This year's installation stage was part of the North American pavilion. The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) sponsored and coordinated the stage - which featured a larger area and more seating this year.
Justin Woelfel, Jr., director of training and education for NTCA, presented several live demos each day including proper installation of a steam shower unit.
Installation material companies also demonstrated products and techniques to make tile installations more successful, beautiful or efficient. Topics included waterproofing, installing a heated floor with self-leveling underlayment, glass tile installation, lightweight and non-sag mortars, multipurpose mortars, grouts, use of pre-formed underlayment components and crack isolation membranes. Participating companies included Ardex Engineered Cements, Bonsal American, C-Cure, Custom Building Products, Laticrete International, SGM, Inc., Mer-Krete, Texas Cement and TEC Brand Specialty Construction Products.