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Philips brings history to life by illuminating the Baron Palace in Cairo
22.04.2014 Royal Philips unveiled a stunning lighting makeover of the historic, well-renowned Baron Palace, one of the oldest buildings in Cairo as part of its fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow. Philips' latest LED technology combining warm and cool daylight colors has been used to highlight the palace's features as never before. The innovative LED Lighting allows energy savings of 80% over the traditional lights that are currently used in the Palace and has a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours. read more

Walmart's largest purchase of GE LED lighting to date
22.04.2014 Walmart announced plans to purchase energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures for new supercenters in the United States, stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the United Kingdom. The new fixtures will use 40 percent less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores, and will help further the retailer's goal to reduce the kilowatt hour (kWh) per square foot of energy required to power Walmart's buildings globally 20 percent by 2020. This is Walmart's largest purchase of GE LED lighting read more

High-performance cooling tower formed at the double
20.04.2014 Increased energy demands in the fast-growing state of Andhra Pradesh in India necessitated the construction of a new coal-fired power plant. Doka has supplied the formwork solution for the construction of the cooling tower, ensuring efficient construction progress in 1-day cycles. Completion is scheduled for late 2014. The population in Krishnapatnam, the port city in Andhra Pradesh, India, has a high population density of 500 persons per km², and rising. In order to meet these increasing energy needs, read more

New Beswick catalog
20.04.2014 Beswick Engineering announced the release of 2014 catalog containing over 150 new product items. Beswick's expansive line of miniature fittings (compression, barb and push-to connect), valves, quick disconnects, pressure regulators and orifices are ideal for fluid power assemblies requiring durable products (machined in 303 & 316) stainless steel or brass. Ultra miniature in design Beswick products are an excellent choice when space is limited and leakage can not be tolerated. Pioneers in utilizing read more

Tenant self-service app
20.04.2014 1st Touch has launched a tenant self-service app. The app, which can be fully integrated in real-time with all leading Housing Management Systems, enables a social housing organisation's tenants to submit requests online for a wide range of services. These can range from repairs and maintenance or estate management concerns through to arranging visits from housing officers or conducting rent account queries. The system greatly reduces the pressure on the social housing organisation's call centre staff, whilst read more

Low-emitting stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions
20.04.2014 ROCKFON 's extensive North American portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions has earned UL Environment's GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products. GREENGUARD is an internationally recognized product emissions certification and labeling program for manufacturers of low-emitting indoor products, furnishings and materials. Receiving certification confirms these products meet the stringent GREENGUARD Gold emission standards, contributing to healthier and read more

Stannah – climbing to another level on the ss Great Britain
16.04.2014 South West England and London, 11th April 2014 – Future visitors to Brunel's ss Great Britain are in for a treat as they are invited to Go Aloft! Visitors can step into the shoes of a Victorian sailor to climb the rigging on the famous steam ship in its dry dock in Bristol, if they are brave enough. Stannah, lift suppliers to the ss Great Britain Trust and passionate supporters of this unique visitor attraction, sponsored the official launch of Go Aloft! and three Stannah representatives accepted the invitation read more

Glass laminates offer proven simultaneous protection
16.04.2014 The international technology group SCHOTT introduced the world's first specialty glass products to successfully withstand consecutive fire and ballistic attacks. SCHOTT is to exhibit five glass panels of its PYRANOVA secure laminates, showing varying degrees of attack, including bullet and fire separately and simultaneously, at the upcoming Counter Terror Expo, 29th – 30th April at Olympia, London. The threat of wilful attack from both external forces and fire can be very real for a number of organisations, read more

Stannah scores a golden six in RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2014
10.04.2014 The Gold Medal award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will be presented during a ceremony at ExCeL London on June 17 where Stannah will also be exhibiting at the Facilities Show. As the UK's family safety charity, RoSPA's mission is to save lives and reduce injuries in all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health read more

exhibitions and other events

AAMA forms Sustainability Steering Committee
16.04.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) board of directors voted unanimously to establish a sustainability steering committee. It will oversee the various AAMA committees and task groups involved in establishing standard practices that lead to product sustainability - from component development to structural integrity. "This decision reflects the vital strategic importance that AAMA believes sustainability-related issues have to the fenestration and glazing industry, and to AAMA members' businesses, " read more

