You're Invited: Ceramic Tile Seminar Series Featuring Contractor College

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MN/ND Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Training Center
5420 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428


  7:15am -   7:45am    Check-in, Breakfast, Exhibits
  7:45am -   8:00am    Why Tile?
  8:00am -   9:00am    Thin Gauged Porcelain Tile
  9:00am -   9:15am    Break/Exhibits
  9:15am - 10:15am    Installation Methodology and Setting Materials for Tile 
10:15am - 10:30am    Break/Exhibits
10:30am - 11:30am    Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainable Design: A Guide to Tile Specification    
11:30am - 11:45am    Break/Exhibits
11:45am - 12:45pm   Evolution of Grout in Ceramic Tile & Stone Installations, lunch included
12:45pm -   1:00pm    Installer Qualifications in the Architectural Specifications
  1:00pm                       Conclude

In addition to the four seminars, we expect to have several material suppliers and other industry representatives exhibiting their products and services representing all facets of the tile industry.

There is no charge to attend this event, however registration is required. 
Space is limited, please register by Monday, October 9, 2017.   


Why Tile
Learn how tile can provide the healthiest and best value of flooring choices available, how tile contributes to LEED certification and other green building rating systems, and a host of additional critically important attributes you and your clients are looking for.

Thin Gauged Porcelain Tile
The evolution of porcelain tile has changed dramatically with respect to technology, formats, and application usage.  This course will provide in depth information required for successfully specifying porcelain tile and tile panels.  The program will also provide the participant detailed information on the status of standards for the category and examine some of the environmental impacts as they relate to sustainability and occupant health.  Using some of the newly developed language for gauged porcelain we will also explore some of the requirements for traditional large format tile such as lippage, grout joint requirements, and bonding pattern considerations.

Installation Methodology and Setting Materials for Tile
This course provides an overview of relevant industry standards that govern substrate preparation, adhesive mortar type and selection, coverage, lippage, grout joint requirements, installation tips and techniques. In addition, the presentation will cover best practices and lessons learned that will help to achieve the desired results with large format tile and thin gauged porcelain tiles and panels/slabs.

Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainable Design: A Guide to Tile Specification
When specifying tile, it is important to consider its many attributes and how they relate to sustainability.  It’s not just the environment—human well-being, aesthetics, and long-term durability are also important.  This session provides an in-depth look at tile’s role in sustainable design and construction.  

Evolution of Grout in Ceramic Tile & Stone Installations
This program will review the history and evolution of ceramic tile and stone grouting materials. Learn how to specify each grout category ranging from latex modified cement based sanded and non-sanded grouts, epoxy grouts and pre-mixed grouts. Maintenance and basic troubleshooting of each grout category will also be discussed.

Installer Qualifications in the Architectural Specifications
In recent years architects have been tightening up their specification language to require a higher level of qualifications of the tile contractor, reflecting their concern to avoid failures and achieve the best possible performance.  This program walks participants through the evolution of training, certification, and credentialing programs for tile installers over the past 15 years, leading up to the options available today.  It discusses the recommended language in the TCNA Handbook, manufacturers’ literature, MasterSpec, and other recognized industry programs.  Participants will learn why these requirements are important, how to meet them, how to enforce them, and how their widespread adoption will lead to a consistently higher quality of installations and a more level playing field among qualified contractors.  

Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Facility Managers, Construction Managers, BAC Signatory Contractors and BAC Members.


This program contains four AIA-registered seminars, one GBCI-registered seminar, and one IDCEC approved seminar.  Presenters will provide certificates for self-reporting for non-AIA members.  Attendees who attend the entire conference receive 4.0 LUs.  BAC tile contractors receive 4.0 hours toward IMI Contractor College and TCAA Trowel of Excellence continuing education requirements.