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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

Compact room automation station Desigo DXR2
29.09.2015 With the Desigo DXR2, Siemens Building Technologies is adding a compact room automation station to its product range for the automation of HVAC, lighting and shading. The Desigo DXR2 room automation stations come with configurable, tested standard applications for HVAC and electrical applications and are especially easy to commission. The new Desigo DXR2 room automation stations automate room heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in an energy-efficient manner and without compromising comfort. Further modules can be added to control lighting and shading. read more

PLUS for Komatsu's D85EX/PX-18 crawler dozer
29.09.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the addition of the highly successful PLUS (Parallel Link Undercarriage System) rotating bushing undercarriage option to the D85EX/PX-18 dozer. "PLUS undercarriage cuts maintenance costs, extends wear life and excels in high-impact, rocky ground conditions and on low-impact, sandy jobsites," said Chuck Murawski, product manager, Komatsu America. "This leading-edge track technology is quickly becoming standard equipment on several Komatsu dozer models," Murawski said. read more

Wind power to serve a quarter of Europe's electricity demand by 2030
29.09.2015 Wind power can meet a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030 if Member States deliver on climate and energy pledges, according to the latest forecasts by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Over the next 15 years, EWEA expects wind power installations in Europe to reach 320GW of capacity, which could serve 24.4% of electricity demand across the region. Today, Europe's 128.8GW can meet over 10% of European power consumption in a normal wind year. Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, read more

Tubelite adds 34000 Series storefront to ForceFront Blast product offering
24.09.2015 Tubelite Inc. introduces E/T34000 Series storefront system as part of its ForceFront Blast products, engineered for high-security in low- and mid-rise building projects. The storefront's framing provides improved thermal performance, and are glazed with insulated laminated glass for energy efficiency and safety. ForceFront curtainwall and Monumental Wide Stile entrance systems match Tubelite's 34000 Series storefront's performance and sightlines to offer a complete blast hazard mitigation system. read more

New Louisville library begins another chapter with Tubelite systems
24.09.2015 Louisville's new Southwest Regional Library recently opened its doors, which were provided by Tubelite Inc. along with its curtainwall and storefront framing. This new 40,000-square-foot, $10.2 million library boasts more than 120,000 books and materials, 100 public computers and the largest children's library in the system. With respect to long-term environmental and economic sustainability, the project is pursuing LEED Gold certification. Southwest Regional Library is part of a master plan developed in 2008 by Minneapolis-based read more

PL EDGE Series vertical DIRect and BYPass LED lamps
17.09.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announces the launch of its first PL V 11W DIR, PL V 11W DIR HIGH CRI and PL V 11W BYP lamps. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new PL EDGE Series, the PL V DIR and PL V BYP lamps are CFL retrofit solutions for a variety of existing vertical lamp installations. All PL V lamps feature exceptional efficacy and a patent pending round diffuser that improves the overall light output and aesthetics of the fixture. "At GREEN CREATIVE we pride ourselves on making products that seamlessly blend innovative design with the latest read more

Formwork and scaffolding from one source for Berlin´s City Palace
17.09.2015 For the reconstruction of Berlin´s City Palace, PERI supplied cost-effective formwork and scaffolding solutions from one source. In addition to providing large quantities of wall, column and slab formwork with fast shuttering and moving times as well as flexibly used scaffolding materials, the on-site support provided by the PERI engineers ensured that all requirements could be fulfilled along with maintaining the tight construction schedule. The Berlin City Palace is located on the Spree Island is being reconstructed for the most part according to read more

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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

Remembering Ben Palagonia, Turner City artist from 1967-1994
16.09.2015 Turner City artist Ben Palagonia, who illustrated thousands of Turner projects over 27 years, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. During Ben's tenure, he transformed Turner City from a black and white illustration to a vibrant watercolor, doubled the size of the canvas to represent more projects, and detailed the tremendous growth and evolution of the building industry over nearly three decades. From his first Turner City in 1967 – which included the original Madison Square Garden – to his last, a collaboration with his successor, his son John, in 1994 – Ben's creativity and imagination, his attention to detail, and his lifelong passion for the art of architecture have had an enduring and inspiring impact on Turner and the tradition of Turner City. read more

industry news

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

Pöyry awarded owner's engineer services assignment by Nakheel for two substations in Dubai, UAE
02.10.2015 Nakheel has awarded Pöyry with the owner's engineer services assignment for the establishment of 132/11kV substations for two separate developments: Jumeirah Village and Nad Al Hamar Residential Villas in Dubai, UAE. read more

ABB to more than double production capacity at Brazilian pulp plant
02.10.2015 ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, will supply integrated process electrification, automation and optimization systems for Fibria's new pulp mill in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Civil works on the 'Horizonte 2' project will begin at the end of 2015, with the new plant coming online in 2017. The Fibria unit in Três Lagoas is already today one of the world's largest pulp production plants. Once completed, the new mill will more than double the plant's capacity through the addition of 1.75 million tons of pulp production per year. The pulp produced by Fibria is used for a wide range of papers including tissue, printing and writing. read more

SNC-Lavalin arrives at settlement agreement with AfDB
02.10.2015 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has reached a settlement with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) regarding allegations of sanctionable practices by SNC-Lavalin International Inc., a subsidiary of the company, in connection with certain AfDB-financed contracts in Mozambique and Uganda. This settlement follows an approach by the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department ("IACD") of the AfDB and cooperation by SNC-Lavalin with IACD. read more

AM sells shopping centre De Voorwaarts in Apeldoorn
01.10.2015 AM Real Estate Development (part of Royal BAM Group nv) has sold the first phase of retail park De Voorwaarts in Apeldoorn to Epic I sarl. This phase consists of over 20,000 m2 large scale retail, restaurants and leisure. After development of the second and third phase, the site will include nearly 90,000 m2 retail, with excellent access to the A50 motorway and the city ring of Apeldoorn. The retail park has been designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects. read more

Hochtief Recognized for Eminent Accountability as Employer
29.09.2015 Hochtief has been recognized for its "eminent accountability as an employer." The German Society for the Certification of Management Systems (DQS) honored the group's achievements with the 'German Award for Excellence' in the 'Employer Accountability' category. read more

BAM takes the a step towards Smart Districs with ‘Smart Grid Ready’-homes in Soesterberg
29.09.2015 Construction company BAM is taking the first steps towards a smart grid with the retrofit of 69 homes of social housing corporation Portaal in Soesterberg. The retrofit is one of the projects undertaken as part of 'de Stroomversnelling' programme (the Rapids – electricity acceleration) to refurbish (often older) homes to become comfortable, energy efficient net-zero-energy homes. In Soesterberg (near Utrecht) Portal and BAM have fit seven homes with smart technology to deal with the electrical and mechanical installations and thus making these houses 'Smart Grid Ready'. read more

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