In-Person Tile Day - 3 LU/HSW  

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 |Livonia, MI


8:00-8:30 a.m. | Registration, Tabletops, Light breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m. | Room #1 - Substrate Preparation Requirements for Floor Covering Installations - Custom Building Products
8:30-9:30 a.m. | Room #2 - Designing with Tile: What You Need to Know for Quality Installations - IMI
9:30-10:00 a.m. | Break/Tabletops
10:00-11:00 a.m. | Room #1 -Porcelain Tile: Beyond Recycled Content - FlorimUSA
10:00-11:00 a.m. |Room #2 - Direct Adhered Façade Systems - Laticrete
11:15 -11:30 a.m. | Buffet Lunch
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. | Working lunch - Designing, Detailing & Constructing Masonry Rainscreen Walls - IMI


St. Mary’s Cultural Center
18100 Merriman Rd
Livonia, MI 48152


 While the seminar is free, registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 6, 2022

Program Descriptions

Earn up to 3 LUs/HSWs for your participation. (You'll receive 1 LU/HSW and certificate from each presenting organization).

Substrate Preparation Requirements for Floor Covering Installations

Floor flatness requirements and measurements are a key consideration for tile installers. Ensuring a successful project requires proper substrate preparation, leveling, and priming. Join us to learn about common concrete substrate problems and their remediation. We'll also discuss leveling and patching materials to achieve flatness, including how to select and install the materials. You'll also learn about the function of primer and how to select the most appropriate one for your installation. Walk away with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions for your ceramic and stone tile installations.

Designing with Tile: What You Need to Know for Quality Installations

Get an understanding of various types of tile, setting methods, system components, design and installation considerations, specialty systems, and quality assurance. Learn how to use applicable codes and standards to design and specify tile work meeting minimum requirements and best practices. We’ll focus on the design and installation requirements for large format tile, including substrate preparation. You’ll hear about new standards for coefficient of friction (COF) and the sustainable attributes of tile. Finally, learn about the new recommended specification language for installer qualifications appearing in the TCNA Handbook and MasterSpec.

Porcelain Tile: Beyond Recycled Content

Porcelain tile containing recycled content provides residential and commercial building projects with a durable, easy to maintain finish material for interior or exterior, floors, walls, or other surfaces. This course highlights the eco-friendly production practices of porcelain tile and details its contributions to the design and performance of a building.

Direct Adhered Façade Systems

This educational seminar is prepared to teach problem prevention by giving the design practitioner and / or construction manager the practical information necessary to properly specify the correct tile for a specific situation and the job appropriate installation technique. Working knowledge of how tile is installed is just as important as the tile itself.

Designing, Detailing & Constructing Masonry Rainscreen Walls

Thin clad open-jointed rainscreen walls are popular building enclosures for contemporary architectural design. Learn about the building science and evolution of high-performing masonry wall concepts from mass walls to pressured and non-pressurized cavity walls. We’ll discuss how the challenging problems of water, air, vapor, and energy control concepts are integrated for successful and innovative exterior wall solutions. You’ll see how masonry rainscreens can be achieved with traditional anchored veneers or light-gauged sub-frame systems to support thin lightweight masonry units such as natural stone, terra cotta, brick, porcelain stone, calcium silicate, glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and high-pressure laminates. Enhance project durability and energy control by learning how to cohesively design rainscreen wall assemblies and gaining insights into construction guidelines and installation techniques.


Howard Jancy, CSI, CDT
Architectural Services Representative, Custom Building Products – Chicago | Midwest

Scott Conwell FAIA, FCSI
Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, IMI

Ms. Jacki Adams
V.P. of Business Development, Florim USA, Inc.

Dave Rogers, CTI
Tile & Stone Specialist, Laticrete

Tom Elliott, CSI, CDT
Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, IMI


For questions or more information, contact Tom Elliott at  or Kurt VonKoss at