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Karndean Designflooring launches Van Gogh rigid core format

Export, Penn.–Karndean Designflooring now offers best-selling designs from its Van Gogh range in a rigid core format, in addition to the existing glue down luxury vinyl format.

According to the company, Van Gogh glue down provides homeowners with peace of mind that planks will be permanently adhered to the subfloor and allows them to personalize their floor by choosing the direction and pattern in which planks are laid. This format also allows for the addition of “design strips” to create an inlay border or shiplap effect. Alternatively, Van Gogh rigid core is a floating floor that clicks and locks into place without the use of adhesive. This format is the company’s quietest to walk on, ideal for upstairs rooms in the home where consumers wish to minimize noise transfer to rooms below.

“By offering these 14 colors in both glue down and rigid core, consumers can first choose a color that matches their space and then select the format that better suits their needs. Homeowners may even choose to use both formats throughout the home by enjoying the designability of our glue down planks on the ground level and the acoustic properties of rigid core in upper levels,” Larry Browder, chief sales & marketing officer, said.

With its textured emboss and replication of natural woods, Van Gogh continues to be a go-to range within the LVT sector. Popular favorites now available in rigid core include Reclaimed Maple, Aged Redwood, Country Oak and Vintage Pine. Van Gogh planks are sized 48 X 7, feature a 20-mil wear layer suitable for commercial applications.

Like all Karndean rigid core products, Van Gogh rigid core planks feature the company’s proprietary, 100% waterproof K-Core technology for installation over most existing hard floors, without the worry of exposing subfloor imperfections. With this technology, install teams can turn jobs quickly without the use of adhesive. Van Gogh rigid core also features an acoustic foam backing that does not promote the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Unlike cork backings, this layer will not flake apart on the job site. These planks are secured in place with a patented and proven click-locking mechanism.

Both formats are finished with K-Guard+ surface protection, which uses polyurethane technology to provide a hygienic and durable surface that, unlike aluminum oxide coatings, will not turn white if scratched or leave stress marks when handled. Both lines are backed by a 15-year commercial warranty and lifetime residential warranty.

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Tandus Centiva shows support for Publicolor

Dalton—Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Publicolor at the organization’s annual Stir, Splatter + Roll Gala on May 16 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

The gala honored two charitable individuals, The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg and E. John Rosenwald, Jr., for their longtime support of Publicolor and its programs.

Recognizing the importance of education and Publicolor, Tandus Centiva along with Suzanne Tick and Antron carpet fiber support the Publicolor Summer Design Studio—an innovative work-study program that utilizes a non-traditional curriculum emphasizing tactile learning experiences. The combination of project-based learning, community service and paid work opportunities provide a compilation of meaningful activities for youth who otherwise would be idle when the school year ends in June.

The Tandus Centiva, Suzanne Tick and Antron carpet fiber collections contribute up to $0.30 per square yard to the Publicolor Summer Design Studio. The contribution is a match among partners based on product sales into education environments. Based on 2015 qualifying sales, $132,497.97 was donated to the Summer Design Studio, helping to prevent summer learning loss for 76 disconnected youth by uniquely teaching math and literacy through product design.

For more information on the Publicolor Summer Design Studio, view the video below. This documentary was selected to be screened during the Marche Du Film in Cannes, France, May 11 – 20.

 

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Mohawk Group's Light Lab receives ILFI certification

Mohawk Group Light Lab Design CenterDalton—Mohawk Group’s Light Lab, the company’s recently renovated design studio, has received Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Living Building Challenge 2.1.

The ILFI’s Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: place, water, energy, health & happiness, materials, equity and beauty. Petal Recognition is given to projects that satisfy the requirements in three categories of the Living Building Challenge, when at least one is water, energy or materials.

