Coverings 2015 Offers Multiple Green Conference Sessions

(ALEXANDRIA, VA — March 16, 2015) Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, offers an extraordinarily vast conference program comprised of more than 75 free sessions, many of which focus on topics of particular interest to the green professional community, and feature the added benefit of CEU credit. Coverings returns to Orlando, April 14-17, at the Orange County Convention Center, with the education program beginning on April 13.
Along with the more than 1,000 global exhibitors showing an unrivalled range of innovative products and technologies, the free CEU credits and conference sessions are a primary reason green professionals attend the leading tile and stone exhibition. Sessions are categorized by professional experience, ranging from novice to corporate leader. Coverings is an AIA/CES Approved Provider, a NKBA CEU Provider Partner, and is IDCEC approved. For a list of AIA approved sessions, please visit
In addition to the Keynote previously announced – including Eric Astrachan, Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA); Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design Magazine; Harris Rosen, President of Rosen Hotels & Resorts; and Joey Shimoda, Chief Creative Officer of The Shimoda Design Group – other conference topics relevant to green professionals include discussions on the processes and criteria for specifying green building products, including tile and natural stone; understanding the demand for health-related product information; and knowing how to incorporate tile and stone products into green projects.
 Here are the details to some of these not-to-be-missed sessions:

Understanding How Natural Stone Fits Into the Green Movement – A Forum. Robert Bacon of Dal-Tile, Jamie Bush of NSF, Brenda Edwards of TexaStone Quarries, and Josh Levinson of Artistic Tile  will provide a study of the steps taken by companies to certify to NSC/ANSI 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone. The session will discuss the steps necessary for meeting the challenges of certification and spreading awareness and demand for sustainable stone products. It will also analyze how distributors can qualify for and adhere to standards, and what those standards mean for specifiers and retailers. Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Performance and Transparency: The New Norm for Specifying Green Building Products Today. Russell Fortmeyer of Arup and Bill Griese from Tile Council of North America will explain today’s green building criteria and leading tile industry initiatives, including Green Squared® and an industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration for tile. Tuesday, April 14, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
HPDs 101: A “Healthy” Crash Course on Today’s Demand for Health-Related Product Information. Bill Griese and Dr. Jyonthi Rangineni from the Tile Council of North America will together report on the details of Health Product Declarations, and why they have become so popular over the last year. This session endeavors to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the topic as a whole. Wednesday, April 15, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Survivor’s Guide to Eco-Technical for Ceramic Stone. Josh Levinson of Artistic Tile, Dan Marvin of MAPEI Americas and Paula Hesch of Paula Hesch Designs will illustrate how ceramic and stone fit into green projects by providing an introduction to the products and their applications within LEED v4, as well as newer green initiatives. Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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About Coverings
Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.
The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.
Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association  (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by National Trade Productions.
Coverings 2015 takes place April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703-706-8257. 
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