-4726 or email [email protected]

Partnering for Success

NTCA’s Partnering for Success benefit virtually pays you to be a member! Leading installation material manufacturers have invested in NTCA members by offering same-as-cash vouchers for valuable products you use every day – $1,800 worth of vouchers to be exact. This enables contractor members to experience all NTCA has to offer and actually MAKE money as an NTCA member when using Partnering for Success vouchers.

Participating manufacturers authorize NTCA to provide vouchers for their products that can be redeemed by NTCA contractor members, directly from the manufacturer or through any participating distributors. A total of $1,800 in vouchers is provided in contractor membership packets in these product categories: backer board, setting and grouting materials, membranes, cleaning and sealing materials, tools, floor heating systems, and ceramic tile.

In 2017, Home Depot will accept vouchers from QEP, Custom, and James Hardie.

Participating manufacturers for 2017 include: Alpha Professional Tools, American Olean, Aqua Mix, ARDEX, ATR Leveling, Bellota, Blanke, Ceramic Tool, Composeal, Contractors Direct, Custom Building Products, Daltile, Dependable Bagging, Emser, Flextherm, Florida Tile, LATICRETE, MAPEI, MAPEI Ultracare, Marazzi Tile, Mark E. Industries, Metropolitan Ceramics, MLT, NAC Products, National Gypsum/Permabase, Noble Company, NTCA Store, NTCA University, Nuheat, Oceancare, Porcelain Plus Speed Bit, Proflex, QEP, Rubi Tools, Schluter, Sun Touch, TEC Specialty, Texrite, The Home Depot, Trending Accessiblity, Trimaco, USG, VanHearron, Warmly Yours and wedi. Select the vouchers you want for the products you use or have been meaning to try. Vouchers are either used as cash, good for discounts or provide rebates on purchased products, depending on the manufacturer. For information, contact Jim Olson, NTCA assistant executive director, at 612-788-4726 or [email protected]

MAPEI Corporation – January 2017 Feature

1-featureA small building has accomplished a monumental goal. The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre (FSEC), located in the regional municipality of York, Ontario, was built to meet the Living Building Challenge.

The Living Building Challenge is an international sustainable building certification program created in 2006 by the non-profit International Living Future Institute (LFI). LFI describes the Living Building Challenge as “the built environment‘s most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature‘s architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.”

The Living Building Challenge is comprised of seven performance areas, called ‘Petals.’ The petals are:

  • Place – relationship to natural environment
  • Water – respecting a natural resource
  • Energy – renewable and pollution-free
  • Health & Happiness – environments that optimize well-being
  • Materials – non-toxic, ecologically restorative, transparent, and socially equitable construction
  • Equity – supporting a just, equitable world
  • Beauty – design that uplifts the human spirit
A small building has accomplished a monumental goal. The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Center (FSEC), located in the regional municipality of York, Ontario, was built to meet the Living Building Challenge.

A small building has accomplished a monumental goal. The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Center (FSEC), located in the regional municipality of York, Ontario, was built to meet the Living Building Challenge.

Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on prescriptive or performance-based goals that contribute to the overarching goals of sustainability, equity and regeneration.

Dialog, the architecture and design firm selected to design the Bill Fisch FSEC recognized that “Many common building materials have some toxicity and none can be present in a Full Petal LBC building. As a result of extensive research, huge commitment and exceptional collaboration from the entire team to meet the LBC criteria, the new centre not only looks beautiful, but feels healthier.”

To meet the Materials Petal requirements, Dialog and the regional municipality of York asked for sustainability and transparency in the products that were used to construct the building. According to one

A trio of MAPEI products was used to infill the slight depression in the floor necessary to accommodate the floor to ceiling windows. All three products met the environmental requirements for the Living Building Challenge.

A trio of MAPEI products was used to infill the slight depression in the floor necessary to accommodate the floor to ceiling windows. All three products met the environmental requirements for the Living Building Challenge.

of the engineers on the projects, “…one of the biggest challenges of the project was working with the ‘Red List,’ trying to get particular information from suppliers about the materials’ ingredients and find alternatives to the materials/products that were not permitted under LBC guidelines.”

MAPEI was able to provide Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and/or Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for each of its products that were selected for use in the centre.

MAPEI products at work on the jobsite

MAPEI’s Technical Services Department has been proactive in developing HPDs and EPDs for its flooring installation products and surface preparation materials. Rigorous testing and results analysis have produced reliable results that MAPEI has been able to publish along with its Technical Data Sheets on the MAPEI web site.

