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Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

Posted on 21 September 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has announced that a new CEU course entitled Natural Stone Countertops: Considerations for Kitchen and Bath Applications is credit-approved and ready for presentation. Natural Stone Countertops offers an overview of several natural stone choices, with a focus on setting consumer expectations for their performance. Knowledge of fabrication, installation and proper stone care will provide all parties involved with an educated experience when selecting materials. The course also offers examples of natural stone in current and unique designs to help audiences feel confident that they can choose a stone to fit both functionality and personality.

Natural Stone Countertops expands on the content of the popular Marble Use in the Kitchen course, which will be available through 2021 but will “sunset” at the end of the year. While Marble Use in the Kitchen has offered invaluable educational opportunities for audiences over the years, survey results concluded that CEU attendees desired more information about additional natural stone possibilities for countertops.

Natural Stone Countertops was developed by volunteer members of the CEU Education Committee and is now available to certified Natural Stone Institute CEU speakers for download and presentation through the CEU Events dashboard. On demand, live in person, and live webinar credit has been approved for AIA, IDCEC, LACES, and NKBA. Anyone interested in learning more about the course is invited to attend a live presentation of the course on Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00am ET.

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Caesarstone Launches CEU On Biophilic Design Using Quartz Surfacing

Posted on 24 May 2021 by cradmin

In response to the increased demand for outdoor design and living, Caesarstone has introduced a new Hanley Wood University CEU course: “Responding to the Increased Demand for Outdoor Living Spaces with Innovative Outdoor Quartz Surfaces” to train architects, designers, landscapers and other industry professionals on how to use quartz in biophilic designs.

The course is available for free through Hanley Wood University, the trusted online continuing education portal where thousands of architects, builders, contractors, designers, remodelers and other construction professionals go to fulfill their continuing education and professional training requirements. Additionally, many professional associations – including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) – have approved it for members to receive continuing education credit upon completion.

The course explores why outdoor living spaces have become more popular over the past decade, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, and explores different design considerations for outdoor living spaces while showing how quartz can be used. It evaluates the sustainability properties and design options of outdoor quartz and provides a case study as an example. Upon completion, architects and designers will also understand performance measures, installation and maintenance guidelines for quartz surfaces in outdoor environments.

“As required for all CEUs, the course doesn’t mention the Caesarstone brand or products specifically, but rather addresses how and why professionals can and should use the material in outdoor projects,” said Elizabeth Margles, Vice President of Marketing for Caesarstone North America. “What they’ll learn is that it’s perfect for any surface including countertops and backspashes in an outdoor kitchen, outdoor dining furniture, poolside bars,
decorative water features and so much more.”

You may also be interested in this article: Coverings Announces Featured Sessions for 2021

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Coverings Announces Featured Sessions for 2021

Posted on 18 May 2021 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced a lineup of informative sessions, some offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs), for Coverings 2021. Attendees of the event can benefit from an extensive offering of featured educational sessions highlighted in three tracks: Installation & Fabrication, Workforce & Profits and Materials & Trends. All of the learning opportunities are geared to provide eager show-goers with the relevant education they need to excel in today’s highly competitive tile, stone and design marketplace.

The Installation & Fabrication sessions at Coverings 2021 will provide attendees a wealth of information regarding industry best practices and cutting-edge techniques in installation and fabrication. Select sessions in these categories include, but are not limited to, “Tile Talks with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA),” a lively and interactive open forum moderated and coordinated with NTCA technical trainers, featuring an emphasis on issues that are common in Florida and the Southeast; “State of the Stone Industry,” during which attendees can learn first-hand how industry leaders and peers are addressing matters ranging from government regulation, competing product challenges and forecasting market growth; “Trials and Tribulations of Tile Installations: A North American Perspective,” which will cover various tile challenges trade professionals have experienced in the United States and Canada during recent years; “Fabricator Forum Breakout Session,” an interactive session geared towards fabricators which will include technical, business administration and marketing breakout discussion groups and more.

