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August 28, 2015

Amerlux® Classix 6" LED downlight adds Pop, Punch and Efficiency from the highest ceilings

OAKLAND, N.J., Aug. 27, 2015 /CNW/ -- The Classix 6" LED downlight by Amerlux® shines new light on high profile projects while featuring high performance optics with exceptional efficiency and beam control. With a unique blend of architectural form and function, Classix offers a variety of wattages and color temperatures to perform perfectly in a wide range of large retail and commercial spaces.

Available in standard, adjustable and lensed wall wash styles for new construction and remodelers, Classix offers four color temperatures, 2700K, 3000K, 3500K and 4000K, at an 83 CRI. Additionally, 97 CRI is available in 2700K and 3000K temperatures. Crisp White LEDs are also available when white needs to be at its whitest. Using wattages that range from 18 to 52 (depending on the model), Classix delivers up to 3729 lumens, an efficacy ranging up to 79 lumens per watt, and a CBCP of up to 19,788.

Mountable in T-grid or sheet rock ceilings, the downlight is constructed of 20-gauge galvanized steel frame with 18-gauge galvanized steel housing and hanger brackets. Passively cooled with an extruded aluminum heat sink, the luminaire uses an electronic constant current LED driver for 120-277v systems and can be dimmed using ELV and Triac standard dimming systems.

Classix is constructed with high-efficient TIR optics, as well as a spun aluminum upper reflector and semi-diffuse aperture cone. Beam spread options include: Spot 15 degrees, Flood 25 degrees and Wide Flood 40 degrees.

Other options include 0-10V dimming, Lutron Hi-lume® dimming, DALI driver, emergency battery packs and Chicago Plenum-rated housings.

Rated for dry and damp indoor locations use.


August 27, 2015

Ecobuild Taps Into the Intelligent Building Technology Revolution With Centrepiece Feature

LONDON, August 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

With the global market for smart building technologies forecast to triple to £14billion by 2019, Ecobuild, the largest and longest running sustainable design and construction event, has announced a new show feature that will focus on this growing industry trend.

SMART will be the centrepiece of the Energy section of the exhibition, with live room sets demonstrating how smart technology including controls, metering, intelligent lighting and connected appliances can work together to bring greater efficiency in real world settings. As well as a domestic living room, visitors will be able to explore a retail environment, office, garage and bathroom to see what the latest intelligent building technology can deliver.

The development of the feature is a direct result of demand from show visitors. At the centre of the building industry for over a decade, Ecobuild was attended by over 40,000 industry professionals last year. "In a survey of Ecobuild visitors, 72% want to learn about new services & technologies. Our new SMART feature will bring this to life and fulfill that need," commented Martin Hurn, Ecobuild Event Director.

"This exciting new feature will not only provide a wide variety of ways for visitors to see and interact with intelligent building technology in live settings, it will also see exhibitors collaborating to show their products working together to provide maximum efficiencies. This is how the full benefits of this technology are realised and SMART will be a unique platform to showcase it to the industry."

Located around the central cluster of live room sets will be 12 Hubs of Excellence, showcasing exhibitors who are bringing innovative smart technology to a wide range of end users and commercial clients.

SMART has been designed with architects, housebuilders, specifiers, developers, energy assessors and sustainability specialists in mind. It will allow them to learn how smart building technology can revolutionise how their buildings are controlled. In addition, the feature is being created for installers attending Ecobuild 2016, showing them how integrating smart building technology can provide cost savings and carbon reductions for clients as well as maximum convenience and added value to their businesses.

Ecobuild 2016 takes place from 8th to 10th March 2016 at London's ExCeL, and is the industry's meeting place to debate, discover products and share success. Ecobuild attracts over 40,000 visitors from the entire built environment supply chain. It is designed to cater for architects, consultants, local authorities, developers, contractors, housebuilders, project managers, engineers, sustainability managers, facility managers, energy assessors, BIM professionals and installers. A total of 96% of the top UK architectural practices, and 84% of the top housebuilders and contractors, attended Ecobuild 2015.


August 25, 2015

Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity renew 2015 partnership

ATLANTA, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building on a 16-year partnership, Whirlpool Corporation today announced it will continue to provide a new range and refrigerator for every new Habitat for Humanity home in the U.S. in 2015, donating up to $5 million in products throughout the year. Whirlpool will also sponsor eight new home builds in partnership with families in need of affordable housing in the U.S.

Builds fully funded by Whirlpool will take place in Marion, Ohio; Bloomington, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan, covering the entire cost of constructing the home. Partially sponsored builds scheduled for 2015 will take place in Dallas, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Greenville, Ohio; Amana, Iowa; and Cleveland, Tennessee.

For the sixth consecutive year, Whirlpool Corporation will also participate in a blitz build with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Students at Indiana University and Whirlpool employees will work together to build a home in 10 days in partnership with a family in the Bloomington area.

Additionally, Whirlpool will continue its Habitat Ambassador Program, which was developed to create champions for the company's signature charities. Whirlpool Ambassadors are actively engaged in the partnership with Habitat and fulfill leadership positions on local Habitat boards, participate in construction activities and represent Whirlpool at Habitat-related events.


August 24, 2015

USG's Acoustical Ceiling Solutions Expand to Meet Your Needs

USG is introducing several new products into our existing Mars and Eclipse lines and launching a new panel family called Orion. These acoustical tiles will focus on delivering high performance balanced acoustics as well as overall economic value. The new products include:

• USG Mars™ High-NRC/CAC Acoustical Panels
• USG Mars™ Healthcare High-NRC Acoustical Panels
• USG Eclipse™ High-NRC Acoustical Panels
• USG Orion™ Acoustical Panels

Visit our website or contact your local USG Sales Rep for more information.


August 13, 2015

“The Cousins” of HGTV talk Warmboard

Last year, John Colaneri of Cousins TV, and the new hit show “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” gave us some tremendous feedback on his experience with Warmboard in his own home. Well, we’ve got a second project going with John and Anthony right now, and here’s what they had to say about Warmboard.


August 05, 2015

2015 SPEC MIX Trowel Tales

2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Schedule Announced!

EAGAN, MN — The official schedule for the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Qualifier Events has been released. It’s that time of year again when masons across North America put their skill, speed and stamina to the test at their local regional competition with the hope of earning spot at the World Championship in Vegas. But before they can advance to the final round and compete for the title: “World’s Best Bricklayer,” they have to take 1st place at one of the 20 regional events listed below.

Read more about Spec Mix here:


August 05, 2015

Schindler Chosen as Mobility Partner for KL Eco City - An Iconic Mixed-use Development in Downtown Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A joint venture between S P Setia Berhad Group and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), KL Eco City is a colossal mixed-use development conveniently located in Bangsar, right across Mid Valley City.

The project sits on about 25 acres of prime land with a total development value of RM 6 billion. Designed by renowned architects Jerde Partnership International, GDP Architect, GRA Architect and BEP Akitek, KL Eco City is aimed at becoming the country's first integrated green development to earn the Gold certification under the Malaysian Green Building Index, as well as a US-based LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) certification.

Schindler was awarded the mobility contract to install 128 elevators and 50 escalators, including 63 Schindler 5500 and 65 Schindler 7000 elevators, to 3 corporate office towers, 1 hotel serviced apartments tower, 3 boutique office blocks, 1 strata office tower and a high-end retail podium. The project will be constructed in phases and is scheduled to complete by year 2020.

The latest addition to the company's product innovation, the Schindler 5500 combines state-of-the-art engineering, energy efficiency and high performance to set new industry standards, including a machine room-less version that can travel up to 50 stories in 50 seconds.

The Schindler 7000 is Schindler's top-of-the-range elevator for high-rise buildings. Successfully deployed in numerous landmark installations across the world, the Schindler 7000 employs smart, energy efficient technologies. These elevators will transport passengers to their destinations swiftly and smoothly at speeds of up to 7 m/s.

Schindler's award winning PORT Technology, the third and latest generation of the company's series of destination control systems, will power elevators in 4 office towers. The PORT Technology not only delivers higher operating efficiency by optimizing passenger flows, but also provides unprecedented levels of convenience.

The PORT Technology, Schindler's focus on sustainability, as well as the company's vast experience in being the partner of choice for first class, large scale developments, were seen as the key factors behind the contract award.


August 04, 2015

LP to Add FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing Line at Clarke County, Alabama OSB Mill

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX) today announced that it will add a FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing line at its Clarke County, Ala., facility.

LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing will be manufactured under a Technology License Agreement with International Barrier Technology Inc. and features a proprietary, non-combustible Pyrotite® layer that is a code compliant component of fire-rated building assemblies.

Brad Southern, executive vice president, OSB, said, “This substantial investment at our Clarke County mill will increase our ability to meet the growing market demand for fire-rated building products like LP FlameBlock in the single-family, multi-family and light commercial construction markets.”

Construction on the new line will begin in the third quarter of 2015, with completion expected by September, 2016. When fully operational, the expansion will add about 20 new jobs to the mill, which currently employs 159 people.

About LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing:

LP FlameBlock is a durable, easy-to-handle sheathing product that combines the strength of LP OSB with a non-combustible, fiberglass-reinforced Pyrotite® layer. LP FlameBlock is ICC certified (ESR-1365) and is code-compliant in a variety of applications including exterior walls, interior walls and roof decking. It is available in a variety Of PS2-Rated thicknesses and lengths. LP FlameBlock carries a Class A, 30 minute flame spread rating.(Per IBC 2303.2).

LP Flamebock installs like conventional sheathing, with no special tools or gear required and comes with a 20-Year Transferable Limited Warranty.


July 27, 2015

ROXUL® and Scott McGillivray announce Mark Pratley as the grand prize winner of ROXUL's #GetBetweenTheStuds contest

MILTON, ON, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - ROXUL and Scott McGillivray are pleased to announce that homeowner Mark Pratley of Rockwood, Ontario has been declared the grand prize winner of ROXUL's #GetBetweenTheStuds contest, which ran from April 12th to May 24th. Mark's outstanding entry has earned him $10,000 toward his home remodel, $1,200 in ROXUL product, and a design consultation with Income Property host and real estate expert Scott McGillivray.


