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Lowe’s to exclusively offer Hitachi Power Tools nationally
30.07.2015 Lowe's Companies and Hitachi Power Tools announced the introduction of the industry leading line of professional grade Hitachi pneumatic nailers and fasteners exclusively at Lowe's stores nationwide and online at Lowe's now offers the broadest selection of Hitachi power tools, with a lineup of tools the pros prefer most with the latest innovations that deliver lighter, faster and more durable products. The new Hitachi Power Tool displays are joining the existing lineup of Hitachi tools at Lowe's and are rolling out to stores read more

Distinction for the world's first Passive House Plus
30.07.2015 A new chapter in energy efficient construction has begun with the certification of a single-family home in southern Germany as the world's first Passive House Plus building. The innovative concept of this house in the village of Ötigheim combines the tried and tested advantages of the Passive House Standard with the generation of renewable energy on-site or near the building. In this way, a completely renewable regional supply becomes possible. A Passive House Plus thus constitutes an ideal contribution to climate protection. The clearly read more

Replica of the Lascaux cave realised in the original form with PERI
30.07.2015 At the foot of the Lascaux hills, construction work has been taking place on the "Centre International d'Art Parietal". The museum complex is dedicated to showcasing cave paintings with the central feature being a complete replica of the "Lascaux 4" cave. PERI has supported the project by providing an overall concept comprised of detailed technical preparation, absolute safe formwork solution and continuous consultation. This resulted in, among other things, up to 13.50 m high walls with complex designs and the best-possible surface quality. read more

Siemens expands power monitoring system with new measuring devices
30.07.2015 Siemens expands its power monitoring system from the Sentron portfolio by adding the 7KM PAC5100 and 7KM PAC5200 measuring devices. Designed for use in industrial plants or buildings, the new devices record not only the entire energy data but all relevant parameters for assessing the power quality. A constant power supply in a defined quality is essential for the interference-free operation of numerous industrial production and automation processes as well as for the safety of electric loads. Potential internal or external interference in read more

Bespoke Cranes for Lean and Flexible Hose Manufacturing Facility
30.07.2015 Serving the world-wide oil and gas industry, Dunlop Oil & Marine produce specialist hoses for demanding applications for every stage of oil and gas field development. New overhead process cranes from Street Crane Company have been installed to meet the unique process requirements. These cranes have been specially engineered to fit the existing structure which presented a limited height envelope. Overhead cranes play a crucial role in efficiently manufacturing hoses of different construction, easily switching production from one hose type read more

Python Safety's Small Parts Pouches
24.07.2015 Designed with Drop Prevention in mind, the patented Python Safety Small Parts Pouch stops accidental drops the moment something is put inside. With an innovative self-closure system that traps objects inside, the Small Parts Pouch makes it nearly impossible for objects to fall out once placed in the bag, while making it easy for retrieval by the user since no opening or closing is necessary. Product highlights: innovative self-closure system, can be used from a belt or harness, made from 18 oz duck canvas, extra deep design provides additional read more

Compact, economical and safe fall protection self retracting lifelines
23.07.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new PROTECTA Rebel Personal Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) range, an update of their trusted economical and versatile Rebel Compact range. The latest update to the Rebel compact SRL line up involves a refreshed and updated look, along with product enhancements to increase value for users. Models within the Rebel Personal range are available from 1.8 to 6 metres and include a 4.5 metre 'Hot Work' model. With Rebel Personal SRLs you get an economical fall protection solution in a compact read more

China’s first Passive House office building now certified
23.07.2015 The Passive House concept has reached yet another milestone in the growing market of China: The countries' first office building designed to this highly energy efficient standard has been certified in the city of Zhuozhou. The building owner and occupant is the company Hebei Xinhua Curtain Wall Co. Ltd., which will produce high-quality Passive House windows under license for the local construction industry. The actual energy consumption of the new company headquarters will be measured through monitoring. Even though read more

Komatsu's new WA380-8 wheel loader
23.07.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new WA380-8 wheel loader. With a 6.69 liter, 191 HP Komatsu SAA6D107E-3, variable geometry turbo charged and after cooled Tier 4 Final certified engine, the WA380-8 uses up to six percent less fuel than its Tier 4 Interim predecessor. Komatsu's SmartLoader Logic software combines with a lockup torque converter, which activates in second, third and fourth gears. Together, the system provides optimal engine torque for improved acceleration, hill climbing, a higher top speed and fuel savings. read more

exhibitions and other events

European Heat Pump Summit: High-calibre congress programme finalised
27.07.2015 International heat pump experts will be gathering for the fourth time for the European Heat Pump Summit at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre on 20 and 21 October 2015, where speakers will present a large number of lectures on all aspects of industrial and commercial heat pump applications. The event will also look at application scenarios for heat pumps in housing construction, hybrid systems or the development of components and the integration of heat pumps into smart grids. In addition, the Foyer-Expo will give participants the opportunity to find out about the latest products and innovations from exhibiting companies. read more

