In the news : TCNA Launches The Ceramic Alliance

Anderson, SC, April 8, 2019-Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has launched The Ceramic Alliance to begin working with other associations and companies in the ceramic industry on interests common to all ceramic sectors, especially brick, refractories, roof tiles, and ceramic tiles.

Through The Ceramic Alliance, members can share concerns, ideas, questions, solutions, and expertise on topics where individual resources may be scarce.

The Ceramic Alliance participates in DC-based coalitions (e.g., Clean Air Forum, NAM workgroups, SBA Roundtables) and compiles information to create a digest of documents and activities of environment, health, and safety (EHS) importance. This information is distributed regularly through The Ceramic Alliance to provide members the opportunity to influence EHS regulatory programs early in their development, when more substantive input and flexibility is possible.

EHS areas of interest include EPA initiatives, such as National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), New Source Review (NSR), MACT/Residual Risk, Waters of the US, Greenhouse Gas (GHG)-related programs, OSHA’s Silica standards for construction and general industry, and reporting procedures required by EPA, OSHA, and other agencies, and will expand to additional EHS areas recommended by members.

The Ceramic Alliance achieved an early success in a recent meeting with OSHA, which agreed to add tile splitters (score and snap cutters) to the list of activities that do not require monitoring for silica exposure.

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In the news: Consumers Rate Their Top Bathroom Features

When it comes to what bathroom feature consumers desire the most, a fancy tub, shower or vanity — though high on the list — fails to make the top grade.

Nearly four out of five home buyers — 78% — believe that a linen closet in the master bathroom is an “essential/must have” or “desirable” bathroom feature, putting it as the No. 1 most wanted bathroom feature.

This data comes from NAHB’s recently released report, What Home Buyers Really Want. The report is based on a survey of recent and prospective home buyers (people who bought homes in the previous three years or are planning to do so in the next three years) about the features they want in a home or community.

Two other features were rated as essential/must have or desirable by at least 70% of home buyers:

  • A shower stall and tub in the master bath (73%)
  • A double vanity (71%)

It is important to note that these two preferences have the highest shares of home buyers rating them as essential/must haves (32% each), more than any other bathroom feature listed in the survey.

Another four features were rated essential/must have or desirable by at least 60% of home buyers:

  • A private toilet compartment in the master bath (65%)
  • A white toilet, tub and sink (63%)
  • Ceramic tile walls (62%)
  • A granite vanity (61%)

NAHB economist Carmel Ford provides more analysis in this Eye on Housing blog post.

More facts about what buyers really want in their bathrooms and in other rooms are available at BuilderBooks.com, where the latest edition of What Home Buyers Really Want can be downloaded at a member discount.

 

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TOXINS FROM VINYL FLOORING AND FLAME-RETARDANT SOFAS FOUND IN CHILDREN

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Toxins from vinyl flooring and flame-retardant sofas found in children. —

Scientists at Duke University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Boston University School of Public Health, found that children living in homes where all the flooring was vinyl had levels of a chemical called benzyl butyl phthalate, which was 15 times higher than for those who lived in residences without vinyl flooring.

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