2019 Tile Trends

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Apartment Therapy weighs in on 2019 tile trends, with some
input from Tile Council of North America. Read on to see what’s
going to be BIG this year.

#whytile #tile #design #interiordesign #trends

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In the news : Final Results for January 2019

Jan Dec Jan M-M Y-Y
2019 2018 2018 Change Change
Index of Consumer Sentiment 91.2 98.3 95.7 -7.2% -4.7%
Current Economic Conditions 108.8 116.1 110.5 -6.3% -1.5%
Index of Consumer Expectations 79.9 87.0 86.3 -8.2% -7.4%

 

Next data release: Friday, February 15, 2019 for Preliminary February data at 10 am ET
Surveys of Consumers chief economist, Richard Curtin Consumer sentiment remained at month-end at its lowest level since Trump was elected. The end of the shutdown caused only a modest boost in the Sentiment Index. The typical impact of such “crisis” events is short lived, with consumers quickly regaining lost confidence. That is unlikely to occur this time as the deadline for resolution has only been extended until mid February. If the standoff continues into late February, it could foster sustained declines in economic optimism among consumers. Even small spending cutbacks, occurring simultaneously across the majority of consumers, could push the economy into a recessionary downturn. Each proponent in the shutdown debate appears to put more weight on the political rather than on the economic implications of their actions. Continued strength in consumer spending is essential, especially given the volatile financial markets and weakened global growth prospects. It is of some importance to note that consumers still viewed their financial prospects quite positively (see the chart). Nonetheless, consumers were not as optimistic about future job gains, which was a consequence of the expected weakening of the economy due to the shutdown. Those losses could be sustained if the shutdown crisis lingers past mid February. There is still time to avoid a sustained decline in confidence, but it would require an end to the standoff. Indeed, if the current level of confidence is maintained, it would be consistent with a 2.6% growth in consumer spending in 2019.

Are we just not thinking “out of the box” enough in the tile industry?

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Making bricks out of shit!

By Prema Anand

Around 30% of the world’s biosolids are stockpiled or sent to landfill, using up valuable land and potentially emitting greenhouse gases, creating an environmental challenge. Now a team at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has demonstrated that fired-clay bricks incorporating biosolids could be a sustainable solution for both the wastewater treatment and brickmaking industries.

As well as being cheaper to produce, the biosolids bricks also had a lower thermal conductivity, transferring less heat to potentially give buildings higher environmental performance.

The study found there was a significant opportunity to create a new beneficial reuse market – bricks.

Lead investigator Associate Professor Abbas Mohajerani said the research sought to tackle two environmental issues – the stockpiles of biosolids and the excavation of soil required for brick production.

“More than 3 billion cubic metres of clay soil is dug up each year for the global brickmaking industry, to produce about 1.5 trillion bricks,” Mohajerani, a civil engineer in RMIT’s School of Engineering, said.

“Using biosolids in bricks could be the solution to these big environmental challenges.

“It’s a practical and sustainable proposal for recycling the biosolids currently stockpiled or going to landfill around the globe.”

The research examined the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of fired-clay bricks incorporating different proportions of biosolids, from 10 to 25%.

The biosolid-enhanced bricks passed compressive strength tests and analysis demonstrated heavy metals are largely trapped within the brick. Biosolids can have significantly different chemical characteristics, so the researchers recommend further testing before large-scale production.

The biosolids bricks are more porous than standard bricks, giving them lower thermal conductivity.

The research also showed brick firing energy demand was cut by up to 48.6% for bricks incorporating 25% biosolids. This is due to the organic content of the biosolids and could considerably reduce the carbon footprint of brick manufacturing companies.

The results of a comparative Life Cycle Assessment and an emissions study conducted as part of the research confirmed biosolids bricks offered a sustainable alternative approach to addressing the environmental impacts of biosolids management and brick manufacturing.

The research, funded by RMIT University, Melbourne Water and Australian Government Research Training Program scholarships, is published in the “Green Building Materials Special Issue” of Buildings.

(Courtesy: RMIT University, Australia)

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Best Tile to Use When Having a Baby

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Share Why Tile blog post: “5 Important Reasons Your Baby Needs Healthy Tummy Time”

Message: The American Academy of Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) recommends introducing physical activity in early infancy. Making sure your baby has a clean floor for tummy time is easy with ceramic tile.

Safe + beautiful. That’s Why Tile.

#whytile #healthyhome #easycare #babysafety #tummytime

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