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.
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. 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.
Outdoor porcelain pavers produce an ideal solution for any outdoor space. Traditional outdoor porcelain tiles required installation on an adhesive or a mortar/cement base. With new, two centimeter porcelain tiles, the tiles can also be "dry installed" on a grass or sand/gravel base, or on support pedestals. Porcelain pavers combine beauty and high performance to provide an effective solution for endless outdoor applications. The durability, ease of install, and pleasing aesthetics make porcelain pavers an ideal solution. With their ability to withstand extreme thermal conditions, they are ideal for both commercial and residential spaces.
This course will provide an overview of outdoor porcelain pavers, discussing the wide variety of features and benefits, as well as the installation process and various applications where outdoor pavers can be used to great effect.
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