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

Q.E.P. Co. UK Ltd. Raises Funds for Macmillan Cancer Support with Snowdon Challenge

qep logo 2013 (2)Team QEP recently participated in ‘The Snowdon Challenge,’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The challenge involved an intense 8 mile hike up Snowdon, the highest mountain peak in all of England and Wales. With a grand sense of accomplishment and pride, Team QEP reported that the entire team of 25 reached the summit and exceeded their original fundraising goal.

The Snowdon Challenge was only the latest fundraising effort to support this worthy cause. Beginning in November of 2015, Q.E.P. Co. UK Ltd. began their partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and commenced their ongoing effort in the grueling fight against cancer. In just under one year, the company is pleased to report that they have raised an astonishing £15,300 (approx $18,800 US)!

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charity organizations, providing information, support, resources and even financing to individuals affected by cancer. From those personally diagnosed, to the family around them, Macmillan’s goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living and dealing with this frightful diagnosis.

Macmillan estimates that it costs £27 per hour to fund a single nurse, meaning that thanks to the effort made by QEP, an additional 566 hours of nursing time has been added, administering the applaudable service that Macmillan staff continues to provide.

The QEP/Macmillan partnership has been spearheaded by QEP Commercial Accountant, Steve White, who has been responsible for event planning, engaging colleagues and generating enthusiasm within the team. Contributions generously poured in from corporate contacts, suppliers, customers, colleagues, family and friends, all to which Steve, Team QEP and the entire company would like to send a massive thank you.

David Allen Company Presents 20th Annual Design School Scholarship

Accompanied by College of Design Dean Hoversten, Robert Roberson (on right), David Allen Company’s Chairman, presents the 2016 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Student Amanda Fuller.

Accompanied by College of Design Dean Hoversten, Robert Roberson (on right), David Allen Company’s Chairman, presents the 2016 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Student Amanda Fuller.

For the past 20 years David Allen Company has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to a gifted and promising architectural student at the North Carolina State University College of Architecture. The Dean of the college makes the selection to either a graduate or an undergraduate student.

Robert Roberson, Chairman, presented the 2016 award to Amanda Fuller, who has been identified by the Design School faculty as a promising leader in architecture.

David Allen Company has a long history of promoting the use of tile, marble, granite, natural stone, and terrazzo through its relationship with and support of architectural and design schools.  With offices in Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Columbia SC; Birmingham, AL and South Florida, the company is celebrating its 96nd year in 2016.

Virginia Tile Co. Purchases RBC Tile & Stone

screenshot-2016-10-14-13-44-42Virginia Tile Co. has purchased RBC Tile & Stone.

Virginia Tile, founded in 1928, is a distributor of ceramic, porcelain, stone and glass tile in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin and serves residential and commercial contractors, dealers and other trade professionals.

Founded in 1959, RBC is a wholesale distributor of tile and stone with six locations serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

“We have known RBC for many years and have worked closely with them to secure a number of commercial projects in out-of-market situations,” said William Stephenson Sr., president and CEO of Virginia Tile. “RBC shares many of the same suppliers as Virginia Tile, including Crossville, Caesar, Atlas Concorde, Florim USA, Anatolia and Walker Zanger. Their ‘go-to-market’ strategy is very similar to ours with a particular focus on the commercial side of the business. We look forward to building on the tradition of service and quality that RBC has established over the years.”

Brian Mark, owner and president of RBC, said, “We are excited for the opportunities that this merger brings to our business. I will continue to be part of this new entity not only as an equity partner, but also with a leadership role in the combined companies. Our employees are very pleased to continue to be part of an industry leading organization.”

The combination of RBC and Virginia Tile, along with Virginia Tile’s acquisition of ISC Surfaces earlier this year, continues a strategy of geographic expansion and creates a dominant market position as the most important supplier of tile, stone and related products in the Midwest. On a combined basis, Virginia Tile, ISC and RBC will service 14 states or almost 30% of the contiguous U.S.

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LATICRETE Unveils Product Specific EPDs and Updated HPDs

laticreteSeptember 30th, 2016 (BETHANY, CT) – LATICRETE, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, announced today the release of three new product specific Environmental Product Declarations and updated Health Product Declarations.

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a comprehensive, globally harmonized, and independently verified report created by a product manufacturer which documents the impacts on the environment throughout its lifecycle. Information on the impacts to the environment include raw material acquisition, energy use, energy efficiency, content of materials, chemical substances, emissions to air, soil and water, as well as waste generation from “cradle-to-grave”. An EPD is created and verified in accordance with ISO 14025, and is based on a life-cycle assessment according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. The intent of an EPD is to simply provide transparent information on the life-cycle impact of the product.

