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Modular, combinable, adaptable: Testing for Take-Off with PERI UP
28.05.2015 As an essential prerequisite for the approval of the Airbus A350 XWB, the IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH has carried out an extensive range of tests on the new wide-bodied aircraft at its testing facility in Erding. With the scaffolding solution from PERI, optimal adaptation of the working levels for the fuselage and wings was achieved. The modularity and flexibility of the PERI UP system has allowed test preparations and continuous measurement and inspection work to be implemented. read more

Enhanced Sustainable Insulation SoftTouch Duct Wrap from CertainTeed
28.05.2015 CertainTeed is making it easier for HVAC contractors to ensure optimal indoor comfort with its newly enhanced Sustainable Insulation SoftTouch Duct Wrap. The product offers improvements in cutting and handling that will be sure to please installers, while maintaining the company's proven fiberglass product performance. "There has been an increase in demand for insulation products that are sustainable, offer lower VOCs, and have less itch and dust when being installed," said Jim Voitel, product manager, technical insulation for CertainTeed. read more

New Nano-Lok Extended Length Self Retracting Lifeline Range
20.05.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA Nano-Lok Extended Length range of Self Retracting Lifelines (SRL's). Nano-Lok Extended Length compact SRL's provide extended lifeline length when working at height. The additional length increases the anchorage options and provides added mobility and versatility where fall protection is required. "Depending on the model selected, they provide up to 1.6 metres more lifeline to the user, in a compact, lightweight, easy-to-use unit." said Rick Millar, Technical Manager read more

GREEN CREATIVE releases new PL horizontal DIRect and BYPass LED lamps
19.05.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announced the launch of its first PL H 11W DIR, PL H 11W DIR HIGH CRI and PL H 11W BYP lamps. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the PL H DIR and PL H BYP lamps are CFL retrofit solutions for a variety of existing one and two lamp installations. "We are excited to now offer horizontal lamp replacement options that are not only more energy efficient, but last 4 times longer than CFL," says Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Grant Williams. All PL H lamps feature exceptional efficacy, a high quality diffuser read more

Web page for understanding indoor condensation on residential windows
16.05.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has created a new Web page dedicated solely to helping homeowners understand why and how indoor condensation develops on residential windows and what can be done to mitigate it. "This was needed because it provides direct, simple answers to the common question, 'Why is there condensation on my windows?'" says Joe Hayden (Pella), co-chair of the Understanding Residential Condensation Task Group. "Condensation can form for a variety of reasons, and this read more

AAMA releases 2014/2015 industry review and forecast
16.05.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the "AAMA 2014/2015 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast." This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2006 through 2012 and forecast data for 2015 through 2017 also are included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2015. Total housing starts continued their growth curve in 2014 with strong gains particularly in read more

Ceiling systems help new federal offices create attractive lobby
12.05.2015 A new 650,000-square-foot, 17-story federal office complex makes its home at 90 Elgin Street on Crown-owned property amongst Ottawa’s national monuments and institutions. The $250 million landmark building features ROCKFON’s ceiling systems throughout its lobby and offices. In addition to helping create an attractive workplace, these ceiling systems also support requirements for comfort, including acoustics; safety, including seismic conditions; and sustainability, including LEED Gold criteria. read more

Rockfon SpanAir Clip-In ceiling panels conceal suspension systems
12.05.2015 Ideally suited for commercial buildings' renovations and monolithic interiors, Rockfon SpanAir Clip-In metal ceiling panels integrate with and conceal 15/16-inch suspension systems. These panels' clip-in placement allows for downward accessibility, without special tools, for easy maintenance of the HVAC, lighting, fire suppression, security and audio/video systems located in the plenum. "SpanAir Clip-In panels make it extraordinarily simple to retrofit and conceal 15/16-inch suspension systems with a fresh, stylish look. These read more

Fluropon Effects creates a new color space
12.05.2015 The Valspar Corporation introduces Fluropon Effects, a new line of dimensional colors that feature an additional layer of sparkle, more richly saturated colors and color-shifting pigments. As part of Valspar's Fluropon high-performance architectural coatings product offering, Fluropon Effects creates a new color space for the design community to explore. "We are excited to welcome architects and designers to a whole new color space. Fluropon Effects delivers brilliant hues and mesmerizing dimensional effects that have never read more

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Mabey Hire wins ICE Wales Innovation Award
27.05.2015 Mabey Hire has won an Innovation Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales in recognition of its work on the Erwood Bridge Refurbishment Scheme. The award, in association with Dawnus Construction, commends its innovative solution for enabling removal and reconstruction of the existing concrete piers at the Erwood site on the River Wye. read more

Ramboll inspires Beijing leaders within clean air solutions
22.05.2015 Yesterday, a delegation from Beijing consisting of one political leader (district mayor) and five leaders from different government agencies visited Ramboll's head office in Copenhagen. The visit was arranged by State of Green – a public-private partnership founded by the Danish Government – and the purpose was to exchange experiences within urban environmental solutions, particularly in the field of garbage disposal and air pollution control. spliter During the visit, Ramboll experts gave presentations on themes such as air pollution control in waste-to-energy facilities and pollutant dispersion in urban regions, and these presentations gave rise to a fruitful exchange of knowledge and experiences. "As most people know, Beijing and other large cities in China struggle intensely with air pollution, but fortunately, there is a rising political will to do remedy the problem. Accordingly, delegation visits like the one in Copenhagen might lead to new, interesting market opportunities for us in a field where we have a lot to offer, " says Lone A. Clowes, Regional Director, Nordic, Ramboll Environ. read more

