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Next generation plug and play T8 DIR LED tube
27.01.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announces the launch of its T8 17W 4FT., T8 15W 4FT. and T8 10W 2FT. DIR LED tubes. The T8 DIR tube is compatible with Instant Start ballasts so no rewiring is required during installation. "This plug-and-play LED tube directly replaces a traditional fluorescent tube," says GREEN CREATIVE's Product Manager, Taylor Schaberg. "Simply turn off the power, remove the old tube, replace it with the GREEN CREATIVE DIR tube and your job is done." The new T8 DIR tubes combine a micro-designed driver and compact light engine read more

Kolbe triple hung windows capture towering views and architectural detail
27.01.2015 Kolbe's Old World Classic and Ultra Series Sterling triple hung windows expand the vertical space for greater views, increased daylight and natural airflow, while offering high performance and design flexibility. The windows' precise architectural details are customized to match both traditional and historic homes, including replacement units for some of the nation's oldest properties. Inspired by all-wood windows of an earlier era, Kolbe's Old World Classic triple hung units feature a chain and pulley system to meet strict historic read more

Civilight North America launches coast-to-coast lighting rep network
27.01.2015 Civilight North America announces a manufacturer rep network that spans from coast to coast throughout the United States and Canada. The network consists today of 30 industry leading Commercial and Industrial and Showroom representative agencies that are well established and respected in their marketplaces. Additional agencies will be added throughout the first half of 2015. This rep and showroom network will bring Civilight's high-performance LED lamps into local markets with strong technical and professional read more

GE’s Lumination LED Track Lights
27.01.2015 Higher lumen options, exceptional energy efficiency and sleek modern style are just three reasons to choose GE's new Lumination TS Series LED Accent Lights. GE's LED track lights make it easy to achieve specification-grade accent lighting in any sales environment. With flood and spot versions, multiple beam options and three choices of color temperature, creating bright, more energized stores for customers is a cinch. "Our new LED track lights can deliver 90 lumens per watt," said John Koster, product manager of LED modules, GE Lighting. read more

Platform SCP scores big in direct comparison
27.01.2015 Scheduled to reach 284 m height upon completion, construction of the Skyland Office Tower under way in the heart of Istanbul Building contractor of what will be Turkey's tallest structure selected Doka's Platform SCP for construction. Known to provide a significant edge when going head-to-head against other systems available in the market, the highrise-core forming machine ensures rapid construction progress. Doka also provides protection screen Xclimb 60 for both, the Skyland Office and Residence Towers. read more

Philips calls for action to end light poverty
27.01.2015 Millions of people are needlessly dying because a fifth of the world's population does not have access to electric light, Royal Philips warns. More than 1.3 billion people are trapped in light poverty as they don't have access to electricity. Most of those affected resort to kerosene lamps and candles to light their homes and businesses. But these primitive light sources claim the lives of 1.5 million people every year through respiratory illnesses and fires – the same number killed annually by HIV-related diseases. read more

Manitowoc to feature Shuttlelift at The Rental Show
18.01.2015 The rental market is the big focus for the aptly named The Rental Show, hosted annually by the American Rental Association. The 2015 expo will take place in New Orleans, February 22 – 25, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Manitowoc will feature one of its best cranes for the rental market, the Shuttlelift Carrydeck CD5515-2. This 15 USt carrydeck crane is ideal for both inside and outside projects, is offered in either a dual-fuel or diesel engine, and has a compact footprint, long reach and hefty capacity, all which make it ideal read more

CertainTeed announced nationwide availability of Patriot roofing shingle
18.01.2015 After an overwhelmingly positive response to a limited introduction last year, CertainTeed Corporation has expanded availability nationwide for its Patriot metric asphalt roofing shingle. Patriot combines intricate color blend drops with intermittent shadow lines to offer the rich, aesthetic appeal that homeowners look for in designer shingles. For contractors and builders, the shingle offers an easy-to-install roofing solution that is ideal for projects where attractive products are called for at an economical price. read more

Pennsylvania Power Plant and GE’s advanced water reuse technology
18.01.2015 Covanta's Delaware Valley energy-from-waste facility in Chester, Pennsylvania, has saved 1.3 million gallons a day (MGD) from local water supplies by installing GE's advanced RePAK water reuse technology in the power plant's cooling tower. GE honored Covanta with the Return on Environment (ROE) award to recognize the company for its noteworthy reductions in water usage. The Chester facility generates up to 90 megawatts of clean energy from 3,510 tons per day of municipal solid waste. Previously, the plant used 1.3 MGD—or nearly read more

exhibitions and other events

Zumtobel Group to open Lichtforum at the heart of Amsterdam
28.01.2015 As the New Year begins, Austrian lighting company Zumtobel Group is establishing a strong presence in one of the leading European centres of architecture and technology: Before January is out, the company, which is based in Austria, is to open a new "Lichtforum" (light forum) at the heart of Amsterdam. The new facility will be designed to act as an open house, facilitating dialogue and close collaboration with leading architects, lighting designers technology experts and research partners. The Lichtforum, which will be located on the top floor of the UP Building – one of the tallest office buildings in downtown Amsterdam – will also host a showroom for all three of the Group's brands: Zumtobel, Thorn and Tridonic. read more