July 22, 2015

Wilsonart Offers Enhanced Dimension with SOLICOR™ Compact Laminate Collection and New Wilsonart® SOLICOR™ Laminate Finishes

TEMPLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Design is in the details. From the smallest accessories to the biggest style choices, it’s the details that add dimension and depth, creating dramatic spaces that impress from wall to wall and everything in between.

Wilsonart, a leading manufacturer of decorative engineered surfaces for more than 50 years, is pleased to announce the launch of Wilsonart® SOLICOR™ Compact Laminate as well as an expanded palette of colors and textured finishes to the Wilsonart® SOLICOR™ Laminate Collection. The continuous color of SOLICOR provides a clean and crisp look all the way to the edge, without the typical brown line associated with traditional laminate fabrication.


July 21, 2015

Schindler Awarded the Largest Elevator and Escalator Project in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Schindler, a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services, will supply a total of 79 elevators and 24 escalators to the Times City development located in the heart of Yangon, Myanmar.

Scheduled for completion by 2017, Times City is a mixed-use development that comprises office and residential towers, a luxury hotel and retail shop houses. Located in the prime Hanthawaddy roundabout locality, the Times City project will introduce modern living facilities, premium office spaces, comprehensive retail options and a 5-star hotel, all in one development.

Schindler worked closely with the project team of the developer, Crown Advance Construction Co. Ltd. from the early stages of building design since 2013. Schindler provided developers, architects and consultants with highly efficient building transportation solutions, including state-of-the-art Schindler 5500 machine-room-less elevators which run at speeds of 3 m/s, achieving the utmost building traffic efficiency in accordance to the most stringent international standards.

Schindler will deliver 79 elevators and 24 escalators, including 41 Schindler 3300AP elevators and 38 Schindler 5500 elevators. In addition, Schindler's Lobby Vision, a building management tool that allows single-point supervision of multiple active systems will monitor elevators and escalators in the office towers and hotel tower.


June 29, 2015

Native Trails Expands Popular NativeStone™ Collection with New Bar & Prep Sinks

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.– Native Trails has added two new bar & prep sinks to its revolutionary NativeStone™ Collection: Olivos Bar & Prep Sink ( and Malibu Bar Sink ( The entire NativeStone collection, which includes sustainable concrete kitchen, bar and bathroom sinks, made its debut in 2014.

Both sinks feature a wonderfully functional, deep, circular shape that is perfect for chilling beverages. These stylish and versatile concrete sinks add panache to any bar or prep area, indoors or out, and can be installed as drop-in or undermount.

Handmade by artisans in Vietnam, NativeStone is an innovative blend of cement and natural jute fiber. Surprisingly lightweight (40 percent lighter than standard concrete), it is resistant to cracking, scratching and staining.


June 24, 2015

Introducing Pro Side Clamps

Published June 24, 2015 by Merit
AS Hanging Systems, Hang with the Best® Blog

We are very excited to introduce the newest members of our extensive hardware fittings product line – Pro Side Clamps. Pro Side Clamps are used to suspend rigid panels and display surfaces in a vertical orientation to create a hanging display system. Each of these clamps is compatible with any of our cables and cords. This results in a wall display that avoids direct fastening to the wall while allowing for endless resetting of the display itself. The main benefit then, in comparison to standoffs, is design flexibility, even in the future, without wall damage.

Pro Side Clamps come in six varieties to accommodate all of your panel display needs.


June 22, 2015

JP Specialties, Inc. / Earth Shield® Waterstop

You Need Waterstop Today?

We probably have it in-stock and ready to ship. No Excuses.

An industry trend has emerged: Waterstop manufacturers seemingly no longer like to stock large quantities of materials, putting their Contractor customers and Owner's projects in jeopardy. Since the earliest days of our company (way back in 1954) we have shared the simple philosophy of "You can't sell off an empty cart." We stock all of our catalog shapes in large quantities, making same-day shipping a reality.


June 11, 2015


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. (May 15, 2015) – Native Trails’ NativeStone Trough 4819 sink is a winner of the 2015 GREEN GOOD Design Award, honoring the best in modern green design. NativeStone Trough 4819 is part of the company’s NativeStone Collection, which debuted in 2014. The collection includes stain-resistant, sustainable concrete sinks for the kitchen, bar, and bathroom. Constructed using an innovative mixture of jute fiber and cement, Native Trails’ NativeStone sinks weigh approximately 40 percent less than sinks made using standard concrete.

The GREEN GOOD Design Award is sponsored by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. This year hundreds of entries poured in from two-dozen countries around the globe before the GREEN GOOD Design Award jury identified the world’s most significant examples of sustainable modern design.


June 10, 2015

New rating system guides sustainable landscape growth

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES addresses global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion through sustainable landscape design and management.

SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. The rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings - ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more.

The SITES rating system uses progressive industry standards for landscape design and incorporates additional recommendations from technical experts in the fields of soil science, botany and horticulture, hydrology, materials, and human health and well-being. Some of the credits for sustainable landscape performance have been developed in alignment with similar credits in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, the world's most widely used green building program.


June 04, 2015

Architosh Names Vectorworks Designer 2015 and Vectorworks Nomad 3.0 as

Columbia, MD (June 4, 2015)—Architosh, the leading online magazine dedicated to CAD and 3D professionals and students worldwide, announced the recipients of its fourth annual "BEST of SHOW" awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, and global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. received two honors. Vectorworks® Designer 2015 was the sole winner in the Desktop category, while Vectorworks® Nomad 3.0 was one of three winners in the Mobile category.

As a complete BIM modeling tool, Vectorworks Designer 2015 software "packs a big punch in the area of visualization and rendering options. And Vectorworks 2015 gave an official ‘thumbs up’ for 4K displays, something its peers have not yet done," said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, editor-in-chief of

Architosh awards the Desktop category honor to programs that promote cross-platform excellence, which means they are not only compatible on both Mac and Windows operating systems but also take advantage of the underlying operating systems in specific ways. With a perfect score at the product review level, Vectorworks Designer 2015 secured the win due to its industry-leading landscape architecture tools and new site modeling capabilities, as well as its competitive pricing model.


May 21, 2015

Duradek Announces A Revolutionary New Railing System! PANORAMA UNIVERSAL POST

Surrey, BC- May 20, 2015
Meet the next generation of Topless Glass Railing Systems, the Panorama Universal Post...

The multi-function insert component provides the ultimate versatility for custom projects allowing you to adjust your glass height and angles (up to a 60 degree variance) for a nearly limitless range of options for your outdoor designs.

Whether you want the topless glass railing system for a view deck, as a wind wall or a privacy screen, the Panorama Universal Post can provide a sophisticated look for a wide range of design options.

You even have the option of adding a top rail to the system (The XLPR Top Rail) but keep the bottomless railing look for your view; and the standard 3" gap from glass to deck allows for easy year-round cleaning including snow removal.


May 20, 2015

Concrete Curing Compound Easily Dissipates Indoors or Out

MADISON, OH — May 20, 2015 — An easy-to-remove dissipating resin cure for freshly placed concrete has been announced by ChemMasters, Inc. EZ Strip Cure™ DR is a water-based, low- VOC, low odor curing compound that cures concrete to ASTM C309 and AASHTO M 148 standards. Unlike other dissipating cure products, EZ Strip Cure DR does not require UV exposure, making it ideal for either indoor or outdoor use. It is easily removed with light mechanical or hand abrasion after curing is complete. Outdoors, low pressure water spray can be used for removal.

Application is simple, using standard spraying equipment. It will not clog or load diamond polishing tools and, therefore, does not require removal from substrates that are to be diamond polished.

EZ Strip Cure DR dissipates quickly for early removal with a low rpm floor buffer, walk behind or riding floor cleaner with stiff bristle pads, 100 grit sandpaper or 100 grit abrasive screen, or stiff bristle hand-held brushes. The ease of removal makes it an ideal choice for surfaces scheduled to receive subsequent treatments with dustproofers, liquid hardeners and densifiers, penetrating water repellent, polymer coatings or other floor coverings.

ChemMasters, Inc. is a 59 year-old manufacturer of specialty concrete chemicals used to improve, repair and protect concrete and masonry. The company is the acknowledged leader in the formulation and manufacturing of low-VOC solvent-based products for use in the states that require them. A state-of-the-art research and development facility is operated by ChemMasters to advance the science of concrete improvement.


May 20, 2015

SolarWindow Announces Easy Power Connection System for Installation of its Transparent Electricity-Generating Windows

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW) today announced plans to replace traditional electrical wiring connections with a simplified next-generation system for collecting the power produced by its see-through electricity-generating windows. In addition to reducing costs, ease of electrical installation will be important to window fabricators, glass installers (i.e., glaziers), electricians, and maintenance personnel.

The replacement of today’s cumbersome methods with the Company’s easy power connection system (‘module interconnects’) is also important for new construction and retrofit applications of SolarWindow™ electricity-generating window modules on skyscrapers and tall towers.

SolarWindow™ products, currently under development, already boast the industry’s fastest published financial payback of less than one year. Last month, the Company’s Power Production and Financial Model was reviewed and validated by a team of third-party, independent engineers and scientists at the University of North Carolina Charlotte Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (UNCC-EPIC).

“We have always had absolute confidence in the financial case for our SolarWindow™ products, and with the support of independent validations, we’re now focused on addressing the very real needs of future customers and end-users.

“Low-cost scale-up and manufacturing, ease-of-installation, and warranties are at the top of our list of ongoing development efforts,” explained Mr. John A. Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.

Recently, based on encouraging durability test results that show transparent SolarWindow™ electricity-generating coatings have the capability of meeting or exceeding warranty periods for commercial-grade window products, the Company announced plans to accelerate its durability testing. Working see-through SolarWindow™ modules have set records for both size and power production.

A single installation of SolarWindow™ products on all four sides of tall towers could generate 50-times greater power than traditional rooftop systems and 15-times their environmental benefits.


