Australia’s tile and stone exhibition will provide opportunities for architects to learn more about the key aspects of successfully specifying tile and stone products, courtesy of a number of speciality seminars, industry forums, formal training sessions and innovative exhibits.

Responding to a need for architects to gain knowledge about the sustainability of hard surfacing materials and their installation, care and maintenance, the Full Frontal Tile and Stone Expo (FFTSE), taking place at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, will provide visitors with the knowledge required to successfully select and specify tile and stone products for commercial and residential buildings. Full Frontal Tile and Stone Expo will also focus on new and novel sanitary ware products.

The Australian Institute of Architects are endorsing the event, and will accredit members with Continuing Professional Development points for attendance to the Full Frontal Tile and Stone Expo’s seminars and formal training sessions.

Architects attending will also receive information on the newly released National Bushfire standard for residential dwellings, and the fire retardant qualities of ceramic tiles ‘which do not spread or feed a fire and do not emit substances during a fire’ (University of Bologna).

Formal training sessions for architects will include a focus on Disability Access Standards, slip resistant surfaces and new façade tiling concepts. Industry seminars will showcase over 20 speakers from Australia and overseas.

Additional special exhibits at the Full Frontal Tile and Stone Expo will include:

  • Pool tiling technique demonstrations by Italian glass mosaic manufacturer Trend Australasia and Mapei Australia.
  • A Permeable Paving Systems (PPS) exhibit will demonstrate the benefits of using permeable paving to capture rainfall and redistribute water.
  • A Stone Carving and Restoration exhibit by Heritage Stone Restorations, who recently completed the restoration of St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide.
  • Scape Bar & Grill demonstrating hospitality environment tiling treatments and providing a place for relaxation and networking.
  • A tiling skills competition testing the skills of talented tile fixers who will be racing against the clock.