Launch of DOT Pendant Light in Milan
21.05.2015 DOT is the latest product designed by Foster + Partners for Italian lighting manufacturer Lumina. The practice's industrial design team has worked closely with Lumina's engineers over the past two years to create a pendant light that is visually simple and discreet, yet technically advanced. The light comprises two main elements: a suspended disc below a circular reflector. The lower disc contains an array of LEDs behind an optimised lens, which focuses light on the reflector to create even, glare-free illumination. A custom-designed heat pipe carries electrical power to the LED array and efficiently draws heat away to the reflector above, which in turn acts as a heat sink. read more

Gensler receives Good Design is Good Business award for McCann HQ
21.05.2015 Gensler is the recipient the 2015 Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business (GDGB) award. The GDGB award recognizes firm-client collaborations that demonstrate design's positive impact on an organization's bottom line. This success was evident in Gensler's design for McCann's Manhattan headquarters, a hub for the world's largest advertising agency. "All of the winning projects were selected for their unique approach to a particular program and the successful results the designs have had on the clients' businesses, " said Linda Lentz, senior editor at Architectural Record. "In the case of McCann, the editorial jury was impressed with Gensler's beautifully detailed and fresh take on an open plan office for a client that needs to balance the spirit of youth and the expectations of the agency's powerful clients." read more

industry news

ABB to provide traction equipment for fleet expansions of Stadler Rail trains
29.05.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has received orders worth $85 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail to supply traction equipment for projects to expand public rail networks in Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The orders were booked in the first quarter of 2015. The new business follows earlier orders from rail operators to expand their existing fleets of Stadler trains for the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Luxemburg State Railways (CFL) and the Dutch State Railways (NS). read more

Hera Lighting adds new Technical Engineer
29.05.2015 Hera Lighting announced that Mark Fazio has joined the company as a Technical Support Engineer. Mark will be responsible for supporting the customer base across U.S. and Canada, continuing product training to Sales, developing quality control and continual improvement initiatives, and conducting new product testing for UL certification. As a Georgia Tech educated Electrical Engineer, Mark brings an extensive and varied background in Technical Support and Quality Assurance. He began his career in the telecommunications industry supporting optical fiber transmission systems. read more

Holcim and Lafarge finalize the composition of the future Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim
28.05.2015 Lafarge and Holcim have completed the appointments for the future Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim following a recommendation by Eric Olsen, future CEO of the combined Group. read more

KBR awarded licensing & design services contract for ammonia plants
27.05.2015 KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced that it has been awarded a contract by OJSC Togliattiazot (ToAZ) to provide licensing, basic engineering design, front-end engineering and design services to revamp ToAZ's existing seven ammonia plants in Togliatti, Samara region, Russia. read more

Bouygues Construction to build Manhattan Loft Gardens, its first tower in London
27.05.2015 The London property developer, Manhattan Loft Corporation, has selected Bouygues UK, the British subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, for the construction of Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 143-metre landmark tower in Stratford, East London. The project represents a gross development value (GDV) of £250 million (approx. €340 million). Harry Handelsman, founder and CEO of Manhattan Loft Corporation, said: "Our appointment of Bouygues, with its vast international knowledge and experience of high-rise luxury developments, will add to our already top class project team. read more

Hochtief Projektentwicklung sells Height3 hotel development in Hamburg
25.05.2015 Hochtief Projektentwicklung has sold Height3 - the future Adina Apartment Hotel at the Hamburg Heights urban quarter - to Commerz Real. Hochtief Projektentwicklung intends to start construction this year once the construction permit has been granted. The building is due to be handed over to its operator in Q3 2017, and will be placed in Commerz Real's open real estate fund, hausInvest. Commerz Real has invested a total of some EUR 50 million. read more

Atkins awarded leading cyber security certification
22.05.2015 Atkins has been awarded a CREST-verified certification for information security under a scheme called Cyber Essentials Plus which was developed by government and industry and launched last year. As a design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins is leading the sector in this accreditation. The scheme is part of the UK Government's National Cyber Security Strategy and is designed to improve the resilience of UK businesses to common cyber security threats. read more

ABB to manufacture robots in the United States
22.05.2015 ABB, the global leader in power and automation technologies, announced it will start production of robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit to and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint. The company made the announcement at the opening of a new robotics plant at an existing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where it already has about 500 highly skilled employees. Production is to commence immediately. read more

Pöyry awarded engineering assignment for Kotkamills folding boxboard machine project in Kotka, Finland
22.05.2015 Kotkamills has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for engineering consultancy, laser scanning, 3D modelling, detail engineering and site services for the folding boxboard machine project at their Kotka Mill in Finland. The assignment is a continuation of the pre-feasibility services performed by Pöyry and it covers the majority of the required engineering services related to the implementation of the project. read more

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