A Health Product Declaration (HPD) is an open standard, which provides complete, transparent disclosure of the potential chemicals of concern by analyzing and comparing all product raw materials to authoritative chemical hazard lists from around the world. Health Product Declarations are governed by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and are primarily used in North America. HPDs can be used to fulfill Option 1 (Material Ingredients Reporting) of the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients credit.

LATICRETE will be offering three product-specific EPDs. These EPDs will be for cement grout, cement mortar, and cement self-leveling underlayments. These three product specific EPDs will be valued at one full product each in fulfilling Option 1 (Environmental Product Declaration) of the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declaration credit. LATICRETE will be the only company with a full product specific EPD for cement self-leveling underlayments. LATICRETE will be able to provide industry-wide EPDs for cement grouts and cement mortars in conjunction with the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and several other manufacturers of these products types.

“LATICRETE is committed to manufacturing products which meet or exceed the requirements of green construction standards to promote a healthy environment for everyone,” said Mitch Hawkins, Technical Services Manager.

“It is the goal of LATICRETE to provide maximum disclosure so as to allow the design team and building owners a better opportunity to make more informed decisions when it comes to choosing what products will go into their projects,” Hawkins stated.

LATICRETE is committed to making information for green construction readily available by using the LATICRETE LEED Project Certification Assistant at

“TEC® Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes is open to flooring and tile contractors through November 15, 2016

AURORA, IL… Big-buck hunting, back-country fishing, the beautiful beaches of Riviera Maya or the refined wine-tasting and gourmet food of Napa, California could be in the future for one lucky flooring or tile contractor, courtesy of TEC®!

TEC® is offering the “TEC® Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes in appreciation of hard working flooring and tile contractors. One winner can choose one of the following exotic vacations:

·       Big-Buck Hunting Ranch Adventure – the winner receives travel and accommodations, plus the chance to hunt, by either bow or rifle, Canadian whitetail trophy bucks at a private ranch in Three Lakes, Wis.

·       Guided Fishing Excursion – a winner and guest stay five nights in Islamorada, Fla.; the vacation includes a day of reef fishing on a sport fish boat, a day of back-country fishing, and a day of flats fishing on skiff.

·       Riviera Maya All Inclusive Resort – a winner and guest receive travel and accommodations for seven nights at one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

·       Napa Wine Country Tour – travel and accommodations for a winner and guest for a four-night stay; the prize includes tickets for the Napa Valley wine train.

Each getaway represents a value of up to $5,000.

tecsweepstakesimageThe “TEC Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes runs October 1 through November 15, 2016. One random winner will be selected on November 27, 2016.

The different ways a flooring or tile contractor can enter for a chance to win the sweepstakes include: purchasing participating TEC products at a TEC distributor (from a list provided at and then uploading the receipts using the mobile-friendly website, or mailing in the receipts to H.B. Fuller Construction Products headquarters with the printed form found on the TEC website; or entering without purchase by mailing a 3”x5” notecard to H.B. Fuller Construction Products following the directions on the TEC website.

The sweepstakes allow one entry per day per person, one entry per receipt. The “TEC Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes is limited to fulltime flooring or tile contractors who are legal residents of the U.S. and 21 years or older. No purchase or payment of any kind is ntec-mobile-banner-contractors082316ecessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase anyone’s chances of winning.

For the full rules and other information for the “TEC Me Away” Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes, visit

The TEC brand ( is offered by H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc. – a leading provider of technologically-advanced construction materials and solutions to the commercial, industrial and residential construction industry. Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, the company’s recognized and trusted brands – TEC®, CHAPCO®, Grout Boost®, ProSpec®, Foster®, and others – are available through an extensive network of distributors and dealers, as well as home improvement retailers. For more information, visit

August Construction Starts Jump 21 Percent

workers-construction-site-hardhats-38293Sharp Gains Reported for Nonresidential Building and Public Works

NEW YORK – September 22, 2016 – New construction starts in August soared 21% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, following lackluster activity in July.  The August rise for total construction starts featured an especially elevated amount for nonresidential building, which was helped by the start of a $3 billion petrochemical plant in Louisiana, the $1.7 billion Wynn Casino in the Boston MA area, and a $508 million terminal upgrade at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The nonbuilding construction sector also experienced strong growth, with its public works segment lifted by the start of a $3 billion natural gas pipeline project in the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.  In addition, residential building contributed with a moderate August gain, reflecting another advance for multifamily housing which included groundbreaking for the $900 million Wanda Vista Tower in Chicago IL.  Through the first eight months of 2016, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $439.3 billion, down 7% from a year ago.  As 2016 is proceeding, the year-to-date decline for total construction is becoming smaller, affected to a lesser extent by the comparison to the massive projects reported during the first half of 2015 and now benefitting from the start of several massive projects in this year’s second half.  If projects valued at $1 billion or more are excluded, total construction starts during the first eight months of 2016 would be down a slight 1%, or essentially even, with a year ago.

