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TCNA Members Donate Tiled Doghouses to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 9, 2021
 
(Clemson, SC) — Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA) members donated unique, handcrafted tiled doghouses to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando at Coverings 2021 in Orlando, FL.
 
The participating companies included: American Wonder Porcelain (booth #5845), Anthology (booth #3048), Casa Ceramica (booth #3230), Crossville, Inc. (booth #2547), and Del Conca USA (booth #1446).
 
The forms used to make these doghouses were custom manufactured by Wedi Corp. and contributed by Wedi and TCNA (booth #3233).
 
“We are grateful to our members for creating these gorgeous works of art, which demonstrate another creative way tile can be used to beautify a space,” said TCNA Marketing Director, Kathy Meyer. “The doghouses provide us an opportunity to help support the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and their numerous programs that benefit pets in the Orlando area.”
 
“Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is appreciative to again be chosen by TCNA as their charity partner for this project,” remarked Pet Alliance Director of Operations, Angela Miedema. “Support from TCNA and its members in this truly creative undertaking will allow us to continue to provide for the needs of the thousands of shelter pets that come to us each year. We are very thankful for their commitment to helping homeless pets!”
 
During Coverings 2021, the doghouses were displayed in TCNA’s booth (#3233), where a donation ceremony was held on Thursday, July 8th.
 
The following descriptions were provided by the companies/artists who tiled the doghouses: 
 
American Wonder Porcelain (booth #5845)
The theme of the American Wonder Porcelain doghouse is “Canine in Chief,” which is fit for any president. Woof!
 
Tiled in Polar Style Porcelain™, the house features White PS01 24" x 24" polished field tile on the body and Wonder’s 2" x 4" brick joint mosaic from the same series on the roof.
 
The tile was installed by Paul Magyar, and Kaylee Ledford added the presidential details.
 
Anthology (booth #3048)
Creating a luxury home for our favorite four-legged family members was the inspiration for Anthology’s 2021 doghouse.
 
The pawprints, roof, and front of this dream doghouse were made from recycled glass, inkjet-printed to resemble Carrara marble. These blend beautifully with the luxurious, glossy white outer walls. The back of the doghouse is accented with Anthology’s classic royal gem mosaics, which give this puppy palace an unforgettable elegance.
 
Our best friends deserve the finest roofs over their heads, and this special doghouse was made with lots of love from Anthology, a company that adores animals.
 
Casa Ceramica (booth #3230)
Casa Ceramica’s doghouse was designed and installed by their team of in-house designers, using hand-painted tiles from their classic Mediterranean Collection.
 
4" x 4" classic Moorish-design tiles decorate the sides of the doghouse, while the roof features handmade subway tiles to create a more transitional feel. The front fascia is decorated with handmade 2" x 2" Mediterranean tile inserts, along with a custom fleur-de-lys relief. Casa Ceramica’s classic handmade dog bones add a final playful touch.
 
Crossville, Inc. (booth #2547)
Crossville's doghouse showcases their colorful Cursive mosaic wall tile collection in Oxblood, Soft Teal, Iris, and Goldenrod.
 
The custom pattern was made with Crossville’s exclusive Cursive Pattern Visualizer, a digital design tool that makes it easy to create fun looks. 
 
Del Conca USA (booth #1446)
Del Conca USA’s doghouse features tile from its Nature marble collection.
 
The body of the house is constructed with Calacatta Gold, a marble with a beautiful, creamy white background and golden veins of various sizes.
 
The roof is finished with Dolomite marble, a surface that represents the Italian “Zebrino marble,” rich in movement with refined linear veins.
 
About the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
As the go-to pet experts across Central Florida, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando does good things for dogs and cats and the people who love them. Founded in 1937 as the Orlando Humane Society, its goal is to provide compassionate services for pets and to be leaders in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine.
 
Each year thousands of homeless dogs and cats turn to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for caring, compassion, and hope through its animal shelters, veterinary and disaster response services, and a pet food pantry for dogs and cats in need.
 
In addition to providing housing and care, Pet Alliance works to develop progressive and innovative programs that help keep pets and people together. This, combined with initiatives to minimize the number of feral cats being born, will help reduce the number of dogs and cats that need to enter the shelter. For more information about the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, please visit https://petallianceorlando.org.
 