“We are incredibly excited to be the first in the state of Georgia, as well as the first building product manufacturer, to receive the prestigious Living Building Challenge Petal Certification from the ILFI,” said Rochelle Routman, vice president of sustainability, Mohawk Flooring. “For quite some time, Mohawk has used Declare, ILFI’s ‘nutrition label’ program for products, as a way to report and disclose information about the ingredients in the products that we make. Now we’ve set an even higher bar in sustainability as we have extended ILFI’s rigorous sustainability standards to our newly renovated design center by achieving certification through the Living Building Challenge.”

The 33,000-square-foot Light Lab is a mid-century modern building  here that features 365-degree views of landscape and natural vistas. Built in the early 1960s as the headquarters for World Carpet, the building has been used most recently as a showroom space for Mohawk Flooring North America residential products. The conceptual design of the interior renovation for Light Lab was provided by students from the Savannah College of Art and Design and the building is now home to all of the product design teams in the Mohawk organization. Light Lab has satisfied the Living Building Challenge requirements for the site, health, materials, equity and beauty Petals.

“Mohawk’s petal certification further demonstrates the company’s progressive attitude and unwavering commitment to both sustainability and ILFI’s transformational programs, including the Living Building Challenge, Declare and the Living Product Challenge,” said Amanda Sturgeon, chief executive officer of the ILFI.

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Fuse Alliance launches Spark Awards

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 3.30.22 PMLaguna Niguel, Calif.Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional commercial flooring contractors, today announced the launch of the Spark Awards. As a platform to honor the network’s most impressive flooring designs and installations, the Spark Awards are made up of eight categories including Best in Show and Member’s Choice.

“We are thrilled to offer our members a program that really showcases the craftsmanship of their teams,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director of Fuse Alliance. “Our network is made up of some of the industry’s best and brightest flooring professionals and the Spark Awards further support our efforts to champion the positive impact they have on the built environment.”

Based on originality, quality of installation and design innovation, the awards represent outstanding craftsmanship, skill and expertise in the flooring industry. Categories include Toughest Site Conditions, Best Branded Environments, Most Aggressive Timeline/Schedule, Greatest Space Challenges, Best Flooring Solution, Most Maximized Budget, Best in Show and Member’s Choice. Except for the Member’s Choice category, which will be based upon a vote process by network members, a panel will review all projects. The panel of notable names includes leaders in the design and flooring industry: David MacDonald, executive vice president, project management and construction, Lendlease; Lew Migliore, leading technical flooring expert and founder of LGM and Associates; and Susanne Molina, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP, a principal of the Los Angeles-based interior design firm K2S Studio.

Awards are open to Fuse Alliance members only and must include flooring products from network suppliers. Fuse members access a straightforward, streamlined process to enter projects. There is no limit to the number of entries. Winners will be announced at the network’s annual conference, which is held in the first quarter of every year. To find out more about the Spark Awards, visit sparkawards.fusealliance.com.

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Crossville's Laminam wins Best of Show

HEALTH_NOCHAIRSLas Vegas—Laminam by Crossville’s Satori collection has been named Best of Show for Hard Surface Flooring in the 20th Annual IIDA/HD Products Competition. The announcement of the win was made at HD Expo here last week. Crossville exhibited at the show.

Products winning Best of Show honors are selected based on a range of criteria such as aesthetic appeal, innovation, value and sustainable attributes. Satori’s porcelain tile panels come in three colors that offer luxe, varied looks suitable for commercial or residential installations. The line is offered in 1 x 3 M and 1 x 1 M size formats in 5.6mm thickness. This thickness makes the product suitable for flooring installation but it may also be used on walls.

For additional information on Crossville’s Laminam products, visit crossvilleinc.com/solutions/laminam/.

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Gerflor USA hosting Two Tickets to Rio sweepstakes

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 9.49.48 AMChicago—Gerflor USA, a global leader in the design and manufacture of specialized resilient flooring for commercial environments, on March 8 launched Two Tickets to Rio, a sweepstakes promotion that will send the contest winner and a guest to Brazil this August.

