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AAMA releases updated fiber reinforced thermoset profiles document
29.04.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document establishing performance requirements for fiber reinforced thermoset profiles for use in fenestration products. This document references test procedures and requirements for standard weathering performance of fiber reinforced thermoset profiles. It also addresses requirements covering design criteria, finish and appearance, weathering performance and physical properties. "It's a keystone document for fiberglass reinforced pultrusions," read more

Acoustic baffles provide quietness, visual interest in commercial interiors
29.04.2015 Rockfon Contour frameless, stone wool acoustic baffles provide an alternative, acoustic solution for commercial interiors where suspended ceilings are not suitable. Ideally suited for acoustical corrections in renovations and retrofits, they also offer acoustic comfort and visual interest as a design feature in new restaurants and cafés, museums, call centers, manufacturing facilities and open-plan offices. "With a sharp, minimalistic edge and a subtle, elegant bevel, Rockfon Contour frameless baffles hang vertically to create an read more

120-watt eLucent Nebula LED Gas Station Canopy
26.04.2015 ATG Electronics (ATG) introduces the DesignLights Consortium (DLC)-qualified Lucent Nebula LED Gas Station Canopy, a low-profile surface mount retrofit fixture for fuel service applications. The slim three-inch profile enables versatile mounting and easy retrofit installation into existing single- or double-skin canopies. "Just like the interstellar cloud, the new Nebula provides crisp bright light day or night to ensure safe and secure operations at service stations nationwide," said James Steedly, vice president of Product Research read more

Working faster due to safer conditions
26.04.2015 For the construction of the JKG Tower high-rise building complex – consisting of a 32-storey office tower along with a 13-storey parking facility – safety has been given the highest priority. As a result, the PERI formwork and shoring solution has also included, among other things, a corresponding training programme for the construction team. The high level of safety thus achieved has ensured increased productivity: every month, 3 storeys have been realized on the respective towers. read more

Premiere: Heavy-duty bracket HDC for pier heads
26.04.2015 Currently, the 46.6 km Western High Speed Diameter is the largest infrastructure project in St. Petersburg, Russia. The highway will create a quick connection between the northern and southern parts of the city and the Vasilievsky Island and improve traffic conditions. At the centre of the project is the 620 m long bridge across the Korabelny channel. Doka is the supplier of an efficient and easily adaptable formwork solution for constructing both pylons and main piers. read more

Hitachi's new 1-1/2 Strap-Tite Fastening System Strip Nailer
21.04.2015 Hitachi Power Tools announced the newest addition to its extensive pneumatic lineup; a 1-1/2" Strap-Tite Fastening System Strip Nailer, model NR38AK. This nailer is designed specifically for fastening various types of pre-drilled metal connectors to wood by using the nail tip as a guide for exact placement with a sequential drive mechanism. This nailer rounds out Hitachi's Strap-Tite family and offers superior precision and control for metal connector to wood applications. The NR38AK accepts commonly used 1-1/2" paper read more

Direct plug and play T8 U-BENT DIR LED tube with true fluorescent design
21.04.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announced the launch of its new T8 U-BENT 16W DIR LED tube. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the T8 U-BENT 16W DIR tube was designed to match the form factor and light output of the fluorescent U-bent tube it is replacing. The T8 U-BENT DIR tube is also compatible with Instant Start ballasts so no rewiring is required during installation. The new T8 U-BENT 16W features a thin light engine and continuous diffusing tube that provides uniform and seamless light from end to end. read more

PHI introduces new categories for building certification
21.04.2015 Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the Passive House Institute (PHI) introduces two new categories for its building certification; in addition to the established Passive House Classic, there will be the Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium classes as well. A new evaluation procedure which also considers energy generation by the building itself will serve as a basis for this. The exact certification criteria and calculation read more

Online AIA/CES courses, Select and Spec tool, guide specifications
14.04.2015 Helping architects and the building community better understand architectural finishing, Linetec's Architectural Resource Center's online resources include on-demand continuing education courses and tools for simplifying coatings selection and specification. Linetec's online "Select and Spec" tool allows visitors to browse color palettes and order painted aluminum samples. Organized intoeight color families with interactive "chips," the user clicks on a chip to see a larger image and order up to five samples. These 3.5-by-2-inch painted metal read more

exhibitions and other events

BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler win Innovation in Safety Award
04.05.2015 BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler have won the Innovation in Safety Award at this year's UK Oil & Gas Industry Safety Awards. The judges were impressed to learn that BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler worked together to deliver an industry first by developing a new technique for removing caissons, the pillars which underpin many North Sea platforms. read more

Dialogue platform for heat pump technology and future trends
27.04.2015 The fourth European Heat Pump Summit – the meeting place for the international heat pump sector – will take place in Nuremberg on 20 and 21 October 2015. Its focus is to foster professional dialogue on current developments, research results and trends in the field of heat pumps. The event also presents information specifically about the European heat pump market. The conference language is English. "In the intervening year between Chillventa trade fairs, the lure of the high-calibre presentations and workshops at the European Heat Pump Summit once again gathers the combined expertise of the heat pump sector at one location. read more

