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  • Delta Faucet Company Introduces Zura™ Bath Collection

    Full bath suite blends geometric shapes for contemporary sophistication

    LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2016) – Answering consumer desires for modern, urban bath design, the new Zura™ bath collection from Delta Faucet is constructed to deliver a precise marriage of rounded, rectangular and triangular elements. The geometric shapes effortlessly blend together, creating a collection that is every bit as contemporary and sophisticated as it is innovative.

    The Delta® Zura bath collection features deck mount lavatory faucets in a split Matte Black and Chrome finish, adding to an extensive line of finish options offered by Delta Faucet. The collection also features a luxurious pendant raincan showerhead with H2Okinetic® Technology. For added convenience, single--handle and vessel faucets are equipped with optional Touch2O.xt® Technology. The entire faucet serves as a sensor with this technology, allowing water flow to be turned on and off with a simple touch to the faucet’s spout, hub or handle. Alternatively, the faucet can be operated in hands-free mode that senses your presence within 4” and automatically shuts off within seconds once hands are removed.

    “When creating this collection, we wanted to deliver a full suite that was unique in both design and functionality,” said Clinton Cardinal, Delta product manager. “As a result, the Zura collection offers a transformative style that gives consumers a chic metropolitan look with transformative technologies.”

    In addition to Touch2O.xt Technology, the Zura collection's features include:

    • DIAMOND™ Seal Technology, which combines a durable DIAMOND Valve with InnoFlex® PEX waterways. The valve requires no lubrication, eliminates wear on seals, and ensures “like new” operation for the life of the faucet, lasting up to 10 times the industry standard.1 The InnoFlex waterways eliminate potential leak points and are less hassle to install.

    • MultiChoice® Universal Valve installation, which ensures future shower function upgrades or style changes can easily be made without altering plumbing behind the wall.

    • H2Okinetic Technology, which creates a shower experience like no other. Each showerhead and handshower contains an internal system that sculpts the water into a unique wave pattern, creating a consumer-proven feeling of more water, all without using more water. All showerheads in the Zura bath collection feature H2Okinetic technology.

    • WaterSense® Labeled. Delta Faucet Company takes its role as a WaterSense® partner seriously and is committed to working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to encourage efficient use of water resources and actively protect the future of our nation’s water supply. All lavatory faucets in this collection meet WaterSense requirements, flowing at a rate that is less than the industry standard of 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm).

    The Zura bath collection offers a variety of faucet configurations, including:

    • Single-handle and vessel faucets with optional Touch2O.xt Technology
    • Two-handle widespread faucets
    • Single- and two-handle wall mount faucets

    The bath suite includes tub and shower faucets, showerheads, handshowers, body sprays, a unique floor-mount tub filler, a bidet and coordinating accessories. In addition to the split Matte Black and Chrome finish, the collection is available in Chrome, Polished Nickel and Brilliance® Stainless finishes. For more information, visit

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  • Delta Faucet Introduces Mateo™ Kitchen Collection

    Italian charm inspires new faucet design available with Touch2O® Technology

    LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 19, 2016) – With nods to the Italian countryside, the Delta® Mateo™ kitchen collection delivers a truly dynamic design to the heart of the home. The collection’s charming contours reflect the smooth, graceful curves of hand-blown glass bottles without compromising its innovative functionality.

    The sleek, high-arc pull-down design is coupled with modern innovations, such as MagnaTite® Docking to hold the spray head firmly in place via a powerful magnet and DIAMOND™ Seal Technology, to ensure “like new” operation for the life of the faucet. The style and design found in the Mateo collection offer enhanced reliability, trusted performance and a heightened kitchen esthetic.

    “The Mateo kitchen collection appeals to consumers and designers seeking a vibrant look to fit a transitional space at an obtainable price point,” noted Peggy Gallagher, Delta product manager. “Sleek style, paired with advanced kitchen faucet technologies, bring a thoughtful user experience that consumers expect from Delta Faucet.”

    Optional Touch2O® Technology with TempSenseTM technology allows the faucet to be turned on and off with just a touch, simplifying kitchen tasks during food prep and clean-up, and features an LED light at the base of the faucet to let users know when the water has reached the desired temperature.

    The full kitchen suite is available in multiple faucet configurations with optional Touch2O Technology on the single handle pull-down kitchen and bar faucets. In addition to coordinating beverage faucets, soap dispensers with Touch2O.xt® Technology are offered for a completely hands-free experience. The collection is available in Chrome, Arctic® Stainless, and Venetian Bronze® finishes.

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  • Brizo® Brand Debuts Enhanced Kitchen Aesthetic and Functionality with Single-Handle Articulating Faucet

    New faucet architecture features an articulating arm design for the Artesso® and Solna® collections with optional SmartTouch® Technology.

    INDIANAPOLIS – Inspired by the timeless design and definitive functionality of an architect lamp, the Brizo® brand continues to evolve its kitchen category offerings with a collection of articulating kitchen faucets, now available with optional SmartTouch® Technology. A clever twist on the classic pull-down architecture, the spray wand can be easily docked and undocked for maximum function and efficiency while touting high-design.
    “The coveted articulating design coupled with SmartTouch Technology offers ultimate functionality for frequent kitchen tasks, while helping to conserve water,” said Celine Garland, Brizo lead industrial designer. “The wide range of motion and enhanced control of water flow brings increased flexibility to the kitchen and delivers on the Brizo brand’s dedication to blending form with function.”
    When the spray wand is undocked, the user can freely move the wand to aim water in any direction in and around the sink area with either spray or stream options. When docked, the wand stays securely in place using MagneDock® Technology, a patented, state-of-the-art magnetic docking system which keeps the spray head perfectly aligned.
    The dynamic design has been enhanced with optional SmartTouch Technology to continue improving flexibility and operation for frequent kitchen tasks. Users simply touch anywhere on the faucet body, handle or articulating arm to turn on or off the water, promoting efficiency of motion while also helping to conserve water by activating flow only when needed.

    The articulating arm is available in two distinct Brizo kitchen collections:

    Artesso® Collection - Inspired by detailed, early 20th century metal works, the Artesso Single-Handle Articulating Kitchen Faucet is available in Polished Chrome, Brilliance® Polished Nickel, Brilliance® Stainless and Venetian Bronze® finishes, and will be available with optional SmartTouch Technology in fall 2016.

    Solna® Collection - Aptly boasting a Scandinavian moniker to match its clean, contemporary design, the Solna Single-Handle Articulating Kitchen Faucet is available in Polished Chrome, Brilliance® Stainless and Matte Black finishes, and will be available with optional SmartTouch Technology in fall 2016.

    Both collections include a coordinating soap dispenser and optional escutcheon. For more information about Brizo kitchen and bath products or to locate a dealer, visit

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  • Delta Faucet Enhances Kitchen Functionality with Trinsic® Pro Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

    New faucet introduction increases kitchen style and function

    LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 19, 2016) – Envisioned as a means to bring the industrial-style flexibility of a chef’s faucet into the home, the Delta® Trinsic Pro faucet offers the sophistication of the original Trinsic collection, coupled with professional performance and unrestrained style. It puts control in the hands of the user with a flexible, spring-design undocking spout, which can be easily disconnected and magnetically re-docked for free range of motion.

    “The Trinsic Pro faucet targets those who want an industrial look in their kitchen with an eye-catching design and unrivaled functionality,” noted Peggy Gallagher, Delta product manager. “The unique integrated pull-down wand feature lends a unique style that creates the distinct aura of a gourmet cooking space.”

    When the spray wand is undocked, the user can freely move the wand to aim water in any direction in and around the sink area with either spray or stream options. When docked, the wand stays securely in place using MagnaTite® Docking, a patented, state-of-the-art magnetic docking system which keeps the spray head perfectly aligned.

    The sleek, yet rugged, design highlights modern innovations including DIAMOND™ Seal Technology which ensures “like new” operation for the life of the faucet with a valve that eliminates wear on seals and does not require lubrication.

    Available in Chrome and Arctic® Stainless finishes, the Trinsic Pro faucet offers optional Touch2O® Technology with TempSense™ technology which allows the faucet to be turned on and off with just a touch. Making kitchen tasks easy during food prep and clean-up, the faucet features an LED light at its base to let users know when the water reaches a desired temperature.

    The Trinsic Pro faucet can be paired with a variety of Delta kitchen accessories – including a coordinating beverage faucet, and a soap dispenser with Touch2O.xt® Technology which offers a completely hands free experience. For more information, visit

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  • The Litze™ Bath Collection by Brizo® Evokes Modern Design with Bauhaus Sensibility

    New full bath suite effortlessly blends innovation with artistry

    INDIANAPOLIS – As the influential Bauhaus movement of the 1920s strove to rejuvenate design for everyday life, the new Litze™ (pronounced LEETS-zuh) Bath Collection by Brizo® was born from the desire to reunite creativity and manufacturing. The collection melds innovative engineering and artistry to strike a balance that is equally at home in clean, contemporary environments or raw industrial spaces.

    Thoughtful details such as three distinctive handle options, a simplistically beautiful bent tube spout, jointed wall mount shower arm and elegant teak wood accents exemplify the stunning craftsmanship. The Litze Bath Collection’s textural knurling detail lives up to its name, which means “braid” in German, inspired by the town of Worlitz, Germany – not far from the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement.

    “The starting point for this collection was simply to create a clean, modern design, but Litze turned out to be much more than that,” said Jordan Bahler, Brizo industrial designer. “Equal parts artisanal and raw in style, the collection delivers an unexpected edge by highlighting the elegant side of those concepts, making them feel new, modern and energized."

    Every design detail is deliberate while ensuring ease of use, from the intersection of geometry chosen for the lever handles to the slide bar handshower model available with and without a machined brass wheel that spins as the handshower is positioned. Teak wood accents, available on select models, create a stunning combination of manmade and natural materials. Like iconic Bauhaus designs, the Litze collection blends inspiration from fine arts and architecture.

    In addition to the faucet offerings, the full suite of products include:

    • Widespread lavatory available in two spout heights
    • Single-handle, single-hole deck mount and wall mount lavatory with or without knurling details
    • Single-handle, single-hole bidet faucet
    • Three and four-hole Roman tubs and single-handle freestanding tub filler
    • Non-diverter and diverter tub spouts
    • Pressure Balance valve only trim
    • TempAssure® Thermostatic Medium Flow custom shower trims
    • TempAssure® Thermostatic valve with integrated diverter trims
    • Sensori® High Flow custom shower trims  HydraChoice™ Max Body Spray System
    • Multi-function showerhead with H2Okinetic® Technology
    • Pendant ceiling mount raincan showerhead with H2Okinetic® Technology
    • Hydrati® 2|1 Shower with H2Okinetic® Technology
    • Wall mount and slide bar handshower available with or without a machined brass wheel
    • Complete offering of accessories including drawer hardware

    The new integrated TempAssure® Thermostatic shower valve with diverter features volume, temperature and diverter control in the same unit, allowing for a consolidated custom shower design with a clean, streamlined look. With a variety of custom shower trim options and multiple shower components featuring H2OKinetic® Technology, this collection offers a range of possibilities to create a luxurious, personalized bath space.

    The full bath suite is offered in Polished Chrome, Brilliance® Polished Nickel, and Brilliance® Luxe Nickel™ finishes, and a new Brilliance® Luxe Gold™ finish. Additional finish options on lavatories, tub faucets and select accessories include Brilliance® Luxe Nickel™ finish with Polished Chrome Accent, Polished Chrome with Teak Wood Accent, and Brilliance® Luxe Nickel™ finish with Teak Wood Accent.

    The Litze™ Bath Collection by Brizo® is expected to begin shipping in late 2016. For more information about Brizo kitchen and bath products or to locate a dealer, visit

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. and SCIA, Inc. to Sponsor Concrete BIM Workshop

    The MRMCA, VRMCA and ACI's Maryland chapter to host inaugural Concrete Buildings
    with BIM Workshop

    Columbia, MD (August 18, 2016)—Global design software developers Vectorworks, Inc.
    and SCIA, Inc., along with the Maryland and Virginia chapters of the Ready Mix
    Concrete Association (MRMCA, VRMCA) and the Maryland chapter of the American
    Concrete Institute (ACI) are hosting the inaugural Concrete Buildings with Building
    Information Modeling (BIM) Workshop for contractors, developers, architects,
    engineers, owners and educators. Taking place at Vectorworks' headquarters at 7150
    Riverwood Drive in Columbia, MD on September 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00
    p.m., the workshop’s sessions will examine BIM’s effect on the concrete design
    industry, delivery and the construction process.

    “BIM is changing how we design, construct and manage the built world. We're thrilled
    to team up with Vectorworks, the Ready Mix Concrete Association and the American
    Concrete Institute to explore the benefits BIM brings to the concrete delivery
    process,” said Daniel Monaghan, managing director at SCIA, Inc.

    Planned sessions during the workshop include:

    Driving BIM in Concrete
    Christopher Brown, structural engineering manager at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
    LLP (SOM) and chair, ACI committee 131 on BIM of Concrete Structures

    Concrete BIM Workflow Demonstration
    Dan Monaghan, managing director at SCIA, Inc. and Robert Anderson, vice president of
    integrated practice at Vectorworks, Inc.

    The Legal Side of BIM
    Michael Bomba, Esq., director and lawyer at American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    BIM and Energy Analysis
    François Lévy, AIA, architect, author and principal of Lévy Kolhaas Architecture

    Expressive Design in Concrete
    Steve Alden, AIA, architect and thought leadership director at Vectorworks, Inc.

    In addition to the presentations, lunch will also be provided. The sessions will
    conclude at 3:30 p.m. with an optional happy hour following from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00

    Tickets are $25 for the workshop and are limited to a first come, first served
    basis. Tickets can be purchased online prior to the event, or at the door, dependent
    upon availability.

    To learn more about other upcoming Vectorworks events, visit the events calendar.

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  • Make It Stick! Masonry Veneer Installed Fast To Last!

    Have a project that includes the installation of thin masonry veneer? Take 1 minute of your time to see how SPEC MIX® Polymer Modified Adhered Veneer Mortar will maximize your productivity and profitability without the worry of units popping off the wall. PMAVM PMAVM provides excellent workability, adhesion, high bond strength, sag resistance, and moisture control to mitigate efflorescence—it’s the ideal mortar for your masonry veneer projects.

    Contact your local SPEC MIX dealer or your SPEC MIX Representative for more information.

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  • The 2016 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Schedule is Underway

    EAGAN, MN — The 2016 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Qualifier Series is underway with two competitions already completed. Yes, it’s that time of year again when masons across North America put their skill, speed and stamina to the test at their local regional competition with the hope of earning a spot at the World Championship in Las Vegas on January 18th, 2017 during the World of Concrete & Masonry tradeshow. But before they can advance to the World Championship round to compete for the title: “World’s Best Bricklayer,” they have to take 1st place at one of the 22 regional events listed below.

    The 22 Regional finalists will compete against the returning 2016 World Champion, Scott Tuttle of Utah and SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN®, Darian Douthit of Oklahoma, who each laid 775 and 687 bricks, respectively. The Regional competitions start in mid-June this year, and run through the end of October which gives all 24 finalists plenty of time to train for the big showdown in Las Vegas to earn the title “World’s Best Bricklayer,” a 2017 Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 truck and nearly $15,000 in cash and prizes.

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  • Hayward Baker Expands its Regional Presence with New Office Facilities in New Orleans

    The new office spearheaded by Christopher Rogers, P.E. supports Hayward Baker customers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, providing enhanced services.

    New Orleans, LA, July 28, 2016 - Hayward Baker Inc., North America's leader in geotechnical construction, announces the opening of a new office location in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new office will support customers and projects along the Gulf Coast. As an extension of the Houston office, the New Orleans office is spearheaded by recent hire Christopher Rogers, P.E., Project Manager with oversight from Tyson Deklavs, Area Manager.

    Christopher Rogers, P.E. is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

    He is a registered engineer in Mississippi and Louisiana. Rogers has over ten years of diverse experience in quality control, design-build, and project management. Prior to joining Hayward Baker, Rogers worked for a general contractor in Louisiana as the Senior Quality Control Manager as well as a Field Project Manager. He also has spent part of his career as a Geotechnical Consultant.

    According to Deklavs, the opening of the New Orleans office represents a commitment to closer collaboration with our public, commercial, and industrial Gulf Coast clients. This market includes a diverse group of general contractors, geotechnical consultants, developers, and industrial owners.

    “The Gulf Coast is an exciting market for Hayward Baker. The soils are well-suited for our ground engineering techniques. By combining our experience and existing client base with Chris' local presence and expertise, we are now situated to capitalize on the strong growth potential in this market. We are excited to welcome Chris to the Hayward Baker team.” he stated.

    Recent local projects illustrate the wide range of foundation design-build services Hayward Baker already performs in the region.These include numerous deep soil mixing and jet grouting projects for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and industrial clients.

    Hayward Baker used several ground modification techniques at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Hospital. Prefabricated vertical wick drains were used to expedite consolidation settlement, reducing the down drag on foundation piles. The project also included three deep excavations using sheet piles and jet grouting. Micropiles were used to support a new pile cap and column inside the historic Dixie Brewery Building which is now the Veterans Affairs New Orleans Dixie Research Facility.

    The New Orleans office of Hayward Baker is located at 839 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100, New Orleans, LA 70130. For more information on the services offered by the office, contact Chris Rogers, P.E., at 504-321-420.

    For a complete listing of Hayward Baker's 33 regional and local offices in North America, click the MORE button.

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  • Native Trails Expands Popular NativeStone® Collection with a New Bathroom Sink

    Native Trails has added an elegant bathroom sink, Tolosa, to its revolutionary NativeStone® Collection. Tolosa's clean, oval shape shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. Tolosa continues the NativeStone® tradition of versatility; it is available in three finishes and can be installed as an undermount or drop-in, for completely different looks.

    Tolosa and other new additions for the kitchen & bath are available in showrooms now.

