NEW! CEU Accredited Live Online Training for Architects and Designers

Join our Educational Trainers online for these interactive training sessions and take your knowledge of Schluter products to the next level!

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Moisture Management in Tiled Showers

Leaks and mold continue to pose serious problems for the construction industry. This seminar will compare traditional waterproofing systems with modern waterproofing technology to show how tiled showers have evolved. The fundamentals of both approaches, including proper design, execution, and function will be presented, with close attention paid to common errors, as well. The benefits of bonded waterproofing technology and how it has improved tiled showers will be stressed.

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the benefits and challenges associated with tiled showers.
  2. Understand the proper design and execution of tiled shower waterproofing systems.
  3. Recognize the benefits of bonded waterproofing technology and how it has revolutionized tiled showers.

Directly after the CES Presentation, we will have a live Installation demonstration of the Solutions discussed during the Presentation.

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Maximizing Tile Installation with Trim Profiles

Manufacturers produce a variety of beautiful and durable tiles, but the availability of coordinating trim pieces can be limited. This has led to the development of a wide range of trim profiles. This seminar will focus on how trim profiles improve the integrity of tile installations and increase the versatility of tile in various applications, including floors, walls, countertops, and more.

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify tile trim profiles and understand their basic design and function.
  2. Understand how to incorporate trim profiles into specific ceramic tile and dimension stone tile applications, including floors, walls, countertops, and more.
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Barrier-Free Bathrooms - Accessible Design for the Built Environment

Mandated requirements for accessibility in Canada and demand from an aging population, is creating a growing need for barrier-free bathrooms. Today’s accessibility 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 accessibility standards for accessible design. This seminar will examine ways in which barrier-free environments can be customized to include various design elements while remaining compliant for accessibility.

This seminar will also address why bonded waterproofing technology lends itself to the construction requirements of barrier-free design.

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand that there are varying standards for barrier-free construction.
  2. Recognize the specialized waterproofing measures that must be taken when designing a curb-less shower for an accessibility compliant barrier-free environment.
  3. Be able to specify and incorporate custom design elements into an accessibility compliant barrier-free shower.
  4. Be able to seek out resources detailing accessibility specifications of special requirements for shower seating, niches, grab bars, benches etc.
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The Uncoupling Principle

This seminar will examine the Uncoupling Principle, which is now recognized in the Tile Council of America's 2019 Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation as well as by the Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC). Review the history behind the Uncoupling Principle and examine the evolution of tile setting techniques, along with the benefits and limitations of each stage of development. The individual functions that are inherent to an uncoupling system will be discussed and the major implications for tile and stone installations revealed.

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the basics of the uncoupling principle and its relationship to the tile and stone industry
  2. Recognize new areas of installation that can be attained through the utilization of an uncoupling system
  3. Interpret and apply the new details and applications found in the current TCA Handbook

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The Cold Hard Truth About What You're Not Hearing

This seminar will examine the advancement of radiant heat and sound control for today's construction, and how it effects the tile and stone industry. Tile and stone have excellent heat conduction qualities, but not as exceptional for sound abatement. Combining the two can be confusing, and if not properly addressed. could cause failure in the tile or stone floor. However, with proper details and specifications, the combination of in floor heat and sound control could offer a long term, maintenance free flooring assembly that adds great value to a project.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize two types of sound control ratings, Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Impact Insulation Class (IIC).
  2. Distinguish between and IIC rating and a delta IIC contribution.
  3. Identify the components of a floor/ceiling assembly required for effective sound control.
  4. List the characteristics of different sound control materials suitable for use underneath a tiled floor covering.

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