On 13 February, representatives of the Australian Tile Council and the Australian Stone Advisory Association met at the premises of Ocean+ Merchant in Sydney to hold preliminary discussions about the introduction of a guide to slip resistance in residential environments.
It was determined that the guide will be made freely available to members of both associations. Members will be provided with copies that can be given to their customers. Consumers, builders and other end-users will be encouraged to purchase product from ATC and ASAA members.
In addition, the guide will be emailed by Australian Tile Publications and both associations to more than 6000 architects, designers, builders and developers, with links to both associations’ websites and member lists.
The current working title of the document is ‘Slip Resistance: A Guide to Internal and External Hard Surface Finishes in Private Residences.’
The guide will be designed to present useful and concise information about choosing an appropriate ceramic or natural stone product for use in private residences including;
- All internal living spaces and wet areas.
- External paths, steps, pool surrounds, decks, patios and entertainment areas.
- Apartment interiors and balconies.
Popular ceramic and natural stone products will be addressed separately. The guide will provide useful information about the type of products that are suitable for each of the above locations.
Readers will be alerted to the fact that test methods exist, and guidance will be given in regards to the type of products that are typically used in specific environments.
Tile merchants and their customers should use the guide as a basis for their discussions regarding selection of a suitably slip-resistive hard surface finish in a specific internal or external location.
The slip-resistance chapter written by Carl Strautins for inclusion in the ASAA Natural Stone Design Manual and a variety of other documents will be referenced to produce a guide which will assist both the seller and the purchaser.
The guide will contain a cautionary note concerning the dangers associated with over specifying a product, which may result in a surface becoming difficult to clean and maintain. Guidance will be given to basic cleaning and maintenance practices.
The electronic version of the guide will feature images of typical slip-resistive surfaces that are chosen for use in the residential environments covered in the guide.
Gary Jones is scheduled to produce a draft document by mid-March. Following peer review by the ATC and ASAA, it is anticipated that the guide will be ready for circulation by late September 2013.
The following individuals were in attendance:
Peter Carter, Crosby Tiles, WA
Gary Jones, Beaumont Tiles, ACT
Barry Bulmer, Mosaic Design Company
Richard Murphy, GNS Ceramics
Noel Glennon, FS Glennon Pty Ltd
Carl Strautins, Safe Environments (ASAA)
Anthony Stock, ATP Pty Ltd (ASAA)