PR award for Bilfinger
15.04.2014 Bilfinger's new brand concept and the communication of the repositioning as an engineering and services group have once again caught the attention of trade professionals: the company and the agency Truffle Bay, which is specialized in brand development, have been jointly presented with the PR Award in the category 'Change'. read more

Bouygues Construction partner of Solar Decathlon Europe 2014
14.04.2014 Bouygues Construction is a partner of Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the competition that challenges teams from universities and graduate schools around the world to design and build a real, functional home that is entirely solar powered. read more

Global wind market rebounds in 2014
14.04.2014 The Global Wind Energy Council launched its Global Wind Report - Annual Market Update today, updating the status of the global industry, along with market projections for the years 2014-2018. read more

industry news

Emcor subsidiary wins contracts at multiple government entities across the U.S.
23.04.2014 Emcor Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME) announced that its subsidiary, Emcor Government Services (EGS), has been awarded four contracts to perform facilities maintenance services for four different government entities at varied locations across the United States. read more

RetailMeNot signs strategic partnership agreement with GGP
23.04.2014 RetailMeNot, Inc., the world's largest digital coupon marketplace, announced it reached a strategic partnership agreement with Chicago-based General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP), a real estate investment trust focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and developing best-in-class retail properties throughout the United States. GGP's portfolio includes 120 high-quality malls in 40 states. read more

Icade : towards a substantial lease agreement on EQHO
23.04.2014 France-based real estate investment company Icade announces the signing of a commitment to open a period of exclusive negotiations with a leading company with a view to signing a lease for 40,468 m² of office space in EQHO in La Défense. read more

Winner of the 2014 eVolo skyscraper competition
23.04.2014 Vernacular Versatility has won the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition whose aim is to recognize outstanding ideas for vertical living through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organization. Chosen among 525 projects from 43 countries around the world, the project is a reinterpretation of traditional Korean architecture in a contemporary mixed-use high-rise. Hanok is defined as antonym of western house and synonym of house of Korean style. read more

Aecon jv announced for York Viva Bus Rapid Transit project
22.04.2014 Aecon Group Inc , Canada's largest publicly traded construction company, advised that the Region of York has announced that York RapidLINK Constructors, a 50/50 joint venture comprised of Aecon and Dufferin Construction Company, a division of Holcim (Canada) Inc., has been chosen for a $261 million project to design and build the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (vivaNext) rapidways along Yonge Street in the Towns of Richmond Hill and Newmarket. read more

Salini Impregilo to build an important motorway section in Slovakia
22.04.2014 Salini Impregilo, leading a group of companies has won the bid for a 410 million euro contract to build a section of motorway in Slovakia with a share of 75%. read more

Siemens and BAIC to produce electric powertrain systems for NEVs
21.04.2014 Siemens AG, a global player in the field of electric drivetrains and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd. (BAIC), one of the major Chinese carmakers, will join efforts to bring further green automotive drive-technologies to the China market. The two companies signed a joint venture at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition and outlined their plan to utilize Siemens' electric drive train components in a range of BAIC vehicles. The JV, Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System Co., Ltd., will manufacture components for the electric drivetrain including power-electronics and electric motors. read more

Bilfinger contributing to the secure supply of gas in Germany
21.04.2014 German builder Bilfinger has received an order from Linde for the manufacture and installation of system modules and piping technology for the new natural gas terminal in Emden. The order is valued at about €30 million. The natural gas terminal in Emden is a key distribution station for gas that is imported from the Norwegian energy company Gassco to Germany. read more

Skanska builds office property in London, UK
21.04.2014 Skanska has signed a contract with developer Helical Bar to build the commercial development Creechurch Place in London, UK. The contract is worth GBP 95 M, about SEK 1 billion, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska UK for the second quarter of 2014. read more

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