Specs matter

Managing the end at the beginning Yet another construction manager called me recently, distressed and looking for answers. He shared the details of his situation: Fifty thousand square feet of 5-inch-thick concrete slab poured eight months previously, half of which was on grade, the rest poured into second floor Q -Deck (steel pan). Moisture test […]

Recognition and training

Past President of FIO/NFCA to be honoured The CFCRA is a non-profit organization that used to be known as the Floorcovering Institute of Ontario. The Floorcovering Institute of Ontario was one of a group of associations that were members of the National Floor Covering Association (NFCA). The NFCA has taken on a new life as […]

NFCA: The right thing

Promoting awareness, understanding and action Since the revitalization of NFCA in 2015, we have been sharing our message with the industry via a multitude of channels — media, trade shows, architectural lunch-and-learns, seminars for flooring and general contractors, building owners and project managers. The overall message underlines the importance of planning the floor covering portion […]

Installers needed!

State of the industry remains the same I was on the phone with the president of the National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors (NICFI), Bob Blochinger, recently talking about the state of our industry. Bob is the head of a couple of other industry groups, including the consortium that is investigating the labour market and […]

TTMAC offers online installation training

An online educational program introduced by the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) is designed for anyone interested in the technical aspects of tile installation and is based on the TTMAC Specification Guide 09 30 00 Tile Installation 2016-2017. The program is geared toward the Installer who is looking for TTMAC Certification, but […]

Floor inspectors

A much-needed resource for Canada Floor inspections are not as straightforward as you might think. It’s a trade-within-a-trade, requiring specific training, an inquisitive mind set, an ability to write well and, of course, a character that can refrain from offering conclusions on site and let the report deliver the conclusions. Everyday disputes around floor covering […]

Testing, training, Texas

Connections fit members to a T Moisture testing of concrete substrates is mandatory for most flooring installations. The manufacturers require it. The industry standards specify it. Yet it is a skill that few flooring installers have. As a matter of fact, most installers do not have the equipment to perform such testing. There are four […]

Right spec; right process

Making specifications current and meaningful NFCA had the opportunity to speak to the Ottawa chapter of Construction Specifications of Canada (CSC) on March 20 — an important audience for our industry considering the role CSC plays in delivering written instructions that drive pricing, schedule, conditions and actions on-site. The audience included the full range of […]

New partnerships

Alliances promote education and value We may not have been able to bridge our connections in Canada completely yet, but the CFCRA has been making great inroads with many other organizations locally and around the world. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification, also known as the IICRC, has been asked to team up with […]

A bumpy ride

The sub-floor rollercoaster Sub-floor preparation, and, in particular, leveling work, has always been a source of contention between the flooring contractor and construction manager. The issue of who will perform the work and who will pay for it bears down during late-stage construction when flooring comes onto the scheduling radar. At that point, there is […]