ECE turns 50 – kicking off the anniversary year
21.01.2015 On January 22, 1965, mail order pioneer Werner Otto founded ECE – he initially aimed to prevent real estate issues interfering with the thriving Otto Versand. At the end of the 1960s, Otto brought the modern shopping center concept from the U.S. to Germany. Under the name "Einkaufs-Center-Entwicklungsgesellschaft" ("Shopping Center Development Company"), the new company first opened Franken-Center in Nuremberg in 1969 and Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum in Hamburg in 1970. Therefore, ECE's history is closely connected with the history of shopping centers in Germany as a whole read more

Pöyry study highlights challenges to forest plantations
16.01.2015 In its latest 'Point of View' report, "Reinventing Plantation Forestry", Pöyry warns that a new wave of innovation is urgently needed to maintain the competitiveness of plantation forests. The report explains why the forces that once made plantation forests competitive are weakening and identifies clear signals of a fundamental change affecting the cost competitiveness of plantation forests. Despite four decades of increased productivity, the study identified a reduction of yield increase to just 1.5% per annum, half of what it used to be. read more

Technological upgrade is running across the cities in SE Europe
14.01.2015 The process of 'Smarting up' the cities is at its early stage in South-East Europe. Targets for low carbon economy and higher resource efficiency encourage businesses and municipalities in the Region to speed up their investments in the energy and transport sector, buildings and infrastructure. Smart Cities Exhibition and Conferece for SEE (11-13 March 2015, Bulgaria) will promote technologies and experience in sustainable urban development and will allow for customer-supplier interaction concerning options for collaboration. read more

industry news

NCC forms own staffing company
28.01.2015 NCC, one of the leading construction and property development companies in the Nordic region, is to form its own staffing company to handle work peaks. With its own company, NCC will gain full transparency and control over agreements and be able to ensure compliance with rules, guidelines and NCC's Code of Conduct. The staffing company will be headquartered in Poland. "We consider it important to establish our own company and gain full insight and control. read more

Recovery for U.S. construction industry projected to result in solid increases in spending levels in 2015 and 2016
28.01.2015 The nonresidential building market was hamstrung by weather-related delays during the first part of the 2014, but conditions improved dramatically throughout the rest of the year to finish with greater than anticipated spending levels. The commercial construction sector is now looking at double-digit increases in 2015, led by vigorous levels of demand for hotels and office buildings. read more

Four more Wausau associates earn NFRC ACE certification
28.01.2015 Four more associates at Wausau Window and Wall Systems have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Training Workshop and passing all necessary examinations. read more

BAM wins contract for Swiss railway tunnel
27.01.2015 Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau, the German tunnel specialist of Royal BAM Group, has won a joint venture contract for the construction of the 2.6 kilometer long Eppenberg Tunnel in Switzerland. The joint venture partner is the Swiss contractor Marti. read more

Salini Impregilo wins contract in Nigeria
27.01.2015 The Salini Impregilo group in Nigeria has been awarded a contract for the dualisation of the carriageway of the Suleja Minna (Phase II) road in Nigeria. This arterial road is of prime importance since it connects the capital of Abuja to the northwest region. read more

Skanska constructs office building with parking house in Norway
26.01.2015 Skanska has signed a contract with Det Norske Veritas Eiendom AS to build an office building and a parking house at Høvik outside of Oslo, Norway. The contract is worth about NOK 295 M in total, about SEK 320 M, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska Norway for the first quarter of 2015. The new 10,000 square meter office building will be built as a passive house and holds the ambition of BREEAM NOR "Excellent". The contract also includes the refurbishment of 800 square meters of an existing office building on the premises. read more

Balfour Beatty appointed preferred bidder for University of Sussex's East Slope Residences project
26.01.2015 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces today that it has been appointed preferred bidder for the University of Sussex's East Slope Residences project. In partnership, alongside the University, Balfour Beatty will design, build, finance and operate the project under a 50 year contract. read more

BAM builds a medical research facility at Cardiff University and the Europagarten Tunnel in Frankfurt
26.01.2015 Cardiff-based BAM Construction has placed orders with Welsh businesses worth over £130 million within the last five years, the company has revealed. BAM has recently begun work on a £16 million contract to build a medical research facility at Cardiff University, and is behind other current projects such as a £12 million redevelopment of Cyfarthfa Retail Park in Merthyr Tydfil for developer Hammerson, and an office building for Morriston Hospital in Swansea. read more

NCC to build interchange in Gothenburg for Swedish Transport Administration
21.01.2015 NCC has been commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration to construct the Tingstad interchange in central Gothenburg, comprising roads and bridges that are part of the Marieholm Connection Project. The order is worth SEK 633 million. read more

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