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New range of Philips Hue smart lighting products
30.06.2022 Signify unveils a new range of Philips Hue smart lighting products that offer even more flexibility, control, and design options for the home. New product launches include two exciting firsts for Philips Hue the first fully customizable track lighting with its own range of lights, and the first portable, rechargeable lamp designed for indoor and outdoor use. A new smart switch in sleek black or white brings intuitive dimming for the first time by turning the switch's dial. It also includes the ability to set scenes and assign rooms with each of its four buttons. read more

Integrated technologies accelerating decarbonization of buildings
30.06.2022 At Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) trade show, Siemens Smart Infrastructure is presenting a completely renewed portfolio designed to accelerate the decarbonization of commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. Under the motto "Transform the Everyday," Siemens is also displaying products and solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that make buildings more efficient, digital, connected, and comfortable. MCE is taking place from June 28 to July 1 in Milan, Italy. This year's highlights from Siemens include read more

European Commission's Nature Protection Package
27.06.2022 The European Commission has published its Nature Protection Package. The package implements the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, part of the European Green Deal. It's also supporting the REPowerEU Action Plan, the measures to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian fossil fuels and accelerate the growth of renewables, which the Commission presented on 18 May. The expansion of wind energy needed to meet our climate goals and enhance our energy security goes hand in hand with nature protection. It's crucial to have a good working balance read more

New Grundfos Global Water Utility Headquarters
27.06.2022 Grundfos is committed to pioneering solutions to the world's water and climate challenges, and improving the quality of life for people. The new Grundfos Global Water Utility Headquarters, located in Brookshire, Texas, approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. "Grundfos has manufacturing that already existed in Brookshire. We decided that we wanted to be near this location for customer visits, the market for available technical skills and proximity to educational institutions," explained Michael Franzen, senior regional manager for facilities and read more

Tank 8-Gal 225 PSI High-Capacity Portable Air Compressor
17.06.2022 The Pro Preferred Brand of Pneumatic Nailers, Metabo HPT announced The Tank 8-Gal portable 225 PSI High Capacity Trolley-Style Air Compressor (model EC1315S). With an industry leading 8-Gallon capacity and 225 PSI, this high-capacity portable compressor packs 38% more air and 40% more pressure* into a compact body that is easy to transport with rubber tires and a retractable metal pull handle. It is engineered with the power to run a framing, roofing, siding or finish crew which speeds up production and saves on a more affordable option read more

Metabo HPT Awarded Preferred Brand of the Year
05.06.2022 Metabo HPT was recently recognized for the highest sales achievement by brand with Sphere 1 members, a cooperative of independent tool, fastener, and concrete accessory distributors. Sphere 1 represents the premier distribution to residential and multifamily contractors in the country selling the top professional power tool brands available. For Metabo HPT to receive this top award over other Sphere 1 preferred suppliers is an incredible achievement having seen record sales on top of record sales over the past year. read more

Nine-month construction period while maintaining high safety standards
31.05.2022 PERI supported the construction of the new campus of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in Rabat, Morocco. With reliability and customer focus, PERI managed to meet the tight construction deadline of only nine months and helped to ensure that the project was carried out according to strict safety standards. For this construction project, PERI used a just-in-time approach to supply a comprehensive overall solution from a single source, including the new ALPHADECK and HANDSET Alpha Panel Formwork as well as PERI UP Scaffolding solutions. read more

REPowerEU Action Plan
31.05.2022 The European Commission has presented a new package of measures to help the EU wean itself off Russian fossil fuels well before 2030. The "REPowerEU Action Plan" spells out that renewables are at the core of Europe's energy security. And crucially it tackles the permitting bottlenecks that are holding back the expansion of wind and solar. A new law will enshrine the principle that renewables are presumed to be in the "overriding public interest". And they've explained in detailed recommendation and guidance documents how Governments can read more

Doka UniKit: Smart infrastructure solutions via plug & play
31.05.2022 UniKit is a universal engineering kit for heavy loads developed by Doka for improved safety and efficiency in infrastructure construction. The rentable system with modular standard components offers cost-effective shoring solutions matching formwork and customised Doka services all from a single source. UniKit is a modular shoring solution that can be used for both small and large construction projects in the infrastructure sector. It can be individually adapted to customer needs and saves both time and manpower. Building bridges, tunnels and read more

exhibitions and other events

digitalBAU 2022: innovation platform thrills the construction industry
09.06.2022 With its very successful second edition, digitalBAU which took place from May 31 to June 2, 2022, at the Cologne trade fair grounds underscored its importance to the construction industry. A total of 330 exhibitors, an increase of over 20 percent, presented their digital solutions for the entire value chain of the construction industry to the approximately 10, 000 visitors. Exhibition space grew from one to two and a half halls. The highlights of the comprehensive supporting program were collective expert knowledge in five forums, numerous networking events and the presentation of the German Construction Award (Deutscher Baupreis). Starting in 2023, digitalBAU will take place every year. read more

bauma TALK: Overcoming the hurdles of digital construction sites
30.05.2022 The webinar series bauma TALK acts as a base of information for bauma 2022 and delves into the key topics of the construction-machinery trade fair that will be held from October 24 to 30 in Munich. The latest presentation and discussion event was held on May 24 and focused on the digitalization of construction sites. In particular, the conference highlighted the key role that machinery data is already playing in efficient construction practicesfrom predictive maintenance to smooth transport and logistics operations and many other construction site processes. read more