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  • Visit Covertech at the Upcoming Tradeshows

    International Builders Show - IBS
    Orlando, Florida
    Jan 10-12, 2017
    Booth number - Canadian Pavilion

    AHR Expo
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Jan 30- Feb 1, 2017
    Booth number - N11029

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  • Native Trails Wins Two 2016 GREEN GOOD Design Awards

    Palomar Vanity Top with Integral Sink and Trough 48 recognized as “outstanding examples of Green Design”

    Native Trails recently received 2016 GREEN GOOD Design Awards for two of its bathroom sinks, Palomar Vanity Top with Integral Sink ( and Trough 48. This is the fourth year Native Trails has been selected as a winner in this prestigious annual competition. Palomar Vanity Top with Integral Sink is handcrafted of NativeStone®, the company’s innovative blend of cement and natural jute fiber. Trough 48 is a hand-hammered 48-inch copper sink, ideal for larger bathrooms. The sink is artisan crafted and forged of high-quality recycled copper, bringing modern functionality to this classic material.

    “At Native Trails, we are passionate about merging innovation in design with sustainable materials. We are honored to be as such recognized for Palomar and Trough 48 sinks, through these prestigious awards,” said CEO Naomi Neilson Howard. “We strive to practice sustainability in every aspect of our business model, from our working relationships with our artisans to our philosophy of choosing reusable, sustainable materials that will last for generations.”

    GREEN GOOD Design is sponsored by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. It identifies the world’s most important examples of sustainable design and develops public awareness about which global companies are doing the best job towards ecological and sustainable design for our world environments. This year, members of The European Centre’s International Advisory Committee served as the jury and selected over 100 products, programs, people, environmental planning and architecture as outstanding examples of Green Design from 22 nations.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Helps Recognize JOM Architects as 2016 Foundation Award First-Place Winner

    Program recognizes innovative young architecture firms for their remarkable work

    Columbia, MD (July 19, 2016)—As sponsors of the seventh annual Foundation Award, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. and its Swiss distributor ComputerWorks AG are proud to announce that Zürich-based JOM Architects is the first-place winner. The award recognizes exceptional architecture firms established for fewer than four years. Winners received licenses of Vectorworks Designer software, as well as a monetary reward for a combined value of CHF 24,000.

    “We are proud that over the last few years the Foundation Award has been a stepping stone for many talented architects, since it is the only award in Switzerland to promote young entrepreneurs in the building industry,” said Andreas Kling, CEO of ComputerWorks Switzerland.

    The Foundation Award's jury judged applications holistically, evaluating the projects submitted alongside each firm’s self-description. Entries were also judged based on each firm’s ability to articulate their design philosophy and why it matters through their work.

    The winning offices received their prizes during a ceremony held at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, another sponsor of the award. Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc., AIA, product marketing manager – architecture at Vectorworks, presented the awards. Siddiqui is an expert in BIM applications and co-host of the Art in Architecture webinar series.

    “Being a part of the Foundation Award reinforces Vectorworks' support of young architects who are exploring new ways to design and model,” said Siddiqui. “Our participation is indicative of how valued designers are making an impact, and we are pleased to provide them with Vectorworks Designer software licenses so they can continue to transform the world.”

    Vectorworks Designer software is the ultimate solution for the design professional who needs it all. From integrated graphical scripting to subdivision modeling tools, Vectorworks software easily enables designers to draft, model and present in a single, intuitive interface.

    To earn their recognition, related prizes and a video profile from, JOM's Michael Metzger, Philippe Jorisch and Stefan Oeschger submitted two designs: the conversion of the “Villa Seeblick” in St.Gallen and a multi-family house in Wetzikon. Each designer brought their different backgrounds and focuses to these works to demonstrate the productive potential of heterogeneous mindsets.

    Other firms recognized at the Foundation Award 2016 included Lilitt Bollinger of lilitt bollinger studio, who was awarded second place based on her submitted work of an apartment on Lake Brienz and a residential house in Obstalden. The jury noted her “strong personal relation to each task, place and construction.”

    Third place was presented to Jaeger Koechlin Architects. Patrick Jaeger and Ariel Koechlin submitted several projects, including a kindergarten in Wildenstein scheduled to be built in 2017. Their sense of space, materials and their convincing presentation of projects was admired by the Foundation Award jury.

    Along with Vectorworks and ComputerWorks AG, this award was also supported by media publications such as the architecture magazine Hochparterre, the online cultural channel and the online portal for architects swiss-, as well as the hardware manufacturer Hewlett Packard.

    The application for the next Foundation Award is available now with a deadline of April 30, 2017.

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  • ICC Code Changes Offer More Attic Choices

    At the ICC 2018 code hearings in April, two sets of code changes were approved. These changes give builders greater flexibility in meeting the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in the areas of unvented attics and buried ducts.

    It’s worth noting that these measures received near unanimous support of IRC and IECC Committees and no challenges from the assembly. Once final approval is issued, these changes allow the codes to catch up to building practices that have proven successful in the field and under the DOE's Building America program. This article is the first of a two-part series. An upcoming article will focus on buried ducts.

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  • Case Study: Mid-Rise Hotel in Southeast U.S.

    A hotel guest accidentally broke through a guest room window and fell to her death at a hotel built in the early 1970s. In addition to the personal tragedy that resulted, the accident also led to allegations of improper window glazing and legal claims against the hotel owner and other parties associated with the property.

    An LBFG Senior Forensic Engineer provided a forensic review of the window assembly and applicable code requirements to assess potential code violations related to the window installation, glazing, and hotel renovation.

    LBFG's review concluded that the window configuration and glazing were within the minimum code requirements. In this case, however, the minimum requirements were not sufficient to prevent the tragic accident.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Partners with Modelo for AEC Presentation and Collaboration Plug-In

    Architects and designers can now easily visualize and share 3D models over the web with clients, colleagues and consultants

    Columbia, MD (July 13, 2016)—Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces their partnership with Modelo, creators of the software plug-in of the same name, which is the fastest real-time, web-based 3D model communication tool in the AEC industry. Modelo allows for architects and designers to upload their 3D Vectorworks files (VWX) directly into the browser-based 3D presentation and collaboration tool.

    Once files are uploaded to the plug-in, professionals can present and share their 3D files with clients, colleagues and consultants. Viewers can leave feedback and markups, without needing to install Vectorworks software, which are then archived for future reference. The academic community can also take advantage of the free version or trial to achieve the same collaborative and communicative opportunities.

    “In today’s highly competitive market, the ability to quickly and effectively communicate about a design in 3D with clients and collaborators is of the upmost importance,” said Jeremy Powell, product marketing director at Vectorworks. “Our partnership with Modelo puts powerful, web-based collaboration tools in the hands of designers and architects so they can easily transfer designs right out of Vectorworks software into Modelo for intuitive design review, no matter their location.”

    Modelo offers designers the capability to:
    • Visualize 3D models directly through their internet browser.
    • Share specific, presentation-ready views directly with clients.
    • Create comments on 3D models for internal team feedback.
    • Jump into Virtual Reality (VR) with mobile devices and Google Cardboard.
    • Switch to presentation mode for clean, curated tours of their designs.
    • Cut real-time sections and measure in 3D space.
    • Access models via mobile- and tablet-optimized browser interfaces.
    • Control user permissions across their projects.

    Depending upon a firm's size, Modelo delivers three tiers of accounts including Free, Studio and Enterprise. Plus, free licenses are available for the academic community. Email or visit for details.

    The Modelo plug-in is currently only available for Windows users of Vectorworks software and is compatible with Google Chrome and Firefox web browsers.

    “It’s fitting that we wanted to work closely with the Vectorworks team because of our aligned philosophies with developing tools to support the design process,” said Qi Su, president and co-founder of Modelo. “From the beginning, our mission at Modelo has been to bring efficiency to the collaboration, presentation and project management functions of creative design teams, and we look forward to continuing our mission and helping Vectorworks creatives to do just that.”

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  • New Online Course Demonstrates How to Design and Construct High-Performance, Low-Risk Buildings While Avoiding Catastrophic Mold and Moisture Problems

    The mission of designing high-performance buildings that promote sustainable objectives has led to new success stories, but has also revealed vulnerabilities for potential mold and moisture failures.

    The interaction between a building's HVAC system and envelope creates an unusually high-risk area. Any deficiency in either system can cause dramatic, building-wide moisture and mold problems.

    Through the emergence of high-performance buildings combined with the use of certain new green products, designers and contractors have inadvertently created high-risk buildings when, in fact, the goal should be to develop high-performance buildings with the lowest possible risk of failure

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  • LBFG Publishes “Waking the Dead” Article

    LBFG experts George Dubose, CGC and Donald Snell, PE, CIEC published an article in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals' Subrogator magazine.

    The article, entitled “Waking the Dead: How to Subrogate a Zombie Defect Building Failure”, takes a look at the new edge in risk management concerns for the building industry.

    Here's an excerpt:

    “Buildings with hidden flaws, known as 'zombie defects', are increasingly experiencing acute, massive failures that lead to extensive moisture and mold damage. This, in turn, results in complex insurance claims and confusing subrogation headaches for the industry.”

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  • The 2016/2017 NKBA Student Design Competition is Now Open!

    NKBA student members will design a kitchen and/or bath based on the client requests and plans provided. This project is based on a real client and is anticipated to be built from the student’s winning kitchen design.

    The First, Second, and Third Place winners in both categories will receive complimentary hotel accommodations and registration to KBIS 2017, where they will be recognized at a special ceremony. The winning students will also receive scholarship awards and the winning designs will be featured in NKBA Magazine. The competition is sponsored by Waypoint Living Spaces®.

    Visit the NKBA Student Scholarship section to find more information about this competition.

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  • Visit Covertech at the Upcoming Tradeshows

    Mark your calendars to visit Covertech at the upcoming tradeshows:

    International Builders Show - IBS
    Orlando, Florida
    Jan 10-12, 2017
    Booth number - Canadian Pavilion

    AHR Expo
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Jan 30- Feb 1, 2017
    Booth number - N11029

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Announces New Technologies Webinar Series Offering Continuing Education Credits

    Columbia, MD (June 14, 2016)—As part of its commitment to educate and empower the design community, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces an ongoing “New Technologies” accredited webinar series that will explore emerging advancements in the design industry.

    Following the delivery of “From Point Cloud to Documentation” earlier this year, and now available on demand, the next two installments of the webinar series include “Organic Prototyping with the Subdivision Tool” (1 AIA LU), airing Thursday June 23, 2016 and “Introduction to Energy Modeling using Energos” (Pending 1 AIA LU), which will broadcast on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Additionally, another industry-specific webinar titled, “Augmenting Landscape Architect's Design Workflows with Information Modeling” (1 LA CES HSW PDH) will go live on Thursday, July 21, 2016. All three upcoming webinars will begin at 2 p.m. ET.

    Live webinar attendees who register with their AIA or ASLA member numbers, respectively, will receive their Continuing Education credits after each webinar. Those watching on-demand following the live airing will still be able to earn credit by taking an associated quiz, which will be emailed to registrants along with the recording.

    Registration links and further details follow below.

    June 23, 2016: New Technologies Webinar: Organic Prototyping with the Subdivision Tool
    This webinar features Jacob Dale, BIM expert and creative director at Tangably, as he guides attendees through 3D modeling using the Subdivision tool. Dale will explore the possibilities for creating organic shapes with this tool, along with sketching flowing forms that can be modeled for output to additive or subtractive fabrication processes. The learning objectives for this webinar include:

    • Create an organic shape using the Subdivision tool.
    • Investigate the effects and uses of all sub-modes and controls.
    • Distinguish among the types of objects that can be modeled and know how to generate them from a Subdivide object.
    • Prepare a basic file for physical prototyping.

    Register for the “Organic Prototyping with the Subdivision Tool” webinar here. (

    July 21, 2016: Augmenting Landscape Architect’s Design Workflows with Information Modeling
    Join Stephen Schrader, PLA, ASLA, associate landscape architect at Holcombe Norton Partners, Inc., as he instructs attendees on how to apply BIM tools to the practices of landscape architecture and site information modeling through comprehensive, innovative and intelligent workflows to make appropriate decisions throughout the creative process. The learning objectives for this webinar include:

    • Understand the benefits of augmenting existing design workflows with a combination of standard information modeling tools available in design technology, drawing file organization best practices, and parametric, smart objects to model site data and store information beyond the visual representation of the project.
    • Recognize how to apply database, reporting and spreadsheet functions in worksheets to derive site data from the geometry and smart objects in a design file, simplifying calculation tasks and producing more accurate construction documents used for project bidding.
    • See how using a plant database to store plant data can aid in preparing worksheets to calculate landscape water use reduction from a calculated baseline to meet water efficiency project goals or earn green building credits.
    • Become aware of how firms use worksheet calculations to test the effects of design decisions in real time and verify compliance with green codes, zoning/landscape ordinances and LEED/SITES credits.

    Sign up for “Augmenting Landscape Architect's Design Workflows with Information Modeling” here. (

    July 28, 2016: New Technologies Webinar: Introduction to Energy Modeling using Energos
    By participating in this webinar with François Lévy, AIA, principal at Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture, viewers will learn how to apply energy analysis tools to architectural design workflows. Using an energy analysis feature integrated into Vectorworks software called Energos, Lévy will demonstrate how to model for sustainability during the beginning phases of a BIM workflow on a small residential project. The learning objectives for this webinar include:

    • Understand the appropriate role of early energy analysis in architectural design processes.
    • Evaluate how thermal envelope decisions affect a building’s overall energy footprint.
    • Investigate the relative impact of individual building components on building performance.
    • Learn about the application and functions of an integrated energy analysis tool.

    Enroll in the “Introduction to Energy Modeling using Energos” webinar here. (

    Catch Up With Our First New Technologies Webinar
    “From Point Cloud to Documentation” is now available on demand to help viewers gain more information about how Vectorworks software incorporates data captured with 3D scanning into a designer’s workflow using point cloud technology. Upon completion, viewers may earn one AIA LU by taking an associated quiz. The learning objectives for this webinar include:

    • Understand how point cloud information is becoming prevalent and commonly utilized in the architecture industry.
    • Discuss the differences between various point cloud formats.
    • Understand how to clean and filter data for BIM optimization.
    • Explain the process of using point cloud information for an architectural project.

    “The inspiration behind the accredited New Technologies webinar series is to provide an easy medium for designers to stay informed about emerging advancements and trends, while also furthering their application of Vectorworks software,” said Alice Lowy, marketing director of Vectorworks. “We look forward to expanding this series and providing other industry-focused webinars like the landscape architecture webinar we have planned in July, coupled with entertainment design-focused sessions we’re developing for later this year.”

    To stay up-to-date about all of the webinar opportunities available from Vectorworks, bookmark our events calendar.

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  • Eagle Roofing Products Achieves “Class 4” Hail Rating for Flat and Medium Profile Concrete Roof Tiles

    Sumterville, Fla. (PRWEB) June 08, 2016

    Eagle Roofing Products, the industry's leader in concrete roof tile manufacturing and innovation, is proud to announce their achievement of “Class 4 Impact Resistance” for all flat and Malibu (medium profile) tiles.

    John Campbell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Eagle Roofing Products said in a statement, “Achieving a Class 4 Impact Rating is paramount to our efforts to expand the market for concrete tile in the United States and Canada.” He added, “Hail is a phenomenon that drives a multi-billion dollar replacement market for asphalt shingles and other temporary roof coverings every year. Our goal is to expose architects, developers, builders and roofing contractors across the entire country to the performance-based superiority of concrete roof tiles.”

    According to Tyler Allwood, Director of Technical Services and Systems for Eagle Roofing Products, “We receive at least 10 calls per month from members of the insurance industry inquiring about wind and hail related concerns. I think it is safe to say that insurance companies are tired of constantly replacing asphalt shingle roofs. Our company and our industry have a story to tell that needs to be heard outside of the Sunbelt markets.”

    Achieving a “Class 4 Impact Rating” along with launching new products such as Eagle Platinum Tile™ — which utilizes a patented thermal insulated coating to reduce energy costs — are just two of the many steps Eagle Roofing Products is taking to ensure more than passive consideration of the concrete tile industry in the northern two-thirds of the U.S. from specifiers and insurance companies for years to come.

    Eagle Roofing Products utilized the services of PRI Construction Materials Technologies. Testing was completed as described in FM 4473: Specification Test Standard for Impact Resistance Testing of Rigid Roofing Materials by Impacting with Freezer Ice Balls.

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  • Vectorworks Architect 2016 Receives Architosh’s “BEST of SHOW” Award

    Design and BIM software recognized in Desktop category at AIA Convention 2016

    Columbia, MD (June 9, 2016)—Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. received Architosh's “BEST of SHOW” award in the Desktop category for its Vectorworks® Architect 2016 solution at last month’s American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Convention 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is the third consecutive year that Vectorworks software has received an award from Architosh, the leading website for Macintosh and iOS CAD/3D/AEC professionals and students worldwide. This year, Vectorworks Architect has won the Desktop category, an award based upon implementation quality, acceleration of quality of solution and quality of attack on addressing “pain points” in practice.

    “We're honored that Architosh recognized the efforts that Vectorworks' R&D team undertook to deliver a comprehensive release of Vectorworks Architect software,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “This release is full of customer-requested features and updates alongside new capabilities generated through innovative explorations and tenacious engineering that continue to enable designers to transform the world.”

    Vectorworks Architect software delivers a suite of robust design and BIM capabilities for a streamlined workflow that enables great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration and discovery. The software also offers a complete suite of intelligent detailing, presentation and construction documentation features needed to advance and communicate ideas in 2D or 3D.

    Specifically, Vectorworks Architect 2016 was recognized for the quality of its program, as well as its new feature Marionette, the cross-platform graphical scripting design tool that is integrated inside the BIM environment.

    “Marionette should be rewarded for the elegance it has brought to its node system with their intimate conveyance of the python code behind each node,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, publisher and editor-in-chief of Architosh.

    Another noted feature of Vectorworks Architect 2016 software was the addition of Energos, which offers a responsive gauge of a building’s energy performance, enabling critical sustainability decisions as a design evolves.

    “Vectorworks 2016 also earns recognition for its tremendous acceleration—an absolutely massive upgrade—with things like Energos, its onboard energy analysis tools,” said Pete Evans, AIA, senior associate editor of Architosh.

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  • Native Trails Debuts Reversible Dual Basin Kitchen Sink

    With multiple installation options, Farmhouse Double Bowl creates versatility in the kitchen

    Native Trails has introduced their first dual basin concrete kitchen sink, Farmhouse Double Bowl. Made from NativeStone®, this kitchen sink is reversible, so the smaller basin can be installed on either the left or the right, making it conducive to left-handed users. Farmhouse Double Bowl can also be installed apron-front or standard undermount, resulting in a total of four installation options for a single sink. This is great news for stocking dealers and distributors. Adding to its versatility, Farmhouse Quartet is available in three finishes: Ash (a light, yet rich gray), Slate (a darker hue) and Pearl (a glowing off white).

