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Does anyone offer higher savings?
25.02.2024 After a deep retrofit, a typical apartment block from the post-war era has become a model for energy-efficient buildings. The Passive House Institute carried out scientific monitoring of the project in Giessen, Germany, and has now published its research report. The retrofit planning in advance using the PHPP tool showed a significant reduction in the heating demand. The measured data shows that indeed, energy consumption for space heating already decreased by over 70 per cent in the first year after the renovation, and even decreased by over 80 per cent read more

Award for Denmark’s tallest residential building
25.02.2024 The "Lighthouse 2.0" construction project has created new living space with 381 new flats in the purpose-built district of "Aarhus Ø", not far from the centre of the city of the same name. With its impressive height of 142 metres, the building has been the tallest residential building in Denmark since its completion in 2022. The top floors are home to a restaurant and a roof terrace that is open to the public – with fantastic views of the harbour, the sea and the city. The project has now received an award for the "Best Tall Building" in the "100 to 199 metres" category read more

New Philips Hue lights and accessories
31.01.2024 Signify announced the availability of new Philips Hue lights and accessories to design personalized lighting experiences. The new Philips Hue Dymera wall light offers individually controllable up and down light to create an architectural look both indoors and outdoors. Design is also kept at the forefront with the new 3D printed Philips Hue pendant cord, made from 55% bio-circular material1 and tailored for the Filament bulbs. New connectors for Philips Hue Perifo track lighting allow for more versatility when designing the track system for your home. In North America, read more

Renting vs. Owning: The Scaffolding Dilemma
31.01.2024 When undertaking a new construction project, the mathematics involved are usually very complex. A large list of considerations is at play for architects, contractors, and installers to meet the requirements and demands of the project from beginning to end. The selection of material plays a big role in the success of the project, both in the short term and long term. Ensuring that the project can be completed on time, safely, and efficiently is also critical to a building's overall performance. Whether it is a large commercial project or an industrial project, scaffolding is read more

John Deere Launches the Mid-size 444 G-Tier Wheel Loader
30.01.2024 New to the market, John Deere introduces the 444 G-Tier Wheel Loader as part of its performance tiering strategy, offering customers a model that provides reliability without the extras that they would find in a P-Tier or X-Tier machine. The versatility and ruggedness of the 444 G-Tier are similar to the previously introduced 544 and 644 G-Tier machines, but at a lower operating weight and smaller size. This latest addition to the wheel loader lineup aims to cater to the segment of the construction market that values simplicity and reliability and serves read more

Lots of good news – and good numbers – again in offshore wind
30.01.2024 Things are looking up again for offshore wind in Europe. 2023 saw a record 4.2 GW of new offshore wind farms come online, up 40% on 2022. And €30bn of new investments were confirmed – covering 9 GW that'll be built over the coming years. The supply chain is also seeing a turnaround, with new factories announced in Poland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. 2023 was the best year on record for new offshore wind installations in both the EU and across Europe as a whole. Europe built 4.2 GW of offshore wind in 2023. That's 1.7 GW more than read more

GMK5250XL-1 extends helping hand to German soccer club VfB Stuttgart
29.01.2024 A Grove GMK5250XL-1 belonging to German lifting service provider Gräser-Eschbach has completed its final lifts on the €130 million reconstruction of the MHP Arena soccer stadium in Stuttgart, Germany. Home to Bundesliga team VfB Stuttgart, the stadium has been undergoing redevelopment since 2018, although the erection of temporary sections has allowed it to remain operational during this time. Gräser-Eschbach, based in Bad Schönborn, Germany, had previously used other cranes, but restrictions on this part of the project meant structural read more

GE Lighting to Launch Full Color Smart Undercabinet Fixtures in 2024
29.01.2024 GE Lighting, a Savant company continues its legacy of quality and innovation with the launch of yet another first-of-its-kind Cync smart home innovation and exciting Cync product updates at CES 2024. The all-new Cync Reveal HD+ Full Color Undercabinet Fixtures and Pucks are the first and only full color and edge-lit smart undercabinet lights available in the North American market. Cync Reveal products offer exceptional clarity, millions of color options, and smart control in an elegant, easy-to-install undercabinet fixture. The smart fixtures' slim profile and read more

Deep retrofit and everyone benefits
26.01.2024 Retrofits are the key to climate protection in the building sector. In order to support the uptake of retrofit solutions, the Passive House Institute's 27th International Passive House Conference will take place with a focus on significantly improving the energy performance of existing buildings to the EnerPHit standard. The conference will take place from 5 to 7 April in Innsbruck, Austria and it also includes a Passive House specialists' exhibition. The conference programme is now online and the ticket shop is open. An early bird rate is read more


exhibitions and other events

digitalBAU to take place for the third time in Cologne
06.02.2024 From February 20 to 22, 2024, at digitalBAU — the trade fair for digital solutions in the construction industry — more than 250 exhibitors will present their products from the field of digital planning, construction and operation. In addition to the the exhibition area there will be an extensive supporting program comprising a forum and conference program, innovation parcours, and guided tours. More than 250 exhibitors who will be presenting themselves at the Cologne trade fair grounds. read more