“No matter your role in the tile and stone industry, whether it be contractor, installer, fabricator, architect, remodeler, or beyond, there is a great deal of information to gain by attending the Installation & Fabrication sessions at Coverings 2021,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of the NTCA.

The Workforce & Profits sessions are designed to help attendees discover new and successful business practices and tactics to better grow and manage their business. Workforce & Profits sessions that should not be missed at Coverings 2021 include, “Recognize the Problem–Identifying Sales & Marketing Misalignment,” which will emphasize the importance of synergy and coordination between sales and marketing teams; “Managing a Family Business,” a robust panel discussion addressing challenges and best practices when running a family business; “Hard Surface Industry Town Hall,” which will be conducted by industry leaders and review key topics essential for the growth of natural hard surface products, including tile, natural stone and wood flooring; and “How to Increase Business Leads and Secure New Projects Through Material Bank,” a discussion with experts from Material Bank, the world’s largest building material marketplace, with many insights about how to generate leads and evolve with changes in the market.

The Materials & Trends sessions at Coverings 2021 will focus on the breathtaking world of tile and stone. Select sessions will include, “Global Tile Trends,” a highly-anticipated and popular annual discussion among international tile experts to explore the latest trends and projects, pointing to where the tile industry is headed next; “Designer Talk: Don’t Fake It When You Make It–Reasons to Choose Natural Products,” which will explore the use of natural products as a key building material; “Environmental Responsibility, Human Wellness, Resilience–Hot Topics in Green Building and How the Tile Industry Fits,” an exploration of how green building principles, rooted in conservation, climate change awareness and bio diversity, have grown to now accept the idea of human wellness; “Plastic Based Materials (PBM)–Safety and Performance Issues with Not So Luxurious Vinyl Tile (LVT),” a session that will discuss performance and health issues associated with plastic flooring such as LVT.  

“Coverings 2021 Materials & Trends sessions are designed to inspire, inform and educate attendees in today’s fast-paced design industry and business climate,” said Alena Capra, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and Coverings spokesperson. “Because so many of the sessions offer complimentary CEUs, the sessions at Coverings 2021 are can’t-miss opportunities.”  

Coverings’ robust educational offerings span all industry segments with comprehensive learning objectives and results. Attendees are advised to review the Coverings 2021 schedule to see all Coverings’ complimentary education sessions. Visit the Coverings website for more information about onsite and virtual opportunities taking place during Coverings 2021.

For more information and to register for Coverings 2021 at no cost, visit coverings.com.

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Coverings Connected Returns

Posted on 03 August 2020 by cradmin3

Based on the success of Coverings Connected in April, Coverings will now host quarterly digital opportunities for learning, connections, on demand content and much more.

The first event will be held on August 26, 2020. Learning opportunities available will include: Introduction to Tile Industry Standards; Selling Tile Post-Pandemic: The Healthy & Hygienic Choice for Your Customers and Clients; and Healthy Buildings, Healthy Homes: Tips for Specifying Surfaces in a Post-COVID World.

With webinars from industry leaders, on-demand content from trusted partners, and the ability to earn CEUs, you won’t want to miss this virtual event. Registration opens soon.

You may also be interested in this article: Cosentino Announces Cosentino Center Virtual Visits

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Tile of Spain Launches New U.S. Website

Posted on 01 June 2020 by cradmin3

Tile of Spain, the International ceramic tile brand representing more than 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) has launched its newly redesigned website, www.TileofSpainUSA.com.

Designed with a user-friendly experience in mind the new site includes dynamic features, improved functionality, and more easily accessible information from Tile of Spain manufacturers, allowing visitors to delve into the world of Spanish tile from any device.

