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The first-ever electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes
09.12.2018 S2A Modular is shattering the world's conventional thought on the way residential and commercial buildings are designed and constructed. Launching the new brand globally with the introduction of the #GreenLuxHome, as well as ushering in a new era in how world-class hotels and other business structures are built, S2A is redefining the phrase "sustainable living." The first electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes are creating a new standard with high-end design and materials; faster construction speed; "surplus energy income" (Net Zero) generated from read more

A bold concrete structure built entirely with DUO formwork
09.12.2018 Over the past year, a concrete structure has slowly emerged amongst a more conventional residential setting in East Sussex. The single-storey structure is the first self-build project the owner, Adrian Corrigall, has ever built. At the same time, it's also PERI's first housing project with DUO in the United Kingdom. In many ways, the project disrupts traditional methods of construction, making them more efficient or convenient for labourers. The choice of formwork is one of the methods that challenges the norm in building methodology. The entire cast in-situ concrete structure has been formed read more

Signify shines dynamic light on Shanghai’s buildings, bridges and rivers
09.12.2018 Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, has given a dramatic lighting facelift to Shanghai, China's financial and economic center. The project has been implemented for the Shanghai Municipality and involves dynamically lighting the iconic waterfront, three bridges and over 40 buildings in the financial and tourist districts. It is the largest, single, architectural lighting project in Signify's 127-year history and illustrates the company's leadership in unlocking the potential of connected lighting to transform cities. read more

Rockfon ceilings: From the screening room to the boardroom
09.12.2018 One of the largest independent entertainment companies, MPI Media Group's renovated offices add dramatic design details and optimized acoustics with multiple Rockfon ceiling systems. MPI Media Group, LLC is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976 by two brothers, the Chicago-based company remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies, operating from its recently renovated 42,000-square-foot facility in Orland Park, Illinois. Throughout its updated office, read more

Siemens new campus in Zug
09.12.2018 Siemens AG inaugurated its new campus in Zug on December 5th. The Siemens Zug campus features a new office building with 1,000 work spaces and a newly constructed production building. The investment volume for new buildings, renovations and related measures amounts to CHF 250 million. The campus is the international headquarters of the Siemens Building Technologies (BT) Division, which has 29,000 employees. Last year it posted worldwide sales of 6.6 billion euros. As Siemens reference projects, the buildings feature innovative building technology. read more

CertainTeed helps restore historic West Hill School to former glory
08.12.2018 The original Canajoharie Academy—known today as the West Hill School—was erected in rural upstate New York in 1824. A prominent landmark of the Village of Canajoharie, the school famously employed women's suffrage icon Susan B. Anthony, who served as a teacher and head of the "female department" there from 1846 to 1851. The current building's stone façade and distinct red roof, erected in 1892 by American architect Archimedes Russell in the Romanesque revival style, served as the site of multiple schools, until the building fell into disrepair in the 2000s. read more

France plots wind power build-out for 2030
08.12.2018 France revealed plans for the build-out of wind energy to 2030 in its multi-annual energy plan. France intends to expand its onshore wind capacity from 14.3 GW today to around 35 GW by 2030. And to add a further 2.2 GW of offshore wind to the 3 GW already tendered (but not yet built). France's first offshore wind farm, a 480 MW site at St. Nazaire, will be operational within the next five years. France also plans to phase out coal by 2022. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: "France's plans for onshore wind are quite promising, even if they could have been more ambitious." read more

New suite of Cat Connect technology
30.11.2018 Caterpillar introduces a new suite of Cat Connect technology that offers remote equipment diagnostics and software updates to reduce machine and engine downtime and increase jobsite efficiency. New Cat Remote Services include two key offerings – Remote Troubleshoot and Remote Flash – that leverage telematics data to allow Cat dealers to remotely keep customers' equipment operating at maximum production and efficiency. "A machine or engine not at work isn't making money for the customer, which cuts into the company's profitability for the job. Remote Services provide a solution to more effectively and efficiently maintain equipment," says Herwig Peschl, read more

New Strenx 1100 Plus – structural steel for lifting and advanced structures
30.11.2018 SSAB is launching new Strenx 1100 Plus strip steel, which is a hot-rolled, high-strength steel that possesses unique weld properties and delivers outstanding welding and bending performance. Advances in improved weld seam strength for strip steel contribute to lighter, yet stronger equipment with increased performance in the lifting and transportation sectors. Traditionally, weld seams can represent weak links in the highest grades of structural steels. But with Strenx 1100 Plus, such weld weaknesses are virtually eliminated because the strength, read more

exhibitions and other events

Siemens honors 12 researchers who account for 590 inventions
27.11.2018 Siemens has honored 12 particularly resourceful researchers as Inventors of the Year 2018. Together, these scientists are responsible for some 590 inventions and 589 individual patents. Two of the inventors are from Germany, three from Austria and one each from Norway, France, Poland, Mexico, China, India and the United States. Their inventions range from new software that revolutionizes component design with 3D printing to an ingenious window coating that significantly improves the reception of cellular communication signals in trains. read more