May 14, 2015

3M Patch Plus Primer 4-in-1 Applicator Simplifies Wall Repairs

New tool combines spackle, primer, putty knife and sanding pad to empower DIYers to tackle small repair projects with ease

3M today introduces 3M Patch Plus Primer 4-in-1 Applicator, a product that applies 3M’s proprietary nanotechnology to the everyday task of small wall and surface repairs. The result is quick-drying, strong, even patches combined with the convenience and functionality of an all-in-one wall repair applicator, making the process easy and efficient from start to finish.

Spurred from the insight that many renters and homeowners may not have all of the necessary items at their disposal to repair small holes, gouges, cracks and other surface marks and damage, the 3M Patch Plus Primer 4-in-1 Applicator incorporates spackle, primer, a putty knife and a sanding pad into one tool. DIYers at any skill level get the benefits of a spackle with great hiding power and repairs that can be made three times faster than traditional spackling compound without primer.

“The 3M Patch Plus Primer 4-in-1 Applicator was created to simplify the process of home repair and help DIYers of all experience levels tackle small repairs with ease,” said Jeremy Johnson, 3M Abrasives marketing supervisor. “3M’s proprietary nanotechnology coupled with the innovative packaging helps makes any project more approachable, while still delivering top-quality results.”


May 14, 2015

Casso® Display Rail Hangs Children’s Art in Schools Beautifully

Children take great pride when their artwork is displayed at school. The art brightens up the walls and adds cheer to the environment. It makes parents feel proud of their little one’s abilities to see their artistic creativity being shared with others.

Unfortunately, with bulletin bars typically found in schools, this artwork can be quickly damaged as soon as it goes on display. Staples, thumbtacks, and sharps used to hang the pictures to the cork rail bulletin bars put holes into the pictures. That’s not good! Not to mention how unattractive, and potentially hazardous, the use of cork rails can be. We’ve discussed some of these topics in our Cork Rail Fail post.

We have a solution to how to hang children’s art without damage or concern of sharps in schools … Casso® Display Rail.

An elementary school in Quebec has implemented Casso Display Rail in their halls. This creates a beautiful, clean, safe way of hanging the student’s art. No sharps. No graffiti, and no damage to the art pieces. Let’s take a look.


May 12, 2015

Plastic Pipe, Innovative Solution to Saving Water

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- JM Eagle, the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, urges cities and municipalities to save water with plastic pipe. With conditions worsening regarding the drought crisis in the Western United States, JM Eagle is sharing the benefits of plastic pipe in the states affected by the drought, including: California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

In California, Governor Brown has called for a 25-percent reduction in water use throughout the state. Cities in California can reach the Governor's goal by using plastic pipe. The underground water infrastructure in the United States is predominantly made up of metal pipe, a material that is prone to leaks and breaks when corroded. These pipes currently attribute to the loss of 2.6 trillion gallons of treated water per year.

JM Eagle is promoting its message to Engineers nationwide with an industry first online course titled, "The Plastic Pipe Solution for Water Infrastructure Failures." The company's goal is to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of using plastic pipe. This course is a first in a series that will offer Engineers and Contractors their annual continuing education credits in order to remain licensed.

The course is another example of JM Eagle's innovative spirit, much like its Ultra Blue C909 product line. Ultra Blue C909 is a high performing, light weight pressure pipe for potable water systems. Its product attributes reduce labor costs and installation time. Municipalities in California can find the full Ultra Blue product line at JM Eagle's Fontana plant. JM Eagle offers its 50 year warranty to customers who purchase Ultra Blue. The 50 year warranty is also an industry first and unique to JM Eagle.

To access JM Eagle's online course

To learn more about the benefits of plastic pipe visit


May 07, 2015

Window Covering Industry Launches "Best for Kids" Program; New Safety Program to Help Consumers and Retailers Easily Identify Products for Homes with Young Children

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) today announced the industry's first third-party certification program designed to help consumers and retailers identify window covering products that are certified as best suited for use in homes with young children. The new Best for Kids program will require products that manufacturers want to be part of the program to meet stringent criteria, and to submit those products to a WCMA-recognized third party testing laboratory. Products that meet these criteria will be eligible to be listed and labeled on packaging and materials as "certified," and companies can use this designation on their marketing materials.

In order to earn the "Certified" designation a window covering product must either have no cords or the inner cords cannot be accessible, as defined by the industry's safety standard (ANSI/WCMA A 100.1-2012). If accessible inner cords are present in products with no operating cords, the accessible inner cords cannot create a hazardous loop in accordance with the test procedures in Appendix D of the safety standard. The Best for Kids program includes criteria to evaluate window covering products primarily intended for use in homes or buildings in which young children are expected to be present. Based on the evaluation of those criteria, the program allows for a window covering product to be certified and recommended for use in such environments.


May 04, 2015

STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved (HCA) Natural Thin Veneer Stones

Natural Stones that are able to withstand the harshest hot and cold climates

The exterior of your home, government, or commercial building faces Mother Nature's extreme conditions every day. Depending on your location, this could mean anything from bitter cold and snow to scorching heat and hurricanes, not to mention the numerous freeze-thaw cycles that we face here in New England. Because of this, choosing a siding that is durable and long lasting becomes a major concern in the design process.

Natural stone as a building material is the oldest and one of the most durable products that can be used as exterior siding. STONEYARD® Thin Veneer is comprised of all natural stones. The longevity and minimal up-keep required once installed make it the perfect siding product. But not all stone is created equal.

That is why we have developed the STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved (HCA) rating system. Due to the density of minerals such as granite and quartzite, thin veneer that is HCA is perfect for interior and exterior use in any region, including applications below grade. It is also suitable for use in water features, near salt water, and in areas where blowing sand is a concern. Currently, the following thin veneer lines of natural stone are STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved: Boston Blend (predominantly Quartzite), Colonial Tan (predominantly Quartzite), Greenwich Gray (predominantly Quartzite), Newport Mist (predominantly Quartzite), and Vineyard Granite (Granite).

So before deciding on the stone for your exterior siding, make sure that it is STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved. Proper installation techniques and the highest quality building material will result in a finished project that will stand the test of time.


May 04, 2015

Trimble and Nemetschek Group Partner to Expand Adoption of Building Information Modeling Across Building Design, Construction and Operation

Trimble and Nemetschek Group Partner to Expand Adoption of Building Information Modeling Across Building Design, Construction and Operation

Global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. has announced that its parent company Nemetschek Group and Trimble,leaders in digital solutions for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) markets, announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to expand the deployment of Building Information Modeling (BIM) across the entire Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. The alliance will emphasize collaborative approaches to design modeling and 5D construction management through data integration between a variety of the companies’ products.

The announcement was made today at the Lake Constance 5D-Conference 2015 held this week in Constance, Germany.

Trimble and Nemetschek will share their extensive global market and technology expertise and collaborate on initiatives to drive a paradigm change in the development and adoption of technologies for the AEC industry and building owners.

Open, Connected and Interoperable via Trimble Connect

Trimble and Nemetschek plan to leverage the Trimble® Connect collaboration platform to integrate workflows and create close interoperability between selected Trimble solutions—including SketchUp, Tekla Structures, Vico Office, Trimble Prolog®, Trimble Field Link and MEPdesigner for SketchUp—and solutions in the Nemetschek portfolio, such as Allplan, ArchiCAD, DDS, Scia Engineer, Vectorworks and Nevaris.

Both companies are committed to open standards and workflows—a rapidly emerging approach to the collaborative design, construction and operation of buildings. With Nemetschek solutions supporting the Trimble Connect platform—a cloud-based collaboration environment that features an open environment for BIM-based AEC workflows—Trimble and Nemetschek are coordinating their efforts to offer best-of-breed solutions for customers.

”Across the DBO spectrum, customers want the freedom to choose the best tools for the job and the security of knowing those tools will work together. But too often they find that the data they need is not interoperable across their different software workflows,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble's Construction Technology Divisions. ”Our companies’ shared vision is to give users a choice, rather than dictate what they use. We’re pleased to partner with Nemetschek on these important initiatives.”


May 01, 2015

Waterstops for Environmental Compliance of Liquid Tight Concrete Structures

Please register for our free, PDH accredited engineering Webinar on May 20th.

Waterstops for Environmental Compliance of Liquid Tight Concrete Structures is a targeted course of instruction and professional development for engineering firms engaged in the design of chemical, industrial, and environmental projects such as secondary containment of hazardous waste, industrial wastewater, ozone contactors, and others.

The course is technical in nature and describes waterstops role in fluid-proofing concrete joints, chemical resistant polymers and steels, and state and federal regulations of compliance. The course is presented in one (1) hour time frame.

Additionally, course attendees are eligible for Continuing Professional Development credit. The course is certified for one (1) Professional Development Hour credit.


April 30, 2015

Explore New Surfaces with Enhanced Wilsonart Visualizer

TEMPLE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Classic cherry wood or natural pine? A ray of sunshine yellow or a neutral cool grey? Large veining or small particulates on a gorgeous quartz countertop? Finding the right look for today’s home renovation projects can be exciting and daunting with more than a multitude of choices. To help designers and consumers identify the colors, patterns and materials that make their dream kitchen or bathroom project a reality just became a finger pinch away with Wilsonart’s expanded, interactive Visualizer.

A leader in engineered decorative surfaces for more than 50 years, Wilsonart has added its newly debuted quartz patterns to its real-time design tool to build on the company’s extensive surface offerings. The Wilsonart® Visualizer, which includes more than 100 surface pattern options and is available for tablet, desktop, or notebook, can be viewed on, or via new, free apps on Google Play and the App Store.

Wilsonart Visualizer offers the latest CGI design technology for photorealistic, real time design. The tool features realistic kitchen and bath layouts, and allows users to mix a variety of countertop, decorative edge, cabinet doors, flooring and wall color options to create their ideal design.

Quick and easy to use, the Visualizer saves consumers and designers from the heartache of pattern regret. Users also can easily share their design selections or creations with peers, friends and family through their personal social media networks. Designers using the tool to create design boards also can save their project to a work book (coming soon) or print or email the board to fabricators and contractors to expedite purchasing.


