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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

Carnegie Hall has achieved LEED Silver certification
23.08.2015 Carnegie Hall, the nearly 125-year old iconic New York City music venue, announced its award of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it one of the oldest and most notable buildings to achieve such distinction. This milestone was achieved in part through a close collaboration with Siemens, which was enlisted as one of Carnegie Hall's technology partners to modernize almost 165,000 square feet of non-performance space. The certification came to fruition read more

International Towers Sydney: construction time optimisation
23.08.2015 The new LPS climbing protection panel from PERI provides comprehensive working safety and saves valuable crane time thanks to the mobile climbing hydraulics. This has accelerated construction progress on the International Towers Sydney complex on Australia's east coast. With the ambitious Barangaroo Redevelopment Project, Sydney's city centre is being redefined in a westward direction. On the 22-hectare former container port facility, the greenest global residential, shopping and business centre in the world read more

Aesthetically-appealing Eco-Smart Home in Naperville, Illinois
23.08.2015 CertainTeed AirRenew drywall is playing an important role in optimizing the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the first of its kind, net zero, Eco-Smart home in Naperville, Illinois. Already committed to constructing award-winning homes with impressive energy efficient features, suburban Chicago builder DJK Custom Homes saw the formaldehyde-absorbing drywall as the best way to offer improved indoor air quality in their most sustainable home built to date. The 3,280 square-foot, four bedroom, four and a half bathroom home read more

Connected Philips LED lighting for the Allianz Arena in Munich
23.08.2015 FC Bayern Munich is kicking off the new season in spectacular style: Philips and the German soccer champions presented a new LED façade lighting at the Allianz Arena. The entire innovative Philips system can be controlled digitally and is capable of reproducing 16 million colors. This makes Allianz Arena, the 'Star of the South', Europe's largest and Germany's first stadium to feature a dynamic lighting moods across its entire facade. More than 300,000 LED lights – over an impressive surface area of 26,000 square meters − read more

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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

AMA offers chance to win discounts toward FenestrationMasters courses and exams
19.08.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host an online contest on both LinkedIn  and Twitter every Monday and Wednesday, respectively, at 12:30 p.m. EDT from Aug. 10 through Sept. 9, as well as during the GlassBuild America show (Sept. 16-18 in Atlanta). The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA's FenestrationMasters program - the industry resource for comprehensive professional education and certification. Each Monday, one quiz question will be asked in AAMA's LinkedIn group and a different quiz question will be posted on AAMA's Twitter account two days later, each Wednesday. read more

WEF award for Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park project film
14.08.2015 A film of Singapore's Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park project, which was undertaken by Atelier Dreiseitl, has been announced as a winner in the 2015 StormTV competition by the US-based Water Environment Federation (WEF). The competition attracted 150 video entries highlighting the sector's most inventive stormwater programmes, practices, products, and public outreach efforts. The award, which was received in the 'Programs and Projects' category, will be presented at the 2015 WEFTEC Stormwater Congress taking place in Chicago this autumn. read more

industry news

Strabag awarded contract for section of A1 in Poland
27.08.2015 The publicly listed construction group Strabag SE has been chosen to build the 15 km section of Poland's A1 motorway between Woźniki and Pyrzowice. The € 118 million (PLN 495.5 million) contract comprises the construction of the concrete motorway as well as one maintenance facility, two rest stops, 29 bridge structures and several wildlife crossings within a period of 30 months. Additionally, already existing municipal and district roads will be rehabilitated in parallel with the motorway works. "The construction of this section of the A1 is of priority for the region. It combines the northern part of the country with the south as well as the cities of Silesia with Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice", read more

BMB jv appointed to deliver Thames Tideway Tunnel
24.08.2015 BAM Nuttall Ltd, the UK civil engineering arm of Royal BAM Group nv, today announces that it has been appointed to deliver the western section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, or 'super sewer', in joint venture with Morgan Sindall plc and Balfour Beatty Group Limited. The project is valued at £416 million to the joint venture. read more

Navy Office announces construction of Mesquite Solar 3
21.08.2015 The Department of the Navy (DON), Western Area Power Administration (Western), and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power hosted a ceremony Aug. 20 at Naval Air Station North Island, California, commemorating an agreement to construct a 210 megawatt (MW) direct current solar facility to benefit 14 DON installations. The agreement, signed last month, is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity. read more

BAM-PGGM and VolkerWessels-DIF
21.08.2015 After a lifetime of almost 100 years, the Northern lock in IJmuiden needs replacement. Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch Highways and Waterways Agency) has awarded the construction of the new IJmuiden sea lock, which is located at the entrance to the North Sea Canal, officially to the Consortium OpenIJ. read more

SNC-Lavalin wins Best Engineering Provider for Major Projects Award in Chile
21.08.2015 SNC-Lavalin's Mining & Metallurgy sector recently received the Best Engineering Provider for Major Mining and Metallurgy Projects award at the fourth annual mining suppliers ranking ceremony. The event was hosted by Phibrand, a market research company, at the SOFOFA Auditorium in Santiago, Chile. The award was presented to SNC-Lavalin by Ignacio Moreno, Chile's Undersecretary of Mining, along with Cristián Mansilla from Phibrand. The award is based on the Chilean Mining Supplier Report—a quantitative study performed by Phibrand—which ranks each company on its capacity to support the mining market. The analysis covers each sector of the mining industry as well as certain professionals. read more

Carlos M. Jarque appointed new Chief Executive Office of FCC Group
19.08.2015 The Board of Directors of FCC Group have appointed Mr. Carlos M. Jarque as Chief Executive/CEO of the group. In her capacity as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Esther Alcocer Koplowitz expressed her agreement with this appointment, reiterating that the new CEO has "the backing and loyalty of the entire Board and of all at FCC". She also stressed that Jarque's experience and leadership will ensure FCC resumes the path towards growth. In the FCC Board of Directors meeting, Jarque noted the challenges and opportunities the company currently faces. read more

Mabey Hire makes investment in new fleet of Heavy Goods Vehicles
19.08.2015 Construction industry leader Mabey Hire has commissioned a fleet of 13 Scania Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), in a £1.3 million spend that signals the company's largest ever investment in logistics. read more

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded consultancy contract by Sonatrach in Algeria
17.08.2015 Amec Foster Wheeler announces the award of a contract by Sonatrach, the largest oil and gas company in Africa, to supply engineering services for the de-bottlenecking of the Hassi R'Mel gas field, located approximately 550 kilometres south of Algiers. read more

ABB to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s power grid and support economic growth
14.08.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth around $150 million from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to expand five existing substations, helping to ready the country's transmission system for a 50 percent expansion of power generation capacity to accommodate a growing economy. SEC, Saudi Arabia's national power transmission and distribution operator, is increasing the capacity of the substations, with three located in the central region and one each in the eastern and western regions. The orders were booked in the second quarter of 2015. read more

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