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Acoustic ceiling panels with 0.95 NRC
03.03.2015 Helping improve acoustics in open-plan offices and other commercial interiors, ROCKFON enhances the high sound absorbing performance of Rockfon Sonar stone wool ceiling panels to achieve Noise Reduction Coefficients (NRC) as high as 0.95. Now available in a wider range of standard sizes, styles and formats, Rockfon Sonar ceiling panels contribute to commercial projects' creative designs, industry-leading performance and sustainability goals. ROCKFON's acoustics specialist, Gary Madaras explains,  "High sound absorption helps control read more

Wausau’s windows help a Manhattan luxury condominium
03.03.2015 Echoing the grand apartment towers that made Manhattan's affluent Upper East Side famous, William Sofield served as the design architect for the historically inspired 135 East 79th Street. Enhancing the high-profile project's homage to pre-World War II architecture, Wausau Window and Wall Systems' INvent Retro windows and terrace doors feature a narrow, beveled exterior face that replicates the look of classic steel and wood windows, while offering modern, high performance. Along with Studio Sofield, Wausau worked closely on read more

The world’s first autoclavable ring-shaped High Brightness LED
03.03.2015 The international technology group SCHOTT has developed a new ring-shaped High Brightness LED. The Solidur Ring LED is the world's first ring-shaped autoclavable light source, performing efficiently over a long period of time. It is designed for applications in dental and medical lighting, especially for devices that need autoclaving. Typical applications include endoscopes, otoscopes as well as surgical equipment. Its "ring design" enables shadow-free illumination of the area of interest. Owing to its fully vacuum-tight housing based on inorganic, read more

Wind energy installations outperform gas and coal in 2014
03.03.2015 Across the 28 Member States, the wind industry connected a total of 11,791 MW to the grid with coal and gas adding 3,305 MW and 2,338 MW respectively. Moreover, the coal and gas industries in Europe both retired more capacity than they commissioned in 2014. In comparison, wind energy capacity in Europe increased 3.8% year on year from 2013, with cumulative installations now standing at 128.8 GW in the EU. Thomas Becker, chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: "Europe is at a turning point read more

New Cat E-Series hammers
24.02.2015 Ten new Cat E-Series hammers - designed for use with mini excavators, skid-steer loaders and backhoe loaders - are available in both "silenced" and side-plate versions. Four sizes - H35, H45, H55 and H65 - are offered in two mounting configurations for installation on both Caterpillar and competitive carriers. Silenced hammers, identified with "s" in the model designation, use a fully enclosed housing to suppress noise, a valuable feature in sensitive work environments and in small-machine applications in which the hammer is in read more

With the help of solar shading specialists
24.02.2015 With the help of solar shading specialists BAB Projects, Wellcome Trust has improved the effectiveness of its motorised blinds system to restore good-as-new performance at the Gibbs Building on Euston Road. This has been achieved with minimal disruption and in an environmentally acceptable way, with much of the existing hardware retained, repaired and restored to good working order. The Wellcome Trust is a medical research charity dedicated to improving human and animal health. Ethical concerns, including care for the environment and read more

Trespa Meteon range extended with timeless grey
23.02.2015 Trespa announced an extension to its popular Trespa Meteon range of durable exterior panels, with the addition of six distinctive grey wood tones. Said Lucas Stevens, Design Expert at Trespa: "this is a direct result of consultation with more than 100 architects in 10 countries. The new grey wood decors combine durable design with the timeless expression that architects strive to deliver in their work for their clients." The new grey wood tones are designed to influence the experience, age and appearance of the building's exterior. read more

AAMA releases anodic finishes/painted aluminum document
18.02.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature's version, harder and very durable. The AAMA Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum (AFPA) document has been updated to reflect newer technologies now available for the process involved. The appearance and physical properties of anodic finishes read more

Five GREEN CREATIVE products selected for the IES 2014 Progress Report
18.02.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announces the selection of its BR30 8W CLOUD, A19 9W, A19 9W 277V, MR16 7W and MR16 4W lamps by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for the 2014 Progress Report. Each year the IES's prestigious Progress Report showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. The IES Progress Committee is dedicated to following developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world and prepares the Progress Report as a yearly review of achievements for read more

exhibitions and other events

AIA and Houzz launch the Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase
04.03.2015 The AIA has teamed up with Houzz to develop a design competition to highlight the talent of emerging professionals in the residential arena. All entrants will be showcased to the more than 25 million people using Houzz. Five winners, chosen by the Houzz community in each of the five contest categories, will also earn the opportunity to collaborate with Houzz on a community revitalization project and be eligible for a $5,000 prize and an expense-paid trip to the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. read more