    Farmhouse Double Bowl and other new additions for the kitchen & bath are available now in showrooms.

    “Our new Farmhouse Double Bowl provides earthy-yet-contemporary appeal and better-than-custom options,” said Naomi Neilson Howard, Native Trails CEO and Founder. “It is made from NativeStone®, one of the least energy intensive materials one can specify as a sink. We worked long and hard to create a material that’s both beautiful and tough– NativeStone is very low maintenance and incredibly stain resistant.”

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  • How to Secure All Your Art and Photo Wall Hangings

    Need to keep a strong grip on your framed art and photography wall displays? We can help you hold onto those items, and keep them safe and sound, with our newest self-gripping hook, Secure Gripper Hook.

    Just as with all our self-gripping hooks, this picture hanging hardware product is compatible with all of our cables and cords. Simply insert our cable/cord into the top of the hook and slide it into place. The internal self-gripping mechanism will immediately hold. Then place your object upon the hook. To relocate the hook on the cable, simply depress the top cap and relocate the hook. This little gripper is so easy to manipulate, re-positioning your object can be done single-handedly.

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  • Durasein® Brings Solid Surface Innovation to the U.S. Building Industry

    High-performing, 100 percent acrylic material combines superior performance with elegant aesthetics
    Columbia, Md. (May 19, 2016) — Durasein, the world’s leading innovator in solid surface manufacturing, is now available in the United States.

    Durasein solid surfaces are nonporous and ideal for a wide variety of commercial spaces, including hospitals, restaurants, hotels, offices, museums, dormitories, child care centers, senior care facilities, shopping malls and retail environments. Nontoxic and environmentally friendly, Durasein is resistant to bacteria, stains, fire, water, chemicals, heat and UV light.

    Durasein solid surface products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art production facility with multiple automated casting lines by a team of some of the most experienced workers in the industry. Through innovative technology, Durasein solid surfaces can be produced as sheet materials, textured wall panels and custom shapes, offering new possibilities for designers and fabricators. Durasein can be manufactured in custom widths and thicknesses, and is available in 36 colors, as well as an extensive range of shape styles. Its applications include countertops, wall cladding, stairs, partitions and other creative architectural elements.

    “Durasein has proven to be invaluable to architects, designers and builders worldwide, and we’re thrilled to introduce our innovative products in the U.S.,” said Zhonghao Luo, CEO of Relang International, LLC, marketer of Durasein in the U.S.

    Durasein products are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide. Durasein is manufactured by Guangzhou Relang Industrial Co., Ltd., a privately owned company headquartered in Zhuhai, China with a 15-year history as an OEM/private-label supplier. Its U.S. headquarters, Relang International, LLC, are based in Columbia, Md.

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  • Build Earth Live and Vectorworks, Inc. Announce Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai's Road and Transport Authority Sponsorship of Hyperloop BIM Competition

    Build Earth Live dates change to September 26 through September 28, 2016

    Columbia, MD (May 17, 2016)–Since the March 2016 announcement of the 48-hour collaborative BIM competition for the eighth Build Earth Live (BEL) series, the unprecedented popularity of BEL Hyperloop’s global collaborative design competition has reached the attention of Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai's Road and Transport Authority.

    Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai's Road and Transport Authority have joined BEL - Hyperloop as government sponsors. The government is planning to build Hyperloop infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the near future. Winning teams of the BEL event will be offered the opportunity to win work with the government on the future project delivery process.

    Created by Asite, and headline sponsored by global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc., the competition exists to showcase how new technology is revolutionizing construction. Teams are tasked with joining together in collaborative work using building information modeling (BIM) technology. The event will focus in particular on the design of station terminuses within the context of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    “This year will hands down be the most exciting Build Earth Live competition with the possibility for participating teams to win work, and we couldn't be happier to be the headline sponsor," said Jeremy Powell, product marketing director at Vectorworks. "We wish all of the competing teams the best and can't wait to see the creative solutions they design for this challenge involving Hyperloop technology.”

    The government ministry will host representatives from finalist teams in Dubai for judging and awards, along with Asite, Vectorworks, and Hyperloop One, a company reinventing transportation by developing the world's first Hyperloop, an elegant, integrated structure to move passengers and cargo between two points immediately, safely, efficiently and sustainably. This new development sees the evolution of the BEL series from BIM educators to leaders in infrastructure and design development.

    In order to take full advantage of this exciting development the sponsors, along with participating teams have agreed to move the start date of the event to Monday, September 26, 2016 at noon GST and the closing of the competition to Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at noon GST. The schedule will also be modified to enable finalist teams to travel to Dubai following the 48-hour competition to participate in the award festivities where winners will be announced.

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  • Valspar shares new colors, green innovations and continuing education at AIA

    Minneapolis -- Sharing their passionate knowledge of color and expertise in architectural coatings, the Valspar Corporation's representatives will be exhibiting in booth #3621 at the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Expo, May 19-21, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

    Valspar's team will host an in-booth happy hour on Thurs., May 19, 3-4 p.m., to toast the new colors of its Fluropon® Effects Rustica coatings, the green innovation of Fluropon® Pure architectural coatings, and share information about several continuing education courses.

    * Fluropon Effects Rustica coatings features richer, more saturated colors with a weathered, antique aesthetic, including some with a subtle color shift.

    * Fluropon Pure coatings help commercial building projects achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® version 4 certification and adhere to the Living Building Challenge's Declare program, using the Living Building Challenge Red List as a guide for hazard reduction.

    Available for coil and extrusion applications, both Fluropon Effects and Fluropon Pure coatings deliver the industry-leading performance expected of Valspar's trusted family of Fluropon 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings.

    To keep architects informed of new products, trends and best practices, Valspar will present in-booth, 15-minute expo chats (0.25 LUs) on architectural coatings' color and green innovations. “Green Innovations in Architectural Coatings” and “Painted vs. Anodized Coatings” also will be offered as one-hour AIA-approved continuing education courses (1.0 LUs each) at the AIA Expo's Learning Lounge in room 3859LL. Registration is required for Learning Lounge courses, but there is no additional cost to attend these sessions.

    Along with its industry-leading technical expertise, Valspar supports architects and designers with its proven, high-performance coating systems, color-matching and sustainability resources, responsive customer service and high-priority lead times. Learn more at

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  • Native Trails Debuts Three Sinks in One for the Bathroom

    With three installation options, Nipomo defines flexibility for today’s bathroom designs

    Native Trails has introduced a one-of-a-kind sink for the bathroom, Nipomo. This NativeStone® bath sink is a powerhouse of versatility and perfect for today’s clean design styles. Its soft rectangular shape shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. To achieve a homeowner's desired look, Nipomo can be installed as an apron-front sink, undermount sink or vessel sink.

    Nipomo and other new additions for the kitchen & bath are available in showrooms June, 2016.

    “This new bath sink design brings fresh versatility in its styling,” said Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails. “Nipomo is really like three sinks in one. The fun part for customers will be deciding how to install it.”

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  • Eaton Announces Winners of the 39th Annual SOURCE Awards Lighting Design Competition

    PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Power management company Eaton today announced the winners of the 39th Annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition, part of the company’s commitment to celebrating current and future lighting designers. The winners were recognized yesterday at LIGHTFAIR® International 2016 in San Diego, California. Six professional awards and six student awards were presented.

    The annual competition, which began in 1977, focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design and requires the predominant use of lighting and controls products from Eaton’s lighting solutions. Entries are judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement, technical performance and the degree in which the lighting meets the project constraints and design concept goals.

    "We congratulate the talented winners of this year’s SOURCE Awards competition, our 39th year of celebrating lighting design," said Kraig Kasler, president, Eaton’s Lighting Division. "The outstanding quality of work from the professional winners features a diverse group of architectural projects including new corporate offices in Guatemala, an impressive New York cancer center, a dining hall at Ohio University, a high school natatorium in Missouri and two beautiful homes in Colorado. For our winning students, we hope their impressive work will inspire them towards a career in lighting."

    The 2016 winners include:

    Professional Category

    •Winners: ENVIRO, Guatemala City, Guatemala, and designer Julio Alvarado, LEED AP, for the lighting of the Microsoft corporate headquarters in Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Robert Singer and Associates, Inc., Basalt, Colorado, and the design team of Robert Singer, IES, IALD, Chase Carter, LD, and Kim Quint, LEED AP, LD, for the lighting design of the Waterstone residence in Woody Creek, Colorado.

    •Honorable Mentions: Robert Singer and Associates, Inc., and designers Robert Singer, IES, IALD, and Jason Diaz, LD, for the lighting design of the Grayhead residence in Telluride, Colorado; EwingCole, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and designer Carl Speroff IV, PE, LC, for the lighting of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in West Harrison, New York; and Tec Studio Inc., Columbus, Ohio, and designer Ardra Paige Zinkon, IALD, MIES, for the lighting of The District on West Green at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

    •Awards of Recognition: McClure Engineering, St. Louis, Missouri, and the team of Mary Goodman, Amy Hughes and Jamie Westerson, PE, for the lighting design of the Walker Natatorium at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri.

    Student Category

    •Winner: Elizabeth Hundley from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, for her conceptual lighting design restaurant project, titled Salt: A Persian Experience. Hundley was under the direction of Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, associate professor of the Interior Design Program at Appalachian State University.

    •Honorable Mentions: Megan Everhart from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, for her conceptual lighting design restaurant project, titled Kroger Marketplace; and Kaitlyn Hutchens, also from Appalachian State University, for her Framework: Supporting Success office building project. Everhart, who won the competition last year, and Hutchens, who received an Honorable Mention award last year, were under the instruction of Hessam Ghamari, assistant professor of the Interior Design Program at the university, as well as Mercer-Ballard.

    •Awards of Recognition: Juan Jose Acosta from Parson The New School for Design, New York, New York, for his conceptual lighting design of his El Ponce communal youth home project; Emily Gross from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin, for her Bibliothek collegiate library project; and Carolina Diep Haro and Evelyn A. Chavez Reyes from the Universidad Autónoma De Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico, for the lighting design of their entertainment "flex room" project, titled Phytoplankton Bioluminescence. Acosta, an Honorable Mention winner in 2014, was under the direction of Nathalie Rozot, associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design; Gross was under the direction of Julie E. Peterson, PhD, WRID, NCIDQ, IDEC, IES, program director and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin - Stout; and Diep Haro and Chavez Reyes were under the direction of Cristina Macias, coordinator, Interior Design Program, Universidad Autónoma De Ciudad Juarez.

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  • Will you be the next Impact Award winner?

    Entry Period April 2016 to September 2016

    The Phantom Screens Impact Award recognizes residential design and building professionals for using innovative products to deliver cutting edge designs that set them above the rest. Impact Award winners have proven that they are committed to enhancing lifestyles and living spaces by integrating Phantom’s retractable screen products into designs that deliver added value and comfort to today’s homeowner.

    Look at all the things you get for winning!

    • National press release announcement
    • Exclusive feature on Phantom Screens website
    • Recognition on booth signage at NAHB International Builders Show
    • A one-page advertorial feature of winner and the winner project in Builder magazine
    • Extensive social media promotion of the winning design through Phantom Screens social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn)
    • In-depth case study created to feature the winner and winning project

    For official rules and complete contest overview click on “READ MORE” below.

    Enter Now!

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  • Legrand, North America Announces Agreement to Acquire Pinnacle Architectural Lighting

    WEST HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Legrand, North America has signed a definitive agreement to acquire* Pinnacle Architectural Lighting, a manufacturer of lighting fixtures and architectural systems for commercial, educational, and healthcare applications.

    Legrand has strong market positions in lighting control and lighting in segments related to the electrical infrastructure of the building in many countries worldwide. The addition of Pinnacle’s products and expertise will greatly expand Legrand, North America’s lighting and building control capabilities, establishing it as a major provider of architectural lighting. This market continues to grow as digital technology transforms product offerings, while lighting designers and specifiers drive demand for more innovative and contemporary lighting solutions.

    Pinnacle’s best-in-class solutions combined with Legrand, North America’s technologies and capabilities in controls, networking, design, and user experience will foster more differentiated lighting products that are architecturally designed and meet stringent code requirements.

    "Pinnacle was built on a foundation of providing creative lighting products and excellent service for the architectural lighting community," said Michael Moore, President of Pinnacle Architectural Lighting, Inc. "With the acquisition by Legrand, we can accelerate growth by leveraging their global reach, infrastructure, and technology to bring new architectural lighting solutions to our customers."

    Collaboration between Pinnacle and Legrand, North America’s multiple businesses will lead to more innovative, technologically-advanced lighting solutions that are attractive to the design and specification community.

    "Advancements in digital lighting technology is changing how we light and control spaces. With the acquisition of Pinnacle, Legrand expands its ability to bring innovative, attractive, and solution-oriented products that meet customer’s evolving needs," said John Selldorff, CEO, Legrand, North & Central America. "Pinnacle’s attention to design and service, customer focus, and technology innovation align perfectly with Legrand’s strategic market approach."

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  • Metrie™ Every Room Tells a StoryBuilder & Designer Challenge

    Tell us your Metrie story and it could be worth over $25,000 in cash, promotions and more.

    Welcome to the Metrie™ Every Room Tells A Story--2016 Builder/Designer Challenge! This is your opportunity to show the industry your world-class design skills by creating and building a room featuring Metrie's Then & Now Finishing Collections™ and claim your chance to win.

    • $10,000 Cash
    • $12,500 Metrie Marketing package
    • A trip for two to the 2017 International Builders' Show in Orlando, FL ($4,000 value)
    • Reimbursement of Then & Now Finishing Collections™ products used in your feature room

    +PLUS -- three people's choice winners recieve $1000 cash prize, trip for two to IBS 2017 and Then & Now Finishing Collections™ room build reimbursement.

    CONTEST RUNS: January 19 -- September 30, 2016

    Click on "Read More" to learn more about the contest and vist Metrie at IBS 2016, Booth #C5026.

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  • This is not plants on a wall

    It is a regenerative, hydroponic living wall biofilter that provides clean air for your building at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems.

    Our biodilters replicate nature's remarkable process of removing contaminants-it never expires-and the only by-product is a beautiful feature.

    Read about Canada's first LEED Gold City by clicking the "Read More" button below.

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  • Architects and the International WELL Building Institute™ Form Partnership to Elevate Health and Wellness in Design

    IWBI to Advance Landmark American Institute of Architects Strategic Initiative on Design and Health
    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI)™ today announced a partnership to advance the AIA’s design and health initiative. As the first sponsor of the initiative, IWBI will bring leading edge health and design information, research, and professional education opportunities to AIA members to enable their stewardship of health and wellness-focused design and architecture. Through WELL Workshops hosted around the country, AIA will provide educational opportunities to support its membership in becoming WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs).

    “Design has the power to improve the health of the American public,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “Partnering with IWBI will engage and empower our architect members and more effectively link the built environment with public health and well-being as the WELL Building Standard™ is adopted in the marketplace.”

    The partnership will generate shared research, co-developed informational articles, and direct support for the AIA’s recently established Design and Health Research Consortium. The AIA and IWBI will co-develop a publication detailing the ways in which architects can improve health and well-being through design, which the AIA will share with all 87,000 members. As part of the partnership, AIA will also engage its full membership in regionally available WELL Workshops, webinars and other online educational opportunities. The AIA and IWBI will also collaborate on a special event to be held at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia aimed to inspire attendees with the latest research on design and health issues and honor practitioners dedicated to designing places that inspire health and well-being.

    As part of the collaboration, IWBI will support the education of a WELL/AIA Summer Scholar to help develop a new architecture professional in the marketplace focused on design, health and well-being. Additionally, IWBI will support the annual Design and Health Research Consortium convening beginning today in Washington, DC.

    “Architects play a pivotal role in designing for health and wellness – from site orientation and architectural design to material specification and beyond,” said Paul Scialla, founder and Chief Executive Officer of IWBI. “We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the AIA to drive the research agenda and to make sure every AIA member has access to leading edge professional education about health, wellness, and design.”

    The AIA has been investigating the possible impact of design on human health and well-being for more than a decade, beginning when its 2003 Annual Convention explored the impact of design on neuroscience. Recommendations on advancing research and education for architects from two later AIA-led meetings of architects and public health experts received AIA board approval and formed the basis for AIA’s current strategic initiative. In 2013, the AIA brought together its Design and Health Leadership Group, a multi-disciplinary group that guides the strategic direction of the AIA’s efforts in this area. Members of this group come from leading academic universities, policy think tanks and award-winning architecture firms around the country.

    In 2014, the AIA announced a partnership with the American Institute of Architects Foundation and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to form the first-ever Design and Health Research Consortium, a group of leading academic public health institutions and universities that helps translate research on design’s influence on public health into architectural practice for policymakers, design and public health professionals and the general public.

    Pioneered by Delos™, the WELL Building Standard (WELL) is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings. WELL is an evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and well-being in the built environment, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. WELL is administered by IWBI and third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). To date, the program has enrolled nearly 30 million square feet of building projects in 13 countries.

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  • Native Trails Expands Cocina Series with Cocina 30

    Native Trails has announced a new size in its collection of undermount kitchen sinks. Cocina 30 is the newest member of its Cocina Series of copper kitchen sinks.

    Cocina 30 is forged of high-quality recycled copper and crafted by artisans to bring out the rich patina of the hand-hammered copper. The sink features a 30-inch single bowl, a standard size in many kitchens, while its undermount installation allows for maximized counter and workspace. This heirloom sink is designed to last for generations.

    Cocina 30 and other new additions for the kitchen & bath are available in showrooms June 1, 2016.

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  • Big Ass Fans Pioneers Smart Fan for Industrial Spaces

    LEXINGTON, KY - Big Ass Fans today introduced the Powerfoil®X3.0 industrial ceiling fan, which includes SmartSense control technology for effortless comfort and automatic energy savings.

    The new Powerfoil X3.0 is the result of two years of hypothesizing, designing, tweaking and testing by Big Ass Fans’ engineers. They created a fan that produces 15 percent more airflow than the Powerfoil X2.0 while maintaining the industry’s best durability and reliability.

