November 21, 2013
AEC Daily and Globus Cork announced the launch of the first modular learning course delivered via Twitter
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
AEC Daily and Globus Cork announced the launch of the first modular learning course delivered via Twitter. The ten sections are conveyed to a learner’s Twitter account on a daily basis. Each one is optimized for viewing on mobile browsers.
Technology, social media, and modular learning were hot topics at the 2013 AIA CES Provider Conference. In her keynote address, Rena M. Klein, Executive Editor of The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, pointed out that millennials have short attention spans, are adverse to hard-copy reading, and are dismissive of those not as tech-savvy. Discussions with AIA representatives and other providers at the conference were inspiring and led to the development of this new AEC Daily modular learning system.
“We recognize that in today’s busy world, learning habits are changing,” said Jeff Rice, president of AEC Daily. “By breaking courses into multiple, shorter modules and delivering them through social media and mobile devices, we are doing our best to provide education that fits into the professional’s busy life.”
The course was created to fit within the existing framework of the Green Building Certification Institute’s (GBCI) Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) of 1 General CE hour and the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Continuing Education System’s (CES) 1.0 LU format. Through AEC Daily, the course is also approved or recognized by over 70 organizations.
“We want to deliver our message of sustainability to as many people as possible” said Jennifer Biscoe, vice President of Globus Cork. “This modular learning course is our way of reaching the designers who are too busy to take an entire course at one time. They can now get updates via Twitter and learn the many benefits of cork flooring on their mobile device.”
This is AEC Daily’s first step in developing new methods of delivering continuing education that recognize the changing internet habits of the population. In the future the course will also be delivered through other social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, SMS, etc.
This course on natural cork flooring seemed particularly well suited for both this technological innovation and for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. While the material has existed for a long time, it has now been rediscovered as a modern flooring solution for sustainability. Similarly, continuous professional learning is a well-established concept that has been reinvented by AEC Daily for our busy, networked world.
The course can be found at: http://aecdai.ly/twitter1
While registration is required, there is no cost for taking the course.
AEC Daily is the largest provider of FREE online continuing education to construction professionals. Courses are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and credits are automatically tracked and reported. Architects, engineers, interior designers and other construction professionals rely on AEC Daily to maintain their accreditation with ease. www.AECdaily.com
Contact: Stephane Deschenes, 1-877-566-1199 x385, or sdeschenes@AECdaily.com
Globus Cork manufactures colored cork products for flooring, walls and ceilings. Specializing in vibrant colors and extensive tile sizes, Globus Cork makes all products to order in the US. Globus Cork products are made from post-industrial waste cork from wine stoppers and use only water-based materials for a very green building material. www.CorkFloor.com
Contact: Jennifer Biscoe, (718) 742-7264, or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24, 2013
Sean Flaherty and Viktor Varkonyi Bring Global Perspective, Industry Experience
and Strong Leadership to the Team
Columbia, Md. (October 23, 2013) –Nemetschek AG has announced that Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., and Viktor Varkonyi, CEO of Graphisoft SE, have been promoted to the Executive Board of Nemetschek AG. Both managers bring comprehensive knowledge of international markets, deep experience in the software industry and strong leadership to the new Executive Management Team.
The Nemetschek Group seeks a leading position in the AECO (Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Operation) and design industry and plans to benefit from growth opportunities resulting from the rapid changes in technology and digitalization of building processes. By this extension of the Executive Management, the Supervisory Board of Nemetschek AG sets a fundamental organizational step to achieve this objective.
As Senior Vice Presidents of Nemetschek AG, Flaherty and Varkonyi will be responsible for defining and executing the Nemetschek Group strategy, mission and vision in the global AECO and design markets.
Flaherty has held several different positions at Nemetschek Vectorworks for the past 27 years. Together with his team, he creates and markets professional CAD and Building Information Modelin (BIM) solutions for designers in the global AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries.
Varkonyi has served in many positions at Graphisoft over the past 20 years. Varkonyi and his colleagues have developed the company into a global market leader in the field of BIM solutions.
Both Senior Managers have demonstrated sharp business sense, strategic leadership, experience and a passion for technology, and are respected by employees, customers and partners worldwide. By adding experienced brand CEOs to the Executive Board, Nemetschek AG plans to build on the strength of its brands to extend its global market positions.
Flaherty will continue in his role as CEO of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., and Varkonyi will continue to serve as CEO of Graphisoft SE. The search for a new Chief Financial and Operational Officer for Nemetschek AG is in progress, and an announcement will be made soon.
