Industry Insights
April 1st, 2009

Green Building, 2009


Tile Council of North America (TCNA), in collaboration with StonePeak Ceramics and Centro Ceramico Bologna, recently completed a research program with photocatalytic tiles produced through an innovative technology developed by StonePeak Ceramics. According to Dr. Jennifer Ariss, a research scientist at TCNA, the effects of titanium dioxide as a photocatalyst are well-established in the scientific literature. “Generally its use can provide a meaningful reduction in organic and inorganic pollutants, self-cleaning properties through a reduction in water surface tension, and important anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.” She further added, “Photocatalysis is a simple chemical reaction, requiring only light and water to be activated.” TCNA’s Product Performance Testing Laboratory, in cooperation with Centro Ceramico Bologna, conducted research on three fronts: Reduction of nitrogen oxides (a major component of urban air pollution); reduction of organic pollutants as measured by the indigo carmine test; and inhibition of bacterial growth. Tiles treated with a micrometric titanium dioxide layer developed by StonePeak Ceramics were tested along with control samples provided by StonePeak Ceramics and TCNA. Using a closed chamber study according to a recognized protocol, a 70% reduction of nitrogen oxides was observed. In evaluations of antimicrobial properties using the photocatalytic StonePeak Ceramics tiles, up to a 60% reduction of E. coli bacteria was observed compared to traditional porcelain surfaces. A 30% reduction on average of organic pollutants was observed in indigo carmine testing. While titanium dioxide photocatalytic technology is employed in many industries, the methods of its application are often nanotechnology-based, which can pose considerable environmental and health hazards in the manufacturing process. According to Centro Ceramico Bologna, the novel technology of StonePeak Ceramics using a micrometric application minimizes problems associated with previous application techniques for photocatalytic materials and increases the effect of the surface layer.

“Tile Partner of the Year”

Ed Metcalf, president, LATICRETE North America, has been selected by the Tile Partners for Humanity as the recipient of its first annual Tile Partner of the Year Award. With unanimous approval from the TPFH board of directors, Metcalf was recognized for his continued support of the mission of Habitat for Humanity, and for spearheading a company-

wide commitment from LATICRETE, including not just product donation, but hours of labor and technical support to the cause. In addition, Metcalf was selected to be the inaugural winner of the award for his creative thinking after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, as a whole. Through the Gulf Coast Relief Project, Metcalf helped raise thousands of dollars that went directly to the TPFH and Habitat for Humanity to help tile over 400 new homes. “The LATICRETE family believes in the mission of Habitat for Humanity,” said Metcalf. “LATICRETE sees Tile Partners for Humanity as an ideal channel for us, and for our whole industry, to become involved and to ‘give back.’ Over the past few years we have contributed products and thousands of hours of labor helping to finish dozens of homes for Habitat homeowners. There is an indescribable feeling of satisfaction within the many LATICRETE employees who have chosen to become involved in helping to fulfill such a basic and pressing human need. We encourage everyone in our industry to get involved by contacting TPFH today.” Bart Bettiga, the executive director of the NTCA, as well as vice chairman for the Tile Partners for Humanity, explained: “Ed Metcalf was far and away the very first person we thought of. It was a unanimous decision by the Board of Directors. No one has done more for TPFH than Ed and LATICRETE. Every single time we have asked for their support they were there for us. LATICRETE does not just donate products, they contribute creative solutions and have put their sweat behind each project they get involved with. Ed has spearheaded a company-wide commitment, from his technical services department to his sales people in the field, which has delivered tremendous results for Habitat for Humanity.”

Ilva and D&B Tile

Ilva S.A. has added the Mayor of Miami, Manny Diaz, to its growing list of supporters for its green initiatives in the manufacturing of porcelain tile products. Ilva co-sponsored a booth with D&B Tile Distributors at the Gateway to Green Expo in Miami Beach, Florida, on April 7 and 8, and impressed Mayor Diaz with its Eco Land and Athena Stone collections, which contain up to 25-percent and 40-percent recycled materials, respectively. D&B Tile is one of Ilva’s top distribution partners, with nine locations servicing all of Florida and beyond. Ilva’s Mario Klappholz and Carole Schafmeister, D&B Tile’s architectural sales rep in South Florida, welcomed Mayor Diaz to their booth at the Gateway to Green show which was sponsored by the City of Miami. Ilva manufactures its tile materials according to ISO 14000 standards to meet all legislative and environmental protection demands, and has invested heavily in technology to meet the marketplace demand for sustainable porcelain tile products. Ilva’s Eco Land collection of thru-body, unglazed technical porcelain with up to 25-percent recycled materials was the manufacturers first green offering to the marketplace. Athena Stone, with up to 40-percent recycled materials, and Eco Land can contribute LEED points for green buildings seeking certification under the Materials and Resources category (MR 4.1 and MR 4.2).

Florida Tile Attains Certification

The new National Green Building Standard requires that hard surface flooring have GREENGUARD for Children and Schools certification to be considered a healthy choice for indoor environmental quality. Florida Tile is proud to be the only supplier of tile and stone products that has attained this certification. Section 901.6 of the new standard reads, “A minimum of 85 percent of installed hard-surface flooring is in accordance with the emission concentration limits of CDPH 01350 as certified by a third-party program such as the Resilient Floor Covering Institute’s Floorscore Indoor Air Certification Program or the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s Children and Schools Certification Program.” This section of the standard is worth 6 points towards the building’s rating. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in cooperation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Code Council (ICC) have created this green building standard to help bring clarity to the often confusing question of ‘what makes a building green?’ The National Green Building Standard was accepted as an official ANSI standard on January 29, 2009. This standard takes its place beside the widely recognized LEED program in recognizing the GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification for hard surface flooring.

NAC Marks 26th Year

National Applied Construction (NAC) Products is focusing on transition to the next generation of family leadership. While Tom Duvé will remain as President and CEO of the company, Brian Petit has assumed leadership as VP of Sales in charge of marketing, product development and day-to-day company operations. Nick Duvé, will continue to grow NAC’s brand awareness, internet sales and increase his roll as Marketing & Customer Service Manager. “We’re very proud of being a family-held business,” said Tom Duvé, “It is truly an honor to have Brian and Nick as active parts of NAC’s future. Together with our extended family of office staff, distributors and loyal customers we are confident we will make the next quarter century even more successful than the last.” Petit assumed the role of VP of Sales in January of 2008. “Innovation and outstanding customer service is what made us so successful over the past 25 years. As we continue to grow, we plan on expanding our market presence and our product lines as the leader in the industry.” says Duvé. “Not many people know this, but when Tom started NAC Products over 25 years ago, he actually named it after his children (Nicholas Duvé, Andrew Duvé and Christie Petit). This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I plan on honoring the integrity of the company as well as what my father has built.”

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