    The company’s engineers didn’t stop there. Having pioneered smart controls for residential ceiling fans, Big Ass Fans brings that convenience to industrial spaces. Every Powerfoil X3.0 comes standard with SmartSense, which eliminates the trial and error of finding the ideal air speed when temperatures change.

    Featuring summer and winter modes as well as dual air temperature sensors, SmartSense matches the speed of Powerfoil X3.0 to seasonal conditions. As the temperature rises, the fan automatically speeds up, providing a cooling effect of up to 10°F (5.6°C) that will keep workers comfortable and productive even on the hottest summer days. Conversely in fall and winter, SmartSense automatically slows the fan to push down rising warm air from a facility’s heater without creating a draft. The Powerfoil X3.0 equalizes the air temperature in the space and reduces heating use and bills up to 30 percent.

    SmartSense maximizes investment by selecting the most efficient and beneficial fan speed with minimal user input. Users select their comfort preferences during the initial setup, then SmartSense operates the Powerfoil X3.0 automatically. If the need arises, a manual mode is available at the touch of a button to allow users to adjust fan speed on the fly.

    The Powerfoil X3.0 fan is available in diameters of 8 to 24 feet (2.4 to 7.3 meters) and includes a non-prorated 15 year warranty with factory-certified installation.

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  • EPA Recognizes Panasonic Eco Solutions North America with 2016 Energy Star® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

    Panasonic Eco Solutions recognized for its sustained leadership to protect the environment, 7th year in a row

    Newark, NJ (March 28, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Panasonic Eco Solutions North America with a 2016 ENERGY STAR ® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Panasonic’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2016.

    Panasonic Eco Solutions, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010, will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency.

    An ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and Sustained Excellence Award recipient every year since 2012, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America will again be honored in 2016 with the EPA’s most prominent award for its long-term commitment to innovation and sustainability. With the highest efficacy (up to 18.6 CFM/Watt) of any ENERGY STAR rated ventilation fan, Panasonic continues to exceed standards with virtually every product in its lineup where guidelines exist.

    Panasonic consistently demonstrates a tireless commitment to efficiency through offering high-performance, low cost solutions such as the new 2015 WhisperFit EZ, a fast and easy to install ENERGY STAR rated retrofit ventilation fan that is ideal for remodeling applications. Panasonic also collaborates with ENERGY STAR and various other organizations to educate consumers about the importance of energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

    “It’s hard to overstate the value Panasonic places on our partnership with ENERGY STAR,” said Patricia Monks, Product Manager, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “We are so incredibly proud to be recognized by the EPA for the seventh consecutive year. This award is emblematic of our shared vision to create a healthier, more energy efficient environment through our commitment to sustainable products and innovation. We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive line of high-performance, low-cost ventilation solutions that respect the environment and reduce costs for our customers.”

    Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

    By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, Panasonic is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize Panasonic Eco Solutions with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Panasonic Eco Solutions demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.“

    The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

    For a complete list of 2016 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR's awards program, click “READ MORE“ below.

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  • Metl-Span Employees Generously Support Local Families in Need

    Annual holiday tradition yields more than 80 gifts for Lewisville cause

    LEWISVILLE, Texas (December 10, 2015) – The employees at Metl-Span's corporate headquarters and Lewisville manufacturing plant have again stepped up to generously support a program organized to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area.

    The Lewisville Fire Department works directly with the school district to distribute the toys to area families. This is the sixth year Metl-Span has been a supporter of this holiday project.

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  • Hayward Baker Expands its Regional Presence With New Office Facilities in Connecticut

    The new office supports Hayward Baker customers in Connecticut, providing enhanced services and learning seminars.

    Middletown, CT, March 17, 2016 - Hayward Baker Inc., North America's leader in geotechnical construction, announces the opening of a new office location in Middletown, CT. The new office is conveniently situated between Hartford and New Haven. The office supports customers and projects in Connecticut, led by Brian Eastman, P.E., Project Manager with oversight from Kevin Dawson, P.E., New England Area Manager.

    Eastman is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Geotechnical Engineering, and has been employed by Hayward Baker for five years in the New England office. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including ground improvement techniques, structure foundation support, and temporary support of excavations. Eastman is joined by Ray Smith, Superintendent, who brings more than 15 years of project experience including drilled shafts, shotcrete earth support, micropiles, and ground improvement.

    According to Dawson, the opening of the Middletown office represents a commitment to serving Connecticut's diverse market of general contractors, geotechnical consultants, and commercial property developers. “We are excited to strengthen our focus in Connecticut. The new office location will enable us to offer enhanced service to our clients and expand our business in New England,” he stated.

    Recent local projects illustrate the wide range of foundation work Hayward Baker already performs in the region. These include aggregate pier ground improvement and drilled micropiles to support the new Earth Tower Hotel and Sky Connector at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncaseville, CT. In addition, approximately 4,000 LF of steel sheetpile temporary earth support with internal bracing and grouted tiebacks are being installed for the MDC Wet Weather Expansion Project in Hartford, CT.

    For the Connecticut State DOT's recent Contract E project, in New Haven, Hayward Baker designed and installed over 60,000 SF of shotcrete and soil nail temporary earth support, approximately 70 drilled micropiles plus 30 drilled shafts.

    To kick off the opening of the new office, Hayward Baker will be hosting two seminars in the New England region for developers, contractors, architects, and engineers. Each seminar will be a full-day event from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with refreshments and lunch included. Engineers will have the opportunity to earn PDH credits for these events.

    The first seminar will be on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Greenberg Center at Yale University in New Haven, MA. The following day - Thursday, April 14 - the seminar will be presented at Rachel's Amphitheater at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.

    These seminars will focus on geotechnical construction and ground improvement, offering a wide overview of projects and techniques such as aggregate piers, rigid inclusions, jet grouting, temporary earth support, geotechnical instrumentation, and driven piles. For more information about the seminars, or to schedule a lunch-and- learn meeting, please contact David Finocchio at

    The new Middletown office of Hayward Baker is located at 515 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 116. For more information on the services offered by the office, contact Brian Eastman, Project Manager, at 401-626-0534. For a complete listing of Hayward Baker's 31 regional and local offices in North America, vist the link below by clicking “RED MORE”.

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  • Metl-Span Releases White Paper on Benefits, Advantages of IMPs

    LEWISVILLE, Texas (December 16, 2015) – Metl-Span LLC has posted a white paper on its website detailing the many benefits and advantages of Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) Systems as building components, specifically walls and roofing.

    The white paper cites IMPs as a pre-manufactured version of a "universal wall" or "perfect wall." It also discusses the physics of insulated metal panels, thermal bridging and compares IMPs with alternative building systems.

    Installed as roofing, the white paper states, "With insulated metal roof systems, the vapor profile is identical to that of ‘site built’ compact roofs, insulated metal panel roof systems also work for refrigerated and cold storage facilities in all climates."

    The white paper also illustrates the superiority of IMPs in regard to water control, air control, vapor control and thermal control in a variety of applications.

    The white paper is authored by Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.E., ASHRAE Fellow, a principal of Building Science Corporation. He is a building scientist who investigates building failures and is internationally recognized as an authority on moisture-related building problems and indoor air quality.

    To view or download this white paper on Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) Systems, click "READ MORE" below.

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  • Rinnai America Unveils Cutting Edge Customer Experience Facility

    Multifunctional facility will serve as a center of expertise for industry events, training seminars, customer visits and product demonstrations
    PEACHTREE CITY, Georgia, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rinnai, the number-one selling brand of tankless water heaters in the United States and Canada, has launched a state-of-the-art customer experience facility at its U.S./Canada headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia. The facility will be an engaging, multifunctional space designed to enhance customer knowledge and contractor expertise through meetings and demonstrations, selling and technical training sessions, industry events and customer visits.

    "We are constantly creating innovative solutions through teamwork and technology for our dealers, installers, customers and consumers. Naturally, we wanted to create a versatile physical space to generate and display those solutions," said Susan Mittelbrun, Vice President of Marketing at Rinnai America Corporation. "The space is designed with bright materials and an open concept to nurture inventive thinking for bold products."

    The new multifunctional facility serves as one open space for larger gatherings or can be split to serve multiple functions allowing for live installs and product teardowns.

    The room is comprised of state-of-the-art technical and AV equipment and live fire for demonstrating the entire Rinnai residential and commercial portfolio, including tankless and hybrid water heating solutions, boilers, direct vent wall furnaces and vent free heaters. The demonstration area showcases working Rinnai product for commercial and residential applications fully equipped with multiple fixtures to demonstrate product capabilities.

    "In addition to being a multipurpose area for people to come together, our facility will allow customers to experience Rinnai's story of the inspiration that goes into engineering highly efficient water heating and heating solutions that provide enhanced comfort, enduring quality and peace of mind," added Mittelbrun.

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  • Don't Miss These 2016 Interior Design Trends

    A range of looks, from soft, graceful patterns to bold, jewel-inspired furnishings, highlight the leading style preferences in 2016.

    The Delta Faucet Company industrial design team highlighted the looks in its 2016 interior design trend report, capturing a range of looks that homeowners, designers and builders can use as they seek ways to reinvent their living spaces.

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  • The WAF 2016 Entry Guide

    The World Architecture Festival Awards is now open for entries in 30 categories. Submit your work to put your project on a global platform and open the door to international media coverage and new clients.

    If you are new to WAF or simply need a reminder on how the awards work, download our 2016 entry guide for information on deadlines, prices and the rigorous judging procedure.

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  • Metl-Span panels provide ‘excellent’ aesthetic for Brooklyn’s Poly Prep

    LEWISVILLE, Texas (February 16, 2016) – Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y., is a historic co-ed college preparatory school, educating students from Nursery through 12th grade. Products from Metl-Span were specified for the Novogratz Center for Athletics, the school‘s fieldhouse/gymnasium.

    “We went with Metl-Span‘s CF30 insulated metal panels for their aesthetics and cost effectiveness compared with another manufacturer’s product, initially chosen by the architect,” says Victor Weisberg, R.A., LEED AP, project executive for West Rac Contracting Corp. in Hauppauge, N.Y.

    Approximately 4,785 square feet of Metl-Span CF30 Architectural Flat insulated metal panels were installed on the walls of the Poly Prep Field House, as specified by Jack Gordon Architects of New York. The 3-inch panels featured an exterior face of 22-gauge Galvalume/G90 in Silver Metallic SG, un-embossed, while the interior face was 26-gauge Galvalume/G90 in Igloo White SG, non-directional embossed.

    Since 1854, the school has graduated thousands of our nation’s leaders in the arts, athletics, business, science, medicine, law, government, education and philanthropy. The school’s mission “is to prepare and inspire the next diverse generation of leaders and global citizens to act with intelligence, imagination and – above all – character.”

    The Novogratz Center for Athletics hosted its first events in December, the inaugural Poly Prep Invitational Squash Tournament. More than 80 students from nine boys and girls varsity high schools from four states competed on the nine courts. On the same day in the facility’s wrestling center, the University of North Carolina edged U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 18-14.

    “The overall appearance is excellent,” Weisberg says.

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  • Jeffrey Ouellette of Vectorworks, Inc. Named buildingSMART International’s Implementation Support Group Chair

    Position offers platform to advocate for IFC and OpenBIM standards

    Columbia, MD (March 8, 2016)—Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, senior product specialist – architecture industry at global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc., has been appointed as Chair for buildingSMART International’s Implementation Support Group (ISG). Created to support the various implementation and certification activities for buildingSMART standards, ISG discusses and promotes the use of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) for the exchange and sharing of Building Information Model (BIM) data among different software products.

    Well-known to the buildingSMART community and a longtime ISG member, Ouellette began attending meetings on behalf of Vectorworks in 2009, becoming deputy chair in the fall of 2011. Together with buildingSMART colleagues, he has created and maintained the IFC-Compatible Implementations Database. Since joining ISG, Ouellette has been an advocate for openBIM standards among end users and the vendor community, trying to mediate the needs of all the parties. According to Ouellette, the future of the global building industry depends on the cooperation of all sides to create, implement and use solutions that ultimately make everyone’s work more effective and result in greater value.

    As Chair, Ouellette’s roles will include leading all group meetings and forums and representing the group during other buildingSMART discussions and events. Additionally, he will work with buildingSMART International’s leadership on objectives to increase group membership and improve communication with end users.

    "One major goal is to expand ISG membership and participation to include more vendors that claim support for IFC in their products. This ensures that their implementations are of the highest quality and compatible with the work of those who have been part of the ISG and its efforts for some time," said Ouellette.

    ISG membership is open to all software companies that are members of a local or regional chapter or alliance of buildingSMART. Currently, ISG organizes regular in-person meetings during the spring and fall seasons, as well as conducts telephone or web virtual conferences to discuss implementation and support strategies. Representatives of large software companies, such Nemetschek brands including Vectorworks, Allplan, Scia, DDS, Solibri and GRAPHISOFT, as well as Autodesk, Bentley and Trimble, and smaller independent vendors including Progman Oy, IES Ltd. and Arkey Systems BV, regularly attend ISG meetings.

    "The group’s highest priority for 2016 is to foster the implementation and certification of IFC4 support across the range of products that have been involved in the previous IFC2x3 certification process," said Ouellette. "As ISG Chair, I want to encourage uptake of IFC4 by even more software vendors as it significantly improves data exchanges for project coordination, as well as important parametric data to enable more advanced downstream modeling workflows. Additionally, we want increase the support for BCF to improve communications between collaborators about the model data."

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  • The IMPACT Leadership Group Cultivates Next Generation of the Asphalt Industry First Leadership Conference Planned for September in Chicago

    March 8, 2016

    Lanham, Md. — To help build the next generation of leaders for the asphalt pavement industry, the National Asphalt Pavement Association is launching the IMPACT Leadership Group. Evolving from the NAPA Young Leaders Program established in 2004, IMPACT will focus on providing education, leadership development training, and networking opportunities designed to support the personal and professional growth of emerging leaders in our industry.

    “The IMPACT Leadership Group is the best place for someone to develop the skills, connections, and knowledge needed to make a difference in the asphalt pavement industry,” said David White of Superior Paving Corp. in Virginia and Chairman of the IMPACT Leadership Group. “This group is designed for proven company leaders and for those who are still working their way up the ranks, and we are all focused on making our companies, our industry, and ourselves better.”

    Embodied in the IMPACT name are six attributes that describe members of the group: Innovative, Motivated, Passionate, Active, Connected, and Teachable.

    “The IMPACT Leadership Group provides companies in the asphalt pavement industry a place to send promising talent to help them grow as individuals and learn how to make an impact in their workplace,” White said.

    The IMPACT Leadership Group meets twice a year at NAPA’s Annual and Midyear Meetings. The group also organizes an annual conference focused on technological innovations, legislative issues, leadership training, and networking opportunities. The 2016 IMPACT Leadership Group Conference and Tour will be held Sept. 22–24, 2016, at theWit Hotel in Chicago, Ill.

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  • Engineering: There's a Place for You! - Engineers Canada presents National Engineering Month 2016

    OTTAWA, March 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Engineers Canada is proud to once again kick-off March as National Engineering Month, Canada's largest annual celebration of engineering.

    Organized by the provincial and territorial engineering regulators, and with support from countless volunteers, over 500 events will take place throughout March from coast to coast to coast for young Canadians to learn about the exciting, fun and rewarding world of engineering.

    To mark this year's celebration, Engineers Canada has launched a new National Engineering Month website that includes an interactive "Chart Your Course" feature that allows visitors to discover which types of engineering may appeal to their interests most. The website also features the events happening across Canada in each province and territory, and allows visitors to truly discover the engineering profession through descriptions of the various engineering disciplines and profiles of everyday engineers.

    "National Engineering Month is a great time for Canada's youth to discover their place in engineering," said Engineers Canada Chief Executive Officer Kim Allen, FEC, P.Eng, FCAE, MBA. "Engineering is the foundation of a fulfilling career if you like being creative, working with great people, travelling, solving problems and being rewarded for your work. Take the opportunity in March to explore what engineering has to offer."

    Events such as design competitions, robotics demonstrations, and science and engineering fairs will teach young Canadians how to use math, science, technology and creativity to generate things that were once only in our imaginations. Participants will discover that with engineering's many disciplines and uses, they can find something that speaks to them. Whether they'd like to stay close to home or explore far and wide, they have choices along their engineering path. Engineering is a place for them; a place where they can find their niche.

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  • Major Industries Expands its Daylighting Line with IlluminPC™ Polycarbonate Multi-wall Systems

    Wausau, WI – Major Industries, a leading manufacturer of skylights, wall systems and canopies, recently expanded their product line with the release of IlluminPC™ polycarbonate multi-wall glazed wall systems. With this new addition, Major Industries is now the only daylighting manufacturer in the U.S. to offer distinct lines of FRP structural translucent panel systems, glass systems, and polycarbonate multi-wall glazed systems.

    IlluminPC™ is a lightweight and versatile wall system that features aluminum framing and 40mm polycarbonate multi-wall panels. Polycarbonate multi-wall is a tough, dependable glazing material that offers built-in light diffusion, excellent thermal performance, and an easy to install tongue-and-groove panel design that snaps together with ease. With its multiple wall construction providing panel U-factors of .19, and numerous color options that allow for unique design opportunities and control of light transmission, IlluminPC™ is a terrific daylighting system choice for both new and retrofit applications.

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  • MCM Panel Manufacturers and MCM Panel Fabricators... The Difference : How do I specify Metal Composite Material (MCM) manufacturers vs. fabricators?

    Fairview Architectural Blog, February 24, 2016

    This is probably one of the most confused topics in the ACM/MCM industry, so I hope that this short post will help clarify the difference between the Manufacturer and Fabricator of Metal Composite Material (also known as Aluminum Composite Material or ACM).

    MCM consists of two skins of metal sandwiching a core material, which provides greater rigidity and superior flatness than sheet metal or plate.

    The MCM Manufacturer is the one that makes sheets of MCM, in a process where the skins and core are fused together in a continuous coil process. There are also some manufacturers that press skins to a core one sheet at a time, however this is generally known to be a lower quality bond, which is important when you consider the harsh conditions an exterior building envelope is required to withstand.

    The MCM Fabricator cuts, routs, folds and otherwise processes the MCM to fabricate panels to mount on the building. These fabricators can either have their own tested installation system using aluminum extrusions, or they can use a third party’s installation system.