August 27, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. - Atlas Roofing® Corporation is taking its well known EnergyShield® polyiso wall insulation product line to the next level with new offerings. EnergyShield® PRO and EnergyShield® PRO2 are now available from Atlas Wall CI Board.
“With the continued attention given to long term thermal performance in commercial structures, continuous insulation (ci) for exterior walls is becoming the specified norm in most North American climate zones,” stated Alec Minné, LEED Green Associate and Director of Sales and Marketing, Wall CI Board Division for Atlas Roofing Corporation. “Even before it becomes a requirement, Atlas plans to be out in front helping demonstrate the efficiency of polyiso in wall applications and the versatility of continuous insulation.”
EnergyShield PRO is a Class A fire rated closed cell polyiso foam core laminated between Class A durable aluminum facers. EnergyShield PRO is ASTM C1289 Type I Class 1, combining rigid insulation board, high R-value, and water resistive barrier attributes with an acrylic coated front facer and reflective facer on back.
EnergyShield PRO2 is Class A fire rated ASTM C1289 Type I, Class 2 board, which adds a glass reinforced polyiso foam core to the features of EnergyShield PRO.
For more than 20 years Atlas has serviced the building envelope with polyiso wall solutions which complement the company’s industry leading roof insulation products. Atlas Wall CI Board offerings, suitable for nearly every vertical wall application above grade such as wood frame, steel frame, concrete, CMU, or brick walls.
August 02, 2013
A new, long-awaited standard for moisture mitigation systems has been published by ASTM International. Standard Practice for Two-Component Resin Based Membrane-Forming Moisture Mitigation Systems for Use Under Resilient Floor Coverings, designated ASTM F3010 - 13, was approved by ASTM Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings on June 1, 2013.
KOSTER American Corporation Technical Director, Howard Kanare, made significant contributions to the standard, which was under development since 2007 and is the work product of members of ASTM F06.40..12 Task Group on Moisture Mitigation Systems.
August 01, 2013
THE NEW WEBSITE DEDICATED TO CULTURE, DESIGN AND TRAINING NOW ON-LINE
July 2013 - High-level experimentation and cultural events are two constant factors of Marmomacc, the international event now at its 48th edition that continues to seek original opportunities for promoting growth in the natural stone market.
Timely information for all sector operators is now available through the new Marmomacc Architecture and Design website -http://architetturaedesign.marmomacc.com - a virtual showcase for education and culture in the stone world. With modern graphics and a highly intuitive layout, the site is divided into several sections dedicated to the many projects that the Observatory Marmomacc organises throughout the year thanks to a calendar of events culminating on the occasion of the event in September: architectural awards and competitions, natural stone exhibitions and forums, teaching and training, architecture and design initiatives.
The site (in Italian and English) naturally includes the constantly updated programme for the Marble Forum - the area inside Hall 7B exclusively for lectures, awards, presentations and conferences involving the public at large as well as professionals. All the more, the web pages are also regularly updated with all information detailing the design projects and cultural exhibitions organised not only in the Exhibition Centre itself but also in the streets of the city of Verona.
Interaction with leading social media - including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest - and the possibility of subscribing to the newsletter means that everyone can always be up to date and informed about all the news involving the event, in an ideal countdown accompanying operators towards the leading international appointment in the world of marble, technologies and design.
July 30, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. - Tom Boissy, CSI, CCPR, LEED AP has recently joined Atlas Roofing® Corporation as the Architect/Building Science Specialist for the CI Walls division. The newly created position will focus on strategic growth of Atlas Roofing Corporation’s CI Wall products and expanding Atlas sustainability messages throughout their target industries.
Atlas Roofing Corporation® continues to expand their leading polyiso wall insulation product lines as well as their unique and highly successful facer products. The company leverages chemistry and technology to create innovative products, and improve traditional ones. Tom brings ten years experience in technical sales and marketing of interior and exterior building materials to architects, builders, general contractors and subcontractors.
Tom began his building materials career with Armstrong Ceilings as an architectural representative in the Chicago, Ill. market. Tom belongs to the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and is a past membership chairperson. Prior to joining Atlas, he was a Construction Design Manager for National Gypsum Company promoting gypsum specialty products and educating the design communities in the Midwest and Central United States.
Boissy received his BSBA in Materials Management from Bowling Green State University. Tom currently resides in Downers Grove, a west suburb of Chicago, Ill. And is a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard and a veteran of Iraqi Freedom II.
