Archive for April, 2011
The International Masonry Institute’s national promotion of union masonry and masonry products plays out locally.
This year’s annual Masonry Day in Connecticut also included a New Products Expo on April 11, 2011 and had 250 attendees with 150 participating exhibitors.
The event promotes union masonry and masonry products to architects, engineers, CM’s, owners and other industry representatives, while giving them an education on designing with masonry products that can earn them continuing education credits. Exhibits included information on brick, thin brick, CMU, anchors, ties, flashing, AAC, tile, stone, thin stone, Terra Cotta, concrete, plaster, terrazzo, restoration, PCC and all trowel trade related materials and accessories. Presentations featured “new” products and system technologies for adhered veneers, air barrier transitions, designing with thin clad stone, flashing, and cement polyacrylate terrazzo. A presentation on feature projects that highlighted contemporary masonry, included design parameters, details, specifications and energy efficient guidelines. Stephanie Samulski of TCNA covered the 2011 changes and updates to the Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) Handbook – which has tripled in size – as well as important updates on ANSI Tile Standards.
The event was sponsored by The International Masonry Institute, the Connecticut Trowel Trades Alliance, the Mason Contractors Association of Connecticut and the Ceramic Tile Contractors Association of Connecticut along with other industry partners.
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The next big area of Green movement for the construction industry is sustainable retrofits – a market estimated to grow to $15.1 billion by 2014 and a market perfectly matched for tile, stone, and terrazzo. Yet, with a sea of interior materials ready to meet the needs of these future projects, only the International Masonry Institute’s (IMI) Sustainable Retrofits for Tile, Marble and Terrazzo seminar at the recent Coverings Expo made the connection between tile, stone, and terrazzo systems and the growing opportunities for interior materials found in green retrofit projects.
IMI’s presentation uniquely targeted the confirmed next area of growth for our industry – the area broadly defined as retrofits. Clearly the definition has great reach and we are watching building alterations, adaptive reuse, historic renovations, and even additions to existing buildings all fall under this category. Over 90% of today’s existing building stock would not pass current energy requirements due to their inefficiency. This is a startling number and is creating a much needed response by owners looking to improve their building stock.
IMI’s presentation focused not only on the upcoming trend, but highlighted the extended contribution that tile, marble, and terrazzo contractors can make toward improving a building’s overall performance.
Speaking to an audience of architects and contractors, IMI asked the very important question “Why” related to the use of tile, marble and terrazzo systems. The answer – “Because tile, marble and terrazzo systems offer numerous solutions to improved indoor air quality and thermal comfort” – made an impression on architects who are now seeking multi-attribute characteristics for their material choices.
Designers are quickly recognizing that a material selection made on aesthetics alone is no longer defensible. The word of the day is performance and that performance includes retrofit projects.
We can’t hold a conversation about green retrofits without recognizing that LEED language is prevalent in estabilishing guidelines for all building types undergoing renovation, restoration, upgrades, or adaptive reuse. The interior masonry trades will offer solutions to a variety of LEED guidelines related to the retrofit arena. With the growing numbers of IMI Sustainable Masonry Certified Contractors, these solutions will be easily supported by IMI contractors who understand what it takes to build sustainably.
IMI’s presentation at Coverings confirmed the emphasis being placed on the retrofit market. Having launched its retrofit seminars for TMT at the TCAA conference in October of 2010, IMI is committed to growing its sustainable solutions strategy to include education and training for the green retrofit arena.
For more information please contact IMI’s Director of Sustainability and Program Development, Maria Viteri at email@example.com.No comments