The August data raised the Dodge Index to 150 (2000=100), up from 124 in July.  The quarterly averages for the Dodge Index show that construction activity increased 11% in this year’s first quarter to 146, followed by a 10% decline in the second quarter to 131.  The July and August average for the Dodge Index comes to 137, a 4% gain relative to the second quarter.  “The sharp rise in August makes it likely when September data becomes available that construction starts for the third quarter will be able to register moderate growth, supporting the belief that the construction industry still has room for further expansion despite some recent deceleration” stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.

“The presence or absence of very large projects, of course, has played a considerable role in the month-to-month pattern for construction starts,” Murray continued.  “While July did not receive much of a boost from very large projects, such a boost was clearly present in the August statistics.  Furthermore, the year-to-date readings for the first half of 2016 were skewed by the comparison to the heightened first half of 2015, which included 13 projects valued at $1 billion or more, such as a $9 billion liquefied natural gas terminal in Texas, the $2.5 billion 30 Hudson Yards office-retail tower in New York NY, and the $2.3 billion Interstate 4 highway project in the Orlando FL area.  The number of $1 billion-plus projects entered as construction starts decreased substantially in the second half of 2015, when only three such projects were reported, and another low amount took place in this year’s first half when only four such projects were reported.  In August, three projects valued each in excess of $1 billion were entered as construction starts, along with four projects in the $500 million to $1 billion range.  This ‘grouping’ of very large projects in August can be attributed to timing issues specific to each project, yet it may also be part of a more general trend reflecting a less hesitant stance by firms towards investment than what was present over the past twelve months.”

pexels-photo-154141Nonresidential building in August surged 42% to $267.4 billion (annual rate), rising from the subdued activity reported during the previous four months and reaching the highest amount since April 2015.  A substantial boost came from the manufacturing plant category, which climbed 291% in August with the start of a $3.0 billion ethane cracker chemical plant in Lake Charles LA.  If this massive petrochemical plant is excluded from the August data, the manufacturing plant category would have retreated 44%, but nonresidential building would still have been able to register a 23% gain.  The commercial categories together advanced 31%, supported in particular by the August groundbreaking for the $1.7 billion Wynn Casino in Everett MA.  Hotel construction climbed 71%, reflecting the $465 million estimated for the hotel portion of the Wynn Casino, with additional support coming from other noteworthy projects such as the $180 million Lane Field Intercontinental Hotel in San Diego CA and the $127 million CityCenterDC Conrad Hotel in Washington DC.  The commercial garage category advanced 64%, helped by the $210 million estimated for the garage portion of the Wynn Casino, as well as by a $128 million parking facility at San Diego International Airport.  Warehouse construction strengthened 75%, due to the start of a $340 million trade and logistics center as part of the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base in Oakland CA.  Office construction improved 3% following its 21% increase in July, supported by the $194 million office portion of a $300 million bank operations center in Plano TX and a $96 million office building in Herndon VA.  Store construction was the one commercial project type that did not report an August gain, as it held steady with its July pace.

The institutional side of the nonresidential building market increased 24% in August.  The amusement and recreational category jumped 118%, reflecting the $975 million estimated for the casino portion of the Wynn Casino.  Transportation terminal work climbed 30%, pushed upward by the start of a $508 million upgrade to the North Satellite Terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Educational facilities, which is the largest institutional category, grew 18% in August with the lift coming from the start of a $124 million life sciences building at the University of Washington in Seattle WA and a $118 million high school in the Dallas TX area.  Healthcare facilities increased 15%, featuring five projects valued at $100 million or more, led by a $300 million medical center expansion in St. George UT and a $271 million hospital in Rockford IL.  The religious buildings category managed to grow 16% in August from a subdued July, while the public buildings category (courthouses and detention facilities) fell 11%.

