CTEF Spreads the Word about Certified Tile Installers via New Website

Pendleton, SC – December 2, 2016 – The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) has launched a new website to better communicate the value of ceramic tile education and certified tile installation to homeowners, architects, design specifiers, dealers, distributors and tile installation contractors.

ctef_logo_final_cmyk-120409Visitors to www.ceramictilefoundation.org, CTEF’s new website URL, will discover many features that enhance their user experience and make finding and learning about Certified Tile Installers easier. More specifically,

  • The site is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) enabled. This is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and the visitor’s browser remain private and integral.
  • The site features responsive design so visitors can easily navigate the content regardless of the device they use – desktop, mobile device or tablet.
  • Site search helps visitors easily locate content within the website.
  • A Google maps based zip code locator allows visitors to find Certified Tile Installers around the country.
  • The CTEF Blog publishes weekly content describing quality tile installation best practices and success stories. It includes a monthly series where CTEF Director of Certification and Training Scott Carothers specifically addresses tile installation questions.
  • A calendar of upcoming training and certification events with online registration and secure payment through PayPal.

“The newly launched CTEF website takes the mission of the organization to a new level,” says Scott Carothers, CTEF director of training and certification. “It allows us to explain why tile installation certification is so important and reach new audiences. Not just new tile contractors to certify, but also homeowners, architects, designers, dealers, and distributors who all benefit from quality tile installation.”

Visitors to the CTEF website will find educational resources about tile installation, answers to Frequently Asked Questions about certification, and downloadable information kits about becoming a Certified Tile Installer and tile installation tip sheets.

The mission of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation is as follows:

CTEF will expand the knowledge of professional ceramic tile installation through training, education, and certification. CTEF will promote the applicable industry standards to new and experienced tile installers, architects, designers, builders, and tile industry related people. CTEF will actively encourage individuals to enter a career as a ceramic tile installer. The overall goal of CTEF’s activities is to raise the quality of ceramic tile installation.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and in close proximity to the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). This has allowed for the Foundation to provide visitors who receive educational training a unique opportunity to visit with TCNA leaders.

For more information about CTEF and how to become a corporate sponsor, visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/become-a-ctef-corporate-sponsor-benefits.

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About the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. Certification programs include the CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program which is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge to be recognized by the tile industry, and the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT). For more information, visit https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org.

MIA+BSI Welcome 3 New MIA Board Members

Oberlin, OH and Chestertown, NY, November 22, 2016—MIA+BSI has announced that three individuals have been elected to the thirteen-person MIA Board of Directors. These individuals will also serve on the transitional MIA+BSI Board of Directors during the second year of the joint venture.
Duane Naquin, CEO of Stone Interiors, an MIA Accredited fabrication /installation company in Gaston, SC will represent Zone 3 (Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Naquin is an MIA+BSI CEU speaker, Women in Stone mentor, and is actively involved in the education program. Naquin replaces Jon Lancto, who will remain on the board as 2017 MIA President.

Herwig Callewier, Chairman of Beltrami N.V., a natural stone producer and wholesale company located in Belgium, will represent Zone 10 (Europe). Callewier is founding member and now president of Febenat, an association which furthers the natural stone industry in Belgium and Holland. He is also involved with the WTCB Belgian Technical Institute’s stone committee and the World Natural Stone Association. Callewier replaces Claus Larsen (DANSK Srl), who served on the MIA Board for five years.

Ali Kader, President and CEO of Egy-Mar International, a quarry and supply company based in Egypt in Dubai, will represent Zone 11 (Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, and Philippines). Kader is the founding member of the World Natural Stone Association and has been involved with the Egypt Expo & Convention Authority, the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Marble Sector, and the Marble & Granite Investors Association. Kader replaces Arik Grebelsky (A.Grebelsky & Son), who served on the MIA Board for five years. 

