Greenbuild 2009

November 11 to 13 In Phoenix Won't Disappoint

WASHINGTON - €”Whether it's saving the planet with indigenous knowledge, making permanent water part of your life, diving deep water for clues to environmental success or exploring the unknown with Discovery Channel's best known guide, these are but a few of the ideas participants can connect to at the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place Nov. 11 to 13, in Phoenix. This year's theme is Main Street Green: Connect to the Conversation.

"€œGreen buildings and homes are cropping up on main streets across the country, making this year's conference theme an even more relevant conversation,"€ said Kimberly Lewis, vice president, conferences and events, USGBC. "€œThis year's master speakers will help elevate the key issues we face as a global community to the level of the main streets where we live, work and play."

In addition to its master speakers, Greenbuild 2009 will also feature over 100 educational sessions, LEED and education provider workshops, off-site educational sessions, a two-day residential summit, and tours of local green building sites throughout the Phoenix area. A total of 1,700 exhibitors will showcase leading technologies and products in green design, green construction and green operations.

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Cikel America Launches the Vitoria Collection

Brazilian Hardwood New Line

Cikel's Vitoria Copaiba, Sable, Miami, FL - Cikel America, the North American subsidiary of one the world's largest vertically integrated exotic Brazilian hardwood flooring manufacturers, has launched a beautiful collection of Copaiba/Brazilian Pecan exotic engineered hardwood flooring with the Vitoria collection. The rotary-cut Vitoria collection is available in random lengths ranging from one to four feet, in 3/8" x 3" planks with a smooth, consistent surface featuring nine coats of protective finish.

Cikel offers a 15-year finish warranty for the Vitoria collection of exotic Brazilian Copaiba/Brazilian Pecan, offered in four colors including Caramel, Cayenne, Gunstock and Sable (pictured above). The Vitoria collection has micro bevel edges and ends, and can be installed above, on, or below grade by staple, nail or glue-down methods. The rotary-cut Vitoria collection from Cikel is an ideal engineered exotic Brazilian hardwood flooring option for virtually any setting.

Cikel has 1.2 million acres of privately owned and FSC managed forests in Brazil. The firm has an ongoing commitment in making technological advancements and investments to Total Quality Control from the forest-to-the-floor… and, to maintain competitiveness within the global marketplace both today and tomorrow. Cikel America is a member of the National Wood Flooring Association and the Forest Stewardship Council.

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Dal Tile Launches Custom Cutting Service

Increases Selection Of Rectangular Sizes

Dal-Tile Corp. launches new custom cutting service for all Daltile and American Olean floor tiles, increases selection of popular rectangular sizes.

Daltile's Linear Options and American Olean's Linear Express allow customers to order custom-cut floor tiles in linear or rectangular sizes.

DALLAS, July 22, 2009 - Dal-Tile Corp., the largest U.S. manufacturer and distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone, has launched a customized cutting service that allows any Daltile or American Olean ceramic or porcelain floor tile to be custom ordered in linear and rectangular sizes, ranging from a minimum of 2″ wide to a maximum of 24″ long. With the launch, a core assortment of products from top-selling collections in a variety of popular sizes is being offered with a short lead-time. Any of the brands' other ceramic or porcelain floor tiles can be special ordered.

The service, called Linear Options under the Daltile brand and Linear Express for American Olean, uses the company's automated cutting equipment to create the custom sizes at the Dallas factory. Tiles can be specified with straight or beveled edges so that all four sides have the same visual appearance. In preparation for the launch of this service, Dal-Tile has made significant investments in new equipment and space at its manufacturing facilities.

"€œBefore our linear-cutting service, anyone looking for linear shapes and rectangular sizes were either limited to a handful of collections that offered those options premade or they had to have the tiles cut down at the job site by their installer. Now, any Daltile or American Olean rectified porcelain tile or glazed floor tile can be ordered in popular linear and rectangular sizes, making the design options virtually endless," said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director for Daltile. "And since the custom cuts are done at the factory, the quality of the cuts is more consistent and higher quality than doing it by hand. Additionally, we're helping reduce labor costs at the jobsite by removing this extra step in the installation process."

