In addition to showcasing an expansive show floor with nine miles of tile & stone innovations, Coverings 2024 also features a robust and complimentary educational program with three learning tracks: Installation & Fabrication, Materials & Trends, and Workforce & Profits, which are focused on the show’s three tenets – Health & Wellness, Sustainability, and Timeless Luxury.
Health and Wellness
- Nurturing Well-Being: Exploring What’s Next in Healthy Building
Attendees will explore the current landscape of healthy building practices, the latest trends shaping the future, and the role of ceramic tile and natural stone in fostering healthier living and working spaces. A panel of healthy building experts will discuss ceramic tile and natural stone’s pivotal role in shaping environments that prioritize the holistic health of occupants.
- Tile Industry Insights: Deciphering Embodied Carbon and Green Architecture and Design
This session will feature a panel of building and design experts examining the concepts of carbon emissions and leading green architectural initiatives, such as the Embodied Carbon Harmonization Project (ECHO). Attendees will learn about embodied carbon standardization, transparency, accountability, and reduction while understanding how these initiatives align with the tile industry’s objectives and why pushing for alignment to a clearer definition of embodied carbon is key. Panelists will also explore the latest developments in green building standards, rating systems and regulations.
- Mastering Outdoor Design and Installations with Tile: From Chilly Nights to Scorching Summers
Delve into the intricacies of outdoor tile design and installations and how best to overcome the challenges posed by harsh natural elements, including the effects of high-temperature environments, moisture and cold climates. A panel of experts will present a comprehensive review of everything from hot and cold weather challenges and moisture management to collaboration with architecture partners.
- How to Intelligently Penetrate the Affluent and Luxury Markets
This invaluable session will analyze the unique cultures, distinct perspectives and specialized skills of brands successfully operating within affluent and luxury markets. This presentation will provide attendees with the keys to understanding luxury from a wealth perspective by dissecting the diverse levels of affluence and uncovering their distinct needs and preferences.
- Housing 2.0
Coverings 2024 is partnering with Green Builder Media and building industry luminary Sam Rashkin to host this co-located learning opportunity. This comprehensive training and education program is designed to teach building professionals how to prepare themselves for the massive transformation the housing sector is currently experiencing. Participants will also learn how to withstand various market conditions through helpful insights into future-proofing building businesses.
- How to be a Professional Architectural Sales Rep to Develop ‘Bullet Proof’ Specifications and Get the Order
This four-hour live classroom training, hosted by The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone, will focus on teaching the essential skills required to excel as a professional architectural sales representative. Attendees will dissect the ingredients involved in developing a “Bulletproof Specification,” which are specifications resistant to value engineering. Those eager to join are required to register separately and pay a fee to secure their spots by visiting a dedicated co-located sessions page on the Coverings website.
- From Tile Setter to Artist: A Creative Transition
Embark on an inspiring journey with David Arnott, a prominent mosaic artist, to explore how his training as a skilled tile setter serves as a solid foundation for his success as a famed mosaicist. Noteworthy takeaways and insights regarding how Arnott navigated this transition to reach success will be discussed, which will empower seasoned installers and aspiring artists with a deep dive into the relationships between technical expertise, craftsmanship, and artistry.
- Global Tile Trends
Coverings’ annual presentation will feature an immersive discussion on the latest product innovations and newest trends for 2024, with an exciting sneak peek into what is next for the tile industry. This highly anticipated session will focus on Coverings 2024’s four tenets and inspire attendees with cutting-edge designs, new techniques, and ground-breaking technologies for the tile and stone industry as well as the design and architecture industries.
In addition to these sessions, Coverings 2024 will also feature four education stages located on the show floor. These stages provide countless opportunities to explore the latest innovations and trends and include the return of the Installation Innovation Stage, Trends & Solutions Stage, Fabricator Stage, and our newest addition to the show floor – the Art Tile Stage!
This is just a tiny snapshot of what you can expect to learn from the Coverings 2024 education. Visit our website to learn more about Coverings’ strategic learning tracks, key tenets, and educational opportunities, and register to attend Coverings 2024 at no cost at Coverings.com.