July 25, 2013
Presenting a new exhibition organized in the cultural area of Inside Marmomacc (Hall 7B) on the occasion of the 48th edition of the event in Verona 25 to 28 September 2013. The "Lithic Tree" prototype is the outcome of the Stereotomy, new and old practices stage scheduled in Troyes at the S.N.B.R. company. The stage will see the production of the trunk of the structural stone tree using integrated CAD/CAM/CNC systems and parametric infographic modelling, followed by assembly of the structure and related load testing. The "tree" structure, comprising the trunk/pillar and overhanging branches, will be created thanks to specific and innovative active and passive structural pre-stressing techniques.
Company and Contact:
Bertrand Laucournet (email@example.com)
Prof. Arch. Giuseppe Fallacara (DICAR Department – Bari Polytechnic University)
Arch. Claudia Calabria
July 24, 2013
New Partnership with Steve Pedracine of Plaster Hawk Consulting LLC Expands Reach in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Anaheim, CA — July 23, 2013 - the parent company of leading building material brands; Parex, Teifs, LaHabra, El Rey and Merkrete, announces a new partnership with Steve Pedracine of Plaster Hawk Consulting LLC to expand our architectural and specification efforts in the Minnesota and Wisconsin markets.
Pedracine worked in the Parex Technical Department from 1990-1999, and now returns to partner with the Architectural Sales & National Accounts team to help grow Parex USA’s brand awareness and business opportunities, as well as our national corporate accounts program. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Lath & Plaster Bureau, where he develops industry publications and support materials which are used by architects and building officials nationwide. He also gives presentations at various AIA and CES events, provides technical support for contractors in his region, contributes editorial and technical articles for Walls and Ceilings magazine and serves on their Editorial Advisory Board.
“Steve is well respected within our professional community and holds many strong relationships within the Minnesota and Wisconsin regions,” says Susan Foster-Goodman, Architectural Sales & National Accounts Manager. “With his extensive technical knowledge of our industry, products and systems, he will be able to make a strong impact with the Parex USA product line.”
July 17, 2013
Lightworks, the world's leading supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software, is pleased to announce the release of Lightworks Author 9, the latest update to its market-leading technology.
The release of Author 9 brings further innovation and efficiency to Lightworks' advanced rendering technology, giving users more control and power at every stage of the rendering process.
Lightworks has made a considerable reduction in render time and enhanced the visual quality of its progressive rendering functionality. The new features in Author 9 offer users exceptional post-processing control, with layer export capabilities accelerating time-consuming post-production tasks. Improvements to Image-Based Lighting in Author 9 allow for faster realtime modelling, speeding up user workflows. The innovative, new Panorama function facilitates greater user interaction with designs, allowing the creation of 360 panoramic views of a scene. Further advances include support for Wrapped Normal Maps, providing a more accurate texture representation. User-controlled scaling of background and foreground images in Author 9 enhances the workflow, saving time in the post-production process.
Dave Forrester, Managing Director at Lightworks commented;"The release of Author 9 comes at an exciting time for Lightworks and reflects our desire to constantly improve rendering technology for our customers. The new features and enhanced functionality in Author 9 will benefit them greatly; faster photorealistic rendering, faster realtime rendering, and the enhanced post-processing capabilities will allow them to create the highest quality of renders.”
June 27, 2013
The biggest change to improving quality in the building industry in a century
Building Professionals, a Winnipeg based family company that has been providing quality assurance, certification, training and consulting services for over 3 decades recently launched a complete upgrade and revamp of its quality assurance program. This program is currently offered through various industry partners across Canada and the United States. The new program entitled, historic QAP 2.O, builds on some of the work and standards developed in the mid 1980’s that aimed to improve the quality and professionalism of contractors providing services to the residential energy efficiency industry.
This new program provides a very high level of consumer protection, while at the same time providing value and a return on investment for the contractors that will participate in the program. The program is industry based, bringing in manufacturers, contractors, architects, building officials, home/building owners. Some of the highlights for home/building owners include warranty programs that provide 10 year, $150,000 protection for those that are considering upgrading their house to make it more green and energy efficient.
The newly launched program will focus, at first, on the sprayed polyurethane foam industry (spray foam pro) in Canada and the U.S. This will be followed by other programs that building professionals have developed over the past 3 decades to improve and upgrade the overall quality.
Tackling existing buildings is the single largest impact in order to reduce energy use, meet the challenges of climate change, while at the same time providing economic benefits and consumer protection. Building Professionals will be launching this program in other countries over the course of 2013. Countries include Mexico, Spain, Chile, Japan, China, Sweden, United States, South Africa and others.
