Associations have role to fill

Practises after pandemic It has always been a bit unusual to write a column six-to-eight weeks in advance and be able to deliver a message that is suitable for the times. You never knew for sure what would happen in the coming weeks, but you could write considering for what will “likely happen.” But the […]

BuildEx Vancouver expert panel tackles a daunting project

Their own perspectives Early in 2019, the NFCA applied to speak at Vancouver Buildex 2020. The subject: getting the specification right for flooring installations and how starting the conversation early in construction can save time, money and avoid delays for everyone involved. Buildex accepted the proposal but came back with a suggestion — could NFCA […]

An unresolved issue

The gap between Divisions 3 and 9 For many years, the same old scenario has repeated. The floor covering installer and general contractor butt heads over who will correct the concrete slab prior to floor covering installation. Over and over, we hear the same thing: “It’s the floor guy’s job to prepare his surface (sub-floor) […]

Spring training

Looking forward to courses, conference, new standards The CFCRA is a shareholder of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC). This drives the purpose of holding the association together. We can be privy to the latest information being gathered in the industry and we are creating some leading-edge industry standards. This year, two new […]

NFCA reflects on a year of success

NFCA recently held its third Annual General Meeting and Fall Social in Vancouver, B.C. NFCA president Rick Wagner of Maxwell Floors talked about the positive strides made in the last year, due in no small part to the continued and greatly valued support from members, partners and sponsors across Canada. Some of the year’s key […]

Power of associations

Hands-on training, advocacy and more At the CFCRA we are always looking at providing things that others cannot. I hear about the education found on the internet all the time. The comments I hear are, “I saw it on You Tube,” “I googled it,” “it was on a discussion board” or “it was on a […]

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 […]