About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)
TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.
 
The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.
 
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Doghouse and Ceremony Photos Available HERE.
 
Contact:
Andrew Whitmire
(864) 646-8453

Creating Good Friction: Pitt Engineers Aim to Make Floors Less Slippery


Friction is the resistance to motion of one surface or object moving relative to another. The frictional relationship between two objects has beneficial effects: when you strike a match, friction lights a flame; when you use your vehicle’s brakes, friction helps bring it to a stop. This same relationship, when leveraged properly, can help prevent slips and falls in the workplace.

Friction is caused, in part, by small features on the two surfaces in contact. Even if a floor may look smooth there is still some degree of topography; however, these roughness features can be difficult to measure, especially on a small scale. The University of Pittsburgh’s Kurt Beschorner and Tevis Jacobs will use an award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) to measure roughness on the smallest scales ever measured. They will use those measurements to build a model of friction performance with the long-term goal of innovating high-friction flooring to prevent occupational slips and falls.

“More than 140,000 workers1 suffer from fall-related injuries each year, and about half of them result from a slip,” said Beschorner, associate professor of bioengineering. “Designing specific, high-friction flooring could mitigate these injuries, but we need a better understanding of the flooring factors that lead to friction.”

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Simulated Rough Shoe and Floor Surface Interactions
Finite element models are used to simulate interactions between rough shoe and floor surfaces. Rubber materials absorb energy when they deform. Flooring peaks deform the rubber material when the two are sliding against each other causing energy to be absorbed. This absorbed energy is the origin for some of the friction forces that prevent a slip.

 “To date, despite research worldwide, no one has yet reliably connected flooring topography to friction measurements for flooring,” said Eric Astrachan, executive director of the Tile Council of North America. “This is the ‘Holy Grail’ for flooring design, where an understanding of measurable topography parameters -- parameters that also affect aesthetics and cleanability -- can be used in the design phase to engineer flooring slip resistance.” 

Studies suggest that small-scale topography -- raised features resembling a mountain range on the micron or nanometer scale -- is key to managing slips on a surface. Beschorner and Jacobs will measure this type of floor-surface topography and create a predictive model of friction based on the results.

“For this project, we will combine traditional measurements with metrics that can target smaller scales, including scanning electron microscopy,” said Beschorner. 

Traditionally, researchers would use stylus profilometry to measure surface topography, but that technique has its limitations, particularly on a small scale.

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Stylus Profilometry Compared to Scanning Electron Microscopy
The stylus needle is too blunt to measure the small-scale features that matter for friction. The SEM can resolve these fine features.

“Stylus profilometry sort of functions like a record player -- a sharp needle is dragged across the surface, measuring its height as it moves. But this device does not effectively detect the small features that are critical for shoe-floor friction,” said Jacobs, associate professor of mechanical and materials science. “Instead, we are cutting out a cross-section of the flooring and using electron microscopy, which can measure features that are one thousand times smaller. These new measurements will allow us to establish the science behind roughness-dependent friction, rather than just using trial and error to find the best surfaces.”

Slips and falls in the workplace have an annual cost of $10 billion in workers’ compensation. This work is expected to lead to improved high-friction flooring that can help prevent these accidents and save both companies and employees the inconvenience of these injuries.

“Dr. Beschorner and Dr. Jacobs at the University of Pittsburgh are uniquely qualified to conduct this research that can directly impact worker and consumer safety, a key priority of the Tile Council of North America and our member companies,” Astrachan said. “It is our pleasure to facilitate this research through direct connections to the TCNA Product Performance Testing Laboratory and to the research and production departments of our members.”



1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Databases, Tables & Calculators by Subject (Data from 2018): CSU00X0000006E100, CSU00X42XXXX6E100, CSU00X0000007E100, and CSU00X42XXXX7E100, U.S. Department of Labor, Editor. 2020, Department of Labor.

  
 
  

TCNA Releases First-ever, Industry-Wide Material Ingredient Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 7, 2021


(Clemson, SC) — Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced publication of its Material Ingredient Guide today at Coverings 2021.