MAPEI Ultralite Mortar was then used to install 12” x 24” custom concrete tiles on the walls in the bathrooms. The tiles were manufactured locally by Mondo Pietra Ltd. of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON.

MAPEI Ultralite Mortar was then used to install 12” x 24” custom concrete tiles on the walls in the bathrooms. The tiles were manufactured locally by Mondo Pietra Ltd. of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON.

For the Bill Fisch FSEC project, MAPEI products were used in a number of areas:

As part of the surface preparation before the installation of tiles in the bathroom areas, Mapelastic, an all-climate, flexible, cementitious membrane was used for waterproofing. The membrane waterproofs and protects concrete and masonry. Mapelastic can also be used for applications on new concrete structures with hairline cracks, as well as any cementitious surface that may be subject to vibrations and subsequent cracking.

MAPEI Ultralite Mortar was then used to install 12” x 24” custom concrete tiles on the walls in the bathrooms. The tiles were manufactured locally by Mondo Pietra Ltd. of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON. In addition to its HPD pedigree and certification by the Tile Council of North America’s Green Squared program, Ultralite has many qualities that recommend it for use by installers. These include its light-weight technology, excellent vertical application with large-format tiles, and a creamy consistency that promotes ease of use.

Ultracolor Plus grout was used to fill the joints between the concrete tiles. Ultracolor Plus demonstrated that it met the environmental requirements of the designers, and its ease of use was a real benefit to the installers.

Ultracolor Plus grout was used to fill the joints between the concrete tiles. Ultracolor Plus demonstrated that it met the environmental requirements of the designers, and its ease of use was a real benefit to the installers.

Ultracolor Plus grout was used to fill the joints between the concrete tiles. Ultracolor Plus with DropEffect™ technology is a fast-setting, color-consistent, grout that eliminates the efflorescence often seen in Portland cement grouts. DropEffect technology reduces surface absorption to help repel water, dirt and grime from penetrating grout joints. Ultracolor Plus demonstrated that it met the environmental requirements of the designers, and its ease of use was a real benefit to the installers.

In order to accommodate the floor-to-ceiling windows in the center, the contractor poured the floor with a slight depressed area where the windows were installed. This necessarily created a trough between the window area and the rest of the floor. The contractor needed a product to infill that area, and he wanted something that had the look of natural concrete to flow with the rest of the area. MAPEI’s Ultratop was the solution. Plainbond EBA was used as the bonding agent between the concrete and the

MAPEI was able to provide Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and/or Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for each of its products that were selected for use in the center, meeting its material requirements.

MAPEI was able to provide Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and/or Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for each of its products that were selected for use in the center, meeting its material requirements.

Ultratop. Planiseal HG, solvent-free, moisture-tolerant, 100%-solids, clear, high-gloss epoxy sealer was used over the Ultratop. All three products met the environmental requirements for the Living Building Challenge.

The regional municipality of York has made great strides in restoring the York Regional Forest, and the construction of the Bill Fisch FSEC adds that exemplary environmental effort. The building shows the world how construction should be for the future, and MAPEI is proud to have had a part in the project.

 

The regional municipality of York has made great strides in restoring the York Regional Forest, and the construction of the Bill Fisch FSEC adds that that exemplary environmental effort.

The regional municipality of York has made great strides in restoring the York Regional Forest, and the construction of the Bill Fisch FSEC adds that that exemplary environmental effort.

Best of IBS Awards 2017

IBSCongratulations to the finalists and winners of the 2017 Best of IBS Awards! The companies below vied for the title of the best of the best products, in their respective categories, at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® in January. Below are our finalists and category winners, as well as our overall Best in Show winner, which was announced at the Best of IBS Awards event on Thursday, January 12. Check out the awesome products here and see what these sterling companies will bring you at the 2018 International Builders’ Show®, January 9-11, 2018 in Orlando.

Over 400 entries in nine categories were received in the 2017 Best of IBS Awards. Our 28 industry and media judges considered the following criteria in order to select our 2017 finalists:

Best in Show Winner
AquaBoy® Pro II by Aquarius Brands

Best Bath Product
Marble Attache by DaltileWINNER!
Glance by Glance Displays, Inc.
Peel and Heat Cutting Edge by Protecto Wrap Company
PC Fan with IAQ Sense by S&P USA Ventilation Systems, LLC
Encore Pattern – Sonata Blend by SOCI
Redi Trench Barrier Free Shower Pan by Tile Redi USA, LLC

Best Energy Efficient Product
Trilogy 45 Q Mode (QE) by ClimateMaster Inc
Pro High-Flow Combo by Enviro Water Solutions LLC
Geo Dream Heating Film by Geo Dream Heat Products Inc
ODL Tubular Skylight by ODL Tubular Skylight
Intelli-Balance 100 by Panasonic Eco Solutions North AmericaWINNER!
Rhino Headers by Rhino Steel Corporation
WaterWay Rainscreen & Ventilation Mats by Stuc-O-Flex Int’l Inc

Best Green Building Product
Bissell Commercial Push Power Sweeper by Bissell Big Green Commercial
Centennial Wood Reclaimed Wood Planks by Centennial Woods
ChargePoint Home by ChargePoint
The Greyter HOME by Greyter Water SystemsWINNER!
Combination Boiler by Noritz America Corporation

Best Home Technology Product
AquaBoy® Pro II by Aquarius Brands
Biorev 360 by Biorev, LLCWINNER!
Spiral Cellars by Genuwine Cellars Inc.
Glance by Glance Displays, Inc.
Brinks Home Security Array Deadbolt by Hampton Products International
Laundry Jet by Laundry Jet

Best Indoor Living Product
Scene-Setter Chandelier by BuildersLighting.com
Tension Cable Wine Racking – The Ring by Genuwine Cellars Inc.
Brinks Home Security Array Deadbolt by Hampton Products InternationalWINNER!
FusionFire by Modern Flames
Rustic Barnwood by Synergy Wood Products, Inc.

Best Kitchen Product
AquaBoy® Pro II by Aquarius BrandsWINNER!
Alterna Engineered Stone by Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
Marble Attache by Daltile
CL241WBV Wine & Beverage Center by Summit Appliance div Felix Storch, Inc.
FFBF181ES Bottom Freezer Refrigerator by Summit Appliance div Felix Storch, Inc.

Best Outdoor Living Product
Digitally Printed Aluminum Siding by DIZAL Inc.
OUTDECO Decorative Panels by Outdeco USA LLCWINNER!
QuickStep Complete Outdoor Stair System by Regal Ideas Inc.
The Sundial Starlight Awning by Sundial Starlight Awnings
Viewrail Stainless Steel Cable Rail by Viewrail

Best Window & Door Product
MultiGlide Door by Andersen Windows, Inc.WINNER!
VeriLock Wireless Security Sensors by Andersen Windows, Inc.
Studio Collection doors by JELD-WEN
VistaLuxe® Collection Configuration by Kolbe Windows and Doors
PrivaSEE by Nana Wall Systems Inc.

Most Innovative Building Product
DuPont Tyvek Protec roofing underlayment by DuPont
Eemax AutoBooster by Eemax Inc.
FLIR MR160 by FLIR Systems, Inc.
Regal Aluminum Railing w/LED by Regal Ideas Inc.WINNER!
Rheem Hybrid Electric Water Heater by Rheem Manufacturing

NTCA Webinar: Green Construction and the Tile Industry

What: Free Webinar – Green Construction and the Tile Industry
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Central Standard Time

The Green Construction and the Tile Industry presentation will take a look at green construction and how tile fits into these buildings.  The presentation will touch on why the world is going “green”, the effects on the world around us, the future of green construction, and then dive into LEED v4 and Living Building Challenge which are the two Green Rating Systems for which we see the most requests for information.  We will also discuss the changes to LEED and what the TCNA, tile manufacturers and tile installation material manufacturers have done to respond to changes in green construction over the past 3 years.

About the presenter:

Mitch HawkinsMitch Hawkins is the Technical Services Manager for LATICRETE International at the corporate world headquarters in Bethany, CT.  His major responsibilities are to oversee the day to day operations of the LATICRETE Technical Services Dept. in providing information, assistance and knowledge to the tile and stone installation community.  As a 16 year member of LATICRETE, he has traveled the world learning about the wide variety of installation methods and materials, educating others about LATICRETE installation products, and assisting in improving the world tile and stone community.  Since 2005, he has been responsible for creating and providing green information for LATICRETE and helping to drive the participation of LATICRETE in the green construction community.