    So which one should I specify? The MCM Manufacturer or the Fabricator?

    The answer is BOTH! There are many testing requirements, some of which apply to the Manufacturer and some to the Fabricator. Anything related to the MCM itself, such as fire rating and surface finish belong to the Manufacturer. Tests that require panel fabrication generally apply to the Fabricator, such as wind loads and water penetration.

    Jerry Fossey is the General Manager at Fairview Architectural USA, manufacturer of Vitrabond Metal Composite Material.

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  • Survey Reveals Top Ten Design Trends for Residential Landscape Architecture Rainwater/graywater harvesting top trend for 2016

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sustainable design is the big trend for residential landscapes, according to the 2016 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The top trend—rainwater/graywater harvesting—reflects a growing consumer demand for beautiful residential landscapes that also save water. Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2016. The survey was fielded February 4 through February 18, 2016, with 803 responding. Respondents expected the greatest demand for outdoor living spaces that are environmentally sustainable, reduce water costs and are low maintenance. Here are the top ten project types with the expected highest consumer demand: Rainwater/graywater harvesting – 88% Native plants – 86% Native/adapted drought tolerant plants – 85% Low-maintenance landscapes – 85% Permeable paving – 77% Fire pits/fireplaces – 75% Food/vegetable gardens (including orchards, vineyards, etc.) – 75% Rain gardens – 73% Drip/water-efficient irrigation – 72% Reduced lawn area – 72% Water-focused design elements dominated this year's top ten list and reflect consumers' growing commitment to landscapes that reduce water use and stormwater runoff, says Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. "Water issues are hot topics for many communities, and many people are turning to landscape architects for creative green infrastructure solutions," said Somerville. "Sustainable residential landscape architecture, if part of a broader integrated site design, can dramatically reduce water usage and stormwater runoff over the long term while creating a healthy residential environment." The top three most popular outdoor design elements include fire pits/fireplaces (75 percent), lighting (67 percent) and wireless/internet connectivity (66 percent). The top landscape and garden elements include native plants (86 percent), low-maintenance landscapes (85 percent) and food/vegetable gardens (75 percent). Pergolas (51 percent), decks (47 percent), arbors (44 percent) and fencing (44 percent) are expected to be the most popular outdoor structures. The hottest sustainable design elements include rainwater/graywater harvesting (88 percent), native/adapted drought tolerant plants (85 percent) and permeable paving (77 percent). The most popular outdoor recreation amenities for 2016 will include sports courts (41 percent), spa features (40 percent) and swimming pools (36 percent).

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  • Native Trails Unveils Four Sinks in One

    With multiple mounting options, Farmhouse Quartet creates exciting options for today’s kitchen

    Native Trails has introduced a one-of-a-kind sink for the kitchen, Farmhouse Quartet. This NativeStone® kitchen sink is designed with flexibility in mind. With four installation options – apron-front or standard undermount (no visible apron), bow-front or straight-front – Farmhouse Quartet is Native Trails’ most versatile sink to date. Adding to its versatility, Farmhouse Quartet is available in three finishes: Ash (a light, yet rich gray), Slate (a darker hue) and Pearl (a glowing off white).

    Farmhouse Quartet and other new additions for the kitchen & bath are available in showrooms June 1, 2016.

    "Our new Farmhouse Quartet sink delivers the earthy yet contemporary look of concrete without the fragility - and with incredible stain resistance,” said Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails. “The fact that you can mount this sink in four different ways gives our customers the flexibility to showcase the sink their way. Stocking dealers and distributors love that they can stock the functional equivalent of four sinks in a single box."

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  • U.S. Green Building Council Partners with Dodge Data & Analytics to Release World Green Building Trends Report 2016

    New SmartMarket report shows global green building continues to double every three years

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the results of the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, on which the USGBC is a contributing partner. The new report, conducted in nearly 70 countries, demonstrates that global green building continues to double every three years. The report also finds emerging economies like Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa will be engines of green growth, with development varying from two-fold to six-fold over current green building levels.

    "International demand for green building, due in great part to the LEED green building program's global popularity, has grown steadily over the years," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "Countries are looking for tools that support stable and sustainable economic growth. International business leaders and policy makers recognize that a commitment to transforming the built environment is crucial to addressing major environmental challenges."

    Increasing consumer demand has pushed the world's green building market to a trillion dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.

    The SmartMarket report also revealed that expansion will continue in developed countries like the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom. Across all regions, many survey respondents forecasted that more than 60 percent of their projects will be green by 2018.

    Economic forces were cited as the most important drivers for many of the countries surveyed. The report found that green buildings offer significant operational cost savings compared with conventional buildings. To this effect, respondents expect a 14 percent savings in operational costs over five-year savings for new green buildings and 13 percent savings in operational costs over five years for green retrofit and renovation projects. Building owners also report that green buildings—whether new or renovated—command a 7 percent increase in asset value over conventional buildings.

    Today, there are nearly 75,000 commercial projects participating in LEED across the globe, with 1.85 million square feet of building space LEED certifying every day.

    "The growth of LEED reflects its global adaptability as the world's most widely used and recognized system guiding the design, construction, operations and maintenance of green buildings," said Mahesh Ramanujam, COO, USGBC. "LEED is a critical tool in creating structures that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; create healthier indoor environments for workers, students and community members; and lower utility bills for building owners through reduced energy and water use."

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  • Dezer Properties Chooses Skraffino to Encapsulate VCT in NYC

    Dezer Properties' floor was covered with vinyl commercial tile or VCT. Rather than remove the VCT and dispose of the asbestos containing material, the contractor installed a concrete overlay directly on top of the existing VCT using Skraffino, a cement-based product that provides a grainer concrete surface.

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  • Excel Dryer Announces New Surface-Mounted, ADA-Compliant Thinair® Hand Dryer

    New high-efficiency model features a speed and sound control, slimmer profile and uses 960 watts or less

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Excel Dryer, Inc., manufacturer of the finest American made hand dryers for over 50 years, featuring the high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryer, introduces the new ThinAir® Hand Dryer, a high-efficiency surface-mounted model that protrudes no more than four inches from the wall making it ADA-Compliant. ThinAir dries hands in 15 seconds,* operates on 960 watts and is a quick and easy retrofit solution for any facility looking to save money and easily maintain a cleaner restroom.

    “The ThinAir Hand Dryer eliminates the need to recess the dryer into a restroom wall to achieve ADA compliance, which is beneficial for facilities with walls that are difficult to modify,” said Excel Dryer Vice President of Marketing, William Gagnon. “ThinAir has a lower cost of ownership than other hand dryers, and is easier to install making it a cost effective and affordable option to facilities looking for reliable performance and high efficiency.”

    ThinAir features a slimmer profile, adjustable speed and sound control, on/off heat, an antimicrobial ABS cover and a washable pre-filter to extend the life of the unit. The speed and sound control can adjust the operational sound level from 75 decibels down to 67 decibels, making it one of the quietest dryers on the market. The on/off heat control brings the wattage down from 960 watts to as low as 333 watts with the heat turned off. As a sensor-activated, touch-free hand dryer, ThinAir reduces touch points and decreases the risk of cross-contamination from users contacting potentially unclean surfaces in a restroom. Optional MICROBAN® Antimicrobial Wall Guards protect wall finishes from excess water and are ideal for high-traffic restrooms. Wall Guards are both hygienic and easy to clean.

    ThinAir hand dryers can be ordered in 110 to 240 volts in 60 Hz or 50 Hz for distribution worldwide. Excel Dryer manufactures the only hand dryers that are Made in USA Certified®, the first to be GreenSpec® Listed and also qualify for several LEED® v4 Credits and Green Globes to meet corporate or government sustainability goals.

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  • Diamond Commendation Program Highlights Asphalt Facilities

    Program Recognizes Asphalt Producers, Terminals,
    and Laydown Companies for Adherence to Best Practices

    Lanham, Md. — Last year, asphalt production facilities, terminals, and paving companies in 49 states and five Canadian provinces earned Diamond Commendations, demonstrating their commitment to excellence and best practices.

    In total, 753 asphalt mix production facilities across the United States and Canada earned the Diamond Achievement Commendation, which focuses on best practices for plant operations; environmental, health, and safety compliance; and community relations. Of these, 214 facilities earned the Diamond Achievement Sustainable Commendation, which recognizes those facilities that have made even greater strides in incorporating the principles of long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability into their operations.

    Also, 256 facilities earned a Diamond Quality Commendation, which helps ensure a high level of quality for pavement material produced by a plant, and 40 paving divisions earned the Diamond Paving Commendation, which encourages and recognizes excellence in paving operations. Eighteen asphalt terminals earned the new Diamond Terminal Commendation, which benchmarks best practices for standalone terminal and storage operations, environmental compliance, and community relations.

    “The Diamond Commendation program encourages continuous improvement. It is a way for asphalt plants to benchmark their operations, and it provides a blueprint for how to improve them,” said NAPA 2015 Chairman Michael Cote. “These commendations help a facility gain recognition for being a good, conscientious operator while also providing guidelines to help make it an even better neighbor.”

    Originally developed in 1999, the Diamond Commendation Program, operated by the National Asphalt Pavement Association, was revamped for 2016 to account for changes in materials, technologies, regulations, and operational practices. The 2016 Diamond Commendation program will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2016. Additional information and the application process can be found below.

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  • Duradek Introduces the Natural Choice for Deck Surfaces with Duradek Ultra Legacy PEBBLE BEACH

    Surrey, BC- January 21, 2016-Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane expands its response to market demands for naturally inspired textures and colours for outdoor living space in its latest addition to the LEGACY line with the all-new "Pebble Beach" designer aggregate pebble look in a 60 mil vinyl membrane.

    Inspired by Nature...

    Designed to Withstand It

    Duradek, the most trusted brand of pedestrian traffic waterproof membranes has perfected the trend of a natural stone look on low maintenance vinyl outdoor walking surfaces by introducing Pebble Beach, the latest addition to the 'Legacy' line of PVC membranes.

    Pebble Beach brings a remarkable aggregate pebble appearance to outdoor spaces in a simple, one-step application while maintaining the reliable, low maintenance waterproof protection you have come to rely on from Duradek.

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  • Vectorworks Announces 3D printing plugin by 3YOURMIND

    Vectorworks users can check, analyze and repair 3D files to optimize for 3D printing

    Columbia, MD (February 5, 2016) – After concluding a second financing round in which Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH positioned himself as the new lead investor of the company in December 2015, Berlin-based 3YOURMIND GmbH continues to develop new 3D printing plugins for CAD programs. The latest addition: Vectorworks 2016, a line of 2D and 3D software developed by Vectorworks, Inc. that helps designers to communicate effectively and bring their visions to life while keeping building information modeling (BIM) at the heart of the design process.

    With this new plugin, Vectorworks 2016 users can check, analyze and repair their 3D file to optimize it for 3D printing. With one click on the 3D printing extension inside Vectorworks, the file is uploaded to the 3YOURMIND comparison tool, where it can be scaled and previewed in different 3D printing materials available. Finally, users can instantly compare prices for their 3D model and order it online.

    "We're thrilled to have teamed up with 3YOURMIND to offer this free plugin to our user community," said Jim Wilson, user experience manager at Vectorworks. "Now, users are just one click away from uploading their 3D files via this plugin to services that cater to all their 3D printing needs, where a wide range of materials are available to choose from and where secure file transfer with SSL is guaranteed.”

    Learn more about 3YOURMIND's plugin for Vectorworks software here and explore Vectorworks' partner products here. The new plugin can be easily installed at either site.

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  • Woodtone announces the purchase of Synergy Pacific Engineered Timber

    Chilliwack, BC – Woodtone announces that it has completed the purchase of Synergy Pacific Engineered Timber Ltd., located near Armstrong, BC.

    Synergy produces premium building products and components, both engineered and solid fibre. Products have been sold under Synergy’s own “Quattro™” brand as well as under Woodtone’s “RealPost™” and RealCorner™” brands. Appearance grade finishing products are a growing and complementary aspect to their engineered finishing products. In addition, Synergy produces engineered products and components for truss and joist manufacturers.

    “This acquisition locks in the supply of two of our key products – RealPost™ and RealCorner™ – as we continue to grow market share across North America,” says Chris Young, Principal of Woodtone. “We are excited to further grow Synergy’s product offerings and market reach.” In addition, Kevin Young, Principal of Woodtone, notes that “the manufacturing facilities and equipment acquired through this deal provide key capabilities for future product development and growth.”

    Hal Hanlon (Synergy CEO), “I’m confident this acquisition will increase the value both Woodtone and Synergy delivers to our customers.” Hal and the Synergy team are eager to capitalize on the benefits of combining the strengths of these two complimentary businesses.

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  • Three New Waterstop Profiles for Environmental Engineered Concrete Structures

    Earth Shield Waterstop is proud to announce three new waterstop profiles designed especially for environmental engineered concrete structures, such as waste and water treatment plants. All three profiles are ⅜" thick and have many interlocking ribs to grab into freshly poured concrete.
    Highlights of the new profiles include:

    • NSF 61 Certified for drinking water
    • Chemical resistant TPV polymer construction
    • Ozone resistant to 500 PPHM
    • UV resistant
    • Heat weldable thermoplastic

    The new profiles can be downloaded in our CAD Library located here:

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  • Help Track the Sustainable Advantages of Asphalt

    Input Sought From All U.S. Asphalt Mix Producers by April 30 for Annual NAPA-FHWA Survey to Gauge Use of Reclaimed/Recycled Materials, Warm-Mix Asphalt Technologies

    Lanham, Md. — Asphalt pavement is recycled at a greater rate than any other household or construction material; well over 99 percent of asphalt pavement reclaimed from old roads and parking lots is put back to use in building new roads.

    To best understand the use of recycled materials in asphalt pavement mixtures, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) annually survey the industry about its use of reclaimed/recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt technologies.
    Every asphalt mix producer in the United States is asked to participate in this annual survey by April 30. The confidential survey is gathering information about their use of these materials during the 2015 construction season.

    “We know asphalt is the most sustainable paving option, and recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt technologies are critical to the industry’s sustainable future. We need your help in benchmarking the industry’s progress in putting sustainable practices into use,” stated Kent Hansen, NAPA Director of Engineering, who is administering the survey.

    NAPA and FHWA have tracked usage of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), and warm-mix asphalt (WMA) since the 2009 construction season. The results from the 2014 construction season were released last November and showed that nearly 114 million tons — about a third of all asphalt pavement mixtures produced that year — used WMA technologies.

    From 2009 to 2014, this survey has documented increasing uses of RAP and RAS; starting in 2012, it began tracking the use of other recycled and reclaimed materials, including ground tire rubber and slags. Nearly 83 million tons of recycled material was used in asphalt pavement mixtures during 2014. The full results of the 2014 survey are available at

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    The countdown has started! In less than 2 weeks we'll kick off MASONRY MADNESS™ Day and the 14th Annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship! To get ready for all the fun and excitement, check out this new video we just posted on YouTube. To help get the word out feel free to share this with your friends and colleagues. And, above all, please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for supporting the world's greatest trade and industry! By working together we're making big progress!! ~ The SPEC MIX Crew ~

    4 COMPETITIONS, 1 DAY - $120,000 ON THE LINE


    MASONRY MADNESS™ Day It's the World of Concrete's top attraction. See the four most exciting masonry competitions in the world. It all takes place Feb.3, in the GOLD LOT at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    There's nothing like it on the planet—It's pure MASONRY MADNESS!

    See online details of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day events here:

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  • Native Trails Debuts NativeStone® Bathtubs

    Native Trails has announced the arrival of its sleek new artisan-crafted NativeStone® bathtub, Avalon, available in two sizes, 62-inch and 72-inch.

    With its oval shape and deep interior, this impressive concrete bath tub provides not only beauty but optimum comfort. Its thick walls provide insulation to ensure that a hot, deep, relaxing soak will last and last. Avalon is handcrafted of NativeStone, a breakthrough combination of natural jute fiber and cement, making the tub much lighter than expected.

    Avalon and other new additions for the kitchen & bath are available in showrooms June 1, 2016.

    “Concrete is incredibly on trend; it’s also one of the least energy intensive materials one can specify in a bathroom design,” said Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails. “Still, some types of concrete are made to have less of an environmental impact than others. With our NativeStone line, we replaced part of the cement in the mixture with renewable jute. The jute fiber also serves to reinforce and strengthen the concrete, while significantly reducing its weight – these tubs are surprisingly lightweight for their size and impact.”

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  • AEC Daily and Building Systems Design, Inc. Are Now Connected

    NAHB International Builders’ Show, Las Vegas, NV; January 19, 2016 -- Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) and AEC Daily today announced an ongoing collaboration that will make it easier for architectural and engineering specifiers to gain additional knowledge about construction products in addition to obtaining continuing education credits.

    The initial phase of the collaboration involves the creation of relevant hyperlinks between the websites of the two companies. BSD has also included specific hyperlinks in BSD SpecLink-E, its automated specifications software product, that connect directly to the continuing education courses offered by particular building product manufacturers on the AEC Daily website. These links will permit architects and engineers who are using SpecLink to easily gain additional information about the products they are specifying. They will also be able to obtain free education credits on topics that are of direct interest to design professionals.

    AEC Daily is the only company to have won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) AIA/CES Award for Excellence for Internet Platform Providers. On the AEC Daily website, design professionals who are taking advantage of the free continuing education courses will find information about BSD SpecLink-E and hyperlinks that will take them to a page offering discounted pricing for AEC Daily customers.

    “Specifying the right product in an architectural project requires a lot of specific knowledge” said Robert Paul Dean, FAIA, president of BSD. “We want to assist the specifier in gaining that knowledge, and the obvious partner to help us achieve that intent is AEC Daily, the industry leader in continuing education for design professionals.”

    “BSD provides the best available tool for construction professionals who have to write specifications” said Jeff Rice, president of AEC Daily. “We hope that the relationship between our companies will result in better buildings through a more efficient transfer of knowledge to designers and specifiers.”

    About AEC Daily: AEC Daily is the largest provider of free online continuing education to construction professionals. Courses are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and credits are automatically tracked and reported. Architects, engineers, interior designers and other construction professionals rely on AEC Daily to maintain their accreditation with ease.