The newly revamped site also includes:

  • Interactive Inspiration Gallery – a gallery showcasing inspiring interiors, exteriors and projects featuring products from Tile of Spain manufacturers
  • Tile of Spain Connection – stay connected to the latest projects, news and events from all over the world with Tile of Spain USA
  • Continuing Education Center – this education hub offers opportunities for in-person and online CEUs, access to the CERASPAÑA Magazine, and a video learning center.
  • Request a CEU – Architects and Designers can now invite the wonder of Spanish tile to their firm by requesting an in-person or virtual Lunch & Learn with Tile of Spain’s Technical Consultant, Ryan Fasan.
  • Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection – a collection of Spanish tiles available for immediate purchase in the U.S.
  • English and Spanish translation

The purpose of the new look and update to the Tile of Spain USA website is to better provide quality information and products through an easy to navigate source. The website will highlight all of the tools and resources available at the click of a button.

You may also be interested in this article: Artisan Group Launches New Website

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Coverings Announces 2019 Featured Educational Programming With Industry Leaders

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Coverings Announces 2019 Featured Educational Programming With Industry Leaders

Posted on 05 April 2019 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, will offer more than 50 educational opportunities to attendees of the 2019 show. Through this robust lineup, leaders in the tile and stone industry will provide daily education and trend insights during the April 9-12 show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Coverings’ in-depth educational offering is designed to keep tile and stone professionals current and provide a competitive edge in today’s fast-paced market. Open to all attendees and exhibitors and free of charge, the 2019 educational program includes 60- and 90- minute CEU-accredited sessions, 20-minute quickfire and “byte-size” presentations as well as live demonstrations dedicated to a wide range of professionals including architects and designers, fabricators, builders, installers, fabricators and more.

Coverings 2019 featured programming will include new content and bring back attendee favorites, with key industry leaders and the following topics:

“Color in the New Era: Trends, Twists and Tweaks” will forecast color and design trends for 2020. Presented by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, programming will highlight the notion that muted and vibrant tones can co-exist and that a traditional style tweaked with futuristic touches can provide a sense of familiarity with a unique or contemporary perspective.

Tuesday, April 9, 8:30-9:30 AM

Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association, and Jim Hieb, CEO of The Natural Stone Institute will moderate “Town Hall Meeting – Residential: What Homebuilders & Specifiers Are Saying About the Tile & Stone Industry” and “Town Hall Meeting – Commercial: What General Contractors & Specifiers are Saying About the Tile & Stone Industry.” Both meetings will explore industry insights, with the first session examining from a residential perspective and the second from a commercial  perspective.  On Tuesday, April 9, tile installers and stone fabricators will gain perspective on what home builders and design professionals expect from their partners on residential projects. On Wednesday, April 10, general contractors and design professionals will share their insights for tile installers and stone fabricators for commercial project success. A roundtable discussion will follow both Town Hall sessions.

Tuesday, April 9, 8:30-9:30 AM

Wednesday, April 10, 9:30-10:30 AM

“Trump, Tariffs and Taxes: What’s Next for Your Business” will take a look at trade policies and explore how businesses will be affected over the next few years. Gene Marks, Columnist for The Washington Post and Owner of Marks Group, will take a deep dive into the issues attendees know and those they don’t, including on update on USMCA/NAFTA 2.0, EU negotiations and China tariff negotiations. The session will also highlight potential global trouble spots that may impact the tile & stone industry.

Tuesday, April 9, 8:30-9:30 AM

James Dion, President and Owner of Dionco Inc., will provide insights on how retail is evolving and how companies can continue to thrive amidst consumers’ changing shopping patterns. Dion will discuss new innovations and technology, as well as those that have the potential to become a part of the marketplace in a session titled, “E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Conversation Commerce, Brick & Mortar: Customers’ Many Ways to Get What They Want – How to Deliver On All.”

Wednesday, April 10, 8:00-9:00 AM

“Transparency Trilogy Part I: Transparency in Materials” will be a panel discussion between Bill Griese, Director of Standards Development & Sustainability Initiatives at The Tile Council or North America, and Luciano Galassini, Deputy Director of Confindustria Ceramica, moderated by Kadie Yale, Founder of Designology Co*Operative. The trio will discuss the ingredients from which tiles and related installation materials are most commonly made and their health attributes compared to other flooring materials, as well as why today’s consumers and specifiers are so passionate about material components and how they’re reported.