Scenario 4.0: New Office Working Environments
16.07.2015 The digitization of our living and working environment is unfolding ever more rapidly. But exactly what does this working environment look like and what changes does this imply for office properties? This question is the nub of the podium discussion "Scenario 4.0: the office of the future is not an office" at EXPO REAL 2015. Laptops, tablets and smart phones already make it possible to work not just at set times in the office or at home but at any time, wherever and whenever. This increasing flexibility may have its advantages and disadvantages but in any case the structures of the (office) working environment are changing in consequence. read more

Mic Patterson gives keynote address at 2015 AAMA Summer Conference
14.07.2015 Author and researcher Mic Patterson addressed the audience at the 2015 American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle. Patterson's keynote address at the event reviewed the recent evolution in façade technology and applications. He identified current and emerging drivers that are powering this change and discussed the challenges and opportunities now facing the glass industry. Patterson discussed some of the drivers of change, such as geometric complexity, material and process diversity, and acoustical performance. read more

AAMA announces 2015 scholarship winners
14.07.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) celebrated 15 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven AAMA scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2015 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle. The recipients of nine partner scholarships also were announced. read more

industry news

World Bank approves largest ever guarantees for Ghana’s energy transformation
31.07.2015 The World Bank's Board of Directors today approved a record investment of $700 million in guarantees for Ghana's Sankofa Gas Project - a transformational project that will help address the country's serious energy shortages by developing new sources of clean and affordable natural gas for domestic power generation. read more

ABB hands over Germany’s DolWin1 offshore wind energy link
31.07.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully commissioned and handed over the DolWin1 offshore wind grid connection to the Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT. The 800 megawatts (MW) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link connects offshore wind farms around 75 kilometers off the German coast in the DolWin cluster, with the country's transmission grid. The DolWin1 grid connection can integrate 800 MW of offshore wind power, enough to supply around one million households with clean energy. read more

Pöyry opens hydropower engineering and consulting office in Santiago, Chile
31.07.2015 Pöyry is the latest internationally renowned engineering company to open an office in Santiago, Chile, with a strong heritage in the country. Many will be familiar with the Electrowatt Engineering brand. Pöyry joined forces with Electrowatt Engineering in the 1990s and helped Pöyry broaden our strong references into a variety of sectors. read more

Construction underway on Yozgat Education and Research Hospital, Turkey
31.07.2015 Construction is underway on the €140 million Yozgat Education and Research Hospital public-private partnership (PPP) project in Turkey. Mott MacDonald acted as lenders' technical and environmental advisor during the project's financing and is now providing construction and operational monitoring services in an ongoing role. read more

LafargeHolcim gives its roadmap for the second half of the year
30.07.2015 LafargeHolcim, the world leader in the building materials industry, announced its roadmap for the second half of 2015 as it releases half-year results for Lafarge S.A. as well as Holcim Ltd, the predecessor company of LafargeHolcim Ltd. read more

Astaldi to complete Maxi-Lot 2 of “Quadrilatero Marche-Umbria” road network
30.07.2015 Astaldi, one of Italy's leading General Contractors, announces that it has finalised the agreement with the Special Commissioner of Impresa, SAF and DIRPA (all under extraordinary administration), for the completion of works to upgrade the Perugia-Ancona direct route and "Pedemontana delle Marche" national road forming the so-called Maxi-Lot 2 of "Quadrilatero Marche-Umbria" road network. The value of the works to be performed amounts to app. EUR 500 million. read more

Heidelbergcement and Italcementi to create the second global player in the cement sector
29.07.2015 HeidelbergCement AG announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Italmobiliare S.p.A. about the acquisition of a 45% shareholding in Italcementi S.p.A. The purchase price amounts to €10.60 per Italcementi share. This represents a total purchase price of approximately €1.67 billion for the 45% stake, which will be paid in cash and up to 10.5 million HeidelbergCement shares resulting from a capital increase against contribution in kind. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions including approval by the competition authorities, particularly in Europe and the United States. read more

Genoa-Milan high speed high capacity railway line “Terzo Valico”
29.07.2015 Breakthrough occurred on Monday, July 27 in the Campasso tunnel (total length 600 metres), the first of the new Genoa - Milan high speed high capacity railway line. The event was attended by Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria Region and Giacomo Giampedrone, the Councillor for Public Works, Infrastructures and Roads, who were received by Giovanni Costa, Head of Investments for the client "Rete Ferroviaria Italiana", by Daniele Scataglini, North Area Manager and Arturo Turi, Project Manager for Italferr, whose task is to supervise the works, read more

Strabag widening A3 in southern Germany
29.07.2015 Strabag has been awarded the contract to widen two sections of the A3 motorway in Germany with a total contract value of about € 90 million. "In the past few years, we have already been working on the expansion of the motorway between Frankfurt and Nuremberg. I am therefore especially pleased that Strabag – the Number 1 in the German construction sector – again was the best bidder", says Thomas Birtel, CEO of the Strabag Group. Contract section EO 287 foresees Strabag expanding the federal motorway to six lanes along the 5.7 km from the Heidingsfeld interchange in Bavaria to Randersacker Bridge. read more

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