    About BSD: Building Systems Design has offered innovative software tools for the architecture, architectural engineering, and construction markets of North America since 1983. The company creates and supports advanced cost estimating, specification writing, and interoperability products that are used nationwide for over twenty-five thousand commercial, institutional, and industrial projects annually. BSD was acquired by The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) in 2010.

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  • Take Bathing to a New Level: Native Trails at KBIS 2016

    The NativeStone® collection is extraordinary in its lighter weight; exceptional for its stain, scratch, and crack resistance.


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  • The Caesarstone team is looking forward to another fantastic year at KBIS 2016!

    Come visit booth #N1015 to join in on the fun. Here's a taste of what's in store for you...

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  • Delta Faucet Company Launches Delta Leak Detection to Alert Homeowners of Potential Water Damage

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Burst pipes, leaky toilets, broken water lines and other water-related issues cost American homeowners more than $2,000 for each repair, according to Home Advisor. To address this concern, Delta Faucet Company unveils Delta™ Leak Detection, Designed with iDevices® – an advanced combination of connected sensors and software, to deliver the peace of mind, security and connectivity consumers expect in their home regarding water leaks. It can simply be placed near a water source to monitor for issues and alert as needed.

    Delta Leak Detection is engineered to detect a range of water levels, from pooling water to a few drips that can cause costly damage over time. Two concentric rings of conductive metal within the unit monitor for the presence of unwanted water. Should any water flow over the top or pool underneath the device, an electrical connection between the two rings triggers an automatic alert to a connected smartphone or tablet. For further assurance, an audible alert and flashing LED light will activate to notify those in the home as soon as a leak is detected.

    "Today's world is connected and engaged, and we have an expectation that our homes can be as connected as we are to one another," said Susan Fisher, vice president of marketing, Delta Faucet Company. "We leaned on our 60-year history of innovations related to everyday water use to design a simple, efficient leak detection product that will notify homeowners – whether they are home or away – of water leaks, large or small."

    As a plumbing and water expert, it was natural for Delta Faucet Company to partner with iDevices, a leader in connected home solutions, through its 'Designed with iDevices' co-development program.

    Unlike other leak detection systems currently on the market, Delta Leak Detection does not require a hub system for its sensors, simplifying consumer hardware needs and removing product limitations. It communicates directly through a home's Wi-Fi® network and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices via a free app, for continuous monitoring.

    Delta Leak Detection is designed to work with any water source in a home, including water heaters, washing machines, sump pumps, sinks and toilets. Each Delta Leak Detection sensor requires three AAA batteries with an expected two-year lifespan. It is anticipated to be available nationwide in the second half of 2016.

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  • Shielding Buildings from Threat of Cyberattacks

    It looks like an entirely ordinary conference room — white walls, rectangular table, window overlooking a parking lot. But an Owings Mills company has shielded the space with a kind of electromagnetic invisibility cloak designed to protect it against hackers.

    Electronic devices such as printers, cellphones and computers all leak signals — not just Wi-Fi but other telltale emissions — that hackers can use to access corporate networks or gain information about company operations.

    But this room traps many of those emissions. The walls are lined with a heavy, tear-resistant foil and the windows are coated with a special film manufactured from more than 20 different metals that reduce signals. The window film also boasts glass-shattering protection and energy efficiency perks.

    The features are unusual in office buildings today, but Signals Defense LLC, which sells the products, aims to make them standard fare as the corporate world ramps up defenses against cyberattacks.

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  • Legrand Acquires QMotion Advanced Shading Systems

    Legrand Strengthens and Extends Lighting Control, Comfort and Energy Solutions, to include shading systems for Residential and Light-Commercial Markets with Acquisition of QMotion

    WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legrand, North America announced today that it has acquired QMotion, an award-winning leader in advanced shading systems. QMotion will become part of Legrand's North American Building Control Systems (BCS) business.

    QMotion's window shading systems will integrate easily with the intelligent lighting control and automation solutions offered by Legrand BCS. This creates a more comprehensive portfolio of advanced solutions that provide energy efficiency and lighting control for residential and light-commercial applications. Homes to high-performance buildings will have shading solutions run by quiet, low-power consumption motors that allow manual and automated control of artificial and natural light.

    "I've very much enjoyed working with my team to design and manufacture high-quality, automated shading solutions for applications where hard wired solutions are not feasible," said Willis Mullet, owner and CEO of QMotion. "I am confident this acquisition by Legrand will continue QMotion's strong growth and provide further advancements into the commercial shading market along with lighting and smart home integration systems."

    The addition of QMotion's advanced shading solutions will strengthen Legrand's impact on the energy efficiency, productivity, safety, security and aesthetics of the places its customers live and work.

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  • Covertech Exhibiting at AHR Show

    Covertech the manufacturer of rFoil reflective insulation will be exhibiting at the AHR show being held in Orlando Jan 25-27 booth # 4976.

    We will be showing our Big 8 Duct insulation that has been evaluated by ICC under the report ESR 1226 under the new Energy Conservation Code.

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  • Groundbreaking Humanitarian Design Degree Launches at RMIT Europe

    BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In the past decade, about 27 million people a year around the world have lost their homes due to natural disasters. In 2015, these numbers peaked, with disasters leaving an estimated 60 million homeless.
    There is an urgent need for architects and other built-environment professionals to contribute effectively to disaster rebuilding.
    In response to this need, Australia's RMIT University is launching a new postgraduate degree - the Master of Disaster, Design and Development (MoDDD) - which will be taught both from its RMIT Europe centre in Barcelona and its Melbourne campus.
    Prior to the MoDDD launch in Barcelona on Monday 30 November, a symposium will be run in collaboration with UN-Habitat and UIC Barcelona titled "Designing for a Fragile Planet".
    Developed in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and UN-Habitat, MoDDD will explore how design can be used as a strategic tool to help resolve complex global challenges including poverty, natural disasters and climate change.
    Associate Professor Esther Charlesworth, Director of the Humanitarian Architecture Research Bureau (HARB) at RMIT, said demand was growing for architects, engineers and other design professionals to contribute to planning and rebuilding following disasters.
    "While there is an immediate need for emergency shelter and infrastructure solutions after a disaster, the longer game is to provide broad strategic support for the rebuilding of devastated cities and landscapes," Charlesworth said.
    Dan Lewis, Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit for UN-Habitat, is a senior contributor to the development of the degree and keynote speaker at the official launch in Barcelona on 30 November.
    "The Master of Disaster Design and Development starts from the premise that unless you build community and social infrastructure around post-disaster housing, it's nearly always doomed to failure," Lewis said.
    Keynote speakers at the "Designing for a Fragile Planet" symposium will include design professionals who have led recent reconstruction programs from Haiti to Nepal including, Eric Cesal (Architecture for Humanity) and Brett Moore (World Vision and Harvard University).
    The MoDDD will be launched at RMIT Europe (Carrer de Minerva 2, 08006 Barcelona, Spain), 6pm Monday, 30 November. In addition to Esther Charlesworth and Dan Lewis, speakers will include Graham Saunders, Head, Shelter and Settlements, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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  • AS Hanging Display Systems: Hang with the Best® Blog

    Visual Presentations for Interior Spaces … Done Right!

    Published November 18, 2015 by Merit

    Armoire’s Cuisine Action, located in Boucherville, QC, Canada, provides custom kitchen cabinet and bath services to the greater Montreal market. Their well-executed implementation of a hanging system installation clearly steps outside the “art hanging” arena, devising a practical and efficient approach to a better customer “hands on” experience. The use of a hanging system provides the opportunity for showroom customers to touch and feel, while creating an inviting and aesthetically pleasing space in what is often mundane and mediocre.This is not mundane and mediocre!

    To show or present the various finishes and door/drawer styles that are available, one of each style is on display and hanging from one of several walls. Additional samples are located in the bins below. These can be removed and carried to other areas of the showroom to match up with countertop materials or taken home and reviewed within the actual space or to a flooring showroom, for example.

    This hanging system is comprised of tensioned cables. The cables are held in tension with J-End Cable Tensioners, spanning two runs of Wall Track, one above and one at the counter level, from AS Hanging Display Systems’ Cable System.

    The cabinet face samples are attached to the system by using Mini Hooks, which connect to D-Rings attached to the rear side of the panels.

    The samples are arranged into groups. Each group is identified by means of a placard that is placed in the lower right-hand area of each group. These placards are also displayed using specialty fittings from AS Hanging Display Systems. These include acrylic pockets and side clamps.

    We were so impressed with this set up when we visited the showroom, we queried the owner to gain more insight into how this change has impacted their ability to present product to their customers.

    “Our samples of cabinet doors were displayed and screwed on large panels that we had to re-order and re-install each time there was a new collection of doors that came in, or simply when new colors arrived. The holes left behind on these panels prevented us from moving doors as we wanted, even if there was just one to change.

    This new system showcases our products and allows us to now quickly reshuffle the arrivals of new collections and colors. We save a lot of time and money since we can now move any or all of the rows and columns quickly and as many times as we wish, without the need of replacing the expensive wood panels.

    The look is considerably more aesthetic and professional, and reflects the image that Action Cuisine wants to portray. Considerably more than the nail and screw system we were using before.”

    The display area at Action Cuisine is a classic representation of how to create a showroom or retail display without nails or recurring damage to display walls. Not only is damage avoided, the expense of replacement costs and labor for repairs is greatly reduced and potentially eliminated.

    We thank Armoire’s Action Cuisine for sharing their story and for providing us with yet another opportunity to share with our readers just one of the vast applications available when a hanging system is implemented.

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  • MVRDV wins competition Tainan, Taiwan urban lagoon transformation

    MVRDV, together with The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects, has won the competition for the transformation of the T-axis in downtown Tainan, Taiwan. The transformation of the T-axis aims to reconnect the city with nature and its waterfront by creating a lagoon on the site of the former China-Town Mall and a green corridor with public interventions along Haian Road. Construction start is envisioned for autumn 2016, and the former underground parking beneath the mall will form the basis for the new public space.

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  • The Vinyl Institute Sponsors U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Winner

    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Stevens Institute of Technology’s SURE HOUSE has taken home first prize in the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The Vinyl Institute, one of the SURE HOUSE sponsors, backed the team of over 60 students which captured the event’s top trophy. By building a sustainable and resilient home through their inspired combination of dedication and innovation, the team showcased the balanced performance, versatility, and efficiency of vinyl products.

    This is very exciting for us,” says Susan Wade, VP of Marketing and Communications for the Vinyl Institute. “The design was about sustainability and resilience. With the house being a coastal home, vinyl really played a key role. It was an opportunity to show how important vinyl is to those design goals.”

    The beach house design was a direct response to the need for sustainable, resilient homes along the New York and New Jersey shores. The home was engineered to fully utilize a renewable energy source--in this case solar energy-- while being resilient to the evolving coastal effects of climate change. In addition, the home is a fully functional energy hub which can provide power for itself and to adjacent homes in case of large-scale emergencies.

    Over a period of two years, the team thought creatively about efficiency and sustainability and better ways to attain them. The engineering and design elements of this project relied heavily on materials to meet the high standards for the home. Strength, durability, and energy efficiency made vinyl a clear choice.

    The piping, wiring, and cable insulation, as well as the reflective roof, the indoor and outdoor flooring, and the windows all contain vinyl. The SURE HOUSE became the perfect model for designers, builders, and homeowners to become educated on the material’s versatile attributes.

    The SURE HOUSE details will be the featured presentation by the Vinyl Institute at Greenbuild 2015, booth 1206, being held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., November 18-20, 2015.

    “This is a great opportunity,” Wade continued. “We hope to see everyone at Greenbuild to showcase this extraordinary home and talk to the students who designed and built it.”

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  • Start Spreading the News TILE REDI @ BDNY 2015

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    Stop by and see our award winning Ready-to-Tile™ leak-proof shower pans!

    Must stop by and see our innovative Tile Ready® brand shower products for your next project!!

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  • Owens Corning Announces Significant Sustainability Goals and Renewable Energy Actions: Positions Company as World’s Largest Industrial Purchaser of Renewable Energy

    October 30, 2015 07:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time

    TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) today announced more ambitious sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions, along with new renewable power initiatives that will continue to expand the company’s impact through sustainability.

    “Owens Corning has a history of promoting energy efficiency through our products, our suppliers and our operations,” said Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman. “Today’s announcements reflect a continuation of our company’s history of being a good steward of the environment.”

    The key elements of the company’s announcement include:

    •Executing power supply agreements of new installed capacity that represent the largest wind power agreements reported by an industrial company in the world(1);
    •Dedicating a 2.4 megawatt solar canopy at the company’s headquarters in Toledo that is expected to supply approximately 30 percent of the facility’s annual electricity needs, and offset the equivalent greenhouse gases emitted from the commute of its local workforce;
    •Establishing new 2020 sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 50 percent and toxic air emissions intensity by 75 percent from its 2010 baseline.

    "Our new sustainability goals are ambitious and impactful. Importantly, they are made more achievable by these large scale renewable energy actions and by partnering with leading providers of solar photovoltaic systems to continue our leadership in this area,” said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O'Brien-Bernini.

    O’Brien-Bernini noted that the wind energy deal will:

    •Generate the equivalent electricity to that needed to power more than 65,000 U.S. homes; and
    •Support the wind power industry by enabling the construction of new wind power assets, a market to which the company supplies high performance glass fiber reinforcements for wind turbine blades.

    "Our new greenhouse gas reduction goal is informed by science-based methodologies that are designed to reduce carbon emissions enough to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures,” said O'Brien-Bernini. “We have taken an important step in aligning our goals consistent with the scientific consensus on what’s needed.”

    (1) Based on global publically-available data collected and analyzed by the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center

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  • Firestone Building Products Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

    Company demonstrates continued commitment to provide meaningful options to today's eco-savvy customers

    INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Firestone Building Products Company, LLC (Firestone) today released its 2014 Sustainability Report. The annual report provides a comprehensive review of the company's many ongoing sustainable manufacturing and business processes, as well as the environmental implications of its product portfolio, demonstrating year-over-year leadership and progress toward the company's commitment to operate responsibly.

    "At Firestone Building Products, we are working continuously to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations from 'Roots to Rooftops', and this report reflects our progress and efforts against that goal," said Timothy Dunn, President, Firestone Building Products. "We are proud of the progress we have made, and look forward to continuing to ingrain our culture of environmental stewardship in everything we do, from responsible manufacturing to improving the sustainability of the communities where we work and live."

    The report details Firestone's progress, activities and achievements through two scopes: social and governance, and environmental. Aligned with parent company Bridgestone Corporation's One Team, One Planet sustainability platform, the 2014 report describes the company's overarching program and focuses on three major environmental objectives: being in harmony with nature, valuing natural resources and reducing CO2 emissions.

    Firestone teammates are the foundation of the company's innovation and accomplishments. With a committed focus on diversity, health, safety and emergency preparedness, Firestone guides employees to realize corporate goals. This empowers employees to improve communities, revitalize local environments and support and grow local economies through financial contributions and volunteerism.

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  • Accredited Engineering Seminar on Waterstop — FREE

    Schedule an accredited "lunch and learn" seminar or webinar for your firm today...

    J P Specialties, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of waterstop and waterstop-related concrete accessories. Our NSF 61 certified Earth Shield® line of chemical resistant waterstop is used throughout the world by major engineering firms and project owners for primary and secondary containment applications, as well as industrial wastewater treatment and ozone contactor structures. We invented and hold the patent on the technology used to mechanically weld thermoplastic waterstops . J P Specialties has been in business since 1954.

    David R. Poole has been with J P Specialties for over 20 years and is the president of the company since 2008. David also serves as secretary of American Concrete Institute (ACI) 350 Environmental Engineering Concrete Structures Subcommittee K (Hazardous Materials), and G (Tightness Testing), and also serves as an associate member on Subcommittee A (General and Concrete). David is currently working in committee on the revised “Concrete Structures for Containment of Hazardous Materials” (scheduled for future ACI publishing). An active member of the San Diego Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and a frequent public speaker, David’s engineering seminars are requested nationwide by major engineering firms including Montgomery Watson Harza, CH2M Hill, Carollo Engineers, Jacobs Engineers, Camp Dresser McKee, Fluor Corp., Kellogg Brown & Root, and many others. David has also taught waterstop theory, technology, and installation to project owners, concrete accessories distributors, and contractors in the field. David has consulted on and written national and international CSI-format 3-part specifications for a variety of engineering firms and governmental agencies including the July 1995 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Master Specification (CEGS 03250).

    Waterstops for Chemical Resistance is a targeted course of instruction and professional development for engineering firms engaged in the design of chemical, industrial, and environmental projects such as secondary containment of hazardous waste, industrial wastewater, ozone contactors, and others. The course is technical in nature and describes waterstops role in fluid-proofing concrete joints, chemical resistant polymers and steels, and state and federal regulations of compliance. The course is presented in one (1) hour time frame.

    Additionally, course attendees are eligible for Continuing Professional Development credit, as David is a instructor with both the Louisiana Engineering Society and the Louisiana Professional Engineers and Land Surveying Board. Course is certified for one (1) Professional Development Hour credit.

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  • Hayward Baker Acquires Ellington Cross

    Acquisition of Charleston, SC-based regional geotechnical contractor expands the company's Earthquake Drain capabilities.

    Hanover, Md., October 16, 2015 - Hayward Baker Inc. (HBI) announces the acquisition of assets of Ellington Cross, LLC, (EC) a regional geotechnical contractor that provides Earthquake Drainâ„¢ design and installation. Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., EC operates primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

    Members of EC and HBI will combine operations into the existing Charleston Area Office and operate under the name "Ellington Cross, a division of Hayward Baker." HBI will take on EC's existing management team and employees, as well as assume key existing contracts.

    EC is a regional geotechnical contractor focused on liquefaction mitigation ground improvement using Earthquake Drains (sometimes referred to as "EQ Drains"). HBI owns the patent for mitigating liquefaction using prefabricated vertical drains throughout North America.

    Unlike prefabricated vertical wick drains, EQ Drains have a much larger cross-sectional area and flow capacity, intended to limit pore pressure increases in cohesionless soils and subsequent liquefaction during earthquake events.

    Among EC's noteworthy projects are U.S. Highway 17 ACE Basin Parkway Widening and Bridge Replacements (Segments 1 & 2), performed for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Earthquake Drains were used to mitigate liquefaction at all bridge approaches over a 21-mile corridor from State Route 64 to U.S. Highway 21.

