International Masonry Institute News

Durability of Tile Assemblies

Ceramic tile is a durable material able to withstand heavy loads, high impact, and the wear that comes with decades of continual use. In recent years, competing materials like LVT have emerged,...

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New Class of Certified Instructors Equipped to Teach the Trowel Trades Nationwide

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) and International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF) have a lot to celebrate this month. Eleven members of the International Union of...

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IMI Director Scott Conwell Receives Prestigious Cesery Award for Contributions to the Tile Industry

IMI Director of Industry Development and Technical Services Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, is the 2021 recipient of the Tile Contractors’ Association of America’s (TCAA’s) prestigious...

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BAC Local 2 Michigan, IMI/IMTEF Help Reimagine Detroit’s Transportation Hub

A version of this article originally appeared in BAC Journal, Issue 4 2020, and is reprinted here with permission.

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5 Masonry and Tile Healthcare Trends to Watch

Healthcare facilities, including hospitals and outpatient clinics, have seen increased scrutiny and fiscal pressures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Designers and facility managers are...

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3 Black Training Leaders Discuss How to Support People of Color in Your Union

A version of this article originally appeared in BAC Journal, Issue 2 2020, and is reprinted here with permission in honor of Black History Month.

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Registered Apprenticeships Strengthened Under Biden Administration

This week, the Biden Administration took important steps to shore up registered apprenticeship programs – including by rescinding the Executive Order that created Industry Recognized Apprenticeship...

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IMI Releases Update of Century-Old Terra Cotta Details to Guide Restoration Efforts

The International Masonry Institute’s (IMI’s) new architectural terra cotta details are a transformative resource for the restoration of historic terra cotta structures dating to the early 20th...

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As Sovinski Retires, Ingraffia Steps into Role of IMI National Director of Industry Development

David Sovinski, National Director of Industry Development at the International Masonry Institute (IMI), retires September 1 after 28 dedicated years supporting the growth of the International Union...

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Building Code Update Gives Designers Flexibility to Use Larger Exterior Adhered Porcelain Tile

An update to the International Building Code (IBC) will allow designers to use adhered porcelain tiles as large as 48x48 inches or 36x72 inches on building facades.

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