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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Tile Standards- ANSI A137.1 and Crossville Product

Traditionally, designers and architects refer to the static coefficient of friction of 0.6 when selecting floor tile. The static coefficient of friction has always been a reccomendation or best practice followed but never code.  TCNA has adopted a new standard that has been officially included in ANSI 2012 under section A137.1. The dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) is the new standard test that is required by code for all floor tile products. Tiles will be required to have a DCOF of 0.42 or higher to meet the standard.  The DCOF test uses motion (and soapy wet surface) instead of a static dry/ static wet approach in testing since building occupants are in motion when slips happen on wet tile surfaces.

Crossville tile has published a chart with DCOFs for each tile line. Only polished products do not meet the new standard.

Other new product from Crossville includes Ecocycle Americana and Shades. Ecocyle Americana is an old product with a new recycled content story. All of Crossville's tile that contains recycled content now contains not only post industrial tile dust and scraps but, post consumer Toto porcelain plumbing fixtures. Toto plumbing fixtures have been crushed/ ground down into the recycled content mixture. For more information on Ecocycle Americana visit:

Shades is a new product Crossville developed for the Federal Building (by Mies Van Der Rohe) renovation in Chicago with expanded colorways. Shades has 20% pre- consumer recycled content and comes in matte or honed finish. For more information visit:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Watson- Tonic Benching System

Watson has introduced Tonic, a new benching system, that allows ultimate flexibility between its components. The system allows for reconfigurable privacy, data and space/size options. Tonic can accomodate traditional benching, telecom centers, hoteling, conference/collaborative space or separated work zones. For more information on Tonic visit:

USG- DXI Identitiee Grid Suspension System

USG has introduced a new type of 9/16" dual reveal grid for ACT, wood and metal panel lay in ceiling applications. The grid is sleek and adds to the visual interest of the ceiling. For more information visit:

Vibia- Link- Lighting

Vibia has introduced a new modular lighting system meant to mimic a city skyline. The system allows the designer to create unique configurations with four standard light sizes. Link requires one electrical connection for every eight sections. Link is dimmable and highly efficient.
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Enwork- Tables, Systems Furniture

Enwork is a table and systems furniture manufacturer new to the Pittsburgh market. Unlike most systems furniture companies they were founded eight years ago by a husband and wife team based in Michigan. Within that short period of time their business has rapidly expanded and line offerings increased. Enwork also offers the capability for easy custom furniture solutions. For more information visit: