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Comparison of Condensation Ratings Systems for Fenestration document
03.09.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has created and released a new document laying out comparisons among three different rating systems for condensation on interior surfaces of fenestration products. While root causes vary with climate and occupancy, the formation of condensation on these surfaces in winter months is deemed problematic in almost all modern buildings. This document addresses some of the common causes and the technical issues related to condensation. It also offers a comparison of read more

Kolbe enhances and expands its library of 3-D models
03.09.2015 To enhance the user experience, Kolbe has expanded its online Architect Library to include new and updated 3-D Revit building information models (BIM) for Ultra Series and VistaLuxe Collection products. Amongst the new models for the VistaLuxe Collection are the 90-degree corner unit, complementary folding doors and folding windows. "Our BIM tools allow architects to view products from different perspectives, incorporating Kolbe's vast design options and customization within the models for their projects," says Kolbe's read more

ROCKFON meets Arkansas State University’s goals
03.09.2015 Arkansas State University's Humanities and Social Sciences building will greet its first students in the upcoming 2015-16 academic year. AMR Architects designed the building's exterior to complement the campus' historic architecture and its modern interior to offer quiet, comfortable learning spaces. Helping accomplish these goals, the new building features ROCKFON's ceilings systems throughout its 120,000-square-foot, four-story facility. "The new building will be at the heart of every ASU student's experience on this campus," said Dr. Lauri Umansky, read more

Ready for the haul or climb, when and where you need it
28.08.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA Rope-Mate Mechanical Prusik. Belonging to the Rollgliss Technical Rescue range of products, the Rope-Mate Mechanical Prusik has been designed and certified to meet an array of local and international standards. The Rollgliss Rope-Mate provides a safe and reliable tamper proof mechanical prusik that eliminates the use of knots or hitches that could be tied incorrectly. Manufactured from a single self-contained unit without pins or components to lose or work their way loose, read more

New Dielectric Mirror a good reflection on Guardian
27.08.2015 Guardian Dielectric Mirror is now available in the UK and Ireland, offering a new dimension to modern design. Developed and produced by Guardian Industries Glass Group this product serves a dual purpose: It can function as a traditional mirror, while effectively masking a television or display screen that can be mounted behind it. However, when that electronic device is switched on, the coating redirects the light, and its screen becomes clearly visible through the glass. Dielectric Mirror is ideal for any application in homes or businesses read more

Lightify Garden Spots Mini for gardens, patios and balconies
27.08.2015 The height of summer is the height of the barbecue season – and Osram adds to the atmosphere with Lightify Garden Spots Mini RGB, an intelligent chain of lights for outdoor use. These Lightify lights are controlled via an app using a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android), illuminating gardens, terraces and balconies in around 16 million different colors – turning every garden party into a memorable event. And with extremely low energy consumption. The Lightify Garden Spots Mini RGBare part of the Lightify lighting system, which allows read more

Parallel Link Undercarriage System (PLUS) for the D155AX-8 crawler dozer
27.08.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the addition of the highly successful PLUS (Parallel Link Undercarriage System) rotating bushing undercarriage option to the D155AX-8 dozer. "Applications for PLUS undercarriage range from high-impact, rocky ground conditions to low-impact, abrasive sandy worksites," said Chuck Murawski, product manager, Komatsu America. "This has enabled PLUS to become standard equipment on other Komatsu dozer models," Murawski said. Each of the three different shoe widths available – 24”/610mm, 26”/660mm and 28”/710mm read more

Austrian supermarket chain banks on Passive House Standard
27.08.2015 Maximum energy efficiency pays off – this is also true in the case of supermarket buildings. One of the pioneers in this respect is MPREIS in Tyrol. A second branch of the store belonging to the Austrian company received a Passive House certificate on Tuesday. The experiences gained through a pilot project in Pinswang on the German border were so positive that the Passive House Standard was also chosen for the latest supermarket in Natters near Innsbruck. Tried and tested methods for increasing energy efficiency were applied for the supermarket in Natters. read more

Updated requirements for coatings on steel hardware components
24.08.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying requirements for corrosion resistant coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door and skylight applications. The document previously was updated in 2012. According to Jeff Dorsch (AmesburyTruth), chair of the AAMA 907 Update Task Group, "Voluntary Specification for Corrosion Resistant Coatings on Carbon Steel Components Used in Windows Doors and Skylights" recently was updated with a new test report section, read more

exhibitions and other events

Conference in Hamburg will pave the Way of PV´s Future
04.09.2015 Solar PV technology has already exceeded its deployment goals under the European Union's renewable energy targets for 2020. The 13th five-year plan of China's National Energy Administration (NEA) aimed a 100GW target for solar PV by 2020. Now it is widely speculated, that Chinas goal will be raised to an optimistic 200GW. The US solar PV market is growing almost by 40% every year. read more

Quarry Life Award 2016: HeidelbergCement launches 3rd edition of the international research competition
02.09.2015 For the third time HeidelbergCement initiates the Quarry Life Award, an international scientific and educational competition to find new ideas for the conservation and promotion of biodiversity in quarries. These unique habitats will be opened again for research. Thanks to the Quarry Life Award, young people – students, graduates and scientists – will have the chance add true ecological and educational value to a mining site. "Our company is committed to promote the exceptional local flora and fauna in its quarries and pits worldwide, " read more