Chillventa 2024
21.12.2023 The international refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump community should be sure not to miss the world's leading fair for refrigeration technology: From 8 to 10 October 2024, Chillventa in Nuremberg will once again showcase the key trends and innovations in refrigeration, AC, ventilation, heat pump and insulation technology and automation. Preparations are in full swing for the exciting and wide-ranging supporting programme including forums, special presentations, and guided tours. The Chillventa CONGRESS on the day before the trade fair is once again set to be a special knowledge highlight. read more

EXPO REAL to highlight solutions for the real estate industry
21.09.2023 The explicit aim of EXPO REAL (October 4–6, 2023) is to provide the real estate industry with a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities, and to learn about potential solutions. At present, the biggest challenges facing the industry are the high interest rates, increased construction costs, climate change and cutting CO2 emissions in the construction and operation of buildings. To this end, Messe München will be addressing the economic issues in detail in this year's supporting program and will be featuring the special show "EXPO REAL Decarb—make the climate change work" for the first time. read more

Light + Building 2024: a symbiosis of lighting and connected building-services technology
06.09.2023 Light + Building in Frankfurt am Main from 3 to 8 March 2024 covers the spectrum from intelligent lighting technology to future-oriented home and building technology. The world's leading trade fair for lighting and building-services technology is the foremost international meeting place for experts, manufacturers, planners, architects and investors, all of whom take advantage of this innovation show to discover future-oriented solutions. Additionally, the focus is on the exchange of knowledge, making new business and gaining inspiration. As the leading platform for the sector, Light + Building spotlights the subjects that have a decisive impact on the exhibiting companies. read more


industry news

The consortium led by Strabag wins contract to build tunnels in Toronto
21.02.2024 Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have awarded a fixed-price contract of $255 million to Strabag Inc. to design, build and finance the second underground segment of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, which includes a 500-metre tunnel from east of Jane Street to Mount Dennis Station. read more

BAM delivers adjusted EBITDA of €304 million in 2023
20.02.2024 Over 2023, Royal BAM Group nv delivered a strong performance with an adjusted EBITDA of €304 million, reflecting a margin of 4.9 per cent. The liquidity position and order backlog are at a good level. BAM proposes to pay a dividend over the year 2023 of €0.20 per share. read more

Implenia wins large projects in Switzerland and Germany
07.02.2024 Implenia, Switzerland's leading construction and real estate service provider, has won two civil engineering projects in Switzerland, as well as new building construction contracts in Germany. Implenia's highly specialised teams will be able to make full use of their many years of experience and extensive expertise in the planning, coordination and implementation of challenging projects. In total, the contracts are worth more than CHF 110 million to Implenia. The "Niesen" joint venture, consisting of partners Walo Bertschinger AG, Kästli Bau AG, Weibel AG and Implenia, each with a share of 25%, has been awarded a contract by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) for the complete renovation of the N06 motorway between Thun Süd and Spiez. read more

Sports Boulevard launches Riyadh’s immersive cycling experience
07.02.2024 The Sports Boulevard has launched Riyadh's immersive cycling experience, RIYDE, in partnership with global technology company the pioneering virtual cycling simulator and sports technology innovator, to develop a cycling experience aimed at increasing fitness rates in Riyadh. The Sports Boulevard is one of Riyadh's mega projects launched on March 19th, 2019. The project extends more than 135km through a grid of safe green pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, athletes, and horse-riders. The project includes more than 4.4 million square meters of greenery and open spaces, and up to 50 multidisciplinary sports facilities. read more

Saudi Arabia unveiles plans for a luxury resort on decommissioned oil platforms
01.02.2024 Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for a luxury resort on decommissioned oil platforms in the Persian Gulf, to be called “THE RIG.” THE RIG. is inspired by the design of offshore oil platforms, to celebrate the legacy and heritage of Saudi Arabia's long oil and gas history. The unique hospitality and adventure experience will span a gross floor area of over 300,000 square meters, located 40km from the coastline, near Al Juraid Island and Berri Oil Field in the Arabian Gulf. read more

Huawei builds first European factory in France next year
14.12.2023 China's Huawei will start building its mobile phone network equipment factory in France next year, Reuters said, pressing ahead with its first plant in Europe even as some European governments curb the use of the firm's 5G gear. read more

Budimex to drill rail tunnel in Łódź
10.12.2023 Poland’s Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) has signed the second of three construction contracts for its most advanced railway project. The over 4-kilometre High-Speed Rail tunnel in Łódź is a key element of the "Y", a route designed to connect Warsaw with Łódź, Poznań and Wrocław. CPK plans to complete the construction of the tunnel simultaneously with the launch of the first stage of the CPK airport. The construction of the CPK long-distance tunnel in Łódź has been divided into three parts. read more

Skanska to build highway in Norway
30.11.2023 Skanska, in a joint venture with Syltern, has signed a contract with Nye Veier to build the new E6 highway between Berkåk and Vindåsliene in Trøndelag County, Norway. Skanska's part of the contract is worth NOK 1.3 billion, about SEK 1.3 billion, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the fourth quarter 2023. read more

Heidelberg Materials launches the world’s first carbon captured net-zero cement
30.11.2023 Under its new evoZero brand, Heidelberg Materials is introducing the world's first carbon captured net-zero cement to customers in Europe. evoZero achieves its net-zero footprint through the application of carbon capture and storage technology at the Heidelberg Materials plant in Brevik, Norway, without compensation from credits generated outside the company's value chain. evoZero cement will be available in two versions, depending on the customer location. evoZero Carbon Captured Brevik is directly delivered from the Brevik CCS plant in Norway, read more


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