2016 MIA President David Castellucci (Kenneth Castellucci & Associates) expressed his gratitude to the two outgoing board members, saying: “We are most appreciative of the work done by both Claus and Arik during their time on the MIA Board of Directors. With their help, we have made great strides to become a more inclusive and international association. We welcome the three new board members and look forward to what the future will bring for our combined organization.”
For more information about the MIA+BSI Board of Directors, please visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/boardofdirectors.
MIA+BSI: the Natural Stone Institute serves more than 1900 members in 55 countries who represent every aspect of the natural stone industry, offering them a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness in both the industry and the design communities for the promotion and best use of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.

NTCA Welcomes New Executive Officers and State Directors

After a long and productive weekend at Total Solutions Plus, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) held its annual meeting on Monday, October 25, and elected new members of the executive board.

Martin Howard of David Allen Company was elected President. Chris Walker, also of David Allen Company, was named 1st Vice President. Martin Brookes of Heritage Tile and Marble was elected 2nd Vice President, and outgoing President James Woelfel was elected Chairman of the Board. Dan Welch was named Executive Committee advisor, joining John Cox and Nyle Wadford as advisors to the committee.

Left to right: board advisors John Cox and Dan Welch, incoming President Martin Howard, outgoing President James Woelfel, incoming 2nd Vice President Martin Brookes, and incoming 1st Vice President Chris Walker.

Left to right: board advisors John Cox and Dan Welch, incoming President Martin Howard, outgoing President James Woelfel, incoming 2nd Vice President Martin Brookes, and incoming 1st Vice President Chris Walker.

Many new regional director appointments were also approved, with individuals serving two year terms in these important positions.  Those new directors include Robert Showers, Region 2; Paige Smith, Region 3; Mike Weaver, Region 4; Dirk Sullivan, Region 9; Stan Platt, Region 10; and Sam Bruce, Region 12.

Congratulations to the incoming executive board and regional directors! NTCA looks forward to continuing its growth and success as Voice of the Contractor with their help.

Coverings 2017 Calls for Rock Star Nominations

Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, is seeking nominations for its 2017 group of “Coverings Rock Stars,” an award that recognizes the best up-and-coming young professionals in the tile and stone industry. Selected by a committee of industry leaders, each outstanding individual will be awarded based on his or her impact on the tile and stone industry along with previous industry recognition.

“Now in its third year, this program highlights the industry’s greatest young leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, and game-changers,” said Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador. “This next generation of professionals is laying the groundwork for the future of the industry, and we’re looking forward to celebrating their talents and achievements at Coverings.”

Rock Star nominees must be 35 or younger, and currently employed by or as an architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor, installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer in the tile and stone industry. Nominators must also be active and experienced in the tile and stone industry.

Award winners will receive a one-night hotel stay in Orlando to attend Coverings, will be featured in online and onsite promotions and will be honored, along with their nominators, at an awards breakfast at Coverings.

To nominate a qualified individual, complete a submission form at coverings.com/RockStars. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Daltile Announces 2016 Interior Design Scholarship Winner

DALLAS (November 10, 2016) – Daltile, in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, is excited to announce Kristina Tribell as the winner of the fifth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. During NeoCon East 2016 in Philadelphia, Tribell was presented with a $10,000 scholarship to continue her education in the field of interior design.

daltilesamplesday1-4“On behalf of Daltile and the ASID Foundation, we are excited to announce and celebrate Kristina as the 2016 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship grand prize winner,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager for Daltile. “This year we had more than 120 entries from some of the most talented students across the country, showcasing the exemplary work created by the next generation of interior designers. Daltile is honored to be part of the scholarship program, investing in the future of the design profession.”

This year’s design challenge, titled “Design Inspired by Nature,” was to redesign a hotel lobby using key biophilic design principles, demonstrating how thoughtful design, creativity, and Daltile products can come together to create a beautiful, welcoming, and impactful space.