This program will provide immediate benefits to the Manitoba economy, as building professionals looks to add more staff over the course of the next 5 years. The company currently employs 20 individuals and will grow to 27 by the end of 2013.
It will be nice for Manitoba to leverage their knowledge of green building and building science and start to export this expertise globally.
June 27, 2013
Koster American Corporation announced plans to remodel and expand their existing facility at 2585 Aviator Drive. Located in Oceana South Industrial Park, Koster purchased the 14,000 square foot office/warehouse facility in 2004. The company plans to expand into an existing 8,000 square foot office/warehouse facility and construct a 14,000 square foot warehouse and two 11,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facilities adjacent to the existing building.
The company was founded in 1992 as a developer and manufacturer of waterproofing and other construction materials. Koster American is part of the international product manufacturing group Koster Bauchemie, headquartered in Aurich, Germany, and serves as the central location for distribution of superior products to North America. The company has been in Virginia Beach since 2004.
"This expansion will allow Koster American to significantly increase our presence in the North American market," said Basil Mewes, President. "We are pleased to continue growing in a City that is as friendly to manufacturers as Virginia Beach. Koster has worked on many notable projects, from the Olympic hall in Beijing to the MGM hotel in Las Vegas, and we are thankful that the City of Virginia Beach will serve as a strategic partner in our continued success."
The company plans to invest $3.1 million in building improvements and $1.5 million in land. As part of this expansion Koster will also hire six additional full-time personnel with average annual salaries of $70,000 (excluding benefits).
"Koster American Corporation is a valued company in Virginia Beach and we have been extremely pleased with their growth," said Warren Harris, director of Virginia Beach Economic
Development. "Koster's expansion represents a significant capital investment in the City and also provides our residents with the opportunity to secure high-paying, fulfilling jobs."
The Virginia Beach Development Authority has awarded the company an Economic Development Investment Program grant in the amount of $85,000 based on the company's capital investment.
The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international business and industry that results in the creation of new capital investment and jobs that increase the per capita income in the community. The City of Virginia Beach is the most populous city in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a population of
437,000 and is the 39th largest city in the United States. The City of Virginia Beach is recognized as the best run city in America, by 24/7 Wall Street in 2012, and in 2011, Virginia Beach ranked number one for economic growth potential by Business Facilities. In 2012, the Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council, one of only 29 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. In 2011, the Department won an Award of Excellence for its marketing efforts from the International Economic Development Council.
June 26, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. - Atlas Roofing Corporation has grown its production capability by adding new state-of-the-art equipment to their manufacturing lines this spring. With these modern systems Atlas will be strategically positioned to answer the growing demand for shingles with HP Technology, the latest advanced shingle design from Atlas. This added production capacity, strategically located in Hampton, Ga; Meridian, Miss. and Daingerfield, Texas, will allow Atlas to quickly deliver its HP lines of shingles to more customers.
These new laminating lines are proof that Atlas Roofing Corp. is making a long term investment in HP Technology, the future of residential shingles.
HP technology was developed by Atlas after listening carefully to the needs of its contractors and features five key elements that are literally hard to miss: A larger size shingle which means less shingles to install and is more aesthetically pleasing on the home. The HP shingle has double sealant lines of FASTAC® adhesive. A true 1-1/4-inch “Sweet Spot” nailing area making HP laminates easier to install. The HP shingle has a 6-inch exposure to give it a real architectural look. The exception being the StormMaster Slate which adds an additional 2-1/2” for a full 8-1/2” of exposure creating the true look of slate. The HP shingle is also warranted to withstand 130 mph winds and wind driven rain with a standard 4-nail application.
The increased production capacity of the new lines ensures that Atlas distributors will be more able to quickly fill contractors’ orders. By adding this new state-of-the-art equipment to its plants, Atlas has an incredible capability to deliver new and innovative product lines based on these and upcoming line improvements.
April 22, 2013
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO CANADA April 22, 2013 – Vicwest Building Products, a division of Vicwest Inc. (TSX: VIC, VIC.DB), (“Vicwest”) and All Weather Insulated Panels (“All Weather”), two North American leaders in the manufacture of insulated metal panels (IMP), announced today the re-branding of their North American IMP Group and IMP product line under the “All Weather Insulated Panels” banner.
