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Stone Forensics Offers Stone & Tile Troubleshooting Workshop

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Stone Forensics Offers Stone & Tile Troubleshooting Workshop

Posted on 28 August 2018 by cradmin

Stone Forensics has announced that it will be conducting its popular Stone and Tile Troubleshooting training January 21-24, 2019 in Las Vegas.

According to Fred Hueston who will be conducting the training, “The amount of failures, poor installations and other issues with stone and tile flooring are on the rise. This seminar is perfect for restoration and installation contractors as well as architects, building engineers and maintenance staff who have to deal with stone and tile installation and restoration.”

The program is designed to teach the basics of stone and tile installations failures. The stone and tile troubleshooting program is a full 4 days with the certification test on the last day. The program is only offered once per year and the class size is limited. This course will also offer certification for those who wish to be certified inspectors. The cost of the class is $2500 per person.

This comprehensive class covers the following topics:

*The Geology of Stone
*Understanding the Structure of Different kinds of stone and materials
*Identification of stone and tile types
*Quarry techniques that affect the final product
*Production of tile and slabs
*Fabrication and installation requirements
*Physical and Chemical Testing
*Stone and Tile Forensic Investigation
*Diagnosis of Problems
*Stone and Tile Restoration
*Repair and replacement
*Stain Removal
*Report writing
*Expert witness testimony
*Slip Resistance
*Laboratory testing
One day will be spent in the field examining failures.

For further information and to register go to stoneforensics.com or contact Dr. Fred at 321-514-6845.

You may also be interested in viewing other upcoming events on our Calendar.

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TCNA Announces EPA Inclusion of Green Squared Certification

Posted on 02 February 2017 by cradmin

green squaredThe Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced that Green Squared® has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing. In order to aid in identifying and procuring environmentally sustainable products and services, U.S. government purchasing officials have been notified of the recommendation.

Green Squared is the first multi-attribute sustainability standard developed for tiles and tile installation materials. It uses the transparency and consensus of the ANSI process combined with third party certification to evaluate, validate and communicate products that have a positive impact on the environment and society.

Green Squared covers product characteristics, manufacturing, end of product life management, progressive corporate governance and innovation in an effort to establish sustainability criteria for products throughout their full life-cycle.

You may also be interested in this article about U.S. tile use.

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TexaStone Quarries Named First Company to Meet NSC Sustainability Standards

Posted on 19 December 2014 by cradmin

TexaStone Quarries, based in Garden City, Texas, is the first company to achieve the level of certified stone producer under new sustainability standards. The creation of the program – ANSI/NSC-373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone – was completed earlier this year, following several years of development using the consensus-based American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process. Achieving the voluntary standards allows six quarries operated by the company to receive “Gold” certification, and its closely-allied fabrication plant to receive a “Silver” certification. The certifications came after facility inspections and paperwork verification by NSF Sustainability. And, there are reportedly several other stone companies that have begun the certification process.

The ANSI/NSC 373 standards cover nine facets of a quarrier and fabricator’s operation, including water usage and recycling, custody and transportation, site and plant management, land reclamation and adaptive use, corporate governance, energy use and conservation, management of excess process materials and waste, safer chemical and materials management and human and health considerations. There is also an optional “innovations” standard. There also are chain-of-custody certification standards for stone distributors.

Four levels of certification are available for quarriers and fabricators: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each individual entity can be certified individually. Transparent, credible standards and independent third-party certification are important to those in the construction industry seeking more sustainable stone products. This includes local, state and federal government agencies and others seeking to comply with U.S. Executive Order 13514, which sets a goal for 95 percent of government contracts to include products and services with sustainable attributes, as well as a U.S. General Services Administration standard for sustainable construction (GSA PBS-P100 facilities standards for the public building service).

There are 18 requirements under ANSI/NSC-373 with a total of 41 possible points. The more points a company earns, the higher designation it receives. The maximum points will earn the platinum level. Companies can upgrade to higher levels by improving in various areas of the program, and each facility must be re-certified every four years.

“The growing ‘green’ movement required us to develop standards that allow us to compare out products with others in the marketplace,” said Duke Pointer, Natural Stone Council (NSC) executive director. “Certification of TexaStone as a sustainable producer of natural dimension-stone products is a major milestone for NSC’s nearly five-year program to develop sustainability standards that dovetail with natural stone’s inherent qualities of beauty, durability and variety.”

“The industry wanted to identify how the stone was processed from the quarries and the processors,” said Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF Sustainability. “As the first to earn certification to ANSI/NSC 373, TexaStone leads its industry in adopting more sustainable practices that help its customers and organizations meet the continued growth in green buildings.”

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UofCTS Changes Tile Installer Certification Renewals To 2 Years

Posted on 03 January 2014 by cradmin

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) increased the amount of time between renewals for its Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification certificate to two years from one. Now tile installers only have to retake the updated course every two years in order to stay current with new industry standards. Installers were previously required to retake the course annually. The change to extend the renewal date of the ITS Certificate to two years was part of an agreement made between UofCTS and the Tile Marble Terrazzo Union Local 18. The ITS Verification course instructs installers, setters and finishers, on industry standards and practices, manufacturers’ requirements and proper installation methods for tile thin-set applications that apply to ceramic, porcelain, stone, glass and other types of adhered tile materials. It also teaches how to inspect and prepare substrates and tiles, how to achieve full thin-set coverage, and quality workmanship requirements and practices.

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Grenite Receives Food Zone Certification

Posted on 27 March 2013 by cradmin

The Grenite Engineered Stone Series offered by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has received “food zone” certification from NSF International, an independent organization that certifies products for the consumer goods, food and water industries.  Grenite is made from up to 80 percent post-consumer recycled materials. NSF approved the use of Grenite as a table or countertop for “all food contact types” at a maximum temperature of 400-degrees F in the following Grenite colors:  Rouho (red); Azulize (blue); Raw (tan); Cinario (light grey); Java (brown); Viridani (green); Celebrity (black and tan); and Birch Prada (beige) . Grenite also has an NSF “splash zone” certification, for use on surfaces that are subject to spillage, splash or other food soiling during operation.


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