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ESa’s new offices at Gulch Crossing feature Wausau’s curtainwall
10.10.2015 ESa, formerly known as Earl Swensson Architects, recently moved its headquarters into Gulch Crossing in Nashville, which the firm also designed. Opened in July 2015, ESa now occupies the top two floors of this new, 205,000-square-foot, eight-story, Class A office building. The high-performance curtainwall from Wausau Window and Wall Systems offer unobstructed views of downtown and supports the energy-efficient building's LEED Gold certification. Environmental responsibility and energy consciousness are inherent values read more

Colorado ZEH features Loewen windows, doors finished by Linetec
10.10.2015 Fraser House, a new Colorado Zero Net Energy Home (ZEH), elevates energy efficiency to new heights. Recently built in the mountains of Fraser, Colorado, the home is situated at 8,000 feet with an average annual temperature of 34ºF. Meeting the project's requirements for attractive aesthetics, high performance and durability, Linetec provided the vibrant finish for Loewen windows and doors. Designed by Caddis Architecture (previously Bryan Bowen Architecture), the 5,320-square-foot Fraser House was built for an ultra-marathoner who sought read more

A Low-Cost Entry to Intelligent Light Control
10.10.2015 The new design luminaires in the Surface Lights series within the Lightify range and the Classic 60W Clear LED lamp now enable a low-cost entry into the world of modern, intelligent light control. Using the Lightify Gateway and the Lightify app control, the warm white light of the lamp and luminaires can be dimmed via smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android), switched on and off either manually or by using a time switching function and also be integrated into individual light scenes. The three indoor luminaires of the Lightify Surface Lights range are read more

Designing sustainable buildings made fun: enhanced planning tool released
10.10.2015 The tried and tested PHPP tool for designing energy efficient buildings is available in a brand-new version. This upgrade not only allows reliable calculation of the energy demand in accordance with internationally applicable criteria, it also takes into account energy generation on or near the building. Over the past few months a German edition of the PHPP 9 has already been successfully used in practice; the English version was presented at the NAPHN15 North American Passive House conference on 1 - 2 October in Vancouver and read more

GE Lighting and ShotSpotter Announce MOU
07.10.2015 Cities and their emergency responders will soon have a new way to deploy gunshot detection technology and be able to respond to incidents and react faster to protect their residents. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between GE Lighting and SST, Inc., developer of the ShotSpotter crime detection and location suite, lays ground to embedding sophisticated ShotSpotter technology into GE's intelligent LED street lights. The proposed exclusive arrangement intends to add real-time gunfire detection from ShotSpotter to GE's Intelligent Environments read more

Groundbreaking Polymer Shingle Siding to Debut at Remodeling Show
07.10.2015 The Remodeling Show was here (Oct. 1-2 at the Chicago Navy Pier Expo Hall), and CertainTeed Corporation was ready to dazzle with the unveiling of revolutionary Cedar Impressions Individual Sawmill polymer shingles plus an expanded line-up of live clinics and demos. Now combined with DeckExpo and JLC LIVE, the Remodeling Show is one of the residential construction industry's largest national events. Cedar Impressions Individual 5-inch Sawmill Shingles, the show's big siding product premier, is an industry first that read more

Communicating VAV compact controllers
07.10.2015 Siemens is adding four variable air volume (VAV) compact controllers and a robust handheld operating unit to its OpenAir line of products for VAV systems. The line now supports all major communications standards, including KNX, BACnet and Modbus. The controllers are easy to parameterize and provide the highest degree of precision and flexibility. The new VAV compact controllers offer a torque of 5 Nm for approx. 0.8 m2 of damper area, or 10 Nm for approx. 1.5 m2 respectively. Thanks to a quasi-static differential pressure measuring principle read more

Guardian provides Clarity glass for Egyptian museum exhibit in Paris
30.09.2015 How do you best display and safeguard rare artifacts – many of which have been resting at the bottom of the sea for centuries? This was not a hypothetical question, but rather a real challenge facing the Arab World Institute, or l'Institut du Monde Arabe, in Paris. Guardian Industries' Glass Group in Europe, a leading supplier of high-quality commercial, residential and interior glass products gave the institute the clarity it needed. Literally. Guardian agreed to provide its double-sided, anti-reflective Clarity glass for use in the display cases for "Osiris, Egypt's Sunken Mysteries", read more

AAMA granted ANSI accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065
30.09.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces that its air-water-structural product certification program has been granted accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065-2012 "Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services." The scope of the accreditation includes Doors and Windows (91.050.60). Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 confirms that administration of the AAMA certification program conforms to the high procedural standards read more

exhibitions and other events

ITS World Congress in Bordeaux: Vinci presents its intelligent transport solutions
07.10.2015 Vinci will be presenting its innovations for transport and mobility at the 22nd Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress and Exhibition. The congress, which is the biggest international event dedicated to intelligent transport systems (ITS), will be held in Bordeaux from 5 to 9 October 2015. As a global player in concessions and construction, Vinci's role is to design, finance, build and manage tomorrow's infrastructure and equipment. Through Vinci Concessions, Vinci Autoroutes, Vinci Energies and Eurovia, the Vinci Group will exhibit several solutions for intelligent infrastructure management and connected services for customers. read more

