April 1st, 2009

Green Building, 2009

NAC Products unveils ECB GREEN

ECB Green from NAC is the flooring industry’s first self-adhering “green” crack isolation membrane. Made of up to 25% recycled content, ECB Green meets the challenge of providing construction materials that meet today’s “Green” building requirements for commercial and residential properties. In addition to incorporating our ECB Classic’s high performance ratings, ECB Green also provides moisture vapor protection up to 10#/1000SF/24HRS, has sound reduction capabilities, blocks mold & mildew and can be used in waterproofing applications. For an even more economical installation, use the whole ECB Green System, which includes ECB Green membrane, “green” primer and “green” thin-set.

Ekobe: The Ultimate Green Tile

Wholesale Tile by Aguayo introduced a new line of green wall and floor coverings. Ekobe uses 100% natural materials and has no environmental impact whatsoever. Ekobe is made from all natural materials, such as coconut husks and rice peels. The manufacturer has a strict environmental manifesto and produces sustainable tiles with a high degree of quality. The creative designs will appeal to architects and designers alike. “This line is not only beautiful, but it is also the ultimate green tile,” says Jorge Aguayo, Vice President of Aguayo Tiles. “Those who are interested in sustainable products are going to love this tile, not only because of the durability, creativity and beauty, but also because of its great environmental story.”


LATICRETE® Floor HEAT offers an exclusive self-adhesive mesh and wire backing allowing for faster and easier installation. Unlike traditional mats that require extensive stapling and are hard to install tile over, LATICRETE Floor HEAT allows for much easier thin-set installation as there are no waves. In addition, LATICRETE Floor HEAT is part of the LATICRETE Lifetime Residential Warranty* which covers not only the floor warming system and components, it also covers the thin-set mortar and grout. “This has been something distributors and contractors have wanted for a long time,” said Sean Boyle, director, business development at LATICRETE. “By offering the radiant heating system along with our complete system, we simplify the selection and the installation, plus provide the customer with a single warranty.” In addition to several innovations of the mat itself, LATICRETE offers 24-hour turnaround on floor layouts and an easy-to-use software program that allows customers to design their floor and identify product needs quickly and easily. Combined with renowned technical service, LATICRETE offers unparalleled nationwide support to distributors, contractors and dealers. “It is our goal to aggressively promote the awareness of, and more importantly, the benefit of radiant floor heating to consumers, thus driving the demand of tile and stone,” says Boyle. “By investing heavily in marketing activities, dealers and distributors can realize incremental sales by providing better value to the end customer.” In other news, LATICRETE has also introduced Hydro Ban, a thin, waterproofing, anti-fracture membrane that combines optimum performance and unmatched productivity. A new and improved formula allows for flood testing in just two hours after final cure, and faster flood testing in cold temperatures as well as over mortar beds. Backed by a LATICRETE 25 Year System Warranty, LATICRETE Hydro Ban does not require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners, and bonds directly to drains and pipe penetrations. LATICRETE Hydro Ban provides anti-fracture protection up to the industry standard of 1/8″ (3 mm), and is ICC and IAPMO approved. Containing Microban® antimicrobial product protection, LATICRETE Hydro Ban is GREENGUARD certified and easy to clean with water. LATICRETE Hydro Ban can be used for interior and exterior residential and commercial installations as well as continuously submersed applications such as swimming pools, fountains and spas. It can be applied over all common building substrates with unmatched adhesion when compared to the competition. “The new faster cure formula dramatically reduces installation time due to its ability to be flood tested much faster,” said Jay Conrod, LATICRETE Project Manager.

Taconic Slate

Florida Tile’s Taconic Slate is a luxurious collection of porcelain wall and floor tiles with the natural beauty of slate from the western mountains of New Hampshire. Available in three modular sizes and five distinctive colors, it has coordinating, mesh-mounted mosaics, listellos and inserts to enhance and complete the look of any room. Taconic Slate is ADA compliant and and can be used for both residential and commercial installations. Available in 6″ by 6″, 8″ by 8″ and 12″ by 12″ formats.

ADA-Compliant Shower Floor

Officials with the U.S. headquarters of the wedi® Corporation have announced the launch of the Riolito shower system. This prefabricated system accommodates completely flush floors for showers of varying sizes and surfaces and may also be installed on subfloors when used with a wedi Curb or ADA Ramp. This product, previously only available in Europe, is a unique offering for the U.S. market and a highly useful alternative for any wet rooms or baths requiring ADA compliance. The Riolito, available in 3′ x 5′ and 4′ x 6′ sizes, is precisely engineered to provide a reliable draining system in unique installation environments. The system ensures tight sealing, ideal sloping and thorough water removal through a linear or channel drain. Water flows out through a narrow gap between the cover plate and adjacent surfacing. Use of this system results in completely flush flooring with no potential for drainage problems. As the market demands innovative alternatives for shower areas, this unique product has an essential role in meeting ADA requirements and specific design needs of an aging and style-oriented marketplace. “We created this product to meet the market’s needs, but we did so with installers in mind,” explains Bastian Lohmann, Technical Sales Manager for wedi’s U.S. operations. “As effective as the Riolito is in creating well-drained, flush flooring, for modern showers, it’s also simple to work with during installation.” Pre-assembled and lightweight, the Riolito is very versatile and simple to install. In addition to the two size alternatives, the product comes in three height-adjustable, stainless steel cover plate options. The cover plate heights can be adjusted to blend with tile or stone of varying thicknesses (from 1/8″ to 3/4″). The Standard and Deluxe channel cover plates are surface finished, while the tileable option allows for 1/4″ or 1/2″ thick tiles to be set right into the U channels provided by the cover plate (using reverse sides). Also, the Riolito accommodates large-format tiles with ease and comes equipped with an easy-to-install, factory integrated PVC drain system that connects to a standard 2″ PVC pipe cut 1-1/8″ below the top of floor.