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    Model 3634EC is a heavy-duty slide designed for wide drawers and includes an Easy-Close feature to bring drawers to a smooth, gentle close.

    Santa Fe Springs, CA - Accuride expands the company's heavy-duty product line with the addition of model 3634 and its Easy-Close counterpart (3634EC), soft-closing slides designed for drawers up to 42" wide and loads up to 150 lbs. The 3634EC fulfills the market need for a reliable soft-closing slide solution for wide-drawers–perfect for a range of commercial applications. The optional Easy-Close feature brings drawers to a smooth and gentle close, helping to prevent the shifting of contents when closing.

    Both 3634 models have the same cabinet member hole pattern as Accuride’s 3832 slides, simplifying installation and saving valuable time in high production environments.
    Additional features for both 3634 + 3634EC include 1" of over-travel to provide full access to drawer contents, and silencing to ensure quieter operation. These products are unhanded and offer a lever disconnect to facilitate drawer removal. Both products are available in clear zinc (C) or electroplate black (CB) finishes, in lengths of 12"–28". The 14" length is full extension only (no over-travel).
    Model 3634 (without Easy-Close), supports loads up to 200 lbs. when side-mounted and 75 lbs. when flat-mounted. The 3634 includes a hold-in detent feature to help keep drawers in a closed and secure position.
    These slides are the ultimate solution for wide drawer applications supporting kitchen pots and pans, dishware, and small appliances. Commercial applications include file or supply storage in business and medical offices, as well as retail displays and fixtures.
    Stay tuned for more information from Accuride.

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    Veronafiere's international exhibition dedicated to the natural stone industry (30 September-3 October) attracted 1,524 936 companies, with 936 from 55 countries. Even more operators from abroad, up to 57% of total (+9% compared to 2014 edition).

    Verona, 3 October 2015 – Marmomacc, the largest exhibition in the world dedicated to natural stone business and culture, closes its 50th edition today at Veronafiere hallmarked by growth. In just four days, the event has attracted 67,000 specialist operators - 3% more than visitors at last year's show. The international character of the event expanded even further, with international attendance up to 57% of total (+9%) from 150 countries, 5 more than in 2014 (

    Marmomacc confirmed its status as the global centre for marble, granite, natural stone, machinery and processing technologies, thanks to the presence of 1,524 companies (occupying a show area of more than 77,000 square meters), including 936 from 55 countries - with debuts by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Venezuela and Georgia.

    There was also a positive performance as regards organised delegations, which this year came from 55 States - 11 more than the last edition of Marmomacc.

    In keeping with its traditions as a venue promoting trade in natural stone field, Marmomacc set a new record for the number of buyers arriving from Europe (Germany and United Kingdom in particular, followed by Spain and France), with a significant increase in visitors from the United States, Canada, India and Australia, as well as Israel, Poland and Iran; figures for incoming operators from Turkey, Russia, Brazil, China, Morocco and Egypt were consolidated.

    Ettore Riello, President of VeronaFiere: "This result is doubly rewarding for us. First and foremost, we have achieved all the goals we set ourselves for the 50th edition in terms of qualified attendance, trade delegations and professional operators, with across the board increases that helped create important and new business development opportunities and partnerships for our customers and for Veronafiere itself alike. Secondly, we demonstrated to the Government the validity of our conviction of the exhibition tool and its high-profile events as a vital asset for business by SMEs, especially in terms of exports, thereby including Marmomacc - on the strength of major results achieved in the course of fifty editions and its high level of internationality - in the Special Made in Italy Promotion Plan through a structured project also involving the ICE-Italian Trade Agency and Confindustria Marmomacchine."

    Giovanni Mantovani, CEO & Director General of VeronaFiere: "The show achieved extremely high levels of internationality on all fronts, with significant increases even by geographic areas where we have already been directly and continuously active for many years, through our companies, partnerships, initiatives and events. At the same time, this edition enabled us organise an agenda of meetings at the highest institutional and business levels, which will help us develop new partnerships on strategic markets for the core business of Veronafiere itself."

    The Show - for the second consecutive year - was held in conjunction with Abitare il Tempo, Veronafiere's event dedicated to contract, design and interior decor sectors.
    The next edition is scheduled 28 September - 1 October 2016.

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  • 2015-2016 Timber in the City

    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the second Timber in the City Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE). The purpose of the Competition is to engage students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering expedient affordable construction, innovating with new and old wooden materials, and designing healthy living and working environments.

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  • The Most Influential Conference On Design and Technology

    October 7, 2015
    New York, NY

    Innovative architecture requires expanding the boundaries of the discipline by spurring creativity through design and technology. At this year’s conference, Architectural Record brings together key figures who have generated a range of imaginative solutions for the built world today and for the future. From architects practicing outside the discipline to principals of large firms to materials experts and graphic designers, the event’s participants represent different approaches to original problem solving in a rapidly changing world.

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  • Innovative Dehumidifier Systems Releases New ENERGY STAR® Certified Dehumidifier for Multifamily Housing

    OCEAN ISLE, N.C., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seldom does a day go by that there isn't a report of apartment mold somewhere in the US resulting in property loss or damage, serious health effects and legal implications. A search of Google News for "apartment mold" returns more than 26,000 results with numerous reports from across the country made within the past week.

    Innovative Dehumidifier Systems, the developer of the award-winning IW25-1 dehumidifier, the first moisture control solution in America designed specifically for multifamily housing, has released an ENERGY STAR® certified model. The enhanced performance IW25-2 dehumidifier draws 23% less power consumption than the original model. It also uses 35% less maximum absorbed current, thereby reducing previous energy costs by approximately one-third. In addition to the energy and cost savings, installing the new IW25-2 ENERGY STAR® model allows multifamily developers and builders to receive points for participating LEED and EarthCraft projects.

    The IW25 places apartment humidity control directly in the hands of property managers. It has a tamper-proof cover that can only be removed using a special tool. The IW25 can be quickly installed between existing studs or surface mounted to an interior wall. Once installed, it operates independently of the HVAC system to quietly and efficiently remove excess moisture from inside apartments. Installation of the IW25 is far less complex than whole house dehumidifiers and can usually be completed in less than an hour, minimizing disruption to the resident. It's these features and benefits that separate the dehumidifier as the only unit of its kind on the market.

    The new model also comes with improved safety features in addition to the increased efficiency that achieved the ENERGY STAR® certification. Epoxy coated coils extend the life of the equipment by preventing corrosion and improving indoor air quality (IAQ). A protective shroud around the main circuit board is designed to add protection for the unit control board. Auxiliary pump safety contacts were added to the unit control allowing the unit to be shut off in the event of condensate pump failure. A revised grille provides for smoother and more efficient airflow. Lastly, a new compressor and the addition of a row to the condenser coil increase efficiency.

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  • Affordable housing project wins Passive House Institute Awards

    Orchards at Orenco, the largest certified multi-family Passive House building in North America, received two of the highest honors in the 2015 Passive House Institute U S Building Project Competition.

    The project won both the Best Overall Project and the Best Affordable Housing Project awards. The first ever North American Passive Building Competition recognized projects and project teams that exemplify best passive practices to accelerate adoption of passive building in the U S marketplace. Developments from across the country competed in the single-family, multi-family, affordable and commercial/institutional categories. Projects were rated on measures of performance, difficulty, cost-effectiveness, design, craftsmanship, and health (i.e. use of non-toxic materials).

    Opened in June 2015, Orchards at Orenco is the largest certified multi-family Passive House building in North America. Its outstanding transit-oriented location on the MAX light rail line in Hillsboro, Oregon, provides easy access to multiple community amenities including hospitals, airports, shopping and large area employers. The development contains 57 units of housing including 40 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom units. The building will achieve nearly 90% energy reduction in heating and 60-70% for overall energy use compared to a comparable USGBC LEED building.

    Orchards at Orenco is bringing affordable, sustainable living to low-income workers. The beneficiaries include households earning incomes of 50% Median Family Income or less, $36,750 for a family of four. Rents range from $611-$733/month. Eight of the units have project-based Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 8 vouchers. The project is fully leased.

    The L shaped building features PVC-fiberglass triple-paned windows, 12” of insulation in the roof, walls with 10” stud cavities, a heat recovery system, 4” inch of foam under the ground floor slab, and a building positioned with shading devices that allow winter sun but block it in the summer. REACH assembled an outstanding Portland-based team of design, development and construction firms including Walsh Construction Co. (general contractor); Ankrom Moisan Architects (architects of record); William Wilson Architects (architect of design); Housing Development Center (construction manager); Green Hammer, Inc. (Passive House consultants); Housing Authority of Washington County (limited partner); and PHIUS (Passive House Institute of the United States). The $14.5 million project was financed with funding from Wells Fargo, the Community Housing Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), Oregon Housing and Community Services, NeighborWorks® America, and the Washington County Office of Community Development.

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  • Amazing black stainless steel finishes revolutionize kitchen design

    In kitchen appliances, black is the new black with the first-ever black stainless steel finishes from KitchenAid.

    Hailed by kitchen designers as a “new neutral” that adds warmth and sophistication to a range of kitchen designs, black stainless is a fourth design alternative in the brand’s all-new collection, also available in traditional stainless, white and black.

    While sharing a professionally inspired look and feel, the new finish adds warmth to the starker appearance of stainless steel by dressing it up in a lustrous, satiny black. Kitchen designs ranging from clean and classic to rustic and rich instantly become more modern and design-forward with black stainless steel appliances, whether complementing or differentiating the rest of the space.

    These new design touches include satin textured stainless steel handles that enhance grip; chrome inlaid frames that accent the transition between glass and other surfaces; and unique KitchenAid brand medallions, available in red and other optional colors that serve as a finishing stamp on the side of every handle.

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  • Project Profile: Viper CS: Daniel Island, SC

    Insulation Solutions features a beautiful home in Daniel Island, South Carolina. Viper CS and Insul-Barrier were some of the Insulation Solutions products used on the project provided by Insulation Materials, LLC.

    Viper CS is a great way to clean up your crawl space! Viper CS is a white, cross-woven polyethylene vapor barrier designed specifically for controlling moisture migration in crawl space applications. Its bright white color will give any crawl space a fresh, clean look while also combating the harmful effects of radon, moisture causing wood rot, mold, mildew, odors and poor indoor air quality. Promising performance and longevity, Viper CS is specifically designed for your crawl space and your peace of mind. Viper CS is a 10-mil product and is available in a standard roll size of 12' x 200'. Custom sizes and printing available.

    Insul-Barrier is great for crawl space foundation insulation, crawl space vapor barrier as well as new and retrofit construction. The patented reflective technology and configuration creates optimal thermal performance while also preventing any unwanted moisture from migrating into the living or working space. Insul-Barrier's 4' x 25' rolls are easy to handle and maneuver in tight spaces. This patented, reflective technology addresses all three modes of heat transfer and acts as a "Class A" vapor barrier in accordance with ASTM E 1745.

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  • Ryan Johnson Joins Hayward Baker as Senior Project Manager at Relocated Twin Cities Office

    Hanover, Md., September 24, 2015 - Hayward Baker Inc. (HBI), North America's leader in geotechnical construction, is pleased to announce that Ryan Johnson has joined the company as Senior Project Manager at HBI's new office location in Suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Johnson, who has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry including on-site project management, will focus his efforts on supporting customers in HBI's Central region, a dynamic and successful geographic area for the company.

    After Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, he began his career as a Project Manager and Safety Officer at a general contractor in North Dakota, focusing on heavy/civil projects. More recently, Johnson worked as a Foundation Group Manager for a civil contractor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His responsibilities included developing and implementing business plans for the deep foundation division as well as managing deep foundation and civil projects.

    Johnson is a respected leader with extensive industry knowledge. He is disciplined in tailoring project delivery methods to meet specific client expectations. He specializes in deep foundations, structural concrete, ground improvement and earth retention systems.

    Johnson is also active in industry associations across the region and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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  • Wherever you can imagine wood, imagine Accoya® wood....

    ...building bridges

    Accoya wood inspired OAK architects to design two wooden heavy traffic road bridges for the city of Sneek in the Netherlands. Accoya was finger jointed and laminated into large sections measuring 1.08 x 1.4 metres to create these innovative structures, the first of their kind in the world.

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  • Wherever you can imagine wood, imagine Accoya® wood....

    ...on deck

    In specifying decking, jetties and pontoons, beauty, strength and all-weather performance are important. A dimensionally stable material that will stay flat and has very minimal bow, cup, warp and split and will not be affected by fungi or rot is desirable. It is also important that the wood is non-toxic and therefore safe for people and animals. Accoya wood meets these requirements.

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  • Wherever you can imagine wood, imagine Accoya® wood.... the shade

    Accoya wood is an excellent choice for shutters, louvres and solar shading. At Scottish Widows’ Exchange Place development, eye-catching bespoke solar shading and ventilation louvres were incorporated to prevent excessive heat gain. The system included 1,060 Accoya wood fins. The solar shading has a life expectancy of 60 years and the finish applied carries a 10 year warranty.

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  • The British Are Coming! RIBA-USA Celebrates the Chicago Architectural Biennial in Style!

    September 15, 2015 10:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time

    CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just announced! The RIBA-USA, the American Region of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), presents programs as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial! In the spirit of international cooperation and architectural fellowship, the RIBA-USA hopes to enhance international architectural education and dialogue as it fosters stronger ties between Chicago and the UK.

    The Biennial features forward looking programming, officially described neatly: “The Chicago Architecture Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. For centuries, Chicago has been at the forefront of architectural innovation…” The RIBA-USA will host three key events during the three month initiative, including a Reception at the Official Residence of the British Consul General in Chicago, A Night of Film and Theater, as well as a unique river cruise experience Liquid Happening: A Living Architecture Ball.

    “The Chicago Architectural Biennial offers a great opportunity to transform public thinking about architecture”, commented RIBA-USA President James Karl Fischer. “In our programming, we hope to stress how working with natural systems in architecture leads to better understandings of our surroundings and better towards approaches in architectural design. Thoughtful architecture can be a proactive force towards building strong communities, and it is the RIBA-USA intention to draw this out during the Biennial.”

    The Chicago Architectural Biennial begins on 1 October 2015, and events will continue throughout early 2016.

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  • Applegate Insulation Acquires Cellulose Insulation Business from International Erosion Control Systems (IECS)

    Webberville, MI, September 4, 2015: Applegate Insulation, the world’s largest family-owned manufacturer of cellulose insulation products, is excited to announce the acquisition of the cellulose insulation business of Rodney, ON based IECS.

    The plant will operate as Applegate Canada, ULC and marks the first time the Webberville, MI based manufacturer of eco-friendly insulation products will have production capabilities inside of Canada.

    “We’ve had customers in Canada for decades,” says Applegate CEO, Terry Applegate, “now we can serve a greater market more efficiently and with lower freight.” Applegate has customers in more than 20 countries and attributes its success to the exceptional performance of its products and support.

    The manufacturer says its products are typically lower in dust, cleaner and plug less frequently than its competitors’ products. This helps the insulation contractor work more efficiently and with fewer headaches. “When you’re in an attic that could be 120 degrees or hotter, you don’t want to stop to clear plugs or wait for dust to clear,” says Richard Applegate, Applegate Insulation National Sales Manager.

    In addition to its cellulose insulation products, Applegate manufactures a suite of eco-friendly products including: Cotton Armor, a thermal/acoustic insulation blanket, board and wrap product for the construction and OEM markets, Paper Shavings, a cellulose bedding product designed for horses and all other animals, MastaSorb, cotton and cellulose-based industrial absorbents, and a full line of cellulose mulches, wood mulches and tackifiers to the international landscaping, hydroseeding and erosion control community.

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  • Mahesh Ramanujam Named Incoming CEO of U.S. Green Building Council

    Washington, D.C. – (Sept. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors announced today that USGBC’s Chief Operating Officer Mahesh Ramanujam has been named incoming Chief Executive Officer, and will move into the role after Rick Fedrizzi, the visionary co-founder of USGBC and current CEO, steps down at the end of 2016.

    “Mahesh has a highly impressive track record of success in both his role as USGBC’s COO and as President of Green Business Certification Inc.,” said USGBC Board Chair Marge Anderson. “He is a proven leader who has exhaustive knowledge of the organization, respect from its volunteer leadership and strong support from its team. He has extensive global experience and broad business acumen. He is the perfect choice to lead the organization into the future.”

    “I’m deeply honored that Rick and the Board have placed their trust in me, and I will serve the organization and our movement with a long-term vision – keeping innovation as a top priority,” said Ramanujam. “As USGBC’s CEO, I pledge to continually modernize and enhance our capabilities and performance to ensure we deliver the future that our founders envisioned.”

    Ramanujam joined USGBC in 2009 as Senior Vice President, Technology, before being named COO in September 2011. In December 2012, he was also named President of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) where he broadened offerings to better serve a wider client base, leading the organization to change its name to Green Business Certification Inc. earlier this year.

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  • Nemetschek Vectorworks and BIMobject® sign cooperation agreement

    Malmö/Columbia, MD (September 1, 2015)—Global CAD/BIM design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., a part of The Nemetschek Group in Germany, and BIMobject AB announced today that they signed a cooperation agreement. The two companies will support each other's BIM technology in order to better accommodate the needs of the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry.
    "We joined forces with BIMobject to deliver a streamlined way for Vectorworks designers to access up-to-date, manufacturer-approved BIM content," said Robert Anderson, vice president of integrated practice at Nemetschek Vectorworks. "Our partnership supports our desire to provide increased access to building material and product specifications that live in a building information model – valuable data that decision-makers involved with the design, construction and maintenance of a building need to be successful."
    As part of the agreement, BIMobject® will host Vectorworks native file formats in its cloud-based web portal on In addition, BIMobject® and Nemetschek Vectorworks will collaboratively assist manufacturers with developing BIM objects for Vectorworks software users worldwide. A BIM object is a detailed piece of information that defines a product’s geometry and represents its physical characteristics. More than half a million users around the world are using Vectorworks software, and this user community will be significant contributors to the BIMobject® Cloud platform. BIMobject and Nemetschek Vectorworks will together build up an initial set of manufacturers objects, including preexisting BIMobject content. All of these BIM objects will also be available and distributed by Nemetschek Vectorworks through a multivendor private cloud, offered with the support of BIMobject® Cloud solutions.
    There are also future plans for developing tighter integration and enhanced collaboration between Vectorworks software and BIMobject’s cloud platform.
    “This partnership is meaningful as we've seen a huge demand from Vectorworks users over the last year for content from our BIMobject Cloud portfolio,” said Stefan Larsson, CEO and founder of BIMobject AB. "For our building product manufacturers, this completes our offering across BIM platforms and delivers a significant user base dedicated to the Vectorworks platform that will benefit in additional business and customer satisfaction. Now, we'll do our best together to get the solutions done as quickly as possible to meet user demand."

