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Flooring Industry Associations

American Floorcovering Alliance - The AFA (formerly DFCMA) located in Dalton, Georgia, the carpet capital of the world was formed in 1979 to promote the floor covering industry. AFA, is a not for profit association to promote the industry’s products and services to the world.

American Bamboo Society - the American Bamboo Society (ABS) was formed in 1979 and today we have over 1100 members living throughout the US and in 39 other countries. The ABS issues a bimonthly Newsletter and a Journal to disseminate information about the use, care, propagation and beauty of bamboo.

American Society for Testing and Materials - (ASTM) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for producers, users, ultimate consumers, and those having a general interest (representatives of government and academia) to meet on common ground and write standards for materials, products, systems, and services.

Assopiastrelle - Association of Italian ceramic tile and refractories manufacturers.

Canadian Stone Association - To meet the growing demands accompanying the globalization of markets, the Association decided in 1994 to bolster its structure and provide coast-to-coast representation to all firms operating in the stone industry in Canada. From that decision the Canadian Stone Association was formed. The Association has brought together more than 100 companies engaged in various stone- related activities. Sales for the entire stone sector currently total more than $200 million annually.

Carpet Cushion Council - as the industry resource for answers to carpet cushion-related questions, the Carpet Cushion Council is taking the initiative to educate carpet retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and cushion manufacturers about the need to understand this untapped commodity.

Carpet and Rug Institue - (CRI) is the issues-oriented national trade association representing the carpet and rug industry. Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, the Institute's membership consists of manufacturers representing 95% of all carpet produced in the United States, and suppliers of raw materials and services. This is also a wonderful resource for consumers wanting more information on carpeting.

Carpet Institute of Australia - a dedicated association for the Australian carpet industry. This is an extremely well done web site too!

Ceramic Tile Distributors Association - (CTDA) is an international association of distributors, manufacturers and allied professionals of ceramic tile and related products.

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation - was created to establish a local, regional, and national educational and training programs for consumers, installers, contractors, and sales associates interested in the installation of ceramic tile.

Certified Floorcovering Installers Association - (CFI) is a organization devoted to carpet installers. Besides certifying and training installers they also help set the standards for quality installations.

The Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring - The Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) was founded in 1994 in Bonn, Germany. Currently, some 20 companies producing and marketing laminate flooring on their own account and with their headquarters within the European Union are regular members of EPLF. The Association only accepts such manufacturers as are committed to high standards of quality and implement suitable production processes.

European Bamboo Society - EBS is an informal federation of national European bamboo societies, each of which has its own administration and membership.

Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association - to further all aspects of professionalism, quality and profitability in the floor covering industry in order to provide a support mechanism for its members and ensure customer satisfaction.

Flooring Installation Association of North America - the goal of FIANA is to provide the flooring installation industry a forum for manufacturers and distributors alike to discuss mutual solutions to industry situations that may develop, as well as fostering communications between these two groups.

Hardwood Information Center - sponsored by the Hardwood Manufacturers Association. The Hardwood Information Center gives a wealth of information about hardwood floors, including tips for designing, buying and maintaining hardwood floors.

Hardwood Council - The Hardwood Council's mission is to promote the increased use of North American hardwood flooring, paneling, furniture, cabinetry and decorative millwork to architects, designers and builders

Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association - (HPVA) promotes the interests of its members and the hardwood plywood, veneer and laminated wood flooring industries. The Association not only obtains and disseminates practical business and eductional information, it also develops industry statistics. HPVA also strives to keep members abreast of the latest developments and new technology affecting the industry as well as promoting the sale of its members products.

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification - (IICRC) is a nonprofit certifying body for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry. The IICRC Senior Carpet Inspector is the highest level of achievement in the carpet industry. Senior Carpet Inspectors are qualified to give an expert opinion on all carpet related problems. Certified Senior Carpet Inspectors must complete 40-56 hours of classroom study, pass a comprehensive examination, both written and practical, and submit a minimum of ten inspection reports for review by their peers. In addition, they must adhere to the IICRC Code of Ethics.

International Designers Guild - is an alliance of the most exclusive decorative floor covering showrooms in the world. We are committed to fashion and design, and dedicated to making you look incredible.

Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association - (MFMA) founded in 1897, the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association has established itself as the authoritative source of technical and general information on maple sports flooring.

Marble Institute of America - is to promote the use of natural stone and be the authoritative source of informaton on the standards of workmanship and practice and suitable application of stone products.

National Association of Floor Covering Distributors - (NAFCD) was organized to foster trade and commerce for those having a business, financial, or professional interest as wholesale distributors and manufacturers of floor coverings and allied products.

National Association of Manufacturers - (NAM) was founded in 1895 to advance a pro-growth, pro-manufacturing policy agenda. More than a century later, the NAM continues to be the leading voice for manufacturers in the United States.

National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors - A non profit organization for Certified Floor Covering Inspectors. The NICFI provides affordable education for the inspector, and a free referral service for end users.

National Training Center for Stone & Masonry Trades - (NTC) has a wealth of information related to the stone and tile industry. Included within this site are books, videos, seminars, brochures, message board, stone tips, contractor directory and much, much more!

National Wood Flooring Association - (NWFA) is a non-profit trade association representing all segments of the wood flooring industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers and installers. The NWFA's mission is to be a leading resource of accurate and expert wood flooring information for the consumer and the wood flooring industry.

National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association - (NOFMA) is a oak flooring manufacturers association dedicated to promoting the oak flooring industry. This site is also an excellent resource for consumers wanting to no more about hardwood floors.

National Tile Contractors Association - (NTCA) was organized and chartered in 1947. The National Tile Contractors Association is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, and is recognized as the largest and most respected national tile contractors association in the world.

North American Laminate Flooring Association - (NALFA) was formed in 1997 by US and Canadian manufacturers and importers of laminate flooring. The primary purpose is to create voluntary product performance standards for laminate flooring in North America.

Polyurethane Foam Association - (PFA) has a web presence to provide information on key issues and product characteristics that may be of interest to flexible polyurethane foam users, researchers and academia.

Terrazzo Tile and Marble Association of Canada - (TTMAC) was founded in 1944. It's mandate was to develop a method of standardizing terrazzo, tile and marble installation techniques, as well as being a technical resource and liaison for architects, designers and engineers.

Tile Council of America - (TCA) is a national trade association dedicated to expanding the market for ceramic tile manufactured in the United States of America.

World Floor Covering Association - (WFCA) the industry's largest advocacy organization representing specialty floor covering retailers.

The AIAOnline Network - AIAOnline is a comprehensive family of online services designed especially for architects. First introduced in August 1996 on the Internet, AIAOnline has grown remarkably in the quality and quantity of information and services.