pexels-photoNonbuilding construction, at $152.7 billion (annual rate), increased 25% in August.  The public works categories together rose 36%, with most of the gain coming from a 326% hike for the miscellaneous public works category which includes pipeline work.  August featured the start of the $3.0 billion Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection natural gas pipeline upgrade project, which will transport natural gas from Alabama through Georgia and into central Florida.  If this massive project is excluded from the August data, the gains for the miscellaneous public works category and the public works group would have been 64% and 1%, respectively, while nonbuilding construction would have been down 4%.  Highway and bridge construction in August rose 5%, with major construction starts led by a $163 million tolled express lanes project in Denver CO and a $110 million realignment of State Route 99 in Fresno CA.  River/harbor development work in August grew 8%, but considerable declines were reported for water supply systems, down 35%; and sewer construction, down 43%.  The electric utility and gas plant category fell 31% in August, weakening for the third straight month, although August did include the start of a $573 million power transmission line in Illinois and a $156 million wind farm in upstate New York.

Residential building in August advanced 5% to $291.1 billion (annual rate).  Multifamily housing strengthened for the second month in a row, rising 25% after its 10% gain in July.  August featured 13 multifamily projects valued at $100 million or more, led by the $780 million multifamily portion of the $900 million Wanda Vista Tower in Chicago IL, a condominium-hotel-retail project which at 93 stories will be the third highest building in Chicago when completed. Other large multifamily projects that reached groundbreaking in August were the $465 million Transbay Block 8 building in San Francisco CA, the $344 million multifamily portion of a $375 million mixed-use building at 1120 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles CA, and the $266 million multifamily portion of the $300 million Miami Worldcenter 7th Street development in Miami FL.  Through the first eight months of 2016, the top five metropolitan areas ranked by the dollar amount of multifamily starts were – New York NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, and Boston MA.  While New York City was able to hold onto to its number one ranking, its dollar amount of multifamily construction starts was down 30% in this year’s January-August period from a year ago.  In contrast, large year-to-date gains for multifamily housing were reported for Chicago, up 153%; and Los Angeles, up 24%.  Single family housing in August eased back 2%, essentially maintaining the plateau that’s been present so far in 2016.  The regional pattern for single family housing in August showed gains in the South Atlantic and the Northeast, each up 2%, while declines were reported in the Midwest, down 1%; the South Central, down 5%; and the West, down 7%.

The 7% drop for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the first eight months of 2016 was the result of declines for both nonbuilding construction and nonresidential building compared to a year ago.  Nonbuilding construction fell 17% year-to-date, with public works down 8% and electric utilities/gas plants down 34%.  Nonresidential building decreased 10% year-to-date, with commercial building down 1%, institutional building down 8%, and manufacturing building down 45%.  Residential building continued to be the one major sector reporting a year-to-date gain, increasing 3% with single family housing up 7% while multifamily housing receded 4%.  By major region, total construction starts during the first eight months of 2016 showed this performance compared to a year ago – the Midwest, up 5%; the South Atlantic, up 4%; the West, unchanged; the Northeast, down 12%; and the South Central, down 25%.

NAC offers October special on SubSeal® Liquid Waterproofing Membrane 

The NAC special for the month of October is SubSeal® Liquid Waterproofing Membrane, a stand-alone waterproofing membrane that can be used for interior and exterior applications and as part of NAC’s Extreme Waterproofing Systems for exterior decks or bathroom installations.

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Cersaie: Day 4 – on-the-scene report by Joseph Lundgren Consulting


Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

NTCA affiliate member Joseph Lundgren Consulting on the scene in Bologna at the Cersaie expo. Here’s his Day 4 and final report of the highlights of the show. All factories are Italian, unless otherwise indicated. You can see all Joseph Lundgren Consulting  past notes on his website, including Coverings and Cersaie Day One, Two, and Three at:


Day Four

Well this was the last day of the show for me and it was great! Below you will find the notes below from Day Four, but also my summary.


  • The show did offer us some new looks in fabrics, which will be exciting for our market and how we incorporate them into projects.
  • In addition, the trend of larger tiles continues as we also learn how to properly install them through: The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT):
  • The concrete and wood trends continue as new generations are developed. In addition, we saw some new slate looks and plenty of rectilinear wall tiles and three-dimensional decos. The 2 cm pavers for exterior installations are here to stay, and will eventually displace the traditional concrete and cement used by landscape architects. The most prevalent products were slabs ranging from 3 mm – 20 mm (2cm) and as large as 5′ x 10′.

