From its "Tile – The Natural Choice" campaign to its involvement in green building standards committees, to its environmental product standardization efforts, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) says its Green Initiative is in full swing.
According to Bill Griese, TCNA
standards development and green initiative manager, many of TCNA's Green
Initiative endeavors are coming to fruition. "We are pleased to announce
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently acknowledged the positive
impact of tile installations on indoor air quality by issuing an addendum to
LEED 2009, which exempts ceramic tile from VOC testing in IEQ Credit 4.3,"
In addition to being an active USGBC
member and participant in several LEED committees, TCNA has been active in the
ASTM E60 Committee on Sustainability since its inception. It has also
participated in the creation of the first draft of the International Green
Construction Code (IgCC) as a participant in the indoor air quality working
group and voting member of the materials and resources working group. "We
are excited about the direction many of these green building standardization projects
are headed, and we take pride in our tile industry representation and the
traction we have gained in these efforts," Griese added.
its collaboration with international tile associations, Tile Council is working
to make its "Tile – The Natural Choice" campaign a global effort. "These
are exciting times at TCNA," stated TCNA executive director, Eric
Astrachan. "With the launching of TileTheNaturalChoice.com and the
incredible support of our members, the TCNA Green Initiative will continue to
move ahead at full-speed."