Quartz Surfacing – Features and Benefits

This course covers the fundamentals of quartz surfacing including its performance attributes vs. alternative products and typical applications. The course provides an overview of the production, testing and quality-assurance processes in the quartz surfacing industry. This will include an explanation of the supply chain and route to market, from raw material to the end consumer or project, as well as best practices in fabrication and installation of quartz surfacing.

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Thin Large Format Porcelain Tile

Thin, large format porcelain panels provide all of the beneficial characteristics of porcelain tile but in a product that is less than ¼ inch thick and lighter in weight. Its technical capabilities allow it to be used in more interior and exterior applications, it is more environmentally friendly than thicker and heavier products, and it is appropriate for use in both new construction and renovation projects. This course will cover the characteristics of thin, large format porcelain tile, interior and exterior applications, specification and installation considerations, and green building contributions of the product.

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Tile is Green

As sustainability has become an important consideration to consumers and architects who are designing for better environmental stewardship, green building programs have emerged to certify which buildings meet specific sustainable design goals. Materials used in these buildings are an important part of sustainable design as they can contribute to good indoor air quality and energy efficiency. The focus on tile in this presentation clarifies the many ways that this product can contribute to a green building certification in such programs as USGBC LEED®, NAHB Green Builidng Standard, and the ICC’s International Green construction code. The design professional will also learn about the ANSI (138.1) Green Squared standard for defining a green tile – a standard developed by the North American Tile Council with the input of designers, architects, green professionals, end users and manufacturers. Along with a review of the latest sustainable manufacturing practices, this presentation illustrates how the selection of tile as a green material is an easy choice for design professionals.

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Know Your Porcelain

Porcelain is beautiful, strong, durable, has a better lifecycle cost, low maintenance, and will last a lifetime when properly installed. This course looks at what makes a material certified porcelain, and why this is important when selecting porcelain. We will walk through the process of how porcelain is made, and what its common applications are. This course discusses common patterns used and how they can create a unique look for a project.

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The Timeless Look of Natural Stone

Natural stone is used in a variety of applications from rustic cabins to minimalist modern interiors and can be specified in many sizes, shapes and colors. This presentation reviews the differences between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic stone products including the differences between a variety of natural stones and their best applications. An overview of numerous finishes, installations and appropriate maintenance techniques will provide information on how to select the right stone for any surface. Honed, tumbled, polished, split faced, brushed are just some of the finishes explained and illustrated in this presentation. This overview demonstrates why stone has numerous environmental benefits to architects who design buildings that are long lasting.

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Ceil with Thermoformed Tiles and Panels: A New Vocabulary for Overhead Design (Print Course)

Adding a word to one’s vocabulary can give a person a new means of expression. The same can be said for adding a building product to one’s palette of material choices. A wider choice of products can satisfy a designer’s quest for aesthetic exploration, help a project manager meet a budget, or the specifier to address challenging performance requirements.

Quality. Cost. Performance. Is it possible that restoring thermoformed ceilings (TFC) to the architectural vocabulary can meet all three of an architect’s needs?

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Specifying High-Pressure Decorative Laminate Doors (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of HPDL doors and their application and use in commercial and residential building design considerations. The course will cover high-pressure laminate press technologies, construction methods, design options, sustainability, and future trends that will impact the industry.

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Enhancements to Natural Stone Veneer through Dry Cast Technology

This course will cover why you should use manufactured stone veneer, including its features and benefits, as well as design and installation considerations for the product. It will explain the dry cast thin veneer manufacturing process and technology, as opposed to wet cast thin veneer, and the differences that lie between the two.

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