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Mobile app helps to secure £1.7 million of extra income for residents
26.09.2014 AmicusHorizon has lowered arrears and raised over £1.7m of additional income for residents by integrating its existing CRM system with a financial inclusion app supplied by 1st Touch. The extra income raised will help residents counter the challenges of welfare reform. Providing 28,000 homes across the South East, a member of the g15 and with assets of £1.25bn AmicusHorizon is a strong regional housing association. The association also builds homes and between 2011 and 2018 it will have built 975 new homes. read more

Bringing fall protection into the digital age
26.09.2014 Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall protection equipment has announced the availability of their new Resource & Education Centre App for phones. The App provides instant access to tools that help promote best practice in fall protection and ensure safe work at heights. Due to popular demand Capital Safety Australia & New Zealand is excited to unveil the availability of their Fall Protection Resource & Education Centre App for iOS and Android Phones, the app was previously only read more

New Generation 4 A19 LED with industry leading efficacy
22.09.2014 GREEN CREATIVE, the commercial grade LED lighting manufacturer announces the launch of its new LED A19 9W lamp. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the A19 9W is one of five GREEN CREATIVE lamps selected by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for its prestigious 2014 Progress Report, which showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. This 60W replacement meets the new ENERGY STAR V1.1 requirements for standard read more

Tubelite curtainwall’s daylight and views
17.09.2014 In his 20-plus years of coaching, Stew Morrill never had an office with a window. Now, Utah State University's (USU's) head basketball coach enjoys a gorgeous view of Cache Valley and the Wellsville Mountains framed by Tubelite's curtainwall systems. Morill's office is part of the University's recently completed 32,744 square-foot Wayne Estes Training Center, which houses the campus' basketball practice facility and 1,400-seat volleyball court. The center seeks LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green read more

Rockfon Island’s frameless ceiling products
17.09.2014 Rockfon Island frameless, stone wool ceiling products expand designers' creative options in achieving acoustic comfort for open plan offices, restaurants, waiting rooms, call centers and other spaces where sound can be overwhelming to occupants. "Innovative and aesthetically pleasing, these frameless acoustic islands provide an alternative acoustic solution for rooms where suspended ceilings are not suitable. They can be used as part of a retrofit or to create a cloud-like design feature," said Cory Nevins, read more

Idaho’s tallest building showcases Wausau’s unitized curtainwall
17.09.2014 Rising above Boise's skyline to become the tallest in Idaho, Eighth and Main prominently features Wausau Window and Wall Systems' INvision Series unitized curtainwall and ClearStory sun shades. The $76 million, 18-story mixed-use building opened Feb. 15, 2014, and is pursing Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system. The project's architect of record, CTA Architects Engineers, not only designed the superstructure, but also occupies the 8th floor. On the 9th floor are Babcock read more

New white paper on antimicrobial protection infused coatings
17.09.2014 Linetec offers "Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications," a new white paper. Co-authored by Linetec, The Sherwin-Williams Company and Microban International, Ltd., the paper is available free for download at The new white paper describes the uses and advantages of antimicrobial infused coatings, as well as details the related technology, testing and specifications. According to the paper, "The need for microbial control stems from the fact that there are an estimated 4.5 million bacterial read more

34000 Series storefront system
17.09.2014 Tubelite Inc. introduces 34000 Series storefront system as part of its ForceFront Storm products, engineered for hurricane resistance on low- to mid-rise commercial buildings. The 34000 Series has been tested to Florida Building Code TAS 201, 202 and 203 standards and are compliant with ASTM E 1886/1996 Wind Zone 4 impact/cyclic criteria. ForceFront medium stile entrance doors also were tested with 34000 Series storefront to provide a complete impact-resistant system. Tubelite's 34000 Series features read more

Valspar's Fluropon exterior coatings
17.09.2014 With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar's Fluropon exterior coatings have become an industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications since its launch in 1965. These field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen, solar reflective and ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, read more

exhibitions and other events

Techtextil invites entries for ‘Textile Structures for New Building 2015’ student competition
29.09.2014 Techtextil, Leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens (4 to 7 May 2015), is once again organising the 'Textile Structures for New Building 2015' student competition. In cooperation with the international TensiNet association as sponsor, the 13th edition of the competition will spotlight innovative and realistic approaches and solutions to building with textiles or textile-reinforced materials. The competition is open to all students and young professionals (born on or after 1 March 1986) from the fields of architecture, civil engineering, product design and related sectors. The closing date for receipt of entries for the competition, which carries a total purse of € 8,000, is 27 February 2015. read more