Rochester Community and Technical College and Knutson Construction break ground on the CTECH/STEM center
24.08.2015 On Aug. 18, Knutson Construction participated in ground-breaking event for the Career Technical Education Center at Heintz (CTECH). Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) selected Knutson to provide construction management services for the 22,350-square-foot,  $6.5 million CTECH and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) facility addition at the University Center Rochester campus. Designed by HGA Architects, the new CTECH/STEM 19,000-square-foot building will be adjacent to the Heintz Center and is scheduled to be complete by July 2016. read more

James Turrell designs the current Zumtobel Group annual report
19.08.2015 In the International Year of Light proclaimed by the United Nations, the Zumtobel Group's artistic annual report has been designed by the U.S. light artist James Turrell. Under the heading of "Extraordinary Ideas – Realized" the report features important installations by the artist from the various periods of his oeuvre. An extensive photographic documentation of Turrell's installations is accompanied by essays and dialogues by and with some of his prominent contemporaries and companions, including experts from the fields of astronomy, physics, art history and medicine. As well as evidencing the diversity and depth of James Turrell's work, the Zumtobel Group annual report is the first to feature images of his Skyspaces in Japan and Tasmania, and includes previously unpublished material on his earlier works. read more

industry news

Aker Solutions to adjust subsea capacity in Norway
04.09.2015 Aker Solutions notified employees that it has become necessary to reduce the workforce capacity in its Norwegian subsea business because of a continued market slowdown. About 500 permanent positions at facilities in Fornebu, Stokke, Moss and Tranby in Norway may be affected. Adjustments will be made through normal employee turnover, reassignments to other parts of the company and redundancies. "Activity in the Norwegian offshore services market has declined considerably over the past year as oil companies scale back spending and postpone projects, " said Per Harald Kongelf, head of Aker Solutions' Norwegian operations. "This has made it necessary to reduce capacity in parts of our business." read more

Fluor wins contract for PTT Global Chemical’s petrochemical complex
04.09.2015 Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced that PTT Global Chemical Public Company (PTTGC) has selected a Fluor-led team to perform front-end engineering and design work for its proposed petrochemical complex in Belmont County, Ohio. read more

ABB to cut downtime for Ecuador’s state oil company
04.09.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is supplying an integrated intelligent energy management solution to Petroamazonas EP, Ecuador's state-owned oil company, helping it gain up to an extra week of productivity annually by avoiding unexpected generator shutdowns. Petroamazonas EP is installing ABB's Emax 2 air circuit breakers with integrated power management in four new facilities across Ecuador where diesel generators supply electricity for essential plant processes such as pumps and drills. read more

Ramboll grows by 30%
04.09.2015 The international engineering, design and management consultancy Ramboll Group demonstrated considerable growth in revenue in the first half of 2015 and now employs more than 12,800 employees globally. Ramboll achieved gross revenue of DKK 5.4 billion in the first half year of 2015, which is 30% higher than the same period in 2014. Operating profit before amortisation (EBITA) was DKK 188 million compared to DKK 170 million in the first half of 2014. read more

Husqvarna Group appoints new SVP Technology Office & CTO
02.09.2015 Anders Johanson has been appointed SVP Technology Office & CTO at Husqvarna Group and member of Group Management as of October 1, 2015. He replaces Henric Anderson, who has been appointed President Construction Division. read more

Kone in the top 50 of the Forbes' list of the World's Most Innovative Companies
02.09.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has been ranked 48th on the list of the world's top 100 most innovative companies by the business magazine Forbes. Featured on the list for the fifth year in a row, Kone ranks as the 5th most innovative company in Europe. read more

Bechtel moves a step closer to first LNG processing on GLNG Project site
01.09.2015 Bechtel has announced the GLNG Plant Project is a step closer to shipping its first LNG cargo following the introduction of feed gas into the Train 1 processing plant and the successful completion of mechanical runs on all six of the plant's Train 1 refrigeration compressors. read more

FCC Aqualia secures contract on Egypt’s Abu Rawash treatment system plant
01.09.2015 An FCC Aqualia-led consortium has been awarded the tender for the design, construction and operation of the Abu Rawash treatment plant located in El Cairo (Egypt). The plant, once fully operating, will treat 1.6 million cubic metres of water daily and will provide service to 5.5 million people, making it one of the largest treatment plants worldwide. It is the largest contract awarded in the history of the water management subsidiary of FCC, considering that it will involve a business portfolio for the consortium worth 2.4 billion euros. read more

ABB commissions world’s first switchgear installation with new eco-efficient gas
28.08.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has achieved a significant breakthrough in gas insulated switchgear (GIS) technology by commissioning the world's first high- and medium-voltage GIS bays with a new eco-efficient gas mixture as an alternative to the widely used greenhouse gas SF₆. A switchgear combines electrical switches, fuses or circuit breakers to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment in a power network. Switchgear is installed throughout the power value chain from generation through to transmission, distribution and consumption, across voltage levels. read more

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