Wednesday, April 10, 1:30-2:30 PM

Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador and Owner of Alena Capra Designs, and Ryan Fasan, Design and Technical Consultant for Tile of Spain, join Scott Conwell, FAIA LEED-AP CSI CDT, Director of Industry Development at the International Masonry Institute for “Right Product, Right Usage, Any Place.” This hands-on session will feature discussion to bring attendees up to speed with the latest product offerings and how to utilize them to create the best effect in specifications. The session will explore the myriad of options available today through the lens of health, safety, ROI and ease of ownership for clients.

Wednesday, April 10, 8:30-10:00 AM

“Global Tile Trends,” presented by Ryan Fasan; Cristina Faedi, Manager of Promotional Activities at Ceramics of Italy & Cersaie; and Lindsey Waldrep, Vice President of Marketing at Crossville Inc., facilitates a discussion of the latest trends. Taking a look at innovative designs, techniques and materials, the session will analyze how to transform installations. A new Global Tile Trends Tour, led by Alena Capra, will commence following the presentation.

Thursday, April 11, 2:00-3:00 PM

To learn more about educational offerings and create a personalized schedule, visit coverings.com.

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Natural Stone Institute Partners with Architectural Record to Present Natural Stone Academy

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Natural Stone Institute Partners with Architectural Record to Present Natural Stone Academy

Posted on 08 November 2018 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute has announced a year-long partnership with Architectural Record to present the Natural Stone Academy, an interactive continuing education platform featuring articles and webinars about natural stone. Architects, designers and stone industry professionals can take courses in the Academy to earn CEU credits. Individuals who complete all courses will receive a special badge.

There are seven courses available in the Natural Stone Academy, covering the following topics: anchorage systems for natural stone cladding, specifying natural stone, residential design, landmark design, design strategies, the enduring allure of working with natural stone, and the NSC 373 sustainability standard.

Since launching in September, more than 1,500 individuals have completed courses through the Natural Stone Academy.

The Natural Stone Institute would like to thank the following companies who have sponsored this program: Alamo Stone, Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd., Coldspring, Egymar International, International Marble Company, LLC, Lurvey Supply, North Carolina Granite Corporation, PICCO Engineering, Polycor, Raducz Stone Corporation, and Rugo Stone LLC.

To access the Natural Stone Academy, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/academy.

You may also be interested in checking out CEUs available at Coverings 2019

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Coverings Opens 2019 Registration

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Coverings Opens 2019 Registration

Posted on 03 October 2018 by cradmin

Coverings (www.coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has opened registration for its 2019 show. Coverings highlights the latest in tile & stone products from around the world and provides insights into industry trends with a wide range of exhibits and education, while facilitating quality connections through onsite networking events. Returning to the Orlando, Fla. market, Coverings 2019 will be held April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center and is open to all industry professionals at no cost. Prospective attendees can register now at coverings.com/register.

Coverings 2019 will include more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries and feature the latest in innovations, trends, and live demonstrations. Attendees will have the chance to attend free education sessions, many offering CEUs, with planned topics including: project case studies, economic forecasts, industry trends, labor shortages and solutions, installation demos and cross-segment collaboration. Programming caters to all tile and stone professionals, with insights relevant to architects & designers,
builders & remodelers, contractors & installers, fabricators, retailers, and distributors.

“Coverings is proud to provide free access to top industry experts and products from around the globe,” comments Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “As we continue our annual showcase of the latest in tile & stone materials, installation techniques and design trends, we’re excited to welcome industry professionals of all backgrounds with robust new programming and product introductions.”

Attendees who commit in advance will receive notice of key programs, access to conference information, promotions and other exclusive opportunities. As Orlando is traditionally one of the show’s most popular markets, early registrants are also encouraged to look into accommodations and are offered discounted hotel stays through Coverings hotel partners.

To learn more about Coverings, please visit coverings.com.