This re-branding follows recent business advancements between the two companies that include: the joint commercialization of a third manufacturing facility in 2012; technology and best practice synergies that have standardized their IMP operations and products across North America; and the solidification of Vicwest’s investment in All Weather. Under the new brand strategy, all profiles produced in each of the manufacturing locations (Vacaville, California; Hamilton, Ontario Canada; and Little Rock, Arkansas) will carry the “All Weather Insulated Panels” brand and All Weather will become known as “All Weather Insulated Panels, A Vicwest Company”. The founders of All Weather, Bill and Michael Lowery, will continue to hold key leadership positions within the re-branded IMP Group to ensure continued expansion of the business and product line.
The All Weather Insulated Panels brand will be rolled-out across all of the Group's operations over the coming months. The new identity will be applied to all marketing and communications collateral, including the re-launch of the awipanels.com website slated for early next month.
February 19, 2013
Atlanta - Atlas Roofing begins 2013 by deploying key personnel and assets to increase activity and excitement for residential building product sales and customer service in the Northeast US. In March 2012 the company opened a distribution facility in Philadelphia which grew steadily thanks to the efforts of Atlas Midwest Region Manager John Maloney and the outstanding northeast customers who work with Atlas on a regular basis. Beginning in March 2013, Stanley Bastek will continue momentum in the region as he assumes the position of Northeast Region Manager.
Stan brings six years of experience with Atlas and a comprehensive background which enables him to quickly facilitate opportunities among Atlas dealer channels, the contractor market, builders, specifiers and end users. Stan joined Atlas in 2007 as a temporary administrative assistant, and was quickly promoted to the marketing department, where he led several key projects tied in with Internet marketing, contractor programs, customer events and the national launch of Atlas Scotchgard™ products.
Stan currently transitions from a dual role of Marketing and Communications Manager for the Atlas Residential Division and District Sales Manager for Georgia. He will relocate in March, along with his wife and two children, to the Philadelphia area. Stan is a University of Michigan graduate, receiving an MBA from Shorter University in 2010. In the same year he also received the Atlas President’s award.
“Our rapidly growing facility in the Northeast along with placing key Atlas people in the region is an opportunity to continue demonstrating our ability and commitment to be nimble and responsive to anyone who works with Atlas, anywhere in North America,” stated Kirk Villar, Vice President, Residential Sales and Marketing. Other key moves early in the year for Atlas include Jay Linley, who replaces Stan as District Manager for Georgia. Jay holds a BA in marketing form Mississippi State and brings more than 20 years of residential roofing product sales to his new role. Clay Pruitt also becomes District Manager for Atlas in Mississippi and Louisiana. He completes five years with Atlas, 10 years in roofing, and received a “Top Gun” award from Atlas in 2012 for outstanding performance.
January 02, 2013
Expanding capability in Ultra High Performance Concrete
Kalamazoo, MI – Landscape Forms, the industry’s premier global brand of outdoor furniture, LED lighting and accessories is pleased to announce the acquisition of Meld USA.
Meld USA, founded in 1998, is an industry leader in materials innovation and the design, development and manufacture of products made of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC). Over the past 14 years the Raleigh, North Carolina company has earned a reputation among architects, landscape architects and interior designers for its production of high-end standard and custom UHPC architectural products.
With the new partnership, Meld USA founder, Peter Bustin, joins the Landscape Forms management team, reporting to Rick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Meld USA brings another dimension to Landscape Forms’ rapid expansion into concrete site furniture. In 2011, Landscape Forms announced the collaboration with Phoenix-based Kornegay Design to introduce artful collections of large-scale cast concrete planters. And in 2012, the company announced an agreement with Barcelona based Escofet for exclusive North American distribution of its award-winning cast stone outdoor furniture elements. Now Landscape Forms will leverage its expanded capability in concrete to design and manufacture new collections of UHPC site furniture.
Richard Heriford, President, Landscape Forms says of the acquisition: “We are delighted to welcome Meld USA and its capability in UHPC research and manufacturing to Landscape Forms. In the coming months we will add new concrete products to the Landscape Forms portfolio and expand the capacity of our Studio 431 customs group to offer our customers a new and exciting material.”
Peter Bustin, Founder, Meld USA says: “Being part of Landscape Forms will enable Meld USA to grow our position as a leader and innovator in concrete products, expand our products for the outdoor furniture market and gain global reach. We are excited to be joining a team of likeminded professionals with proven leadership to take Meld USA to the next level.”
Landscape Forms will operate Meld USA from its North Carolina production facility, serving the current customer base. Landscape Forms is planning additional investments in Meld USA research and development efforts and manufacturing facility. In the coming months new concrete site furniture will be launched under the Landscape Forms brand.
All Landscape Forms products designed by Larry Kornegay will continue to be produced at the Kornegay Design facility.