Most current trends in tile, vinyl and wood flooring are the result of emerging technical advances, offering designers and architects enormous flexibility to create unique looks in non-traditional applications. Tiles that simulate real wood, vinyl flooring with a natural stone appearance, and wood flooring that can be used in wet areas are just some of the latest advancements. In this course contractors, designers and architects will learn how to apply current trends in tile, vinyl and wood flooring to gain a competitive advantage.
Tiled shower demand is growing by double digits. Showers are getting bigger, more luxurious, and more expensive. Five million new tiled showers are installed every year! Most shower problems are not detected until after at least a year and any warranties have expired. In this course, specifiers and wet-area construction tradespeople will be able to effectively explain the benefits of using bonded waterproofing membranes in a fully bonded shower system for a better, longer-lasting product.
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.
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.
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.
Large gauged porcelain panels/slabs are light, strong and durable, and can be used in projects where other materials would be too thick or heavy. Panels can help with sustainable design or “green” building requirements. This course will explore new options for large gauged porcelain panels available for architects and designers. It will highlight not only the manufacturing process and product characteristics, but also the application and installation requirements associated with the material, along with new industry standards.
Patterns have played a key role in design, have surprising histories, and both their uses and meanings have evolved over time. In this learning unit, we will look at some popular patterns and trace their histories and evolution. We’ll also explore how patterns fulfill a multitude of functions, from creating a certain mood to helping people navigate through buildings. Finally, this learning unit will explore trends in patterns today, including nature-inspired patterns that lower stress and contribute to occupant well-being.
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