Autonomous construction machines as a development goal
04.05.2022 Machines that drive and work autonomously are among the big visions for the future of the construction industry. "However, 'true' autonomy in construction machines is highly unlikely in the foreseeable future, becauseunlike in the self-contained working environment of a quarry or mine, for examplethere are complex technical and safety-related challenges, " says Tim-Oliver Mller. The Director of the Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V. believes that it is far more realistic and achievable for the construction industry to develop and use "intelligent" construction machines with semi-automated, automated or supporting functionsand to do so for selected construction processes, such as in earthwork, road construction or special heavy construction. read more

Construction processes and materials for the challenges of our time
04.04.2022 Climate change, finite natural resources, the lack of specialist staff: the global construction machinery industry too must face up to today's big problems. Modern construction processes and materials could be part of the solution. bauma, which will take place in Munich from October 2430, 2022, will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest technologies and major developments in this area. Sourcing and processing building materials, the construction process itself, maintenance and the demolition of buildings and other items of infrastructure result in significant carbon dioxide emissions. read more

industry news

BAM to sell Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau to ZECH Building
21.06.2022 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement on the sale of the shares of the German operating company Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau to ZECH Building SE, in which all construction activities of the Zech Group are bundled. read more

Urban Control to receive D4i certification for cellular lighting controller
21.06.2022 Urban Control, the leading smart city solutions provider, announced that its Urban Node 324 Cellular IoT LED streetlight luminaire controller has become the world's first NB-IoT and LTE-M lighting controller to receive D4i certification from the DALI Alliance. D4i is an industry-wide standard that enables smart, connected luminaries. read more

EWF celebrates 30 years as a key player on the manufacturing transformation
21.06.2022 2022 is a major milestone in the life of EWF, as it marks its thirtieth anniversary. EWF celebrates this year a journey that is tightly interconnected with some of the most important moments in the history of manufacturing. Its inception happened when companies across Europe realised that, in order to be able to continue competing at the leading edge of innovation and leverage evermore complex materials for their products, read more

Saffron Housing choose Simpson Associates to design & deliver Azure Data Platform solution
21.06.2022 Simpson Associates, leading Data Analytics consultancy, have been chosen by Saffron Housing Trust to design and deliver their Microsoft Azure Data Platform. Saffron, a housing association focused on affordable and specialist housing for older and vulnerable adults, first engaged with Simpson Associates on a scoping exercise read more

Ramboll in Germany welcomes new Country Market Director for Energy
23.05.2022 Former Head of Key Account Management Power Utilities at Siemens Energy, Alexander Kotschi, stepped into his new position as Country Market Director for Energy in Germany at Ramboll on 1 May. With a background in the power utilities sector at Siemens and experience with the transition to renewable technologies, Alexander Kotschi is a strong addition to the German Energy team leading the green energy transition. He will continue the innovative work on Power-to-X, energy from waste, district energy and much more. read more

BAM re-appointed to Governments health framework for England
31.03.2022 BAM has been re-appointed to Crown Commercial Service's (CCS) 9 billion healthcare capital projects framework for England - ProCure23 (P23). P23 is the fourth generation of NHS England and NHS Improvement's route to market for the provision of design and construction services to NHS capital projects. P23 supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2020/21, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to 2.04 billion - supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers. read more

Skanska Commercial Property Development divests Epic in Malm, Sweden
31.03.2022 Skanska Commercial Property Development has divested the office building Epic in Malm, Sweden, to Skanska Investment Properties for about SEK 750M. The internal transaction has no effect on the cash flow and will be recorded in the first quarter 2022. The transfer will take place immediately. The office property Epic consists of two buildings with a total leasable area of approximately 12,000 square meters. The property, which is developed and built by Skanska, was completed in 2020 and is fully let. Among the tenants are Verisure, Spaces, Baker Tilly, Delphi, Web Manuals, Sproud and LoCali. read more

Skanska completes groundwork for railway station in Bergen, Norway
11.02.2022 Skanska has signed a contract with Baneservice for the completion of groundwork in the Flen railway station project in Bergen, Norway. The contract is worth NOK 384M, about SEK 400M, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the first quarter 2022. read more

Dunfermline Learning Campus breaks ground
11.02.2022 It was shovels at the ready at the site of the new Dunfermline Learning Campus as the official 'groundbreaking' ceremony took place. Although enabling works on the site are already underway by BAM, the symbolic ceremony was a chance for those involved to welcome the work starting. Council Leaders, Cllrs David Alexander and David Ross were joined by pupils, project contractors and Council Officers to mark the occasion. read more

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