April 30, 2015

Rinnai Introduces TV Ad Campaign Promoting Tankless Water Heaters

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rinnai, the number-one selling brand of tankless water heaters in the United States and Canada, has launched a television advertising campaign that highlights the benefits of tankless water heaters. The campaign, which is the only television advertising effort for any tankless water heater brand, debuts today and runs through late Fall. The two 30-second spots, titled "Dinner" and "When You Need It," humorously highlight the challenges families and homeowners have with tank water heaters while presenting Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters as the solution, including an endless supply of hot water and energy savings.

The ads are running on major cable networks, including CNN, HLN, Fox Sports, HGTV, DIY Network and Fox News. These networks reach the brand's two key demographics - well-educated consumers with an interest in home improvement, as well as water heater dealers and installers and commercial audiences.

In addition to the television advertising campaign, Rinnai is the only tankless water heater brand to advertise consistently in the consumer space, including high-profile consumer magazines, such as Architectural Digest, Dwell, Southern Living and others, radio, professional sports sponsorships, digital campaigns and television product placements.


April 28, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to Install LED Lighting from OSRAM SYLVANIA as Next Stage of Energizing Taliesin West

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and DANVERS, Mass., April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is happy to announce that North American lighting leader OSRAM SYLVANIA has made a significant donation of innovative LED lighting products to the Energizing Taliesin West program. Led by energy efficiency consultant Big Green Zero, the program is focused on the goal of continuing Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy of innovation in finding better and less expensive methods for building structures and for utilizing them.

The donation by OSRAM SYLVANIA is made with the goal of creating energy savings and supporting environmental sustainability efforts at both of Frank Lloyd Wright's historic estates, Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) and Taliesin (Spring Green, WI). OSRAM Sylvania has donated a variety of energy-efficient LED lamps to be installed at both campuses, which were the personal homes and architectural laboratories of Frank Lloyd Wright during his life. OSRAM SYLVANIA's commitment of technologies and products that promote resourceful energy use contributes to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's focus on innovation through energy efficiency continuous improvement.

For an inside look at the Energizing Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West with LED lighting project, watch this video:


April 27, 2015

Caesarstone April 2015 Newsletter

It was an exciting and humbling experience for Caesarstone to attend Salone del Mobile with the best of the best in the industry. Thankfully, designer Philippe Malouin was able to take our product to whole new levels with a swing set and incredible planter installation.


April 27, 2015

Native Trails Expands Popular NativeStone™ Collection with New Bathroom Sinks and Vanity Top

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (March 2, 2015) – Native Trails has added new pieces to its revolutionary NativeStone™ Collection. The new bathroom products – available in June –include: Palomar Vanity Top with Integral Sink and Cabrillo Bath Sink. The entire NativeStone collection, which includes sustainable concrete kitchen, bar/prep and bathroom sinks, made its debut in 2014.
Handmade by artisans in Vietnam, NativeStone is an innovative blend of cement and natural jute fiber. Surprisingly lightweight (40 percent lighter than standard concrete), it is resistant to cracking, scratching and staining.


April 25, 2015

Nemetschek Vectorworks Releases New Training Manuals to Help Designers Create 3D Models and Achieve Design-based BIM Workflows

Columbia, MD (April 24, 2015)—The release of Vectorworks® Architect 2015 software by global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. has prompted the availability of two updates to the company's Vectorpress series of guidebooks, which are developed to help users make the most of their software. Expert trainer Jonathan Pickup has authored both titles, Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual, Seventh Edition and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, Seventh Edition, providing new and experienced users alike with professional training tools at their fingertips.

Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual explains how to incorporate Vectorworks 2015’s tools into a design-based BIM workflow and how new ways of drawing can increase efficiency, all while taking readers through the basics of the software interface. Pickup’s manual breaks down each topic into three steps: read a section of text, watch a video and then complete an exercise. Sections begin with an introduction to the Vectorworks Architect platform and progress through the completion of a mock project for a residential client, including how to generate contract documents. Readers learn how drawing with objects, rather than lines and arcs, and creating projects using BIM principles can improve their workflows.

The second updated tutorial, 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, is laid out in three parts. Part one educates readers on using the software's tools to create 3D models on an individual basis. Part two reveals how to use the technology to create a freeform architectural project. Part three shows the workflow in action, allowing readers to learn to split up projects. The book also contains exercises that feature the new Deform tool, teaching readers the twisting, tapering, building and bending modes.

The Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks are part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options. For more information and to purchase these manuals for $75 each, visit

Books will also be available for purchase when Pickup signs copies of his books on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET in the Paris Foyer at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel. All registered attendees of the Vectorworks Design Summit are welcome to attend.


April 23, 2015

Top LEED Buildings Use Earth-Friendly Brick

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The world’s highest-scoring college dorm in Leadership and Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the latest among top LEED projects to consistently incorporate brick exteriors.

Serving as a model of sustainability, Berea College’s “Deep Green” residence hall in Kentucky earned LEED Platinum Certification with a score of 90 points and appears on Princeton Review’s 2015 Guide to 253 Green Colleges.

Brick’s proven green performance and sustainability include:

•Natural materials: Fired clay brick is made from clay and shale, and available in many permanent colors and shades that do not fade, unlike competitors.

•Brick does not off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other toxic materials.

•Manufacturing: More than 80% of brick kilns are fired with natural gas; numerous plants use fuels of bio-based materials from other industrial applications and waste products.

•Almost no wasted material: Virtually all of the clay and shale to make brick ends up in the brick itself. Brick can also use materials recycled from other industries’ manufacturing processes, such as sawdust.

•Thermal mass helps lower energy use: Unlike thin, light building materials, brick’s natural thermal mass helps it store heat during the day, then slowly release the energy later.

•Local resources: Reducing fossil fuels, at least two brick plants are located within 500 miles of 49 of the country’s top 50 metropolitan areas.

•Long life: Brick’s superior durability offers a 100-year life span vs. a 25- to 50-year life span with vinyl siding.


April 22, 2015

Schindler to Provide Elevators for Comcast Innovation & Technology Center in Philadelphia

Schindler Elevator Corporation has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by L.F. Driscoll Construction Managers & Builders to supply and install 31 gearless Schindler 7000 high-rise elevators at Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, along with 11 mid-rise machine room-less elevators, two Schindler 330A hydraulic elevators, and 10 Schindler 9300AE escalators.

The $1.2 billion, 59-story structure, in the Center City section of Philadelphia, will be a vertical stacked campus that includes 1.3 million square feet of office space and a 222-room Four Seasons Hotel.

Once complete, the 1,121-foot tower will be the tallest building in the United States outside of New York and Chicago, as well as the largest private development project in the history of Pennsylvania.

“The Comcast Innovation & Technology Center is a prime example of the integrated, sustainable urban environments that Schindler is so proud to support,” said Greg Ergenbright, president, Schindler Elevator Corporation. “Schindler’s proven commitment to safety, reliability and sustainability, and our innovative technology makes us an ideal choice for this cutting-edge building.”

Moving occupants more efficiently throughout the tower and hotel will be the energy-efficient Schindler 7000 custom high-rise passenger elevators equipped with Schindler’s PORT Technology destination-dispatch system. The system has a two-way communication interface between occupants and the building’s environment and optimizes traffic flow while offering predictive call entry and personalized service. The PORT Technology’s patented access control uses RFID technology to play a significant role in managing and controlling access within the building.


April 21, 2015

Purdue Adhesive Could Work Underwater, in Wet Conditions for Medical, Construction, Manufacturing Industries

A Purdue University chemist has developed an adhesive technology that could help bond items in wet, moist conditions such as human tissue or underwater construction - by studying mussels and oysters. Jonathan Wilker, professor of chemistry and materials engineering, developed the adhesive while studying the environmentally friendly adhesive qualities of mussels and other shellfish. Wilker's patented adhesive is comprised of similar components used by mussels in their natural adhesives.

"A lot of the chemistry involved in the animals' adhesive is protein-based, but no one is going to be able to make a complicated protein for large-scale applications. So we are substituting simple polymers for the proteins while maintaining other aspects of the adhesive chemistry," he said. "We have looked at the design and synthesis changes that we can make and compared our adhesive to what the shellfish are making. The system can be easy to generate on large scales and yet still maintain the functions that we are after. This synthetic mimic approach then allows us to tailor the material for specific bonding situations and applications.

Wilker and his team have created a platform technology that industry partners could develop in several ways.

"We can design certain characteristics into the adhesive, but we won't be able to focus on a specific product for a specific application," he said. "It's possible that we could connect with different companies that can develop the materials for several sectors including aeronautical or automotive manufacturing, biomedical joining of tissues, construction, coatings and cosmetics."

Conventional adhesives currently available are made from petroleum feedstocks and can release volatile organic compounds and other toxic materials into the environment. Wilker's technology can be developed from renewable resources.


April 20, 2015

Intertek-ATI Confirms Applegate Insulation's Cotton Armor Insulation Meets AC81 Acceptance Criteria

Webberville, MI - April 15, 2015 - Applegate Insulation, Inc. is proud to announce its R-2 through R-30 glass-free, non-woven recycled cotton insulation blankets meet the AC81 Acceptance Criteria for Cotton Fiber Insulation as verified by Intertek-ATI.

Applegate Insulation, Inc., a manufacturer of recycled cellulose and non-woven cotton insulation products for residential and commercial applications has, through third-party testing, successfully met the stringent criteria of AC81.

Intertek-ATI is a global, independent agency ensuring products meet quality, health, environmental, safety and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. Testing was conducted in accordance with AC81, Acceptance Criteria for Cotton Fiber Insulation, editorially revised October 2013.

The scope of AC81 testing includes evaluating characteristics for: surface burning, thermal transfer, moisture absorption, fungi resistance, corrosiveness, thickness and density. In addition, the R-13 / 3.5" blanket met a 1-hour rating for interior load bearing and exterior non-load bearing walls in a fire-resistant-rated, UL Design No. U344 listing assembly.

For more information about Applegate's cellulose insulations, please visit and for information on the Cotton Armor non-woven line,


April 20, 2015

Nemetschek Vectorworks Launches Second Annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Columbia, MD (April 20, 2015)—As part of its commitment to helping students succeed, global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. has launched the 2015 Vectorworks® Design Scholarship program. Students from across all design disciplines around the world are encouraged to submit their best individual or group work by Monday, August 31, 2015 for the opportunity to win up to $10,000 USD.