This Material Ingredient Guide, the first of its kind by any building product industry, provides information about the material ingredients used industry-wide by North American tile, mortar, and grout manufacturers, provides in-depth health assessments of those materials, and is a resource for manufacturers to use when providing the content and chemical makeup of their products or "material ingredient transparency”.

In developing this guide, 17 manufacturers collaborated on the largest crowdfunded collection of GreenScreen Assessments® to date for the following two purposes: 1) Obtain GreenScreen® Benchmark Scores (listed within the guide) for the vast majority of material ingredients used by ceramic tile, mortar, and grout manufacturers, 2) Facilitate referencing these benchmark scores and associated GreenScreen Assessments® when developing Manufacturer Inventories (MI) and/or Health Product Declarations (HPD) that qualify for contribution to green and healthy building "optimization" credits.

“Product ingredient disclosure is in high demand,” stated Dan Marvin, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Ironrock and Chairman of TCNA’s Green Initiative Committee. “Through development of the Material Ingredient Guide, the tile industry is committed to thoroughness, consistency, and transparency in reporting information about the materials from which our products are made.”

Authored by Tennessee-based WAP Sustainability, they worked with dozens of organizations while creating this guide to bring clarity and structure to the complicated subject of material ingredient transparency. Resulting from TCNA's and its members' investment in disclosing industry-wide material ingredient information, suppliers and users of ceramic tile, mortar, and grout will have a more thorough and uniform understanding when specifying products in accordance with green and healthy building standards.

The following participating manufacturers contributed to this reporting:

  • Ardex
  • Arto Brick
  • Bostik
  • Crest
  • Crossville, Inc.
  • Custom Building Products
  • Dal-Tile Corporation
  • Florida Tile
  • Florim USA
  • Interceramic USA
  • Ironrock
  • Laticrete
  • Porcelanite-Lamosa
  • Portobello America
  • Schluter Systems
  • StonePeak Ceramics, Inc.
  • American Wonder Porcelain

With a consistent, thorough, and transparent approach to material ingredient reporting and the compilation of referenceable GreenScreen Assessment® Benchmark scores on industry-wide materials, TCNA members aim to have the largest number of fully assessed material ingredient reports in the market. These fully assessed reports will make ceramic tile, mortar, and grout products eligible for contribution to LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge “optimization” credits. Never before has an industry provided this level of transparency, leading to an industry-wide spectrum of products becoming eligible for these optimization credits.

According to Bill Griese, TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives. “Following the Material Ingredient Guide’s suggested steps and referencing industry-wide GreenScreen Assessments® not only facilitates product compliance with green and healthy building certification programs, but also enhances brand trust with customers.”

TCNA’s Material Ingredient Guide initiative amplifies the North American ceramic tile industry’s unified message of health and environmental sustainability already well-established through initiatives such as industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Green Squared® product certification. As Wes Sullens, Director of LEED for the U.S. Green Building Council commented when the project was announced in 2020, “The result of this collaboration within the tile industry will push the market forward and spark even greater innovation and consideration for healthier indoor environments. This work provides the marketplace with key information needed by those pursuing LEED green building certification as they select products.”

Mark Rossi, Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Clean Production Action, and co-founder of GreenScreen®, praised the project from the onset: “We applaud the TCNA for demonstrating industry leadership in chemical and material health with their sector-wide approach to GreenScreen® Assessments. This is a model for how other industry sectors can effectively pool resources to compile GreenScreen® Benchmark scores of chemicals in their products and optimize products for material health.”

About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)

TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.

The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

About WAP Sustainability Consulting

WAP Sustainability provides clients with the information and tools they need to create credible, measurable and attainable sustainability programs. Services are driven by sound scientific data and an in-depth understanding of each client’s core business. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, WAP Sustainability has been helping a global roster of publicly traded, consumer product and building product companies as a sustainability resource for nearly 15 years. Learn more at www.wapsustainability.com.

About GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals and GreenScreen Certified™

GreenScreen® is a globally recognized tool designed to assess and benchmark chemicals based on hazard.  Companies and governments use GreenScreen® benchmark scores to identify chemicals of concern to human health and the environment, select safer alternatives, and to track and communicate their progress. GreenScreen® criteria and guidance are fully transparent and available for anyone to use.

