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An Ecological Basis for Selecting Ceramic Tile

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Definitions of sustainable design and green building are hardly stagnant. Every year, as the architectural profession and industrial leaders learn more about building performance, environmental challenges, and the effects of our choices on people and the planet, we add to the body of knowledge on sustainability. In this way, our standards and definitions change accordingly, hopefully gettingmore #ecological.#
While green building tends toward many novel solutions # building integrated photovoltaics (PV), for example # the recent evolution of green thinking is playing into the hands of architects who favor time-tested and even traditional building methods. This includes niche products # rammed-earth and straw bale construction leap to mind # but also classic materials and systemsincluding natural ventilation, brick masonry, and ceramic tile. Even the traditional manufacturing centers, such as the tile-makingoperations clustered in Castell

Objectives

1. List the general environmental benefits of ceramic tile based on its technical performance.
2. Review the requirements in greenbuilding standards and describe how ceramic tile contributes to those needs.
3. Identify technical advances and innovations in theceramic tile industry and ways to reduce consumptions using ceramic tile
4. Discuss ways to reduce resource consumption, chemical emissions including VOCs, and cleaning and maintenance needs based on the properties of tile.
5. Describe the modern development ofceramic tile in terms of building performance and construction benefits

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0