Graduating in spring 2017 from the Art Institute of Houston, Tribell has always been passionate about art and design. She first learned about the scholarship contest during an interior design association event, and a few weeks later, after visiting a Daltile expo in Houston, became inspired by the products and immediately started working on her submission. Tribell chose the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston as her project location, redesigning the lobby to incorporate biophilic influences. Using Daltile collections, including Marble Attaché™ and Saddle Brook™ Glazed Porcelain, Tribell reinvented the space to be more calming, a stark contrast from the bustling city outside of the hotel lobby doors.

img_5023“The ASID Foundation is excited to partner with Daltile to honor students, like Kristina Tribell, with scholarships to help them pursue their goals in the field of interior design,” said Susan Wiggins, senior strategic advisor, ASID Foundation. “The ASID Foundation believes in the future of the interior design industry and supports scholarships and educational opportunities that will prepare and propel the next generation of interior designers to reach their full potential. The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship enables us to encourage young designers to further hone their design skills and aesthetic.”

The grand prize winner and three finalists were selected by Daltile and the ASID Foundation with the help of a panel of industry experts, including Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, and Catie Ryan, senior project manager at Terrapin Bright Green. This year’s top scholarship recipients are:

  • Grand Prize: $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Kristina Tribell, The Art Institute of Houston
  • First Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Ali Guymon, Utah State University
  • Second Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Ben Roghaar, Utah State University
  • Third Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Charlotte Jolly, Indiana University

New for 2016, Daltile and the ASID Foundation awarded the school or university with the highest number of completed entries with a $10,000 grant for their interior design program. This year, Utah State University was presented with the grant and had 37 students from the university submit projects for consideration.

For more information, visit www.daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and metal tile products, as well as natural stone tile and slab products. Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slab yards, and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers. Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs.

About the ASID Foundation

As the leading interior design organization, the American Society of Interior Designers is dedicated to advancing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships, and education. ASID Foundation initiatives include Transform, an applied research grant program, and partnerships with The 1+ program and the National Building Museum. Learn more at asidfoundation.org.

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.

David Allen Company Named Accredited Quality Contractor

David Allen Company has announced that it has been named an Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) by the Associated Builders and Contractors.

The AQC program recognizes construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations.  “David Allen Company’s dedication to responsibly and ethically running its business permeates through every facet of its operation and makes it a terrific ambassador for the merit shop construction community,” says 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin.

With offices in Raleigh, Washington, D.C., Columbia, Birmingham, and South Florida, David Allen Company is one of the nation’s largest tile, marble, granite, terrazzo, and specialty concrete services companies.  Founded in 1920, the company is celebrating its 96th year.

5th Annual Classic Vehicle Calendar Released by NAC

nac-2017-calendar-coverOctober 27, 2016 – The company that introduced the flooring industry to ECB® and crack isolation membrane technology, NAC Products, released their 2017 calendar, “Classic Vehicles from the Flooring Industry” at the Total Solutions Plus event in Indian Wells, CA.

The calendar provides an opportunity for people in the flooring industry who own a classic vehicle, to showcase it in the annual calendar. The initial calendar was created to help promote NAC’s 30th anniversary in 2013, but has now evolved into an industry tradition. Whether it is a car, truck, farm tractor, motorcycle, airplane, or boat, people from all over the world have participated, highlighting a wide variety of classic vehicles.

“Each year we look forward to the wide variety of vehicles from different eras that are submitted for inclusion in the calendar,” said Vice-President Operations Brian Petit. “But the best part is the story that accompanies each vehicle. Each has a unique and interesting narrative that sheds some light on the individual and what that vehicle represents to them.”

One of the design highlights of the calendar includes the use of actual state license plate images representing the year of the car or a plate that was popular at the time or resembles how the car is currently tagged. A few anecdotes about the car and the restoration populate the plate image.

Previously, in addition to the featured vehicle, the calendar has highlighted a different product offering by NAC on each month. This year, each month features a major project that was completed and the corresponding NAC product or products that were installed.

“Each year we try to come up with a different or unique way of presenting our products in the calendar,” said Petit. “We provide a range of solutions for crack isolation, waterproofing and sound control, and by showcasing a different project each month, we are able to demonstrate the variety of applications and capabilities of our systems.”

The calendar also includes the dates of many industry related tradeshows, like the International Surface Event, NAHB/KBIS and Coverings just to name a few.

Past calendars and the featured vehicles can be found on the NAC website; http://www.nacproducts.com/nac-calendar

Crack isolation, sound control, waterproofing and more; membrane systems that protect your flooring investment, that’s NAC Products.

