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Ceramic Tiles of Italy on Display at REVISION House Orlando during IBS 2011
A Case Study Featuring Advanced Green Technologies and Chic Sustainable Design January 12-15 2011, Orlando, FL
Placing the Italian tile industry‚Äôs commitment to sustainable architecture in the public spotlight, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will be a prominent contributor to this year‚Äôs Green Builder ReVISION House. Presented during the International Builder‚Äôs Show from January 12-15, 2011 in a private Orlando, FL residence, the project will showcase green building materials in a complete retrofit renovation led by Interior Designer Patricia Gaylor. Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission, Confindustria Ceramica and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the house will be filled with sustainable ceramic tile from Italy‚Äôs leading manufacturers including Casa Dolce Casa, Emilceramica, Floorgres, Cooperativa Ceramica Imola, Marazzi, Ragno, Refin and Trend, as well as grouting and adhesives from Mapei.
When searching for products that provide real, environmentally appropriate, cost-effective solutions, Italian tile was a natural choice for the project. It is a durable, long-lasting, non-toxic covering solution that does not off-gas and is resistant to extreme weather conditions. Italian companies also employ responsible manufacturing practices and often recycle material and water waste back into the production cycle. In addition to its inherently green attributes, Italian manufacturers are patenting ceramics with an antimicrobial mineral embedded into the body of the tile, producing LEED-compliant collections made with recycled content, engineering energy-saving systems for ventilated wall facades and manufacturing tiles with photovoltaic modules.
The Green Builder VISION House series presents realistic housing options for American families. Focusing on optimized home performance, energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environment quality, efficient systems and sustainable materials, the resulting research and training program based on the project will provide essential green building information to builders, remodelers, architects, designers and consumers. IBS attendees will be able to take house tours (Wednesday, January 12 ‚Äď Saturday, January 15 from 9:30am-4pm daily) and learn directly from the design team ways to incorporate sustainable practices into their projects using ceramic tiles. Green Builder Media is also partnering with the Department of Energy, Building America, Energy Star, and FLASH to execute energy, water, hurricane protection, and general sustainability testing and modeling on the home.
For more information on Italian Tiles in the US visit www.italiantiles.com.