Combining In-Floor Heating, Anti-Fracture Protection

Protecto Wrap Company introduced their PEEL & HEAT COMPLETE™ product line of high performance underlayments for effective crack suppression and Radiant In-Floor Heating. The system is easy to install, requires no maintenance and is energy efficient to operate. The power consumption required is only 12 watts per square foot. The PEEL & HEAT COMPLETE system includes pre-wired heating panels for easy electrical connection to a wall-mounted thermostat. The protective anti-fracture membrane and heat panels are installed in an easy peel & stick method. The ultra thin profile of the protective underlayment, which is less than 1/8″ of an inch, ensures smooth transition of heat. Not only does the anti-fracture membrane protect the owner’s investment, it also reduces contractor call backs. Protecto Wrap’s PEEL & HEAT COMPLETE system works with tile, stone and hardwoods, is UL listed and comes with a ten year warranty. A contractor or homeowner can place his order on line with the dimensions for the project and a custom made kit will be shipped within 48 hours. PEEL & HEAT COMPLETE kits are shipped with a thermostat, installation instructions, peel & stick anti-fracture membrane, and wired heating panels. The peel & stick heating panels required to fit the application of the project are pre-wired with leads for easy connection to the thermostat. As always, Protecto Wrap field technicians are available for assistance by phone.


The new Kesh Collection from Walker Zanger re-imagines the traditional art of cement tile, creating a bold statement for floors, walls and outdoor spaces. Kesh is in harmony with the planet as the eco-friendly tiles are made with “green” materials such as cement and marble dust, and hand-crafted with the aid of low-energy manufacturing processes. Borrowing from Moroccan cement tile-making (the collection traces its name to the last syllable of “Marrakesh”), Kesh updates this traditional look. The Kesh Collection is available in a variety of motifs, including eight-by-eight inch field tiles, squares, hexagons, and four-piece Plus Plus and round Wink Wink patterns. A traditional arabesque field is also available. Kesh is available in tasteful combinations of Khaki, Palm, Crimson, Olive, Cream and Chocolate. Each tile is hand-made by master craftsmen, who combine cement with pigmented marble dust to achieve a matte finish that is subtly lustrous. Individual tiles are sun-cured, as opposed to kiln-fired, which, by its nature, is considered a low-energy production method.


Having the “look” of contemporary wide format French wood with an understated wavy surface, Ecodécor is now available for upscale environments in North America. Each tile has an unmistakable resemblance to oak, which has been harvested for centuries in France and ubiquitously seen as a surface covering on that country’s floors and walls. The five “aged oak” colors are achieved by using the same pigments used to dye natural wood. Ecodécor is produced as a through-body glazed porcelain tile, with a colored body. Imagine all the beauty of wood flooring, with the ease of maintenance and long-term durability only porcelain tile has to offer. Sizes include 4″ x 48″, 6″ x 48″ and 8″ x 48″. Specialty tiles are included in Ecodécor product ensemble as well as multi-colored pieces.

Nature Inspired Athena Stone

Ilva S.A.’s Athena Stone collection, a fully-rectified glazed porcelain tile that recreates the refined aesthetics of natural stone for residential and commercial settings. Athena Stone is a nature-inspired collection of large format glazed porcelain tile offered in a variety of colors, making it ideal for architects, designers and specifiers . Athena Stone is offered in five sizes, 20″ x 20″, 10″ x 20″, 10″ x 10″, 14″ x 14″ and 7″ x 7″, with 3″ x 3″ mesh-backed mosaics and special accessory pieces. The large-format, 20″ x 20″ features Athena Extra, offering a higher coefficient of friction for commercial applications. Ilva’s Athena Stone is available in three colors with Moderate variations (V3), Olympus (White), Troy (Gold), and Sparta (Noce). Athena Stone is one of the most complete porcelain tile ranges available with 4″ x 14″ ceramic listello and 3″ x 12″ real marble listellos, real marble matita (.4″ x 12″) and real marble torello (2.5″ x 12″), sink rails (2″ x 7″), sink corners (1.2″ x 2″), quarter rounds (1″ x 7″), quarter round corners (1″ x 1″), and bullnose (3.2″ x 14″) accessory pieces. In addition, stair treads, stair tread corners, cove bases, inside and outside cove base corners are available through Ilva S.A. and its wide network of global distributors.

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