The core assortment of products were selected from many popular porcelain tile collections and are being offered in a range sizes with a three-week lead time, including floor tiles from Daltile's City View (2″ x 24″, 4″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″), Concrete Connection (3 ¼” x 20″), Metal Effects (3 ¼” x 20″), Fabrique (2″ x 24″, 4″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″), Monticito (6″ x 18″), Veranda (3 ¼” x 20″) and Vibe (2″ x 24″, 4″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″) collections and American Olean's St. Germain (2″ x 24″, 4″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″), Avenue One (2″ x 24″, 4″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″), Nouveau (2″ x 24″, 4″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″) and Ultra Tech (2″ x 24″, 4″ x 24″, 6″ x 24″) collections. However, any ceramic floor tile, including these core offerings, can be custom cut to any size within the minimum width (2″) and maximum length (24″) limits, with lead times to be determined at the time of the order.

About Dal-Tile Corp.:

Dal-Tile Corp., a division of Mohawk Industries, is the largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of ceramic tile and natural stone in North America. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the company has over 7,000 employees at its North American facilities and sells its products through a network of more than 250 company-owned sales service centers, independent distributors and leading home center retailers nationwide.

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Mold & Moisture Control

Responsible Solutions Introduces Commercial Guidlines

Following the success of its guidelines for controlling mold and moisture in residences, the Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition (RSMC) has introduced a similar series of recommendations intended specifically for commercial buildings.

Developed by RSMC's Technical Committee, the Guiding Principles for Mold and Moisture Control – Commercial is posted on the home page of the organization's Web site at Visitors can explore various methods of controlling mold and moisture by clicking on the different parts of a typical commercial building. In addition, a complete list of the Guiding Principles can be downloaded for handy reference.

"RSMC is pleased to offer these new recommendations and we're confident that they will be very useful throughout the construction industry," said Frank Nunes, RSMC Vice Chairman and Executive Director, International Institute for Lath and Plaster and Lath and Plaster Institute of Northern California. "Surveys confirm that mold continues to be a major issue for architects, contractors and building owners, and the Guiding Principles will help construction professionals eliminate potential mold and moisture problems in all types of commercial buildings."

The Guiding Principles for commercial buildings comprises 30 principles divided into seven different sections. Subjects include Construction/General; Design/Mechanical Issues; Interior Construction; Exterior Construction; Construction/Foundation; Maintenance; and Mold Remediation.

The Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition's mission is to identify and communicate scientifically accurate information about controlling mold and moisture in buildings and residences. Established in 2006, RSMC's members include 15 companies, associations, government and academic organizations. The organization is funded by grants from USG Corporation, National Gypsum and American Gypsum."

Dal Tile Greenworks Programs

Projects Earn Leeds Credits

More importantly, both Greenworks programs strive to serve as resources to architects, designers and builders researching eco-friendly attributes of each brands' manufactured products, as well as important data necessary for achieving green credits and building certifications, such as LEED, for their projects.

"€œCreating specific green tiles simply isn't enough anymore. Architects, designers and builders want a complete picture of how the tile manufacturer runs its business and how sustainable all of its products, not just a select few, are," said Bob Hurt, director of environmental heath and safety for Dal-Tile. "€œWith the Dal-Tile's Greenworks programs, we want to help architects, designers and builders understand how our products can help them meet the certifications of the building programs of their choice."

Perhaps the most visible and useful Greenworks elements for architects, designers and builders are found online (, ) where they can research and download detailed, real-time product information, including recycled materials content (RMC), distance from the manufacturing location to the jobsite and other key pieces of data useful when complying with the green building programs of their choice.

On each brand's site, visitors can obtain real-time RMC information for any Daltile or American Olean product. The information can be found by either searching by collection name or by entering bar code information from previously purchased tile boxes to learn the RMC for those specific tile pieces.