Atkins’ CEO Uwe Krueger: urbanisation, technology and sustainability will drive future rail market
26.09.2014 Atkins' chief executive officer, Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, delivered a speech at InnoTrans, the world's largest trade fair focused on the rail transport industry, in Berlin yesterday, where he described how the rail market in coming years will be driven by three main factors - urbanisation, technology and sustainability. There are many challenges associated with urbanisation, and as the global population is expected to grow from seven to nine billion by 2050, pressure will be put on our existing and future infrastructure making 'future-proofing' critical to withstand future risks. read more

DGNB awards "Gold" to hall 3A at NürnbergMesse
23.09.2014 A great honour for NürnbergMesse: Hall 3A has now been awarded the highest category of Gold by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB – German Sustainable Building Council) as the first exhibition hall in the world to receive this award. So NürnbergMesse CEOs, Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, are sure: "We already knew from the outstanding response of our customers that hall 3A is a real architectural pearl and a major pillar of our growth strategy for exhibition business. That we are now also the leader in energy efficiency and certified by DGNB makes us really proud!" The DGNB certificate combines economic, technical and ecological parameters and aspects of sociocultural sustainability. read more

Iberdrola taking part in parallel business seminars held in New York¶
23.09.2014 Spain's Iberdrola, world leader in the renewable energies sector, has once again reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to combating climate change at the Climate Change Summit organised by the United Nations (UN) and held today in New York. In this regard, the company has endorsed the goals set by the international organisation Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) via its Road to Paris 2015 initiative, which aims to ensure that more ambitious and binding measures will be taken by States at the Climate Summit scheduled for the French capital next year. read more

industry news

Strabag acquires industry services provider DIW
01.10.2014 Austrian construction group Strabag SE has acquired DIW Instandhaltung Ltd. & Co. KG of Stuttgart, a 100 % subsidiary of Voith GmbH, for integration into its property and facility services division Strabag PFS. read more

Holcim announces senior management changes
30.09.2014 Urs Bleisch, Corporate Functional Manager and member of Senior Management of Holcim Ltd, has been nominated member of the Holcim Executive Committee. He will keep his current responsibilities for Holcim Technology Ltd, Holcim Group Services Ltd, and the project management office of the Holcim Leadership Journey. read more

Walter de Luna, new Chief Executive Officer of Acciona Real Estate
30.09.2014 Walter de Luna will be Chief Executive Officer of Acciona Real Estate, effective today. With more than 20 years of experience in the Real Estate business, Walter has not only developed and managed assets but brings also an investment and financial background. He was Managing Director of SAREB until early 2014, and previously Managing Director of ING Real Estate Finance in Spain. Isabel Antúnez will report to Walter, in her new role of Directora General de Área, Real Estate Development. read more

Balfour Beatty jv appointed as sole contractor for nuclear framework contract
29.09.2014 Balfour Beatty plc today announces that its joint venture with AMEC and Jacobs has been appointed to a framework contract to provide a new nuclear waste processing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, UK. The three way, equal, joint venture will be the sole contractor on the four year framework with Sellafield Limited which is worth between £240 million and £336 million to construct the new 'Box Encapsulation Plant' which will receive, segregate and encapsulate hazardous waste already stored on the Sellafield site. read more

Skanska builds power plant in Norway
29.09.2014 Skanska has signed a contract with Eidsiva Vannkraft AS to build Rosten power plant in Sel municipality, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. The contract value is NOK 409 M, about SEK 445 M, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska Norway for the third quarter of 2014. read more

BAM and Taylor Clark announce plans for Atlantic Square, Glasgow
29.09.2014 BAM Properties and Taylor Clark Properties have announced plans to jointly develop 300,000 sq ft of space in Atlantic Square, Glasgow to offer one of the largest office developments in the City. Their joint venture is about to seek planning permission from Glasgow City Council. read more

Miguel Jurado appointed Chairman of FCC Construction
29.09.2014 The Board of Directors of FCC have approved the appointment of Miguel Jurado as Chairman of FCC Construction and as a member of the Group's Management Committee, based on a favourable report by the Appointments and Remuneration Committee. Mr Jurado, who will report directly to Juan Béjar, Vice Chairman and CEO, replaces Fernando Moreno, who is retiring after 28 years at FCC in various positions of responsibility. read more

Arcadis signs mine expansion contract with Ferrous Resources in Brazil
26.09.2014 Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the world's leading natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, announced that the Consortium Arcadis Logos-Ausenco has been chosen by Ferrous Resources do Brasil to deliver engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) consulting services for the expansion of the Viga iron ore project in Brazil. read more

ABB opens office in Myanmar after an absence of 20 years
26.09.2014 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, inaugurated its first new office in Yangon, Myanmar, after an absence of 20 years. Having a local presence in the country will allow the company to better serve local customers, improve service capabilities, and expand its activities. The office will allow ABB to make its full portfolio of power and automation solutions available to customers in Myanmar, and will be the first step towards establishing a service organization in the country. read more

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