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For Immediate Release:
October 19, 2016

At Greenbuild 2016, TCNA announced UL certification of the Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for tile mortars and tile grouts made in North America. With this announcement, building design professionals have even more reason to “think tile” and “think North American” when building green. That’s because virtually all green building standards and rating systems, including LEED v4, provide pathways for earning points and fulfilling criteria by using products with EPDs, and an EPD for North American-made ceramic tile—also certified by UL—has been available since 2014.

August 26, 2016

Building design professionals, facility managers and others seeking LEED building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) can now look to certified sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles, and tile installation materials to earn the needed credits. To contribute, tiles and related installation materials on a project (mortars, grouts, etc.) must meet the extensive environmental and social responsibility requirements of Green Squared, the ceramic tile industry’s multi-attribute, cradle-to-grave sustainability standard.

April 19, 2016

Ceramic tile manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and those involved in the sale and selection of construction materials have a new resource available to communicate the many benefits of choosing ceramic tile, particularly when health and safety are primary considerations.

December 10, 2014

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ceramic tile made in North America, certified by sustainability leader UL Environment, is now available for use by architects and specifiers seeking to satisfy green building project requirements, such as those set forth by LEED and Green Globes.

LEED v4 was the focal point of Greenbuild 2013, as the recently-revised rating system was officially made avail- able for project registration. Most attention was given to the substantially revised Material and Resource (MR) Credits, and the hottest topic – without a doubt – was product transparency. The introduction of a new MR Credit requiring the inventorying and disclosure of chemical ingredients used in products certainly did not come without controversy, confusion, or uneasiness. Many Greenbuild attendees spent the majority of their time at the show expressing their concerns and, ironically, seeking transparency regarding the requirements and intent of the new credit.