Additionally, visitors who may not have a particular collection in mind can sort Daltile's and American Olean's entire catalog of manufactured tiles by multiple RMC ranges, as well as by which types of recycled materials (pre- and post-consumer) are used, to pinpoint products that meet their desired criteria.

Once a product collection is selected, visitors to the website can easily download Product Specification & Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), LEED Certification Letters and support documents for the California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) program.

"€œBy design, many Daltile and American Olean products can help projects earn LEED credits in the Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality requirements. For instance, more than 97 percent of our manufactured products contain pre-consumer recycled materials," Hurt said. "€œAdditionally, our multiple manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico put us close to both raw materials and many jobsites, conserving fossil fuels required for transportation. Sourcing locally produced products is one element of the LEED rating system." In addition to providing online resources with product information for architects, designers and builders, the Greenworks programs also discuss the changes made to Dal-Tile's processes that dramatically reduce the company's environmental impact and improve the efficiency in which raw materials are used.

In fact, Dal-Tile diverts approximately 200 million pounds of solid waste from landfills each year through the company's recycling efforts, which minimizes the use of virgin raw materials to the greatest extent possible.

These recycled materials come from a variety of sources, including reusing wastes from Dal-Tile's own manufacturing processes, as well as those of other companies. For example, Dal-Tile recovers and reuses its own fired tile wastes from its wall tile production processes allowing the company to divert an average of 35 million pounds of solid waste from landfills each year.

Dal-Tile is also able to reuse wastes from other companies' manufacturing processes. For instance, a major component of many of the company's floor tiles is a byproduct from 3M's roofing materials manufacturing process that was previously disposed of as waste. Over the last three years, Dal-Tile has used an average of 188 million pounds of waste each year that were obtained from other manufacturing processes and were formerly sent to landfills.

Additionally, more than 48 million pounds of tile wastes that cannot be reused in other Dal-Tile products have been recycled through state-approved beneficial reuse programs such as land reclamation, road construction and cement and brick manufacturing.


"Another major recycling initiative at Dal-Tile's manufacturing plants has resulted in the recovery and reuse of more than 60 million gallons of wastewater each year," Hurt added. "€œIn fact, three of our plants recycle and reuse 100 percent of the wastewater generated by the manufacturing process. On average, Dal-Tile discharges less than one pint of wastewater for every square foot of tile we produce -- with a goal to reduce that to zero through future modifications and technology upgrades."

Recycling its waste materials and those of other companies is not the only way that Dal-Tile is reducing its environmental impact. The company's products are manufactured in facilities that utilize natural gas for energy to fire the kilns. No fuel oils or coals are utilized in the process, helping to minimize air pollution emissions. Through a variety of operational refinements, including modifications to equipment, the manufacturing plants are minimizing their energy use and have reduced their overall natural gas consumption by more than 8 percent over the past two years.

Lighting retrofits and modifications to air compressor systems at the plants have also resulted in reduced electricity consumption of more than 17.5 million kilowatt-hours per year. An energy conservation program utilizing T-5 florescent lighting is being piloted for implementation in all company-owned Sales Service Center facilities. These lighting retrofits are estimated to reduce overall energy usage by 40-50 percent at each facility.

Additionally, fuel-saving devices are being installed to fuel lines of all Daltile company-operated SSC delivery vehicles. These devices improve emissions by an average of 50 percent and reduce fuel consumption by 10-20 percent.

Overall, Dal-Tile's reduced energy usage is enough to provide natural gas to more than 6,000 homes and electricity to more than 1,700 homes for an entire year.

"By helping architects, designers and builders make sustainable choices for their projects and by aggressively recycling and conserving natural resources," Hurt said, "we hope that our Greenworks programs create new transparency and leadership in the building products industry."

To learn more about the DaltileGreenworks program or to get detailed, real-time information on how Daltile's products can help earn credits toward green building certifications, visit and .

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