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New architecture book presents "Passive House Award" winners
30.05.2015 A new book showcasing the winners and finalists of the Passive House Award shows that energy efficient construction is not only profitable, it is also an enrichment for architecture. The book is available in a bound version as well as in digital form as an online flipbook. In addition, all of the award-winning buildings in the international competition in 2014 are presented in a poster exhibition. The Passive House Award 2014 book presents a total of 21 highly fascinating architectural projects. From over a hundred submissions, read more

LED fluorescent tube replacement for electronic control gear
30.05.2015 In the coming months Osram will be bringing the latest generation of Substitube T8 LED tubes to market step-by-step – the Value variant has recently been made available for operation with conventional ballasts (CCG) or directly from mains voltage, and the Basic and Advanced versions of this construction design are to follow in the coming weeks. LED tubes from Osram will then be available for the first time designed for electronic control gear (ECG) from August. All Basic and Advanced variants will bear VDE certification, and the entire new read more

Siemens installs prototype of its 7-megawatt offshore wind turbine
30.05.2015 Only a few months after its sales launch at the EWEA Offshore trade show in Copenhagen, the new Siemens offshore flagship wind turbine of the type SWT-7.0-154 has now been installed as a prototype. The planned field testing of the 7-megawatt (MW) offshore machine in Østerild, Denmark, mainly focusses on the upgraded generator and the enhanced electrical system. The majority of other components are equal to the proven technology of the Siemens SWT-6.0-154 – including the rotor with its outstanding diameter of 154 meters. read more

Tubelite meets ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation
30.05.2015 Tubelite Inc.'s facilities Walker and Reed City, Michigan, successfully meet ICC Evaluation Services, LLC (ICC-ES) Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10). This third-party inspection by Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI)/Intertek verifies Tubelite's quality control process for its products, systems and materials. "At Tubelite, 'dependable' is more than part of our brand identity, it's part of our everyday culture, our products and our services. Our reputation for dependability is closely connected with our ongoing investment in quality, read more

Modular, combinable, adaptable: Testing for Take-Off with PERI UP
28.05.2015 As an essential prerequisite for the approval of the Airbus A350 XWB, the IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH has carried out an extensive range of tests on the new wide-bodied aircraft at its testing facility in Erding. With the scaffolding solution from PERI, optimal adaptation of the working levels for the fuselage and wings was achieved. The modularity and flexibility of the PERI UP system has allowed test preparations and continuous measurement and inspection work to be implemented. read more

Enhanced Sustainable Insulation SoftTouch Duct Wrap from CertainTeed
28.05.2015 CertainTeed is making it easier for HVAC contractors to ensure optimal indoor comfort with its newly enhanced Sustainable Insulation SoftTouch Duct Wrap. The product offers improvements in cutting and handling that will be sure to please installers, while maintaining the company's proven fiberglass product performance. "There has been an increase in demand for insulation products that are sustainable, offer lower VOCs, and have less itch and dust when being installed," said Jim Voitel, product manager, technical insulation for CertainTeed. read more

New Nano-Lok Extended Length Self Retracting Lifeline Range
20.05.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA Nano-Lok Extended Length range of Self Retracting Lifelines (SRL's). Nano-Lok Extended Length compact SRL's provide extended lifeline length when working at height. The additional length increases the anchorage options and provides added mobility and versatility where fall protection is required. "Depending on the model selected, they provide up to 1.6 metres more lifeline to the user, in a compact, lightweight, easy-to-use unit." said Rick Millar, Technical Manager read more

GREEN CREATIVE releases new PL horizontal DIRect and BYPass LED lamps
19.05.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announced the launch of its first PL H 11W DIR, PL H 11W DIR HIGH CRI and PL H 11W BYP lamps. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the PL H DIR and PL H BYP lamps are CFL retrofit solutions for a variety of existing one and two lamp installations. "We are excited to now offer horizontal lamp replacement options that are not only more energy efficient, but last 4 times longer than CFL," says Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Grant Williams. All PL H lamps feature exceptional efficacy, a high quality diffuser read more

Web page for understanding indoor condensation on residential windows
16.05.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has created a new Web page dedicated solely to helping homeowners understand why and how indoor condensation develops on residential windows and what can be done to mitigate it. "This was needed because it provides direct, simple answers to the common question, 'Why is there condensation on my windows?'" says Joe Hayden (Pella), co-chair of the Understanding Residential Condensation Task Group. "Condensation can form for a variety of reasons, and this read more

exhibitions and other events

World Gas Conference Paris: Vinci presents its Oil and Gas goals
02.06.2015 Vinci will present its Oil and Gas (O&G) goals at the World Gas Conference held in Paris from 1 to 5 June 2015. For the first time ever, the Group's full range of companies and brands specialising in the O&G industry will be brought together at a single space. read more