The submission process is simple; students submit their best project, which may include work completed for a class assignment, and answer three questions, each in 150 words or less. An esteemed panel of judges will evaluate submissions on the basis of design integrity, effective use of computer technology and originality, as well as the articulation and communication of a design vision.

The Richard Diehl Award is a global award named for the founder and chairman of Nemetschek Vectorworks. Through the scholarship, Diehl strives to inspire young minds and give students the tools needed to develop ideas from concept to completion.

To apply to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship or to learn more, visit Winners will be announced on October 15, 2015.

Contact us at with any questions and follow @Vectorworks and #FundMyVision for updates on the program. Visit our online gallery to view inspiring work from last year’s winners, as well as runners-up.


April 08, 2015

New Schindler 5500 Machine Room-Less Elevator Brings Flexibility, Efficiency and Performance to Mid-Rise Buildings

MORRISTOWN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schindler Elevator Corporation announced today the introduction of its Schindler 5500 machine room-less (MRL) traction elevator, delivering a seamless blend of efficiency, flexibility and performance for mid-rise buildings. The Schindler 5500 MRL, currently available in select North American markets, combines advanced features typically available only in high-rise buildings with proven space and energy saving features.

Schindler’s innovative PORT Technology destination- dispatching system is available as an option to enhance movement through the building. PORT Technology can combine personalized access with faster travel times by grouping passengers with similar destinations, and has traditionally been applied to buildings with higher rises.


April 01, 2015

2015 Asphalt Pavement Awards Program Now Open

NAPA Program Recognizes the Nation’s Top Asphalt Pavement Projects, Best Practices

Lanham, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Awards program begins accepting nominations today, April 1, for its Quality in Construction and Operational Excellence Awards. Nominations are made online at

The Quality in Construction Awards recognize outstanding pavements in the following categories: Asphalt Pavements Using More Than 50,000 Tons, General Paving Projects Using Less Than 50,000 Tons, and Airport Pavements. Additional recognition is awarded for the use of sustainable paving practices and for innovative projects. Nominations can be submitted by any pavement contractor or pavement owner through Oct. 9, and winning projects will be highlighted at the NAPA 2016 Annual Meeting in February.

Annually, the top airport pavement receives the Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award. In addition, the 10 highest ranking general paving projects are recognized with the Larry H. Lemon Award. The top asphalt highway projects using more than 50,000 tons undergo further testing and analysis, and are placed into contention for the coveted Sheldon G. Hayes Award.

The Operational Excellence Awards recognize NAPA member companies for best practices in asphalt operations, safety, community relations, ecological practices, and marketing. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 4, and winners will be honored at the NAPA 2016 Midyear Meeting.


April 01, 2015

AS Hanging Display Systems’ Display Reveal is Granted ADEX Platinum Award

We are so proud and honored to announce that Display Reveal, our interior wall reveal which was introduced to market mid-2014, has earned highest strata award in 2015’s Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) with a Platinum award. This was AS Hanging Display Systems’ first entry into the ADEX competition.

ADEX is the largest and most prestigious award competition for excellence in product design of furnishings and building materials marketed to the design trade, with over 600 companies participating this year. ADEX Awards has recognized products demonstrating superior innovation, function and aesthetics for over 20 years.


March 20, 2015

‘Rocky Steps’ Pave Path to Vectorworks Customer Appreciation Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 28 Event a Highlight of the Vectorworks Design Summit

Columbia, MD (March 20, 2015)—The iconic “Rocky Steps” will lead attendees of the Vectorworks Design Summit to a Customer Appreciation Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Hosted by global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., the party will bring together architecture, landscape and entertainment design visionaries, Vectorworks software engineers and global partner product providers for a night of fun, which begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. EST.

In addition to dinner and an open bar, attendees will enjoy Back2Life, a high-energy, eight-piece dance band, as well as access to world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings and decorative arts, including the current Japanese exhibit, "Ink and Gold: Art of Kano." Party attendees will also get to see the visual impact of a Vectorworks design first-hand as a local Vectorworks user has signed on to light the museum party.

"Having such an iconic museum as a backdrop to the software training and networking I will experience as an attendee at the Vectorworks Design Summit is such an asset to all members of the design industry," said Luc Lefebvre, OAQ, senior project architect and BIM manager at King + King Architects. "The venue will serve as a perfect complement to the Summit's ground-breaking discussions and networking events, providing additional inspiration through creative artistic and architectural achievements worldwide."

Taking place at the Sofitel Philadelphia hotel on April 27-29, 2015, the Vectorworks Design Summit will provide dynamic keynote presentations, plus engaging thought-leadership breakouts, product development insight, fun evening events and training to help designers make the most of Vectorworks software and transform the world with great design. View agenda and speaker details at

The Customer Appreciation Party is included with the cost of registration to the Summit, or event tickets can be purchased individually. Registration and ticket information is available on the Vectorworks Design Summit webpage.


March 19, 2015

Earth Shield® Chemical Resistant Waterstop Versus Joint Sealant

When fluid-proofing a joint it is important to consider what fluids will potentially pass through the joint; the ramifications if they do; the hydrostatic pressure applied; and the life expectancy of the joint sealing system. The answers to the aforementioned questions should ultimately determine the type of joint sealing system used.

For example, if the primary concern is rainwater infiltrating the building envelope, a simple joint sealant or caulk will be adequate to waterproof the joint. A joint sealant functions by adhering to both sides of the joint. When sealant adhesion fails, so does the waterproofing function. Sealant is usually composed of silicone or urethane, and the manufacturer-listed lifecycle is usually 5 to 10 years, but because proper joint preparation procedures are often not followed, a more realistic lifecycle is 3 years.

However, if the joint is designed to prevent the passage of fluids other than water, such as fuel oils, solvent, acids, and other aggressive chemicals, only a chemical resistant waterstop such as Earth Shield® will block the fluids, resist degradation, and provide the necessary federal regulatory compliance. Earth Shield is manufactured from a fully cross-linked thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), which provides broad-spectrum resistance to a variety of aggressive chemicals, long life span (entire lifecycle of structure), and excellent physical properties (tensile strength, elongation, etc.).

Unlike sealant, TPV waterstop does not rely on adhesion to function, but instead is installed in the center of the joint, spanning the entire length of the joint, and acts as a dam to prevent the passage of fluids. Therefore, if care is taken during installation, TPV waterstop will provide a leak-proof barrier for the life of the structure.

Additionally, Earth Shield Chemical Resistant Waterstop provides the necessary federal regulatory compliance that sealant does not. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Title 40, CFR 265.193 states:
Secondary containment for tanks must include one or more of the following devices:
1. A liner (external to the tank);
2. A vault (constructed with chemical resistant waterstops in place at all joints);
3. A double-walled tank; or
4. An equivalent device as approved by the Regional Administrator.

Due to aesthetics and functionality, concrete vaulting is usually the preferred method to contain hazardous chemicals. This is usually accomplished by placing the tank or process area on a concrete slab and surrounding it with short containment walls (usually 3 to 4 feet in height). Within the concrete joints (control, construction, and expansion), Earth Shield TPV Waterstop will span the joint preventing the passage of hazardous waste to the environment should a catastrophic spill occur in the primary vessel or process area.

Because sealant is a maintenance item, with separation or failure occurring generally within 3 years of installation, and requiring constant maintenance throughout the life of the structure, it should not be considered as a stand-alone barrier system when the criteria is containment of hazardous substances.


March 19, 2015

Hang with the Best® Blog Library Pocket Display System Creates Boardless® Bulletin Board

What do you use when you have a visual message, or many messages, to post for public consumption? Answer: a bulletin board.

But while you need the flexibility to change these messages frequently you also need to maintain visual order. Now the answer is not so certain.

Add the extra challenge of placing the visual display in a high traffic and very public space, meaning sharps such as thumbtacks and pushpins should be avoided, and now a common bulletin board is clearly not the answer.

Bulletin boards, aka cork boards, are a commonly relied upon tool, and are assumed status quo for relaying notes, message posting, and other visual communication to a varied public. They allow for messages to be posted as needed and changed at will. And we assume the standard always works just fine.

But not so fast. There are a number of gotchas with this approach. Standard bulletin boards, you know the kind made of corkboard, and sometimes other materials as well, and require staples or thumbtacks for attaching papers, quickly become unkempt and disorderly. You’ve seen, or used, them countless times. Messages quickly become covered with other messages, nothing is structured or easily read, and the entire approach to clearly sharing news quickly becomes disheveled. A visual hodge-podge! With the few exceptions of users who methodically organize and maintain their postings (and are the only ones making changes), these information platforms become a place to completely avoid instead of a magnet to those seeking information. This is why you’ll seldom see a bulletin board photographed with messages posted to it in office supply catalogues. They simply don’t maintain a tidy appearance.

These tack boards, or memo boards, also pose risks and safety hazards from sharps, especially when children are concerned, due to the very thumbtacks and staples that inevitably stray to the floor or the hands of our curious youth.

A potential place for chaos, clutter and tears.

This was the exact scenario recently encountered by a community library in a Chicago suburb. They needed to share the library’s activities, events and services with their visitors. To ensure that the information was readily available to the library’s daily traffic, the postings were to be placed in the lobby, through which every visitor would pass.

For the Bensenville Community Public Library, the standard bulletin board approach was not a viable option. They desired a professional-appearing display and one that stayed that way. Further, because the ideal location was immediately above a drinking fountain, they also needed to prevent water splashes on the postings, and avoid using staples and pushpins, etc. Their search for how to create an uncluttered bulletin board uncovered the Boardless Bullentin Board. Was it the perfect solution? Absolutely.


March 19, 2015

Native Trails Expands Vintner’s Collection with Launch of Award-Winning Bordeaux Wall Mount in Anvil Finish

Product available in Anvil beginning June 2015

Native Trails is expanding its popular Vintner’s Collection with the addition of the Bordeaux Wall Mount wine-barrel vanity in Anvil finish for 2015. This award-winning vanity reincarnates an authentic piece of California’s wine country into a functional furniture piece that is suited as a wall mounted bathroom vanity or as a wet bar. Bordeaux Wall Mount in Anvil is available beginning in June for purchase in showrooms across the U.S. and Canada.

