Bill Griese, Standards Development and Green Initiative Manager for the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), is involved in the development and revision of ASTM, ANSI, ISO and other industry-specific standards, and the direction of TCNA’s sustainability efforts. Additionally, he works closely with TCNA’s Product Performance Testing Laboratory. Griese serves as Chairman for the ASTM C21 Committee on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products and as an appointed member of ASTM’s Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO). He is an active participant in the World Ceramic Tiles Forum and serves as a U.S. delegate in several global standardization initiatives. Each year, Griese speaks at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, and he is a regular author and columnist in several industry publications. Griese is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD+C). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, SC.
Green Globes has emerged as a viable alternative to LEED, and tile is perfectly poised to contribute toward points and compliance with its comprehensive ‘performance plus transparency’ initiatives, Green Squared® and the North American-made Ceramic Tile EPD
The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ceramic tile made in North America is now available for use by architects and specifiers seeking to satisfy green building project requirements such as those set forth by LEED
After much anticipation for its release, LEED v4 was launched in November 2013 and several new provisions of the completely restructured green building rating system highlight the increasing interest in lifecycle, raw materials, transparency, and multi-attribute sustainability
Making its debut at Coverings 2014, the North American ceramic tile EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is the newest tool for sustainable design and understanding ceramic tile’s environmental footprint
Specifiers and other building design and construction industry professionals seeking sustainable flooring options can now look to the North American ceramic tile EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), the first in the industry, to evaluate and understand ceramic tile’s environmental footprint.
With green building standards already awarding points and credits for using ceramic tile, and Green Squared® gaining traction among design professionals, TCNA is embarking on the next green construction expectation: EPDs
The 2013 edition of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Guide to Ecolabels finds Green Squared in accordance with the intent and requirements of some of the most common green building standards and rating systems.
With so many different brands of “green,” and with such a large variation in sustainability claims being made today, the need for an authentic, tile industry-recognized mechanism for acknowledging products which are truly sustainable is long overdue.
The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) is leading an effort to develop Green Squared, a lifecycle-based multi-attribute standard for sustainable tiles and installation materials. Once in place, products certified to this standard could be considered for contribution to LEED.
Until recently, floor tiles have been 8 to 12mm thick and tiles less than 7.5mm were not intended for floors. However, tiles engineered to be thinner have now entered the marketplace. Made of porcelain, they are being marketed as “thin tiles.” Are they the same as their thicker brethren, except thinner? Being thinner they take fewer resources to manufacture and ship, but where and when can they be used?
While the term "hazing" is repeatedly used by observers to describe inconsistencies noticed in the reflective properties of polished surfaces, it can encompass a broad range of visual observations. Most times these inconsistencies are invisible under normal lighting, and are only noticed when polished surfaces are illuminated by light coming in from the side at a low angle.