Amec Foster Wheeler gives UAE students nuclear industry insight
22.09.2015 Amec Foster Wheeler today announces that it has hosted a hands-on nuclear industry intern programme for engineering students from the United Arab Emirates. Hussain Abdullaziz, Hind Alhamiri, Budour Al Yammahi, Alanoud Alabdouli and Abdelaziz Alzaabi attended interactive seminars and training sessions and took part in several engineering practical activities, including design work on a radioactive waste building for a new nuclear reactor. read more

Just in time for Paris: Renewables to Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050
22.09.2015 A ground-breaking new report from Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council, the Energy [R]evolution 2015, shows the way towards an energy sector powered by 100% renewable energy. The Energy [R]evolution scenario or something very much like it is required if we are to have a reasonable chance of meeting the agreed target of keeping global mean temperature rise below 2°C. read more

Acciona Windpower enters the German wind turbine market
16.09.2015 Acciona Windpower, an Acciona Group subsidiary that designs and manufactures wind turbines, has opened a sales office in Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) as a first step towards introducing its products into one of the main European wind power markets. Another example of Acciona Windpower's interest in the German market is its presence, with its own stand, in the Husum Wind 2015 fair, held in the German town of the same name from 15-18 December. read more

industry news

Skanska sells office portfolio in Poland
12.10.2015 Skanska has sold a portfolio of four office buildings in Poland. The value of the transaction totals EUR 160 M, about SEK 1.5 billion, and the buyer is a fund managed by the Swedish fund manager Niam. The sale will be recorded by Skanska Commercial Development Europe in the fourth quarter of 2015. The transaction concerns Kapelanka 42 A and the Axis project in Cracow, together with Building A and B in the Silesia Business Park in Katowice (pictured). The total gross leasable area is 63,000 square meters. read more

Ferrovial awarded another section of the S7 Expressway in Poland
12.10.2015 Budimex, Ferrovial Agroman's Polish subsidiary, has been chosen by Poland's Roads Authority to build a new 19-km section of the S7 Expressway, between Nowy Dwór Gdański and Kazimierzowo, in northern Poland. The project has a budget of 1.3 billion zlotys (over 307 million euro), and must be completed within three years of contract signature. The contract includes building the road, comprising two lanes in each direction with space for a third lane, together with on- and off-ramps, frontage roads, pedestrian overpasses, bicycle lanes, bus stops and rest areas. read more

Japan calls on Amec Foster Wheeler’s nuclear expertise
12.10.2015 Amec Foster Wheeler, one of the UK's leading organisations for waste management, announces today that it has been appointed by Japan's nuclear decommissioning organisation to carry out a major study into managing radioactive waste at the Fukushima Daiichi power station. read more

Skanska to build tunnel in Norway
07.10.2015 Skanska has signed a contract with the Norwegian Road Administration (Statens vegvesen) to build Sørkjosfjelltunnelen on the E6 in Troms. The contract is worth NOK 435 M, about SEK 460 M, which is included in order bookings for Skanska Norway for the third quarter of 2015. read more

On the home stretch: New Siemens headquarters in Munich
07.10.2015 Construction of the new Siemens headquarters building at Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich is now virtually complete. When it opens its doors in 2016, the building will provide a modern, inspiring work environment for up to 1,200 employees on roughly 45,000 square meters of above-ground floor space. Environmental friendliness and energy efficiency are playing a key role: the new building will meet the world's highest sustainability standards. In 2010, Siemens and the city of Munich announced the launch of the construction project and organized an architectural competition. The winning design, which was developed by the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects, skillfully combines tradition with the future. read more

Kone wins order for Nanjing Qing Ao Center Tower 2
07.10.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won a contract to supply 27 elevators to Nanjing's 67-storied flagship landmark, Qing Ao Center Tower 2, an ambitious multi-activity hub which houses high-end offices and a sprawling luxury hotel. read more

Mott MacDonald appointed as lenders' technical advisor for Cramlington biomass project
02.10.2015 The £138 million Cramlington biomass power station in Northumberland, UK has successfully reached financial close. Mott MacDonald is lenders' technical advisor on the project on behalf of Barclays Bank PLC, who is providing £90 million of financing for the scheme. read more

Aker Solutions provides subsea production system for Rotan development in Malaysia
02.10.2015 Aker Solutions, a Norwegian oil services company based in Oslo, has been awarded a contract from Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. (Murphy) to deliver the subsea production system for the Rotan deepwater natural gas development offshore Malaysia. read more

Ramboll acquires Projectus Team to strengthen its building services in Finland
02.10.2015 Ramboll Group has acquired Projectus Team Oy, one of Finland's leading consultants in intelligent building solutions. The acquisition adds 130 experts within mechanical, electrical and plumbing services (MEP) to Ramboll and strengthens the company's position as the leading engineering consultancy in Finland. The acquisition is part of Ramboll's strategic ambition to be the leading engineering consultancy in the Nordic core markets Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. It adds 130 experts within heating, ventilating and air conditioning as well as electrical design to the company, bringing the number of employees in Finland to over 2,000. Ramboll now has 13,000 employees globally. read more

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