“Bordeaux Wall Mount is always an instant conversation piece,” said Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails. “The new Anvil finish was inspired by the popularity of our Americana Vanity in Anvil, where we’ve shown how reclaimed wood can take on a classic – or distinctly contemporary – look in this soft black finish. It creates a transitional style option for our popular Bordeaux, and we expect it to be a customer favorite for 2015.”

Bordeaux is made from California wine country oak barrels and staves that have outlived their original five-year lifespan. To produce the Wall Mount in its final form, artisans carefully disassemble and modify the barrel, then finish the piece with multiple custom-blended waxes that are hand rubbed into the reclaimed wood bath vanity.

Bordeaux Wall Mount has received many professional accolades, including "Innovative Furniture Product of the Year" from the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association (DPHA), "Innovative Eco-Design" from U.S. Green Building Council – California Central Coast Chapter (USGBC C4) and the prestigious Green GOOD Design award in 2013.


March 17, 2015

Dow MICROFILL™ Platform is a Four-Time Winner for Best New Product by Printed Circuit Design and Fab Magazine

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the fourth time, Dow Electronic Materials, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), has received a New Product Introduction (NPI) Award from Printed Circuit Design and Fab (PCD&F) Magazine for its MICROFILL™ platform, this time with MICROFILL™ LVF 4 Acid Copper. As the Internet of Things advances, speedy and stable signal transmission across wireless networks is critical. Dow MICROFILL LVF 4 Acid Copper offers excellent microvia filling and panel plating uniformity for circuit boards to enhance signal transmission between smart devices.

Dow MICROFILL solutions have won four NPI Awards from PCD&F, including EVF Solution for microvia fill, THF Solution for through-hole fill, and LVF 3 and LVF 4 Solutions for blind via fill in High-Density-Interconnect circuit boards and IC substrates since 2009. “The developments in plating achieved by Dow Electronic Materials with its MICROFILL line are nothing short of remarkable,” said Mike Buetow, editor-in-chief of PCD&F. “We are thrilled to recognize Dow for its continued achievement.” The NPI Award, in its eighth year, recognizes the leading new products from the previous year. Awards are selected by an independent panel of industry engineers.

Dow Electronic Materials will showcase MICROFILL LVF 4 Acid Copper and other innovations in CPCA show on March 17-19 and CTEX, JPCA, Productronica, TPCA, and HKPCA shows in 2015.


March 10, 2015

BOGDAN & VAN BROECK's Leo Van Broeck and McGregor Coxall's Adrian McGregor to Keynote Vectorworks Design Summit in Philadelphia

Conference Examines How Architecture, Landscape and Entertainment Design Visionaries Transform the World with Vectorworks Software

Columbia, MD (March 4, 2015)—Designers who dream of transforming the world are invited to join a community of visionaries at the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit on April 27-29 at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The event features breakout sessions by leaders in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries, as well as opportunities to network with Vectorworks® software engineers, power users, third-party partners and other professionals during educational sessions, meals and evening events. Registration is now open at

"Every day, designers choose Vectorworks because it’s a tool that allows great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration and discovery," says Nemetschek Vectorworks' Chief Marketing Officer Stewart Rom. "The Design Summit will provide a gathering point for our community of users to generate new energy for upcoming projects, sharpen their vision and share pioneering designs. I hope attendees leave the event feeling moved to continue creating unexpected and exciting design solutions."

Keynote Speakers

The Vectorworks Design Summit begins Monday, April 27 with optional, pre-conference training in Vectorworks software and a welcome dinner. Tuesday's schedule opens with a presentation by CEO Sean Flaherty, who will discuss how Nemetschek Vectorworks supports the creative process and helps designers in their journey toward working smarter and more efficiently.

Flaherty's presentation will be followed by an inspirational keynote message from design visionary Leo Van Broeck, a founding partner of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK in Belgium. Van Broeck will share his theory that the design of attractive, dense and high-quality urban areas is a catalyst for changing how much space people think they need to lead enjoyable and meaningful lives, and how that belief has led to his active participation in the promotion of spatial quality and awareness, the domain of urban density and optimal land use.

Nemetschek Vectorworks' Chief Technology Officer Dr. Biplab Sarkar will open Wednesday's sessions with a keynote address, providing unprecedented development insight into the Vectorworks line of CAD and BIM design solutions, including features that will be in Vectorworks 2016.

Adrian McGregor, FAILA, RLA, MAIH, MPIA, managing director of Australian landscape architecture and urban design firm McGregor Coxall, is Wednesday's Closing Speaker. McGregor transforms public spaces across the world into living, breathing works. His firm has completed work in six nations, focusing on sustainable design in the public domain and urban settings, going beyond the reduction of environmental damage and using regenerative approaches to actively advance each site’s ecology. McGregor has been recognized for his work in sustainable design, as well as in mediation, helping communities, authorities and developers to work together to create better-informed designs.

Breakouts and Expo Hall

Confirmed breakout session speakers at the Design Summit represent firms and industry partners including ROJO Architects, MORRIS, Holcombe Norton Partners, Inc., Exhibit Logic, LEVENBETTS, The Small Group, Bluebeam Software, Architecture Is Fun and more. Sessions will examine a wide range of topics from communicating design ideas, moving from 2D to 3D and using smart CAD tools for sustainable site design to utilizing Vectorworks as a BIM tool and rendering for success. Vectorworks engineers and product experts, as well as third party partners like MAXON Computer, Asite and Synchro Software, will also provide product training and answer attendee questions in the Design Summit’s Expo Hall.

For the academic community, a student track offers tips on what design firms look for when hiring and University of Pennsylvania graduate student Diego Bermudez shares how he turned a school project into $10,000 as the winner of the 2014 Richard Diehl Award and Vectorworks Design Scholarship. There will also be speakers representing Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Philadelphia University.

Register by March 31 to Save

The early-bird registration fee is $399 and expires March 31. Beginning April 1, registration is $499. There is an academic rate for students and instructors of $99 and credentialed press can attend for free.

Attendees can also enjoy a discounted room rate at the Sofitel Hotel, the location of all conference activities except the evening events, situated only minutes from Philadelphia’s historic attractions.

Visit to view the growing list of speakers, sessions and events, and to register online.


March 04, 2015

Amerlux establishes new QuickShip Program featuring diverse lighting solutions

OAKLAND, N.J., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Following its conversion from traditional to Lean manufacturing methods, Amerlux® establishes the new QuickShip Program to deliver a broad range of task-specific, energy-efficient lighting solutions that meet immediate customer needs and tight construction schedules. The QuickShip program will offer a variety of lighting products, including Hornet, Evoke, Cylindrix, Contour, GRUV, Linea, Varieta and Avista, beginning March 2, 2015. Amerlux is a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting solutions for the retail, hospitality, commercial and outdoor lighting markets.


February 12, 2015

Benjamin Moore® Natura® and INSL-X® GarageGuard® Voted 2015 Products of the Year

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand, today announced that its Natura® and INSL-X® GarageGuard® paints have each been named Product of the Year for 2015. Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation where winners are backed by the votes of 40,000 consumers in a national representative survey conducted by research partner, TNS, a global leader in consumer research. Natura and GarageGuard have taken home the top honors for the Paint Category.

Product of the Year accepts entries each year from consumer packaged goods that demonstrate innovation. Entered products are then placed into specific categories such as food, beverages, personal care, household care, etc. Products are then chosen as a winner in each category through the TNS survey of 40,000 consumers.

Natura is a premium zero-VOC product with zero emissions that provides both beautiful and durable hiding. GarageGuard is a water-based, catalyzed epoxy floor coating that gives garage floors an extremely durable and showroom like appearance. It delivers outstanding hardness and superior chemical, abrasion and impact resistance in a long lasting semi-gloss finish.

The complete list of 30 winners selected to receive the 2015 Product of the Year title can be found at To learn more about Benjamin Moore and to locate a nearby retailer, visit


February 05, 2015

Nemetschek Vectorworks Releases “Essentials” Tutorial Guide

Seventh Edition of Popular Training Guide is Now Available for Vectorworks 2015 Software Users

Columbia, Maryland (February 5, 2015)— Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is releasing expert trainer Jonathan Pickup’s Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual, now in its seventh edition. The book supports the new capabilities of Vectorworks® 2015 software and helps users gain a firm understanding of the basic tools, features and commands found in the Vectorworks line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions.

Pickup’s manual provides a streamlined and efficient approach to training, breaking down the process into three simple steps: read a section, watch a video and try a tutorial. Each step increases the reader’s capabilities, and many designers who say they thought the initial tutorials were easy find that the text’s evolution truly helps them to learn over time.

“Jonathan’s teaching methods, as typified in his Essentials Tutorial Manual, are superb, and his manner of explaining techniques, tasks and tools is wonderfully clear, concise and well illustrated,” says Neil Barmen, Intern Architect, AIBC LEED AP. “Following along with the lessons in the manual guided me to build up my Vectorworks skills with ease. This manual is perhaps the single best resource available for developing a solid foundation with the application.”

The book covers everything from using the Vectorworks interface and basic tool options to organizing information and creating worksheets, which Pickup says is one of the most powerful features of the software. Pickup also covers the new ways that users can draw with objects in Vectorworks, which saves time for those who were previously drawing with lines and arcs. The tutorial comes in both imperial and metric versions and can operate on either Windows or Mac operating systems.

This book is a part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options. For more information and to purchase this $75 tutorial, please visit


February 05, 2015

USGBC Releases the Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita in Nation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world's most widely used and recognized green building rating system, ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Now in its fifth year, the per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014. Illinois retained its top national position for the second year in a row, with 174 LEED certifications representing 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident.


February 04, 2015

Choreograph Creates Functional, Stylish Shower Space

KOHLER, Wis. – Jan. 20, 2015 – Kohler introduces an innovative shower wall system focused on easing the task of creating the perfect showering space. The new Choreograph shower wall and accessory collection offers consumers both a well-organized and beautiful showering space.