"Bautechnik-Tag 2015" in Düsseldorf
23.04.2015 On April 23 and 24, technical experts and players from the construction industry will meet at the German construction industry conference "Deutscher Bautechnik-Tag 2015" in Düsseldorf. Under the motto "Cities and regions in Transformation - Challenges for society and Engineering", the two-day conference offers a total of around 1,200 participants the possibility to exchange ideas about current construction engineering solutions and innovation. read more

Koin 2015 in Fiera di Vicenza
17.04.2015 The 16th edition of Koin, international expo of furnishings, liturgical objects and components for worship space construction, scheduled from 18 to 21 April 2015 at the Fiera di Vicenza, will be dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council with the promulgation of the Pastoral Constitution "Gaudium et Spes" on the Church in the modern world. The fair, benefitting from the active collaboration and sponsorship of the Diocese of Vicenza, the National Office for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and the National Service for Worship Space Construction of the Italian Bishops Conference has become the most important international appointment in the sector. Since the very first edition, Koin has accompanied the exhibition of products with a vast and well-organized section dedicated to research in order to offer the production world a contribution of ideas and innovative proposals in harmony with the guidelines expressed by Vatican II. read more

industry news

BAM in talks with MBS Holding about selling precast yard Zuidbroek
06.05.2015 BAM Infra is intending 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 specialises in developing and producing precast elements. The transaction includes the 13 people employed by the business, the real estate, work in hand, and plant and equipment. read more

Aecon awarded contract by North West Redwater Partnership
06.05.2015 Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) has been awarded a $109 million contract by North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) for additional work related to their Sturgeon Refinery Project in Alberta. read more

Tikkurila to partner with Vallila
06.05.2015 Tikkurila and Vallila Interior will start a partnership, which will make it easier for consumers to select matching wall colors and Vallila curtain designs to create harmonious interiors. Vallila's upcoming AW15 collection will feature wall colors, selected by Vallila designers, matching each curtain design in the collection, in the Vallila curtain packages, stores and the online store as well as the website. The colors have been selected from Tikkurila's Feel the Colour collection, and any Tikkurila interior paint can be tinted to the selected colors. read more

South East Water AMP6 non-infrastructure capital works framework awarded to BAM Nomenca JV
04.05.2015 A joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Nomenca has been awarded a major AMP6 framework by South East Water. The multi-million pound framework is for delivery of the water company's non-infrastructure major works for the next five years with an option to extend up to 10 years, giving a framework of 15 years. read more

Cimic Group’s Leighton Contractors awarded CityLink widening
04.05.2015 Leighton Contractors, a Cimic Group company, has been selected by Transurban to deliver a significant portion of Melbourne's CityLink Tulla Widening project. The design and construct contract will generate revenue of approximately $570 million over the next two and a half years. read more

Vinci and Bouygues Construction to build the extension of Line 3 of Cairo metro system
04.05.2015 The Egyptian authorities have demonstrated renewed confidence in the joint venture led by Vinci Construction Grands Projets alongside Bouygues Travaux Publics, a Bouygues Construction subsidiary, and their Egyptian partners, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors, by awarding them the contract for the new phase of civil engineering for Line 3 of the Cairo metro between Haroun and El Nozha stations. The new phase of works (Phase 4A) continues on from Phase 2, which was brought into service in May 2014 more than six months ahead of schedule. read more

Esther Koplowitz refinances personal debt, maintaining 22.43% stake in FCC Group
04.05.2015 The long-term refinancing of the debt from the company Dominum Dirección y Gestión, S.A. (DDG), a company fully owned by Ms. Esther Koplowitz, takes effect. The businesswomen maintains a significant shareholding in FCC through this company and thereby fulfils all of the conditions required for this refinancing to be fully effective, after DDG acquired the companies B1998, S.A. and Azate, S.A. In this way, the agreement reached with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, S.A. and Bankia, S.A. in November 2014 is fulfilled with the aforementioned, granting her a five-year term to take care of her financing. read more

BAM Clough completes Ichthys jetty in Darwin, Australia
30.04.2015 BAM Clough Joint Venture has successfully completed the design and construction of the Product Loading Jetty for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project. The jetty forms part of the onshore LNG facilities being developed in Darwin, Australia. The project comprised two separate vessel load-out berths, one for LNG and a second for LPG/Condensate. A Y-shaped approach jetty consisting of a 680-metres leg connecting to the LNG berth and a second 630-metres leg, connecting to the LPG/Condensate berth, provides access from the onshore facility. read more

Technip wins PMC contract for the Basra Refinery Upgrading project
29.04.2015 Technip, in partnership with UNICO, a Japanese engineering consultant, was awarded a Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract on a reimbursable basis, for the upgrading of the Basra refinery. This contract, awarded by South Refineries Company (SRC) – Ministry of Oil,spliter covers the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, start-up and warranty management phase of the refinery upgrading project, located in Basra, Iraq. read more

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