Balfour Beatty and Scape Group showcase construction industry to young people
26.11.2018 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, is helping to promote the construction industry to every school and college in the UK through a series of Construction LIVE events. In collaboration with Scape Group, the public sector owned built environment specialist, Balfour Beatty hosted the second virtual, interactive Construction LIVE event with supplier, Learn Live, as part of its ongoing efforts to inspire young people to consider a career in the industry. read more

bauma CONEXPO INDIA is virtually booked out
21.11.2018 The flourishing construction machinery market in India is attracting a large number of exhibitors from all parts of the world to this year's bauma CONEXPO INDIA, which will be held from December 11 to 14 at the HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi. Demand for booths at the fair has never been so high. Positive growth forecasts for the Indian construction machinery industry will turn the trade fair into a very important presentation platform for the industry. Exhibitors are very satisfied with the number of registrations for this year's construction machinery trade fair about three weeks before the fair's opening: read more

BAU 2019: Special attractions for planners, architects and engineers
02.11.2018 BAU, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems covers the entire building industry and all its trades—that´s what makes it the most important sector gathering for all those involved in the world of planning and construction. And BAU 2019 has much to offer these professionals, not just at the booths of the exhibitors, but in a wide range of attractions specifically targeted to these groups. The forums program at BAU is primarily oriented towards architects and engineers. In each of the three forums at the show there are different themes each day, read more

industry news

Eurovia wins the design-build contract in North Carolina, United States
10.12.2018 In a joint venture with The Lane Construction Corporation, Eurovia's North Carolina subsidiary Blythe Construction has won the design-build contract for the N.C. 540 - Triangle Expressway Southeast Extension in Raleigh, North Carolina, the state's capital and second-largest city. The US $403 million project will extend the existing Triangle Expressway from US 401 to I-40 and is part of the larger Complete 540 project and is designed to improve the highway system in the greater Raleigh area. read more

Skanska leases office space in Poznan, Poland to a leading convenience store chain
06.12.2018 Skanska has leased 10,300 square meters, the entire office space of building A of Nowy Rynek, Poznan, Poland, to Żabka Polska Sp. z o.o., a leading grocery and convenience stores chain in Poland. The company will move its head office to Nowy Rynek. The lease starts the fourth quarter 2019. read more

CIMIC's UGL to support Navy's Landing Helicopter Dock fleet
03.12.2018 CIMIC Group company UGL, as part of the Naval Ship Management joint venture, has secured an asset management program agreement for up to 15 years to support the Royal Australian Navy's Landing Helicopter Dock and Landing Craft vessels. read more

BAM wins stadium contract in Karlsruhe, Germany
27.11.2018 BAM Sports – the subsidiary of BAM Deutschland AG, which specialises in the construction of stadiums – has been awarded the contract for the complete renewal of Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe, situated in the south west of Germany. The stadium serves as home of football club Karlsruher SC, which plays in the 3. Bundesliga. The contract by the City of Karlsruhe includes demolition of the original 1955 stadium and construction of a new stadium for more than 34,000 spectators with a VIP area, clubs offices and a fan shop. The contract value is approximately €100 million. read more

Explosive growth in Indian renewable energy market
23.11.2018 Already the world's fifth-largest country in terms of installed renewable energy capacity, India is on course to become one of the largest renewables markets in the world in the coming years. Recently the Prime Minister of India announced ambitious plans to develop renewable energy in India, with the goal of reaching more than 200 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2020, with wind energy constituting almost half of this. Setting such ambitious renewable energy targets is not new for India; read more

SNC-Lavalin has completed its role for the construction of the Barangaroo Ferry Hub project in Sydney, Australia
23.11.2018 SNC-Lavalin has successfully completed its role as independent environmental representative for the construction of the Barangaroo Ferry Hub project in Sydney, Australia. read more

Atkins-designed InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland hotel opens
16.11.2018 The Atkins-designed InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland hotel opened on 15 November 2018. Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was appointed by Chinese developer Shimao Group to apply a visionary architectural approach in order to transform an 90m deep abandoned quarry to a unique luxury hotel. Jason Hutchings, Senior Design Director at SNC-Lavalin's Atkins, said: "Great architecture is more than form, light and materials. It is about the positive impact buildings have on those who experience them. This hotel exemplifies everything we strive for: sustainable, innovative, specific, unique and uplifting. read more

Fluor Project Awarded 2018 Construction Industry Project Excellence Award
16.11.2018 Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced that one of its manufacturing projects has been awarded the 2018 Construction Industry Project Excellence Award by Construction Users Roundtable (CURT). Procter & Gamble commissioned Fluor for the project, the addition of a baby care facility to an existing family care site. Fluor provided the engineering, procurement and construction for the project. read more

AECOM finds China theme park industry is poised for significant future growth
16.11.2018 AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, released its China Theme Park Pipeline Report, which details the distribution of theme parks across China, number and scale by geographic region, and offers unique attendance insights that are often difficult to obtain. read more

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