As a complete solution for showering environments, the Choreograph collection includes a variety of decorative walls, a joint system, in-wall storage, on-wall storage and seating in a variety of styles, colors and finishes to create traditional, transitional and contemporary spaces that fit both the functionality and aesthetic needs of homeowners.


February 04, 2015

DTV+ Brings Spa Therapies into the Home

KOHLER, Wis. – January 20, 2015 – Kohler introduces DTV+, its most advanced showering system. DTV+ seamlessly integrates water, sound, steam and lighting elements to create true multi-sensory showering experiences.

DTV+ features a new touch screen interface allowing the user to control and customize every facet of their showering experience. The icon-based interface is intuitive and consistent with today's popular digital devices and up to three interfaces can be connected to the system providing flexibility for multiple users and/or applications.

The new DTV+ modular platform allows users to decide how they want to control their DTV+ system and to choose exactly what elements they want to incorporate. Application flexibility has been increased as users are now able to select from a two-outlet, three-outlet or six-outlet digital valve to control water delivery. A further unique feature of DTV+ is the ability to add and control two valves on the system at the same time – providing the capability of delivering two different water temperatures for different outlets and showering configurations.


February 03, 2015

View the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship Digital Magazine Online

LAS VEGAS, NV — The 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Digital Magazine is now available online. This is the same as the print magazine handed out at the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship held on Wednesday, Feb. 4th at the 2015 World of Concrete/World of Masonry during MASONRY MADNESS™ Day in Las Vegas. It's filled with lots of interesting background stories, like featuring last year's double winner — mason Jerry Goodman. There are competitor bios, competition rules, Regional recaps, history information and more for the upcoming stellar bricklaying event in Las Vegas.


January 30, 2015

Congratulations to Rhonda R. Knoche, CMKBD, 2015 NKBA U Professional of the Year!

After four Finalists competed before a panel of NKBA judges and KBIS attendees to share how NKBA University has contributed to their growth and success, Rhonda R. Knoche, CMKBD, of Rhonda Knoche Design in Portland, OR, has been named the first-ever NKBA U Professional of the Year!

In the spirit of continuing education, the following prizes have been awarded:

  1. The Grand Prize Winner, Rhonda R. Knoche, CMKBD, receives three all-expenses-paid trips for two from the contest’s sponsors: Platinum sponsor Cosentino will send Rhonda and a guest to Spain to tour its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Almeria; Gold sponsor Kohler Co. will provide a tour of its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Kohler, Wis., and Gold Sponsor GE will provide a tour of its Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Ky

  2. The First Runner-Up Sarah Robinson will receive all-expenses-paid trips for two from Gold sponsors Kohler and GE.

  3. The Remaining Finalists Melissa Helvey, AKBD and Paula Kennedy, CMKBD will also receive all-expenses-paid trips for two from GE.


January 30, 2015

New PARK RAIL Top Rail Provides a Look as Strong as its Performance

Surrey, BC- January 28, 2015 - Duradek, home of the original Walkable Roofing Membrane is proud to introduce the Park Rail Top Rail profile, a sophisticated top rail for plenty of support.

The Park Rail Top Rail offers a look as strong as its performance. Now you can have a Continuous Top Rail look while using up to a 3 inch square post

Park Rail Top Rail is suitable for both picket and glass systems allowing your project to combine the features and advantages of both systems, yet still providing a consistent look throughout.


January 29, 2015

Exciting New Product Transforms Existing Workstations into Sit-Stand Desks

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Human beings are not meant to sit all day. More and more people are realizing the health benefits of spending part of their workday standing, even if it means building their own standing desk out of copy paper and cardboard boxes.

Standing inOvation is the easy and affordable alternative to the do-it-yourself standing desk and expensive sit-stand tables. This patented product lifts your entire work surface and everything on it: from your computer, to your phone, to the picture frames on your desk. Standing inOvation works with major commercial furniture manufacturers’ workstation systems, the one sit-stand solution that fits within an existing office footprint.

Standing inOvation was also designed for easy installation. It simply hooks into the wall frame of the workstation and uses the existing work surface. A small control box will under mount on the work surface to raise and lower it with just a push of a button.

Standing inOvation is a quality, American-made product: created in Columbus, Ohio and manufactured in Holland, Michigan. For more information on how to get your own Standing inOvation, please visit


January 26, 2015

Tile Redi is the WINNER

Tile Redi was awarded the Best product of the 2015 International Surfaces Show last week in Las Vegas!

For any additional information on our products please visit


January 26, 2015

Union Eleven Photographers Hangs with AS Hanging Systems

We always look forward to hearing from our customers so we can pass the observations along to you. We love sharing these stories with you not to flaunt our products, but to help our readers, customers, and potential customers learn new ways in which they might find our products advantageous in their own business and/or residential applications.

Recently we received an email from a customer sharing his experience using a wide variety of our products. Andrew, from Union Eleven Photographers, had this to say:

We’ve used a variety of AS Hanging Systems to hang prints all over our studio, and to display prints in our front window. We’re a professional photography studio with a ground level retail space in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The biggest benefit of using your system has been how easily we can change prints, or remove them, when we want to use a wall as a backdrop for a shoot. We regularly switch up the images in our front window, so this saves us a lot of time. We also like how clean and modern the system looks, particularly the metal cable’s against our concrete wall.

Thanks, Andrew for your kind comments and, in that you are a photographer, for the photos you shared as well. The photos tell the story quite well, so not many words are needed.


January 23, 2015

Top Five Coolest Buildings Of 2014

We’re back with our second annual “Coolest Buildings of the Year” list. The criteria for making the list is simple, the building must have been topped out, completed or opened in 2014 and be cool. 2014 was a bit of a disappointment, not because there weren’t plenty of cool buildings to choose from but because of the buildings we were looking forward to seeing completed last year got derailed.

It was supposed to be the year that we got the world’s tallest modular construction with the Atlantic Yards (now Pacific Park) B2 (now B2 BKLYN) project. It was the year that Sky City, another prefabricated project, was going to trump the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest building and scheduled to be completed in a whopping 90 days, which was later changed to seven months. 2014 was also the year we were going to see the world’s first “invisible” skyscraper, Tower Infinity, which will be able to appear and disappear with the use of high definition cameras and LED screens on the building.


January 21, 2015

Schindler's Technologies to Power Indonesia's Tallest Building

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction of Indonesia's tallest skyscraper, Thamrin Nine Tower 1, is well underway. Schindler, who was awarded the mobility contract for the project, is now in the process of installing the elevator and escalator systems.Developed by PT Putra Gaya Wahana, the Thamrin Nine project is the largest mixed use development in the Bundaran HI area comprising of four apartment buildings, two office towers, a lifestyle hub, a luxury hotel, a boutique hotel and a service apartment complex.

Thamrin Nine Tower 1 is part of the first phase of the project's development. Upon completion in 2017, it will claim the title of the tallest building inIndonesia, soaring over Jakarta's skyline at 330 meters high with a total of 81 floors (6 basements with 75 floors above ground). The first 68 floors will be allocated to retail and office space while the upper floors will be taken up by a 180-room,Waldorf Astoria by Hilton Hotels and Resorts Group.

Schindler will supply 32 high-rise elevators and 34 escalators to serve over 6,000 people transiting through the building daily. The mobility solution will feature several observatory elevators that will shuttle hotel guests at a speed of 8 meters per second, and a special 4.5 tons elevator that will be able to transport vehicles to a height of 280 meters within less than 2.5 minutes, the first vehicle elevator in the world to be able to transport a Mercedes S class vertically without tilting the vehicle. Schindler 7000 series high-rise elevators will use energy-efficient frequency controlled motors and Power Factor 1 drives, which can regenerate electricity back into the building's power grid.

Schindler's PORT technology, the third and latest generation of the company's destination control systems, will equip all office elevators to provide tenants with a highly efficient, intuitive and personalized building transit experience. The system will assign an elevator car at the same time an occupant or visitor's credentials are verified. This will allow for a fully customized journey as well as enhanced security.

All elevators and escalators will be monitored by Schindler's Lobby Vision, a building management tool that allows single-point supervision of multiple active systems.


January 21, 2015

Whirlpool Corporation To Demonstrate Industry Commitment At International Builders' Show

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of major home appliances, will demonstrate its commitment to the homebuilding industry at the International Builders' Show (IBS) Jan. 20-22 in Las Vegas. Attendees will experience the broad portfolio of brands featuring a wide array of appliances within the context of three distinct living spaces in Show Village, located outside the main entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Whirlpool Corporation, the No. 1 selling major appliance manufacturer in the world, will have its portfolio of brands on display within Show Village as part of three living spaces – the traditional and modern homes as well as the Ultimate Kitchen. Maytag® brand kitchen and laundry appliances, each featuring a 10-year limited parts warranty1, will be featured in the two-story traditional home. The modern home, offering the latest in advanced building products and materials, will showcase Whirlpool® brand kitchen and laundry appliances, including the new ventless Whirlpool® 7.3 Cu. Ft. HybridCare™ Duet® Dryer with Heat Pump Technology (WED99HEDW) and the 5.8 Cu. Ft. Slide-In Gas Stove with TimeSavor™ Convection (WEG730H0DS) with the Flex Install (FIT) System. The Ultimate Kitchen will offer visitors a kitchen display emphasizing luxury with Jenn-Air® appliances at its core.

In addition to the three living spaces, Whirlpool Corporation will showcase Gladiator® GarageWorks, a leader in garage organization products, within a standalone garage in Show Village.


January 19, 2015

3M Introduces Versatile Air Purifying Respirator

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M has released in the United States its most advanced, versatile, powered air respiratory solution yet. The new 3M™ Versaflo™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator TR-600 represents an evolution of technology. Designed to endure heavy use and long wear, the respirator can help enhance comfort, endurance and ease of use.

The lightweight respirator is engineered to increase comfort – even for long shifts. The ergonomic design fits close to the body, allowing for greater movement in tight work spaces. It offers multiple airflow rate options for user comfort, and belts designed to be wide and contoured with flexible air channels to minimize heat buildup.