For more information about NAC, visit www.NACproducts.com or call 800-633-4622.

Franceschelli Named President of Tile Council of North America

franceschelli-_-nov-2016November 3, 2016 – Michael Franceschelli, CEO of Florida Tile, Inc., has been elected to a two year term as President of TCNA (Tile Council of North America).  He has served as CEO of Florida Tile since 2010, leading the company to steady growth in sales and profits while also expanding their manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

In the years since joining the tile industry, Franceschelli has taken an active role in TCNA, serving four years as 2nd Vice President before accepting his current post.  His commitment to raising the bar in the tile industry is reflected in the goals that he has set for himself and TCNA for the coming year.

“Developing a TCNA ‘Why Tile’ program to educate consumers and the industry on the many benefits of tile is high on my list of priorities,” says Franceschelli.  “It’s important to lead this charge of informing the public and training our industry professionals in order to make a positive impact in the flooring market.”

His list of objectives for the coming year highlight the ambition and dedication he and TCNA have for the tile industry.

  • Develop the TCNA “Why Tile” program to inform consumers and the industry regarding the health, safety, environmental, cost, and design benefits of tile
  • Work with labor organizations to support career training and certification programs
  • Continue to facilitate the development of standards to better define technical product performance and to inform consumers about the safe use of tile surfaces
  • Maintain the collaboration of the TCNA Handbook Committee and the publication of installation details relevant to today’s products and practices
  • Promote further collaboration with other major trade organizations including CTDA, NTCA and TCAA
  • Develop an even stronger bond between members in the US and Canada and their TCNA colleagues in Mexico
  • Promote cooperation within the global tile manufacturing communities in Italy, Spain, Brazil and around the world
  • Contribute on an international basis to ISO standards

Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market. 

Artisan Tile NW Hosts Handmade Tile Festival at UW Seattle


atnw-logoHandmade Tile Artisans will gather at the Center for Urban Horticulture for our annual show and sale during the first weekend in November. The show will showcase contemporary Northwest tiles, ranging in styles from classic to contemporary, utilizing diverse techniques in both ceramic and glass. The tiles are useful for installations or finished wall art. Tile Historians will present their collections. The Tile Heritage Foundation from California will be there to answer your questions about historic tiles, as well as displaying and selling handmade tiles from tile artists around the country.

The Garden Art feature is back by popular demand, located in the garden courtyard adjacent to the show. You’ll find an enticing array of ceramic art suitable for outdoor display year-round.

The theme of this year’s Juried Tile Show is “Water.” Rick Mahaffey, head of the Ceramics Department at Tacoma Community College, will be the juror for the Tile Heritage Foundation Prize. He has taught in many countries in the last 30 years which led him to co-found the International Society for Ceramic Art and Education, of which he currently serves as vice-president. Heavily influenced by his teaching and cross-cultural learning, his believes that “ideas are our most precious commodity.” We are so fortunate to have Rick accept our invitation to jury this show as an artist and educator with the breadth and depth he offers.

Judging for the ATNW prize is Debra Bacianga. Debra attended the Tyler School of Art where she focused on ceramics and sculpture. She apprenticed with Philadelphia sculptor Caesar Rufo working on Olympic medallions learning the specialized low bas-relief technique used in coin making. Subsequently, she was an artist in residence at U. of Indiana in Pennsylvania. In addition to continuing her work, which incorporates a breadth of sculptural techniques, Debra teaches mold making, designs and makes prototypes for architectural firms, works a few days a week at Seattle Pottery Supply, and helps businesses get started in the ceramics industry. Affordable art has always been a passion. She loves tiles because you can make multiples, which makes it an art form almost anyone can afford.

Door prizes! First 25 people in the door on Saturday and Sunday will receive a FREE original, one of a kind hand carved tile magnet made by members.

unnamed2016 Commemorative Tile Maria Root, one of the founding members of ATNW, created Orcas in the Moonlight (pictured left), this year’s commemorative tile. It is a limited edition of 20 in two colors, blue or celadon, and was produced at Status Ceramics in Seattle with the guidance of Natalie Ottley. It is approximately 7″ in diameter with a hanger ready for wall hanging. On sale at the festival for $32.

