International Masonry Institute Blog

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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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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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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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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MasterSpec Updates Installer Qualifications to Include Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers

In exciting news for the tile industry, MasterSpec – the industry’s most comprehensive building and construction specification resource – has updated its tile installer qualifications to include ...

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The Role of the Architect as Communicator and Collaborator on Ceramic Tile Installations

At Qualicer XV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality in Castellón, Spain, IMI Illinois Director Scott Conwell presented on the architect's role in influencing quality through all stages of...

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Designing with Tile: A Partnership for Success

Architectural Innovations

Architects have a long tradition of integrating new construction materials and technologies into their designs, as well as using traditional materials in new and...

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Large Format Tile: Dealing with Lippage

Large format ceramic and porcelain tile can provide a floor finish that is contemporary, beautiful, and easily maintained.  In order to achieve a successful installation, it is important for a...

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