Speakers cover installation, European market, color measurement, more at AAMA 78th Annual Conference
03.03.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard speakers on a range of topics at the 78th Annual Conference held Feb. 15-18 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Subjects discussed included next-generation replacement of windows, standardization for fenestration products in the European Union, the basics of color measurement and more. read more

Kone receives a coveted iF Design Award for its innovative turnstile solution
03.03.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an iF Design Award for its Kone Turnstile 100 solution. The awarded turnstile sets a new standard for innovative and timeless visual design and functionality, while improving building security, guidance and convenience. This is the third time that Kone has been recognized in the renowned competition. The iF Design Awards' jury of experts evaluated nearly 5,000 top-class entries from 55 countries enrolled in the competition for 2015. Judging was based on criteria such as design quality, choice of materials and degree of innovation. The iF Design Awards have highlighted outstanding achievements in design since 1953. read more

AAMA recognizes member leadership during 78th Annual Conference
25.02.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole. Kim Flanary, engineering director for Milgard(Tacoma, Washington), was named Outstanding Member, as presented by the previous year's award winner, Steve Fronek(Apogee Enterprises/Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin). read more

industry news

Zumtobel Group AG: Report on the first three quarters
04.03.2015 Zumtobel Group AG made excellent progress during the first three quarters of the current financial year (May 2014 to January 2015): The strategic reorientation and implementation of restructuring measures are generally proceeding as planned. read more

NCC secures large-scale refurbishment assignment in Denmark
04.03.2015 NCC in Denmark has entered into an agreement with Boligselskabet Nordkysten under which it will be responsible for the second and last phase of the energy refurbishment of Tibberupparken in Espergærde, north of Copenhagen, an order worth SEK 257 million. The value of the entire assignment is SEK 305 million. read more

Savills reports hotel transaction volumes rise of up to 94% in Europe's smaller cities
04.03.2015 Savills has reported a major increase in hotel transaction volumes in Europe's smaller cities, with totals rising by as much as 94% in Dublin to €234 million and 39% in Berlin to €411 million in 2014. The growth is being driven by availability constraints in London and Paris, read more

Strabag subsidiary to build 236 apartments in Malmö
04.03.2015 NIMAB Entreprenad AB of Sjöbo, Sweden, a subsidiary of publicly listed construction group Strabag SE, has been commissioned to build two new apartment buildings on behalf of Ikano Bostad AB of Stockholm. Both projects are situated in Malmö, Sweden's third-largest city, and include a total of 236 apartments as well as a number of business premises. The two projects will be performed turnkey in close collaboration with Ikano Bostad under the Strabag teamconcept partnering model. read more

Turner Construction Company launches Turner City
03.03.2015 Turner Construction Company has announced the release of Turner City 2014. The company has produced Turner City – a city made up of major projects completed by Turner in a given year – since 1910. For 2014, the company created the city in-house with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. The 2014 Turner City includes projects located in 82 cities in eight countries in North America, Europe and the Middle East. The utilization of BIM to create Turner City exemplifies Turner's commitment to continuous improvement and embracing new technologies read more

Lafarge to buy out a 45% interest in Lafarge Shui On Cement
03.03.2015 French cement maker Lafarge has signed an agreement to acquire the 45% stake held by SOCAM Development Limited in Lafarge Shui On Cement, for a consideration of HK$2, 553 million (eq. to c. €294 million) subject to the completion of its merger project with Swiss firm Holcim. read more

ACS accounts for a net profit
03.03.2015 Sales in 2014 accounted for 34,881 euro million, representing a decrease of a 0.8% compared to 2013. Not considering the impact of the exchange rates and the changes of perimeter sales would have decreased by 1.8%. The international activity of the Group accounts for 84.0% of the total. read more

Ferrovial increased EBITDA by 5% to 980 million euro in 2014
03.03.2015 The income statement reveals solid business performance, with 8% growth in revenues to 8.800 billion euro and a 5% increase in EBITDA to 980 million euro. read more

Hochtief right on track: Significantly improved profits and cash flow
02.03.2015 German construction company Hochtief has completed a successful year that saw important changes in the business portfolio. "We have substantially strengthened the balance sheet and enhanced earnings quality, thus creating the basis for a sustained improvement of returns, " said Chairman of the Executive Board Marcelino Fernández Verdes. read more

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