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TCAA joins group of hosts for Total Solutions Plus 2013

The Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) has joined the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to jointly host the 2013 Total Solutions Plus (TSP), Oct. 26 to 29, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

TSP brings the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other.  Initially launched in 2010, the annual event features a substantial seminar schedule; individual meetings of participants like CTDA, NTCA, and TCNA; an increasingly popular tabletop show, and unparalleled opportunities for formal and informal networking. Continue reading TCAA joins group of hosts for Total Solutions Plus 2013

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February 2012: TCNA establishes green certification

Volume 26/Number 16; Dec. 17/24, 2012

At a press conference during Surfaces 2012, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced the establishment of Green Squared, the world’s first consensus-based sustainability standard and certification program developed exclusively for tiles and tile installation materials.

“With the approval of ANSI A138.1, the standard upon which Green Squared is based, our industry now has a means by which to define and certify the environmental and social sustainability attributes of tiles and related installation materials,” said Bill Griese, TCNA standards development/Green Initiative manager. Continue reading February 2012: TCNA establishes green certification

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Total Solutions Plus 2012 ‘best yet’

By Louis Iannaco 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

Rancho Mirage, Calif.—Officials at the recent 2012 Total Solutions Plus (TSP) conference were pleased that more than 400 participants took part in networking and educational opportunities in the ceramic tile segment. The significant growth encouraged guests to deem the event the best Total Solutions Plus show thus far.

TSP was sponsored once again by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA)—the third consecutive year of these combined efforts. Continue reading Total Solutions Plus 2012 ‘best yet’

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SCS breaks ground with first certification under tile industry's Green Squared standard

Emeryville, Calif.— Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has announced its first three certifications under the tile industry’s brand new Green Squared certification standard. Certifications were awarded to tile manufactured by Crossville, Interceramic, and Metropolitan Ceramics by Ironrock. Continue reading SCS breaks ground with first certification under tile industry's Green Squared standard

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First ever certified sustainable tile products unveiled

After 5 years developing an all-encompassing multi-attribute sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials, the very first certified sustainable products are being announced.

Cumulatively, eight major manufacturers of tile and installation materials have hundreds of products that are already certified or will be certified by the start of Coverings on April 17, with yet even more of their products still in the evaluation process and expected to earn certification this year. At least six additional manufacturers have started the certification process for hundreds more products that are expected to be certified within the year. Continue reading First ever certified sustainable tile products unveiled

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Ceramic update: Consumer confidence affecting tile growth, prosperity

When it comes to business conditions, many are citing consumer confidence, or lack thereof, as a reason why things aren’t what they used to be. Along with the housing market, unemployment and energy costs—which all play a role in spending— there seems to be a waiting game on the part of consumers.

At least the commercial market is showing signs of life. Many point to the category’s inherent characteristics, green attributes and advancements in both fashion trends and state-of-the-art technology as reasons for optimism. Continue reading Ceramic update: Consumer confidence affecting tile growth, prosperity

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Laticrete sponsors 2011 CTEF installer program

Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete has contributed as one of the top-sponsors or “Signature Level” partners for the 2011 Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) testing program. In addition to financial support, Laticrete will make material donations for specific CTEF host testing sites, as well as making Laticrete technical sales representatives available in each region as the installer testing program makes it way around the country. The CTEF provides the only certified tile installer program with a nationally recognized set of standards that includes testing the hands-on skills of each end-user along with a written evaluation to produce a verifiable CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI). Continue reading Laticrete sponsors 2011 CTEF installer program