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  • Stainless Steel Waterstop for Buncefield Reconstruction

    On December 11, 2005 a series of explosions rocked the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal, located near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England. The plastic waterstops that were in the fuel terminal joints all failed due to the high heat of the fire. The Health Protection Agency and the Major Incident Investigation Board provided advice to prevent incidents such as these from happening again, including the utilization of stainless steel waterstop in place at all concrete joints to prevent fuel from escaping the bund walls.

    In July of 2014, JP Specialties, Inc. was contracted to provide our Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop (part nos. JP1122 and JP1122R) in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal.

    Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop is used as a fluid-tight diaphragm, embedded in concrete, across and along the joint, for primary and secondary containment structures. Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop can stop even the most corrosive fluids in their tracks, even at severely elevated temperatures.

    A variety of metals, grades, and gauges are available. Earth Shield® utilizes 20 gauge 316 low carbon as our standard alloy, which offers broad spectrum corrosion resistance to most aggressive media, and is virtually untouched by the deleterious effects of ozone, making it an ideal choice for ozone contactor structures used in modern water treatment plants.

    Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop is available in many standard shapes and sizes including profiles for new construction and retrofit. All change of direction fabrications (shop made fittings) can be premanufactured leaving only straight butt welding for the Contractor in the field.

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  • Accuride Announces Revolutionary New Senseon Access Control System for Cabinets, Furniture and Fixtures

    Invisible Senseon Secure Access™ system reduces theft risk while maximizing productivity, revenue, and customer experience.

    Santa Fe Springs, CA—Accuride International is excited to unveil Senseon Secure Access™, a new brand of commercial-grade access control systems for cabinets, furniture, and fixtures. Simply tapping an RFID card over a proximity reader unlocks the cabinet, enabling quick and easy access without compromising security.

    Designed specifically for use in commercial environments, Senseon was designed with three things in mind. 1) Senseon is easy-to-use. 2) Senseon is easy-to-install. 3) Senseon is easy-to-program. Senseon is a commercial grade access control system meant to last for the lifetime of the cabinet, furniture or fixture. Every Senseon proximity reader can control up to 15 doors or drawers. The reader can be completely hidden or surface mounted. Some configurations will allow a user to open the desired door or drawer with just a touch after unlocking the cabinet.

    Senseon could soon make cumbersome key rings a thing of the past for a wide range of business and government markets including retail, hospitality, healthcare, finance, and office environments requiring secure storage to protect valuables or meet compliance regulations.

    This innovative new concept also opens up limitless possibilities for cabinet designers and makers by eliminating the need for visible locks. The system is flexible enough that openings can be arranged in any configuration, making it easy to incorporate Senseon seamlessly into any design. Doors and drawers can be built with or without visible hardware, enhancing the end user’s brand identity.

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  • Marmomacc 2015 Celebrates Italian Natural Stone Industry Excellence

    Numerous events have already been scheduled thanks to the agreement with the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), the Italian Trade Agency and Confindustria Marmomacchine

    August 2015 - Marmomacc, the leading event on a global scale for the natural stone industry, will make the most of its 50thedition to become the international stage celebrate Italian excellence in this sector with the support of the Ministry for Economic Development (MISE), the Italian Trade Agency and Confindustria Marmomacchine.
    Using special funds set aside by MISE to promote major 'Made in Italy' sectors through reference exhibition platforms, Marmomacc 30 September-3 October will host an impressive and varied programme of activities and projects including training, debate and analysis of Italy's central role within the international national stone business system.

    From 28 September to 6 October, Verona will also welcome an important international delegation comprising 100 buyers and 100 architects who will not only take visit the trade fair and meet exhibiting companies during specific b2b events but will also have the chance to visit companies and quarries in the local area. A dedicated area between Halls 2 and 3 - the Stone Design & Stone Technology Conference - these architects will also attend professional training courses focusing on the use of stone, while the other participants will be offered specific courses dealing with various machining technologies.

    Within the scope of action to develop and promote culture and business in this sector, in the wake of huge success achieved at the last edition of Marmomacc confirming growing interest in the event on the part of national and international operators, this impressive, informative, cultural and promotional programme of events is a perfect match for 50th anniversary celebrations.

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  • Amerlux® Classix 6" LED downlight adds Pop, Punch and Efficiency from the highest ceilings

    OAKLAND, N.J., Aug. 27, 2015 /CNW/ -- The Classix 6" LED downlight by Amerlux® shines new light on high profile projects while featuring high performance optics with exceptional efficiency and beam control. With a unique blend of architectural form and function, Classix offers a variety of wattages and color temperatures to perform perfectly in a wide range of large retail and commercial spaces.

    Available in standard, adjustable and lensed wall wash styles for new construction and remodelers, Classix offers four color temperatures, 2700K, 3000K, 3500K and 4000K, at an 83 CRI. Additionally, 97 CRI is available in 2700K and 3000K temperatures. Crisp White LEDs are also available when white needs to be at its whitest. Using wattages that range from 18 to 52 (depending on the model), Classix delivers up to 3729 lumens, an efficacy ranging up to 79 lumens per watt, and a CBCP of up to 19,788.

    Mountable in T-grid or sheet rock ceilings, the downlight is constructed of 20-gauge galvanized steel frame with 18-gauge galvanized steel housing and hanger brackets. Passively cooled with an extruded aluminum heat sink, the luminaire uses an electronic constant current LED driver for 120-277v systems and can be dimmed using ELV and Triac standard dimming systems.

    Classix is constructed with high-efficient TIR optics, as well as a spun aluminum upper reflector and semi-diffuse aperture cone. Beam spread options include: Spot 15 degrees, Flood 25 degrees and Wide Flood 40 degrees.

    Other options include 0-10V dimming, Lutron Hi-lume® dimming, DALI driver, emergency battery packs and Chicago Plenum-rated housings.

    Rated for dry and damp indoor locations use.

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  • Ecobuild Taps Into the Intelligent Building Technology Revolution With Centrepiece Feature

    LONDON, August 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

    With the global market for smart building technologies forecast to triple to £14billion by 2019, Ecobuild, the largest and longest running sustainable design and construction event, has announced a new show feature that will focus on this growing industry trend.

    SMART will be the centrepiece of the Energy section of the exhibition, with live room sets demonstrating how smart technology including controls, metering, intelligent lighting and connected appliances can work together to bring greater efficiency in real world settings. As well as a domestic living room, visitors will be able to explore a retail environment, office, garage and bathroom to see what the latest intelligent building technology can deliver.

    The development of the feature is a direct result of demand from show visitors. At the centre of the building industry for over a decade, Ecobuild was attended by over 40,000 industry professionals last year. "In a survey of Ecobuild visitors, 72% want to learn about new services & technologies. Our new SMART feature will bring this to life and fulfill that need," commented Martin Hurn, Ecobuild Event Director.

    "This exciting new feature will not only provide a wide variety of ways for visitors to see and interact with intelligent building technology in live settings, it will also see exhibitors collaborating to show their products working together to provide maximum efficiencies. This is how the full benefits of this technology are realised and SMART will be a unique platform to showcase it to the industry."

    Located around the central cluster of live room sets will be 12 Hubs of Excellence, showcasing exhibitors who are bringing innovative smart technology to a wide range of end users and commercial clients.

    SMART has been designed with architects, housebuilders, specifiers, developers, energy assessors and sustainability specialists in mind. It will allow them to learn how smart building technology can revolutionise how their buildings are controlled. In addition, the feature is being created for installers attending Ecobuild 2016, showing them how integrating smart building technology can provide cost savings and carbon reductions for clients as well as maximum convenience and added value to their businesses.

    Ecobuild 2016 takes place from 8th to 10th March 2016 at London's ExCeL, and is the industry's meeting place to debate, discover products and share success. Ecobuild attracts over 40,000 visitors from the entire built environment supply chain. It is designed to cater for architects, consultants, local authorities, developers, contractors, housebuilders, project managers, engineers, sustainability managers, facility managers, energy assessors, BIM professionals and installers. A total of 96% of the top UK architectural practices, and 84% of the top housebuilders and contractors, attended Ecobuild 2015.

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  • Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity renew 2015 partnership

    ATLANTA, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building on a 16-year partnership, Whirlpool Corporation today announced it will continue to provide a new range and refrigerator for every new Habitat for Humanity home in the U.S. in 2015, donating up to $5 million in products throughout the year. Whirlpool will also sponsor eight new home builds in partnership with families in need of affordable housing in the U.S.

    Builds fully funded by Whirlpool will take place in Marion, Ohio; Bloomington, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan, covering the entire cost of constructing the home. Partially sponsored builds scheduled for 2015 will take place in Dallas, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Greenville, Ohio; Amana, Iowa; and Cleveland, Tennessee.

    For the sixth consecutive year, Whirlpool Corporation will also participate in a blitz build with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Students at Indiana University and Whirlpool employees will work together to build a home in 10 days in partnership with a family in the Bloomington area.

    Additionally, Whirlpool will continue its Habitat Ambassador Program, which was developed to create champions for the company's signature charities. Whirlpool Ambassadors are actively engaged in the partnership with Habitat and fulfill leadership positions on local Habitat boards, participate in construction activities and represent Whirlpool at Habitat-related events.

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  • USG's Acoustical Ceiling Solutions Expand to Meet Your Needs

    USG is introducing several new products into our existing Mars and Eclipse lines and launching a new panel family called Orion. These acoustical tiles will focus on delivering high performance balanced acoustics as well as overall economic value. The new products include:

    • USG Mars™ High-NRC/CAC Acoustical Panels
    • USG Mars™ Healthcare High-NRC Acoustical Panels
    • USG Eclipse™ High-NRC Acoustical Panels
    • USG Orion™ Acoustical Panels

    Visit our website or contact your local USG Sales Rep for more information.

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  • “The Cousins” of HGTV talk Warmboard

    Last year, John Colaneri of Cousins TV, and the new hit show “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” gave us some tremendous feedback on his experience with Warmboard in his own home. Well, we’ve got a second project going with John and Anthony right now, and here’s what they had to say about Warmboard.

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  • 2015 SPEC MIX Trowel Tales

    2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Schedule Announced!

    EAGAN, MN — The official schedule for the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Qualifier Events has been released. It’s that time of year again when masons across North America put their skill, speed and stamina to the test at their local regional competition with the hope of earning spot at the World Championship in Vegas. But before they can advance to the final round and compete for the title: “World’s Best Bricklayer,” they have to take 1st place at one of the 20 regional events listed below.

    Read more about Spec Mix here:

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  • Schindler Chosen as Mobility Partner for KL Eco City - An Iconic Mixed-use Development in Downtown Kuala Lumpur

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A joint venture between S P Setia Berhad Group and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), KL Eco City is a colossal mixed-use development conveniently located in Bangsar, right across Mid Valley City.

    The project sits on about 25 acres of prime land with a total development value of RM 6 billion. Designed by renowned architects Jerde Partnership International, GDP Architect, GRA Architect and BEP Akitek, KL Eco City is aimed at becoming the country's first integrated green development to earn the Gold certification under the Malaysian Green Building Index, as well as a US-based LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) certification.

    Schindler was awarded the mobility contract to install 128 elevators and 50 escalators, including 63 Schindler 5500 and 65 Schindler 7000 elevators, to 3 corporate office towers, 1 hotel serviced apartments tower, 3 boutique office blocks, 1 strata office tower and a high-end retail podium. The project will be constructed in phases and is scheduled to complete by year 2020.

    The latest addition to the company's product innovation, the Schindler 5500 combines state-of-the-art engineering, energy efficiency and high performance to set new industry standards, including a machine room-less version that can travel up to 50 stories in 50 seconds.

    The Schindler 7000 is Schindler's top-of-the-range elevator for high-rise buildings. Successfully deployed in numerous landmark installations across the world, the Schindler 7000 employs smart, energy efficient technologies. These elevators will transport passengers to their destinations swiftly and smoothly at speeds of up to 7 m/s.

    Schindler's award winning PORT Technology, the third and latest generation of the company's series of destination control systems, will power elevators in 4 office towers. The PORT Technology not only delivers higher operating efficiency by optimizing passenger flows, but also provides unprecedented levels of convenience.

    The PORT Technology, Schindler's focus on sustainability, as well as the company's vast experience in being the partner of choice for first class, large scale developments, were seen as the key factors behind the contract award.

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  • LP to Add FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing Line at Clarke County, Alabama OSB Mill

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX) today announced that it will add a FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing line at its Clarke County, Ala., facility.

    LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing will be manufactured under a Technology License Agreement with International Barrier Technology Inc. and features a proprietary, non-combustible Pyrotite® layer that is a code compliant component of fire-rated building assemblies.

    Brad Southern, executive vice president, OSB, said, “This substantial investment at our Clarke County mill will increase our ability to meet the growing market demand for fire-rated building products like LP FlameBlock in the single-family, multi-family and light commercial construction markets.”

    Construction on the new line will begin in the third quarter of 2015, with completion expected by September, 2016. When fully operational, the expansion will add about 20 new jobs to the mill, which currently employs 159 people.

    About LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing:

    LP FlameBlock is a durable, easy-to-handle sheathing product that combines the strength of LP OSB with a non-combustible, fiberglass-reinforced Pyrotite® layer. LP FlameBlock is ICC certified (ESR-1365) and is code-compliant in a variety of applications including exterior walls, interior walls and roof decking. It is available in a variety Of PS2-Rated thicknesses and lengths. LP FlameBlock carries a Class A, 30 minute flame spread rating.(Per IBC 2303.2).

    LP Flamebock installs like conventional sheathing, with no special tools or gear required and comes with a 20-Year Transferable Limited Warranty.

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  • ROXUL® and Scott McGillivray announce Mark Pratley as the grand prize winner of ROXUL's #GetBetweenTheStuds contest

    MILTON, ON, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - ROXUL and Scott McGillivray are pleased to announce that homeowner Mark Pratley of Rockwood, Ontario has been declared the grand prize winner of ROXUL's #GetBetweenTheStuds contest, which ran from April 12th to May 24th. Mark's outstanding entry has earned him $10,000 toward his home remodel, $1,200 in ROXUL product, and a design consultation with Income Property host and real estate expert Scott McGillivray.

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  • Wilsonart Offers Enhanced Dimension with SOLICOR™ Compact Laminate Collection and New Wilsonart® SOLICOR™ Laminate Finishes

    TEMPLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Design is in the details. From the smallest accessories to the biggest style choices, it’s the details that add dimension and depth, creating dramatic spaces that impress from wall to wall and everything in between.

    Wilsonart, a leading manufacturer of decorative engineered surfaces for more than 50 years, is pleased to announce the launch of Wilsonart® SOLICOR™ Compact Laminate as well as an expanded palette of colors and textured finishes to the Wilsonart® SOLICOR™ Laminate Collection. The continuous color of SOLICOR provides a clean and crisp look all the way to the edge, without the typical brown line associated with traditional laminate fabrication.

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  • Schindler Awarded the Largest Elevator and Escalator Project in Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Schindler, a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services, will supply a total of 79 elevators and 24 escalators to the Times City development located in the heart of Yangon, Myanmar.

    Scheduled for completion by 2017, Times City is a mixed-use development that comprises office and residential towers, a luxury hotel and retail shop houses. Located in the prime Hanthawaddy roundabout locality, the Times City project will introduce modern living facilities, premium office spaces, comprehensive retail options and a 5-star hotel, all in one development.

    Schindler worked closely with the project team of the developer, Crown Advance Construction Co. Ltd. from the early stages of building design since 2013. Schindler provided developers, architects and consultants with highly efficient building transportation solutions, including state-of-the-art Schindler 5500 machine-room-less elevators which run at speeds of 3 m/s, achieving the utmost building traffic efficiency in accordance to the most stringent international standards.

    Schindler will deliver 79 elevators and 24 escalators, including 41 Schindler 3300AP elevators and 38 Schindler 5500 elevators. In addition, Schindler's Lobby Vision, a building management tool that allows single-point supervision of multiple active systems will monitor elevators and escalators in the office towers and hotel tower.

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  • Native Trails Expands Popular NativeStone™ Collection with New Bar & Prep Sinks

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.– Native Trails has added two new bar & prep sinks to its revolutionary NativeStone™ Collection: Olivos Bar & Prep Sink ( and Malibu Bar Sink ( The entire NativeStone collection, which includes sustainable concrete kitchen, bar and bathroom sinks, made its debut in 2014.

    Both sinks feature a wonderfully functional, deep, circular shape that is perfect for chilling beverages. These stylish and versatile concrete sinks add panache to any bar or prep area, indoors or out, and can be installed as drop-in or undermount.

    Handmade by artisans in Vietnam, NativeStone is an innovative blend of cement and natural jute fiber. Surprisingly lightweight (40 percent lighter than standard concrete), it is resistant to cracking, scratching and staining.

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  • Introducing Pro Side Clamps

    Published June 24, 2015 by Merit
    AS Hanging Systems, Hang with the Best® Blog

    We are very excited to introduce the newest members of our extensive hardware fittings product line – Pro Side Clamps. Pro Side Clamps are used to suspend rigid panels and display surfaces in a vertical orientation to create a hanging display system. Each of these clamps is compatible with any of our cables and cords. This results in a wall display that avoids direct fastening to the wall while allowing for endless resetting of the display itself. The main benefit then, in comparison to standoffs, is design flexibility, even in the future, without wall damage.

    Pro Side Clamps come in six varieties to accommodate all of your panel display needs.

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  • JP Specialties, Inc. / Earth Shield® Waterstop

    You Need Waterstop Today?

    We probably have it in-stock and ready to ship. No Excuses.

    An industry trend has emerged: Waterstop manufacturers seemingly no longer like to stock large quantities of materials, putting their Contractor customers and Owner's projects in jeopardy. Since the earliest days of our company (way back in 1954) we have shared the simple philosophy of "You can't sell off an empty cart." We stock all of our catalog shapes in large quantities, making same-day shipping a reality.

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