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Download PDF: Material Ingredient Guide (2021)

 

Contact:
Kathy Meyer
T: (864) 646-8453

Proposed Classifications Aim to Reduce Slip Incidents on Hard Surfaces


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 8, 2021
 
(Clemson, SC)— Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announces the development of a five-category “product use classification system,” which is anticipated for inclusion in ANSI A326.3 American National Standard Test Method for Measuring Dynamic Coefficient of Friction of Hard Surface Flooring Materials. The five categories, developed by the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A108, will allow manufacturers to directly communicate appropriate areas of use based on the slip resistance characteristics of their products.
 
This addition to the ANSI A326.3 standard will require manufacturers to classify hard surface flooring into one or more of five product use categories: 
  1. Interior, Dry
  2. Interior, Wet
  3. Interior, Wet Plus
  4. Exterior
  5. Oils/Greases
 
“Use of the classification system will provide architects, specifiers, and interior designers the information they want to choose hard surface flooring products appropriate for their intended areas of use. As a result, improved flooring specifications are anticipated, potentially leading to fewer slip incidents,” said TCNA Executive Director Eric Astrachan.
 
The current version of ANSI A326.3 is required by the ANSI standard for ceramic tile, ANSI A137.1, and referenced by other hard surface industries. It is additionally referenced by IAPMO’s Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, & Hot Tub Code (read more here) and is being considered for inclusion in the International Code Council’s International Swimming Pool & Spa Code.
 
To assist product manufacturers, TCNA continues to expand its Product Performance Testing Laboratory’s slip resistance testing capabilities. The TCNA lab provides manufacturers (and any interested parties) with a variety of options to assist in assessing product slip resistance, including the ANSI A326.3 dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) test, the “German Ramp” test standardized in DIN 51130, and the British Pendulum test standardized in British Standard 7976. 
 
These tests used in combination can assist manufacturers in determining product use classification in conjunction with their experience with similar surfaces.
 
Bill Griese, TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives, stated, “We look forward to improved clarity regarding flooring slip resistance from these proposed improvements to ANSI A326.3. Slip resistance is much more than a friction measurement as these test methods show. Obtaining test results using different methodologies can help manufacturers determine appropriate product use classifications per the five-category system. This will benefit all users of hard surface flooring products.”
 
About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)
TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.
 
The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.
 
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Contact:
Roxanne Morris
(864) 646-8453

It’s official! Obra Blanca Expo will open its doors to exhibitors and visitors October 12th-14th, 2021 at Expo Santa Fe in Mexico City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 6, 2021

(Clemson, SC) — Given the overwhelming interest by all segments of the Mexican tile industry to reconnect in person, and with the reopening of numerous other international tradeshows in Mexico, Obra Blanca Expo’s organizing committee determined to move forward with this year’s event.

Building off Obra Blanca Expo’s hugely successful launch in 2019, show organizers are putting together another exciting and dynamic event to provide attendees and exhibitors with a unique opportunity to do business, network, and learn from each other.

“The importance of Obra Blanca Expo to the Mexican tile industry cannot be overstated, and we are committed to providing a safe and successful in-person event to bring together manufacturers, distributors, installers, and the A&D community,” remarked TCNA Mexico Director, Fernando Lozano.

The safety of attendees and exhibitors is a fundamental priority, and Obra Blanca Expo will meet and exceed all local, state, and federal health and sanitary protocols.

More than 70% of available exhibition space has been reserved to-date, a figure that confirms the value of this event and everyone’s desire to reconnect in-person, which is essential for the presentation of new products, building relationships, and growing the construction finishing industry.

#SeeyouatOBE to keep building our industry together!

About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)

OB Expo was produced by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), a co-owner of Coverings: The Global Tile and Stone Experience. TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.

The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

About TCNA—México

Tile Council of North America — México (TCNA—México) was incorporated in 2005 to represent tile and tile-related companies with manufacturing in México, and to develop and expand Mexico’s ceramic tile industry, and advance the interests of Mexican stakeholders in national and international standards.

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Martha Salazar
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