Contest entry is available at www.twoticketstorio.com through April 31 with the winner announced on the Gerflor USA Facebook page on May 4. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive airfare, accommodations and tickets to one of the highly anticipated sporting events in Brazil.

“To celebrate a 40-year tradition of Taraflex Sports Flooring at top international sporting events starting in Montreal in 1976, Gerflor is pleased to provide an exciting opportunity for one winner and a guest to travel to Brazil and be a part of one of the greatest cultural festivals and sporting events in the world,” said Benjamin Bachman, CEO, Gerflor USA. “We intend to provide the winner with a once-in-a-lifetime experience and at the same time promote our industry-leading Taraflex brand through a fun and innovative social media effort using the hashtag #TwoTicketsToRio.”

 

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NTCA partners with CCA Global Partners

NTCA_LOGOJackson, Miss.—Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), officially announced that his association has joined forces with CCA Global Partners to bring education and technical expertise to its members.

This new partnership brings experience, expertise and a wealth of resources to CCA Global Partners’ members. “It is an integral component of NTCA’s continuous mission to develop and maintain installation standards and to promote qualified labor,” said Jim Olson, assistant executive director for NTCA. “Membership in the NTCA can provide the vehicle for CCA Global Partners members to receive ideal technical training and education needed to create highest quality results for satisfied

customers…and will result in increased use and consumption of tile and stone within our market.”

The NTCA will be on hand at the CCA Global Partners semi-annual convention, Jan. 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Partners are encouraged to stop by the NTCA exhibit and apply for membership at a discounted rate.

“The association with CCA Global will pave the way for NTCA to supply CCA’s members full membership benefits, from hands-on installation workshops and industry leadership conferences to marketing programs and free technical advice,” Bettiga said. “CCA Global Partners is an elite group of entrepreneurs that are always looking for innovative ways to serve their customers at a higher level. The NTCA is proud to be a part of that initiative.”

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EarthWerks expands distribution with J.J. Haines

earthwerksHouston—J.J. Haines is now the exclusive supplier of EarthWerks LVT flooring for Eastern Tennessee (Nashville East).  J.J. Haines has been distributing EarthWerks LVT in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Northern Alabama for over ten years.

“This territory expansion with J.J. Haines is part of a valued long term relationship and vital to EarthWerks’ continued growth in our focused markets,” said Shane Calloway, EarthWerks’ vice president of sales. “We look forward to our continued success in the markets served by J.J. Haines.”

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LVT moves beyond the kitchen

Volume 26/number 28 June 10/17, 2013

Economy, creativity allows for category expansion

by Jenna Lippin

When discussing LVT, we have all heard the same phrase uttered: “It is the fastest growing category in the industry.” The alternative product has become a game changer, bringing both promise and innovation to the flooring world even during its darkest times.

But what really made LVT the success it is today is its profile as a multi-use product. Originally, LVT became popular as a water resistant, hard surface product that was ideal for mainly kitchens and sometimes spaces such as a laundry room. In the past, LVT would not be considered for bedrooms or other larger living spaces throughout the home. But in recent years this perception has changed. Continue reading LVT moves beyond the kitchen

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Technology spearheads latest visual innovations

Volume 26/number 28 June 10/17, 2013

by Lou Iannaco

Since laminate’s introduction into the U.S. marketplace in the mid ’90s, when many products resembled photographs of wood glued onto medium density fiberboard, the segment’s aesthetics have dramatically moved forward. Propelled by technology to mimic wood and ceramic, laminate now fools even the most experienced flooring veterans.

FCNews recently asked laminate manufacturers exactly how they create such realistic product, and what the thought processes are behind their newest designs.

Derek Welbourn, CEO of Inhaus, believes offering a realistic design is the most important element for creating a product that sells. A consumer will have to look at her floor long after its price was presented, removing cost as a longstanding issue. Continue reading Technology spearheads latest visual innovations