Innovative Products & Sustainable Solutions to Improve Your Design

Event infos

April 19th 2018

Registration7:45 am
Program end4:30 pm
Credits earned6 AIA HSW
1 ADA/Barrier-Free
Valid for State License​

Day program*

7:45 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am

The Energy Efficiency Challenge: Understanding New Codes and Standards

8:00 am - 9:00 am

This course will take a closer look at residential energy use and how building codes and standards are driving improved energy performance in homes.We will analyze new design and construction methods, materials, and systems that can be used to help reduce the energy requirements of homes and make them more efficient.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# HEW 603 | USGBC# 0920011924
  • Presented by: Huber Eng. Woods
  • Presenter: Tate Hudson
  • Biography:
9:00 am

LHT Mortar and ANSI Mortar Designations

9:00 am - 10:00 am

This session will provide a Manufacturer perspective on tile industry standards development and the new mortar classifications. We will discuss ISO designations and the new ANSI mortar designations for; non sag (T), fast set (F), extended open time (E) and the proposed new large and heavy tile mortar (H) and how can it benefit the design professional and the tile contractor in the field? What was wrong with Medium Bed? Where did the Large and Heavy Tile mortar come from?

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# MAP 047 | USGBC# 0920015404
  • Presented by: MAPEI Corporation
  • Presenter: Mike Granatowski
  • Biography: Mike Granatowski is the National Architectural Manager for MAPEI and has been employed with MAPEI for over 17 years. Mike has been working within the flooring industry for more than 40 years. He has specialized in tile and stone installation systems, where he has been involved with installation, distribution and sales, focusing on design professionals. During his tenure at MAPEI, Mike has done presentations on systems installations to major architectural firms, national accounts, and at major trade shows throughout the United States, Italy, Portugal, and Brazil. Mike is a graduate of the University of Arizona, is an active member in CSI (Construction Specification Institute), and is an avid road cyclist.
10:00 am


10:15 am

Building Barrier-free Showers

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Mandated requirements for ADA compliancy and demand from an aging population, is creating a growing need for barrier-free bathrooms. Today’s ADA compliant bathroom no longer has to be utilitarian or “institutional” in its design. Design options are enhanced through the use of tile and innovative construction methods. The result is beautiful bathrooms that also adhere to ADA standards for accessible design. This seminar will examine ways in which barrier-free environments can be customized to include various design elements while remaining ADA compliant. This seminar will also address why bonded waterproofing technology lends itself to the construction requirements of barrier-free design.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# SCHL11A | USGBC# 920014972
  • Presented by: Schluter Systems
  • Presenter: Andy Gallio
  • Biography: Andy Gallio has been immersed in the construction industry for the past 25 years. He began in the residenton homebuilding trade as a framer and concrete placer. Due to his accrued knowledge of plan details and compliance with building codes and practices he was promoted to manager for a national homebuilder. He has had specific training in the field of concrete specification and testing as well as Computer Aided Design (CAD). His experience in all aspects of construction advanced him to position o writing and implementing scopes of work for subcontractors. He ensured adherence to best buillding practices including third prty inspection processes specific to waterproofing and building envelopes. In 2009 he went to work for a national tile distributor in Reno Nevada. In this position he implemented training programs pertaining to the tile industry and based on the TCNA handbook. This included teaching tile contractors and sales personnel about proper installation and utilization of setting materials necessary to achieve valid results inrelation to tile assemblies. Andy is currently employed with Schluter Systems andfor the past 4 years has continued to provide instruction to installers as well as architects on the proper usage of materials necessary in the tile industry. Working at Schluter Systems has also expanded his knowledge and training in rlation to achieving goals established by the LEED (Lledership in Energy and Environmental Design) organization.
11:15 am

American Hardwoods and their Role in Carbon Neutral Design

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

This is an hour long course that begins with a look at Hardwoods' basics. It then presents the science surrounding hardwoods; the significant role they play in the environment and finally, as a material choice, discusses their importance in sustainable building. At the conclusion of the session attendees can be confident knowing that when they choose North American hardwoods, they are selecting a quintessentially green material that is ever-renewing, abundant and sustainable.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# 082013 | USGBC# 0920013587
  • Presented by: Hardwood Manufacturers Association
  • Presenter: Criswell Davis
  • Biography:
12:15 pm


1:15 pm

Design Basics for Sintered Compact Surfaces

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Design Basics for Sintered Compact Surfaces

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# AIACE4012016 | USGBC# 0920015352
  • Presented by: The Size Surfaces USA
  • Presenter: Tom Richardson
  • Biography: NEOLITH® (meaning New Stone) is pioneering a revolutionary new product category that is born in the last decade in order to effectively respond to the most demanding architectural and interior design needs. Designed and produced in Spain, NEOLITH® is a 100% natural product with extraordinary physical and mechanical characteristics that make it an ideal material for virtually limitless indoor and outdoor applications. NEOLITH® gives life to a surface with an extremely high level of resistance to scratches, high temperature, chemicals and UV rays; and also waterproof and impervious to staining. We take what planet Earth does over a period of thousands of years, down to a few hours… A surface with more than 50 different models to satisfy the tastes, needs and trends of any individual anywhere in the world. A surface with exclusive detail-rich designs that dress a given space with a touch of class without actually compromising at any moment its invariable durability.
2:15 pm

Suspended Ceilings and Acoustical Solutions using Stone Wool

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science Professionals all have a long history of specifying Stone Wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance, and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of Stone Wool. This presentation will discuss and explain in detail the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. There will be an introduction to acoustics along with acoustical challenges and resolutions in commercial buildings.

  • Credit type: HSW
  • AIA# ROCK101 | USGBC# 920002186
  • Presented by: Rockfon (Roxul Inc)
  • Presenter: Ben Pedersen
  • Biography:
3:15 pm


3:30 pm

What's in a Specification?

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Be aware of the various options for coatings strengths and weaknesses of each technology. Awareness of AAMA specifications. Identify resin types as they relate to performance. Different Ways to specify. What is the best coatings technology?

  • Credit type: LU
  • Presented by: Akzo Nobel
  • Presenter: Gabriel Morales-Sada
  • Biography: Gabriel Morales-Sada resides in San Diego, California and serves as Architecture Powder Coatings Marketing Manager for AkzoNobel Paints and Coatings, Mr. Morales-Sada has served as Regional Director for both AkzoNobel and leading global coatings companies from 1996 to 2014 and has gained strong market depth and technical expertise in "shop-applied" architectural coatings. Mr. Morales-Sada earned his bachelor's degree Business Administration back in 1991 at The Universidad Regiomontana A.C. in his hometown , Monterrey, Mexico.
4:30 pm

End of Program

*This Agenda is final but is subject to updates, additions and changes.