Coverings, which will be held April 14 to 17, will offer education sessions that will focus on topics of particular interest to the green professional community, and feature the added benefit of CEU credits.

Along with the more than 1,000 global exhibitors showing a range of innovative products and technologies, the free CEU credits and conference sessions are a primary reason green professionals attend the leading tile and stone exhibition, according to show organizers. Sessions are categorized by professional experience, ranging from novice to corporate leader. Coverings is an AIA/CES approved provider, a NKBA CEU provider partner, and is IDCEC approved.

Conference topics relevant to green professionals will include discussions on the processes and criteria for specifying green building products, including tile and natural stone; understanding the demand for health-related product information and knowing how to incorporate tile and stone products into green projects.

Sessions will include:

•Understanding How Natural Stone Fits Into the Green Movement—A Forum: Robert Bacon of Dal-Tile, Jamie Bush of NSF, Brenda Edwards of TexaStone Quarries and Josh Levinson of Artistic Tile will provide a study of the steps taken by companies to certify to NSC/ANSI 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone. Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

•Performance and Transparency: The New Norm for Specifying Green Building Products Today: Russell Fortmeyer of Arup and Bill Griese from Tile Council of North America will explain today’s green building criteria and leading tile industry initiatives. Tuesday, April 14, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

•HPDs 101: A “Healthy” Crash Course on Today’s Demand for Health-Related Product Information: Griese and Jyothi Rangineni from the Tile Council of North America will together report on the details of Health Product Declarations. Wednesday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

•Survivor’s Guide to Eco-Technical for Ceramic Stone. Levinson, along with Dan Marvin of MAPEI Americas and Paula Hesch of Paula Hesch Designs will illustrate how ceramic and stone fit into green projects. Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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