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Tonalite: This company showed a range of wall tile sizes and shapes that can create awesome feature walls.

Azteca – This Spanish producer has a very cool wall tile in a large format with a fabric design and mica sprinkled in, plus a matching floor.

Ariostea – WOW, Slabs 5′ x 10′, and they are awesome!

Mainzu – Nice wall tile line from this Spanish producer, with a clean, contemporary look and nice modern decos.

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Cersaie: Day 3 – on-the-scene report by Joseph  Lundgren Consulting

NTCA affiliate member Joseph Lundgren Consulting on the scene in Bologna at the Cersaie expo. Here’s his Day 3 report of the highlights of the show. All factories are Italian, unless otherwise indicated. You can see all Joseph Lundgren Consulting  past notes on his website, including Coverings and Cersaie Day One and Two, at:


Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Joe Lundgren of Joseph Lundgren Consulting

Day Three

I think we are seeing a slight revival in slate. I’ve seen it in more than a few booths. Maybe we have pulled slate from the initial ink-jet tiles we were all so impressed with, that some companies feel it’s time to re-introduce it?


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Dune: A Spanish factory

  • Shapes – 8” x 8” three-dimensional decorative for wall use.
  • Atelier – Wall tile in a 3” x 6” and 3” x 12” is a nice color palette with the chair rail and a jolly.
  • Purity – 2” x 6” and 4” x 16” tiles with modern decos and an undulated field tile which we are seeing a lot of;not particularly meeting the needs for a modern sleek look.
  • 3-D tile – This is an interesting concept in a 2” x 2” mosaic with three-dimensional shapes done with ink jet in a variety of different colors and textures achieved with the ink.

Recer: This factory out of Portugal impressed me with a 6” x 12” and 12” x 24” wall . The color palette is awesome and different from anything I’ve seen in the show. And for those of you that go to check it out, the tag line did not influence me at all. Which was, “another brick in the wall.” Gotta love Pink Floyd !

Mosavit and Onyx: These two Spanish factories always have a nice blend of mosaics to choose from

Imex: This company is out of Thailand. They have what they claim is a patented glass process of float glass and powder mixed together that creates a unique look in their Cemento and Andes lines.

Absolut Keramika: Before you get excited no it’s not vodka! This Spanish factory had a couple interesting lines that they named the all-too-familiar Chicago and Michigan. Yes it’s kind of pedestrian, but if we move past that, it’s an interesting rectangle wall with a great soft color palette and contemporary decos.

Saloni: Once again this Spanish factory is showing a lot of three-dimensional decos that bring a crowd and the Iter line has some different shapes.


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Vallelunga: Segni –  Wall tile in a 4” x 12”. It’s a cool concept with a glossy and textured concrete mix.

41 zero 42:  Pietra 41- Fun in contemporary blend of graphics and a great modern color palette. I really like the Hipster Gray with the blue tinge.


  • Bits and Pieces -A great product line with a lot of different sizes and color palette. The Pewter Smoke and Peat Brown are great colors.
  • Claymood: -A soft concrete look; the sand and taupe color are great for the U.S. market.

The Valentino Collection by Piemme: Elegance – marble colors are awesome

Ragno:  Real stone is a very nice mix of different stone graphics, and the limestone is very nice – specifically the Jerusalem.

La Fabbrica: Kimberly is a very nice line that has a metal oxide mix with a polished wall and matte floor.

Fap: Maku – Stone mix has a perfect color palette, with sizes in 3” x 12” all the way to a 30” x 30”. The textured is definitely a winner.

Caesar: Portraits – Wow this is a nice blend of stone graphics with a wide array of faces in a beautiful color palette with sizes from 12” x 24” to 48” x 96”.

Dura Tile: This Turkish factory added the 8” x 48” size pressed, and has developed some nice wood lines.

Kale/Kale Italia: the Italian arm of the Turkey-based manufacturer.

  • Provenza – A nice soft cement luck with the contemporary twist.
  • Malachite – Stone look in a silver and gold co
  • lor which is more of a Crema Marfil with a color replicating the Turkish Mink stone.
  • Padana- A 8” x 48” concrete look which is interesting.
  • Cosy – Wood look in 8” x 48” with a nice range.
  • Extra wood – More of a traditional wood look.


  • Listoni – Nice; check it out.
  • Collettiva -A nice stone mix.
  • Groove – A 4” x 12” wall with a nice color palette.

For more information, visit Joseph Lundgren Consulting, email: [email protected], phone 214-641-7773; web:



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