Mabey Hire wins ICE Wales Innovation Award
27.05.2015 Mabey Hire has won an Innovation Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales in recognition of its work on the Erwood Bridge Refurbishment Scheme. The award, in association with Dawnus Construction, commends its innovative solution for enabling removal and reconstruction of the existing concrete piers at the Erwood site on the River Wye. read more

Ramboll inspires Beijing leaders within clean air solutions
22.05.2015 Yesterday, a delegation from Beijing consisting of one political leader (district mayor) and five leaders from different government agencies visited Ramboll's head office in Copenhagen. The visit was arranged by State of Green – a public-private partnership founded by the Danish Government – and the purpose was to exchange experiences within urban environmental solutions, particularly in the field of garbage disposal and air pollution control. spliter During the visit, Ramboll experts gave presentations on themes such as air pollution control in waste-to-energy facilities and pollutant dispersion in urban regions, and these presentations gave rise to a fruitful exchange of knowledge and experiences. "As most people know, Beijing and other large cities in China struggle intensely with air pollution, but fortunately, there is a rising political will to do remedy the problem. Accordingly, delegation visits like the one in Copenhagen might lead to new, interesting market opportunities for us in a field where we have a lot to offer, " says Lone A. Clowes, Regional Director, Nordic, Ramboll Environ. read more

Launch of DOT Pendant Light in Milan
21.05.2015 DOT is the latest product designed by Foster + Partners for Italian lighting manufacturer Lumina. The practice's industrial design team has worked closely with Lumina's engineers over the past two years to create a pendant light that is visually simple and discreet, yet technically advanced. The light comprises two main elements: a suspended disc below a circular reflector. The lower disc contains an array of LEDs behind an optimised lens, which focuses light on the reflector to create even, glare-free illumination. A custom-designed heat pipe carries electrical power to the LED array and efficiently draws heat away to the reflector above, which in turn acts as a heat sink. read more

industry news

Balfour Beatty to deliver £1bn campus transformation for the University of Manchester
02.06.2015 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that is has been appointed by the University of Manchester to deliver the bulk of its £1bn capital programme through a partnership framework agreement along with two other contractors. read more

Skanska constructs educational facilities in Trondheim, Norway
02.06.2015 Skanska has signed a contract with E.C. Dahls Eiendom AS to refurbish existing facilities and construct new buildings at Sør-Trøndelag University College in Trondheim, Norway. The total contract is worth about NOK 280 M, about SEK 300 M, and will be included in order bookings for Skanska Norway for the second quarter of 2015. read more

Bouygues Construction standardises the branding of its building-specialised subsidiaries
02.06.2015 Bouygues Construction's building subsidiaries in the French regions have standardised their names. In northern and eastern France, Norpac and Pertuy Construction have merged and become Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est. In the west, Quille Construction has now become Bouygues Bâtiment Grand Ouest. read more

BAM will close precast yard Zuidbroek after sale is cancelled
01.06.2015 In early May BAM announced its intention to sell its production facility for precast concrete elements in Zuidbroek (in the northern province of Groningen) to MBS Holding BV with effect from 1 June 2015. MBS has withdrawn from the transaction, because BAM cannot guarantee the revenue regarding future projects. read more

ABB to provide traction equipment for fleet expansions of Stadler Rail trains
29.05.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has received orders worth $85 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail to supply traction equipment for projects to expand public rail networks in Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The orders were booked in the first quarter of 2015. The new business follows earlier orders from rail operators to expand their existing fleets of Stadler trains for the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Luxemburg State Railways (CFL) and the Dutch State Railways (NS). read more

Hera Lighting adds new Technical Engineer
29.05.2015 Hera Lighting announced that Mark Fazio has joined the company as a Technical Support Engineer. Mark will be responsible for supporting the customer base across U.S. and Canada, continuing product training to Sales, developing quality control and continual improvement initiatives, and conducting new product testing for UL certification. As a Georgia Tech educated Electrical Engineer, Mark brings an extensive and varied background in Technical Support and Quality Assurance. He began his career in the telecommunications industry supporting optical fiber transmission systems. read more

Holcim and Lafarge finalize the composition of the future Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim
28.05.2015 Lafarge and Holcim have completed the appointments for the future Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim following a recommendation by Eric Olsen, future CEO of the combined Group. read more

KBR awarded licensing & design services contract for ammonia plants
27.05.2015 KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced that it has been awarded a contract by OJSC Togliattiazot (ToAZ) to provide licensing, basic engineering design, front-end engineering and design services to revamp ToAZ's existing seven ammonia plants in Togliatti, Samara region, Russia. read more

Bouygues Construction to build Manhattan Loft Gardens, its first tower in London
27.05.2015 The London property developer, Manhattan Loft Corporation, has selected Bouygues UK, the British subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, for the construction of Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 143-metre landmark tower in Stratford, East London. The project represents a gross development value (GDV) of £250 million (approx. €340 million). Harry Handelsman, founder and CEO of Manhattan Loft Corporation, said: "Our appointment of Bouygues, with its vast international knowledge and experience of high-rise luxury developments, will add to our already top class project team. read more

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