Raffle Every year, member tile makers create unique tile inspired art that we raffle off at the Handmade Tile Festival to raise money for our organization. The raffle items this year are framed handmade tile letter-art!
Gina Holt, Clayworks by Gina Holt, brought the clay to a meeting and showed us  techniques for making letter tiles. She fired and glazed the results of our collaboration and Janet Gadallah, JLG Pottery & Tile, framed them. Be sure to bring in your “Tile Festival Save the Date” bookmark for one free entry into the raffle. Enter as many times as you like. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.

Location: University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle (east of the UW campus)

Date: November 5-6: Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 11am–4pm

For more information, visit Artisan Tile NW.

Sustainable Stone Certification Now Recognized in Both LEED v4 and LBC


logo_transpHollis, N.H. – (October 20, 2016) – The Natural Stone Council (NSC) – an association comprised of the leading Natural Stone Associations throughout the country – announces its Sustainable Production for Natural Dimension Stone (ANSI/NSC 373) certification is now recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED v4 building certification program, as well as the International Living Future Initiative’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) version 3.1. Now, design teams have a clear path to ensure the stone they specify helps projects reach sustainability goals as outlined by LEED and LBC.

“Being named an approved program by the USGBC and the ILFI within Responsible Sourcing of Materials is a huge accomplishment for the stone industry,” says Kathy Spanier, NSC Sustainability Committee Chair and Director of Marketing at Coldspring, a Minnesota-based stone industry producer. “These achievements come as the result of tremendous coordination and years of cooperation among stone industry associations, environmental experts and additional stakeholders to further the awareness of sustainably sourced natural stone.”

The NSC established the sustainable stone certification standard in 2014 with two important goals in mind: to provide natural stone quarriers and fabricators with third-party verification of their sustainable practices and to give the building and design community confidence that certified stone is a sustainable material choice.

To develop ANSI/NSC 373 for alignment with LEED and LBC, the NSC Sustainability Committee worked closely with third-party organizations including Jack Geibig at Ecoform of Knoxville, Tenn., and NSF International of Ann Arbor, Mich., to determine the sustainable footprint of how stone is quarried, transported and processed. In addition, ANSI/NSC 373 was developed using the consensus-based ANSI (American National Standards Institute) process and can be applied internationally with certification by a third-party certifier like NSF International.

ANSI/NSC 373’s national and international requirements for environmental, ecological, human health, and social responsibility in stone quarrying and processing will help satisfy the growing demand for transparency in the market.

“Natural stone rates high on an environmental scale. It is reusable, low maintenance, emits no VOCs, and is one of the most durable and most beautiful materials on the planet,” says Duke Pointer, Executive Director of the Natural Stone Council. “The ANSI/NSC 373 certification gives the market confidence they are using a material that has also been third party verified.”

LEED v4 and LBC Application

The LEED Steering Committee approved certification to ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimensional Stone as a “USGBC-approved program” third-party verification (full credit) in Option 1 of LEED v4 BD+C and ID+C Material Resources credit Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials, provided that the facility and/or quarry operation has earned certification including either optional credit 7.2.1 (Ecosystem Boundaries) or 7.2.2 (Environmental Impact Assessment), and has made its scorecard publicly available.

In addition to LEED v4, the Living Building Challenge is advocating the Sustainability Standard for Natural Dimension Stone for Living Building projects using natural stone. ANSI/NSC 373 aligns within the LBC 3.1 Material Petal, in the Responsible Industry category.

The rigorous and voluntary certification standard including its companion Chain of Custody program is gaining acceptance among stone industry companies. In 2014, TexaStone Quarries, which operates natural stone quarries and a closely aligned fabrication facility in Garden City, Texas, became the first company in the world to achieve certification. Coldspring became the second to achieve ANSI/NSC certification of its headquarters, primary manufacturing operations and three Minnesota-based quarries. Additional companies have since certified, with more working to achieve certification.

For more information about ANSI/NSC 373, visit http://naturalstonecouncil.org/education-training/nsc-initiatives/dimensional-stone-standard/.

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