2017 Edition of DNG Mosaic Competition Slated to Outshine Previous Year’s Event

Bostik 1“Design ‘N Gather,” the much-heralded, annual global tile mosaic design competition created by Artaic Innovative Mosaic and sponsored by Bostik has just begun ramping up for its 2017 edition. Forward-thinking architects, designers and mosaic design enthusiasts are invited to submit “beyond the threshold of imagination” designs for a larger-than life, backlit, tile mosaic mural to be permanently installed at the spectacular “Height of Decadence,” Hyde Bellagio nightclub overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. Their challenge will be to come up with an amazingly creative, tour de force for the soon-to-be most highly photographed and wildly publicized “Selfie Studio”… in the entire world! Entrants will qualify to win various attractive prizes, including the Grand Prize, an all expenses- paid, trip for two to Paris, France!

“Based on the outstanding success of last year’s event, Bostik, Artaic and MGM Resorts International are now partnering even more closely, focused on taking Design ‘N Gather 2017 to an even higher, more globally promoted level,” declared Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing & Business Development. “In particular, this is evidenced by the world-class location MGM has provided for us with one of their most prestigious, globally recognized resorts!”

Design n Gather

All designs submitted must be created using Tylist™, Artaic’s patented mosaic design software, and Artaic’s newly updated and expanded ” vitreous glass tile materials, consisting of over 140 vibrant colors. The winning mosaic will be fabricated in Boston USA using Artaic’s robotic manufacturing technology… and, Bostik’s Dimension® RapidCure™ Glass-Filled Grout, made of 60% recycled glass that allows light to pass through the grout joint and further illuminate adjacent tiles.

“At MGM Resorts, we look at innovation and really pushing the envelope,” stated Joyen M. Vakil, MGM Resorts’ Senior Vice President of Design & Development. “Design ‘N Gather obviously is about the mosaic medium. The products that are being utilized in DNG allow designers to express themselves seamlessly. Working with Bostik and Artaic and the technology brought to the table by them… is fantastic!”

DNG 2017 is quick, easy and FREE to enter. Registration is required, and participation is open to applicants from all design backgrounds including professionals, students and design enthusiasts. All submissions must be received not later than March 24, 2017. An esteemed panel of industry-specific experts will select the ten finalists and ultimately, the Grand Prize Winner. For more information on the event in general, please click on http://designngather.com. For information regarding registering for the competition, click on http://designngather.com/2017-las-vegas/competition/

A highly visible gallery consisting of DNG finalists will be on display at AIA Convention 2017 in Orlando, April 27-29. This same collection will also be showcased at HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 3-5. Ultimately, the Grand Prize Winner will be unveiled at an exclusive, VIP event sponsored by Bostik at Hyde Bellagio on May 4th.

“We’re continuing our mission,” summed up Dr. Ted Acworth, CEO/Founder of Artaic. “Together with Bostik and MGM Resorts International, our goal is to revitalize global appreciation for mosaic tile design. And, in doing so, discover new and talented individuals who are ready to bring this time-honored design treatment again to the forefront!”

About Bostik, Inc.

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.6 billion, the company employs 4,900 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. For the latest information, visit www.bostik.com/us

About Artaic

Artaic designs and fabricates custom, award-winning tile-work. Combining modern technologies with an established art form, Artaic modernizes the creation of architecturally compelling mosaics. Through fast design iterations, free sampling and robotic production in the USA, the process of customization is made as simple and painless as purchasing stock products. Artaic’s Tylist™ software enables their skilled design team to easily collaborate with the robotic manufacturing systems, easing the creation of modern mosaics by increasing design flexibility and decreasing lead times and costs. Artaic’s Mass-Customization technologies enable the production of any size project, from small to large-scale production. For more information, visit www.artaic.com

Contact information:

Chris Eichman
Marketing Communications Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit
Phone: 414-607-1265 Email: [email protected] www.bostik-us.com

Ron Treister

Communicators International, Inc.

Phone: 561-203-2981 Email: [email protected]

Total Solutions Plus 2017 – Breakout Session Opportunity

We are getting ready for 2017 Total Solutions Plus, November 4-7, at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park in Washington, DC!

Based on your feedback, we are now taking submissions for Breakout Session Speakers. If you or someone you know wants to be an Educational Speaker at 2017 Total Solutions Plus, please complete this form by January 27, 2017.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your knowledge in the Tile Industry.

Registration for TSP opens April 4th, 2017.

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