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Coverings Returns to Atlanta May 8-11

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Coverings Returns to Atlanta May 8-11

Posted on 06 April 2018 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone show in North America, is returning to Atlanta, Georgia from May 8 – 11. Coverings provides a stage for the most innovative tile & stone products from around the world and delivers critical information about the industry’s latest trends through the show’s annual CEU-accredited conference program—all free of charge. Attendees can now register and reserve housing.

Taking place in Atlanta for the first time in five years, the 2018 show will feature 1,100 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries and take more than 450,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Georgia World Congress Center. Programming for Coverings 2018 will offer sessions for every category of tile and stone professionals, offering a wide variety of CEUs for attendees. Along with a increased focus on delivering impactful networking opportunities, the 2018 show will feature the latest in products, innovations, and live demonstrations.

“Coverings aims to not only highlight the inherent value of tile & stone materials—their adaptability, durability, low environmental impact and beauty—but also foster connections between industry professionals, in order to grow businesses and build lasting professional relationships,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “We’re thrilled to make our return to Atlanta in May and to engage with the vibrant community of industry professionals that comprise this market.”

To offer show attendees more time on the floor and provide an opportunity for those wanting to stop by the show later in the work day, Coverings 2018 will offer extended hours for the opening day of the show, Tuesday, May 8. With the exhibit hall open until 6:30 p.m., a networking event – “Around the World of Tile & Stone” – will provide happy hour specials and entertainment coupled with additional time to meet fellow attendees or exhibitors and expand professional connections. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of added networking functionalities within the Coverings app and an onsite Meet @ Coverings area with dedicated meeting space.

The 2018 show will also introduce a new “Tile Installation Experience” comprised of live, interactive content showcasing best practices for tile installations through demonstrations and conversations with qualified, trained, and certified tile installers. Designed to provide added opportunities for exploration and hands-on learning, this experiential programming will engage attendees from all professional trade segments and deliver a holistic view of the tile industry’s standards and practices.

Other new features at Coverings 2018 include the Coverings Orientation Theatre, where attendees can learn answers to frequently asked questions and gain useful tips for making the most of their show experience. Attendees are also encouraged to become part of Coverings’ history at the Tile Heritage Foundation’s Donor Wall for Posterity. With a $25 donation, visitors can press their names, hands, thoughts or logos into a wet clay tile to become part of the mural, which will be installed at TCNA Headquarters in Anderson, SC.

Conference programming at the show will include more than 50 sessions, with a wide range of distinguished speakers scheduled to share their knowledge and industry insights on key topics for the tile and stone industry. Content is tailored to each attendee segment, with programming available for architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees. With CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring invaluable free education to the show.

To learn more about Coverings 2018 and ongoing opportunities to participate, visit coverings.com.

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ISFA to Offer CEUs through American Institute of Architects

Posted on 13 December 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has been approved to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to architects through an agreement with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). ISFA’s first presentation, “Solid Surface Design Basics” has already been approved as a course, providing one Learning Unit (LU) for participants. Additional courses on quartz surfacing, advanced solid surface design, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and more are already under development for 2014. The new ISFA program has three current sponsors, Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company, Meganite and Aetna Plywood, and additional sponsors are welcome.

As an Approved Provider for the AIA, the Continuing Education Program at ISFA will be developing content for a variety of approved courses through a program with participating ISFA members. ISFA is responsible for the coordination of the CEU efforts, and provides the point-of-contact for the AIA and other professional organizations that conduct continuing education programs. The ongoing administration of the CEU programs will be the responsibility of ISFA, with guidance from Continuing Education Program participants. ISFA will also train and register presenters who will be qualified to deliver approved courses on behalf of ISFA.

“This program will help participating ISFA member companies to have more contact with architects and designers and also help to education potential customers on a variety of topics,” said ISFA Executive Director Chuck Sawyer. “We think this will be of great value to our members to increase their reach and influence with more specifiers.”

For more information, contact Chuck Sawyer at [email protected].

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