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Sustainable Tiles – a Specifiers’ Guide

Presented by Kaolin

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August 27th, 2021

Session Synopsis

While the growth in the range and quality of tile products is a clear blessing for specifiers, it comes with provisos. Aesthetic potential is one thing, but as ever, architects and designers need to consider other factors like cost and functionality. And, more now than ever before, they also need to factor in sustainability.

They need to make themselves aware of not just the material used in products but also a range of other variables like the manufacturing processes involved, the by-products of those processes, and the energy they consume. And they have to consider land utilisation and its effect on local environments, carbon offsets, transportation (of raw materials and finished products), and more.

How should specifiers approach this complex task? How can they assess individual products and where can they access the resources to help them do so?

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Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation, you should be able to:

  • Identify the types of tiles available and outline how they are manufactured.
  • Outline the range of factors involved in assessing the sustainability of tile products.
  • Define the concept of ‘embodied carbon’ and explain how it applies to tiles.
  • Identify environmental certifications that you should look out for when choosing products.
  • Identify other factors, apart from sustainability, that should be considered when evaluating product quality.

AACA Competency Standards

Design: Project Briefing 1.2, 1.4, 1.5
Design: Conceptual Design 3.3, 3.4, 3.7
Design: Schematic Design 4.2, 4.4, 4.6


Staun Rasmussen, National Sales Manager, Kaolin

Staun Rasmussen has 20+ years industry experience across all levels of Tile supply, Importing and Installation.

Madeline Armstrong, Creative Director, The Casper Project

With over 15 years’ of experience in Interior Architectural Design, Project Management and Business Development within Design Practices, Madeline has a well-rounded knowledge of the industry and forward thinking design within interiors. Working on numerous commercial projects such as airports in India and Vietnam, retail fit-outs in New Zealand and food and beverage globally, Madeline then moved to residential interior design, leading the Australian luxury home design division for Italian brands such as Versace Home and Fendi Casa for 6 years. Highlighting achievements include winning Best Bathroom Global at the International Design and Architecture Awards in London in 2018.

Madeline specialises in interior design and construction detailing for new builds and renovations, working through the design development and buildability directly with client and builders. Her current focus is on what it really means to design interiors for communities, residents and end users in mind. Madeline is also currently working for i2C Architects on commercial and retail projects.

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