The TR-600 has two powerful lithium-ion battery options, reducing downtime by performing up to eight hours. Audible, visual and vibratory alarms reflect filter and battery status to keep workers informed and to help avoid low-airflow situations and automatic low-power shutdowns.


January 13, 2015

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Introduces 12 New Luxury Flooring Collections

STODDARD, N.H., Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, the iconic wide plank floor company, is introducing Carlisle Collections, twelve new collections that represent the best of the brand's 48 years of innovation, tradition, and leadership in luxury flooring design. Offering an extensive array of design choices, Carlisle Collections give clients the ability to express their personal style in a wide variety of wood types, vibrant hues, and handcrafted textures, with each collection telling a unique story. The collections also offer a broad range of price points starting at $8.99 per square foot, plus a faster lead-time with just 2-4 weeks for delivery on most products. Carlisle Collections are now available to purchase directly online at, where clients will also find new tools to help in their wood flooring selection like a free design portfolio with 60+ pages of color choices. For clients looking for a one-of-a-kind floor to suit their design needs, Carlisle will continue to offer its custom wide plank flooring.


January 09, 2015

Waterstop for Buncefield Reconstruction

The Buncefield Incident (to the right). On December 11, 2005 a series of explosions rocked the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal, located near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England. The plastic waterstops that were in the fuel terminal joints all failed due to the high heat of the fire. The Health Protection Agency and the Major Incident Investigation Board provided advice to prevent incidents such as these from happening again, including the utilization of stainless steel waterstop in place at all concrete joints to prevent fuel from escaping the bund walls.

In July of 2014, JP Specialties, Inc. was contracted to provide our Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop (part nos. JP1122 and JP1122R) in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal.

Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop is used as a fluid-tight diaphragm, embedded in concrete, across and along the joint, for primary and secondary containment structures. Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop can stop even the most corrosive fluids in their tracks, even at severely elevated temperatures.

A variety of metals, grades, and gauges are available. Earth Shield® utilizes 20 gauge 316 low carbon as our standard alloy, which offers broad spectrum corrosion resistance to most aggressive media, and is virtually untouched by the deleterious effects of ozone, making it an ideal choice for ozone contactor structures used in modern water treatment plants.

Earth Shield® Stainless Steel Waterstop is available in many standard shapes and sizes including profiles for new construction and retrofit. All change of direction fabrications (shop made fittings) can be premanufactured leaving only straight butt welding for the Contractor in the field.


January 06, 2015

Legrand Participates in 2015 CES with Innovative Solutions for the Smart Home

The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will be an opportunity for Legrand Group to show off its range of solutions for the connected Smart Home based on the Internet of Things (IoT).

At the CES, Legrand, the global specialist in electrical and digital infrastructure for buildings and a world leader in the equipment sector for residential and home automation, will present new connected objects integrated with its own residential lines.

Visitors to the CES will be able to see and try numerous smart commands in the aesthetics of Legrand's most widely distributed global lines. Smart devices are used to manage lighting, curtains and scenario automation, which can be activated via the traditional local mode, such as by pushing a button or turning a knob, or remotely via smartphones and tablets, using simple apps.The public will find Legrand smart objects at its stand in the "Smart Home" area dedicated to the ZigBee® Alliance, in the pavilion dedicated to IoT/Home Automation, the worldwide association of companies that develop and produce wireless solutions for the Smart Home.

The CES is an international showcase where you can discover both Legrand's new connected solutions and Legrand's new smart devices, which, adopting the new ZigBee® 3.0 unified standards, can talk to similar objects in the home, such as lamps and appliances from other manufacturers, making full interoperability a reality.


December 15, 2014

2014 International Velux Prize For Students 0f Architecture

The 2014 edition of the International Velux Award marked the 6th edition of the programme. This year, 2,794 teams representing 86 different countries were registered. The International Union of Architects is a partner of the award since its creation ten years ago. A 10th anniversary celebration was held for IVA in Vienna, Austria, on 30th October, including the awards ceremony for the 2014 edition. UIA Secretary General Thomas Vonier represented the President of the UIA at these events, and Magda Mostafa served as UIA representative on the prize jury.

Three prizes and nine mentions were awarded in the VELUX Award 2014 edition on the theme “Light of tomorrow”. A team of four students: Dikang Du, Le Li, Yujing Zhou, and Yao Ma, from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, received first prize. The 2nd prize was awarded to Jaebong Jeon and Keunyoung Hm from Hanyang University and Hongik University in Seoul, Korea The third-prize-winning project “Light of Hope’, was authored by Snezhina Aleksieva, Zhenya Yancheva, Tsvetomira Ivanova, Pavel Tsochev from the University of Architecture, Construction and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria.


December 15, 2014

Antalya International Forum of Young Architects By Deniz Incedayi

The Chamber of Architects of Turkey (CAT) organised the ninth edition of its International Forum of Young Architects, offering emerging professionals the chance to express their opinions on various issues regarding architecture an, contribute above all to continuing education after university studies.

This latest edition took place in Antalya, from 24 to 26 October 2014. Under the title ‘Imposition’ the event focused on the imposed processes in global architecture and urban design, as well as creative approaches and ideas in these fields. Within this context, the sixth international ideas competition for young architects was organised on the theme of expressing individual liberty in public spaces, and the projects submitted were on display during the forum.

Over 200 participants took part in the debates at Port Nature resort hotel. The president of the CAT Antalya branch, Osman Aydin, and his general secretary, Fikret Oguz, along with UIA vice-president Deniz Incedayi, introduced the conference. Two keynote speeches were given: Dr. Ferhat Hacialibeyoglu (Turkey) discussed the theme of ‘Imposition’ and Egyptian architect Magda Mostafa presented ‘Learning from Cairo’.

Finally, the short-listed competitors presented their projects to the public and jury members officially announced the following results: 1st Prize to Fulya Selçuk (Turkey), 2nd Prize to Foivos Kallitsis and Evgenia Tsagkaraki (Greece), 3rd Prize to Tugçe Sahin (Turkey). A special mention was awarded to Flatice Isil Uysal (Turkey).

The international jury for these prizes was chaired by Deniz Incedayi and composed of architects: Ferhat Hacialibeyoglu (Turkey), Jerzy Grochulski, UIA Council member (Poland), Christine Edmaler, president of the Berlin Chamber of Architects (Germany), and Magda Mostafa (Egypt), with Olena Oliynyk (Ukraine), and flyas Ekizoglu (Turkey), serving as alternate members.


December 11, 2014

Introducing our New Catalog – In Three User-Friendly Formats

What can you display with AS Hanging Display Systems? Virtually anything. Retail displays, classroom artwork, temporary exhibits. All easily changed without having to repair and repaint the wall. In fact, you don’t even necessarily need a wall. From classrooms to boardrooms to living rooms, we offer hanging display systems that can change the way you look at everything.

The challenge is, “how do we communicate this capability” to our various audiences. The answer is in our new catalog, a first ever for AS Hanging Display Systems.


December 04, 2014

Mortar Net: The CavityComplete™ Wall System for Steel Stud with Masonry Veneer

Five of the most recognized and trusted companies in the industry have aligned to introduce the industry’s best complete masonry cavity wall system.

With the CavityCompleteTM Wall System for Steel Stud with Masonry Veneer, you can now specify and detail an assembly with components that are tested and proven to be completely compatible, code compliant and warrantied* to produce a wall system you can have confidence in.

Each component is great on its own and when combined, they produce a wall that provides thermal efficiency, continuous insulation, air and water management, vapor resistance and brick ties, plus design options that are engineered to maximize performance by climatic region.

The CavityCompleteTM Wall System features components that were tested together to produce systemized codes and standards compliance data.

With thousands of products to choose from when designing a masonry cavity wall system for your upcoming project, the CavityCompleteTM Wall Systems team has designed a complete system that takes the guesswork out of specification.

With the warranty and testing behind this system, you can specify with confidence.


December 04, 2014

There’s a New Window Flashing in Town: Air-Shield™ Liquid Flashing

Hampshire, IL – W. R. MEADOWS has a new addition to its air-barrier line of products: AIR-SHIELD LIQUID FLASHING. AIR-SHIELD LIQUID FLASHING is a high-quality, gun grade, low-odor, elastomeric, polyether liquid-applied flashing and detailing membrane. It bonds to most construction materials, such as aluminum, brick, concrete, wood, vinyl, and exterior gypsum board.

This general-purpose, wet flashing membrane is used to seal rough openings and detail joints between exterior gypsum board. AIR-SHIELD LIQUID FLASHING is designed for window and door flashing applications and is to be used as a liquid-applied flashing, compatible with the entire line of W. R. MEADOWS AIR-SHIELD air, vapor, and liquid moisture barriers.

“Because it is a gun grade material, it is easy to apply and spread, which offers a more efficient approach to detailing methods than traditional self-adhesive materials. It bonds to most construction materials and is compatible with most sealants on the marketplace,” says Russ Snow, Building Science Specialist at W. R. MEADOWS. “Air-Shield Liquid Flashing is also great because it is 100% solvent-free, is non-sag, non-shrinking, guns and tools easily, does not harm foam insulation, and is paintable within 24 hours.”

For detailed application instructions, please view our AIR-SHIELD exterior sheathing panels installation guidelines document on our website.


December 04, 2014

United States, Canada and Mexico Forge Agreement to Recognize Architect Credentials

NCARB is Part of Tri-National Agreement That Makes it Possible for Architects to Work across North American Borders.

Washington, DC—A new Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement made by the architectural regulatory authorities of the United States, Canada and Mexico makes it possible for architects to work across North American borders.

The agreement, announced today, was made by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM).

“The agreement, in the spirit of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), makes cross-border recognition of an architect’s credentials a reality,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “This opens the door to embracing more globally connected practices, while ensuring the protection of the public.”

A qualified architect must satisfy the requirements of the agreement to be granted a credential to practice in a host country. Eligibility requirements include:

• Completion of a architecture degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB/CCCA), Acreditadora Nacional de Programas de Architectura y Disciplinas del Espacio Habitable (ANPADEH), or a recognized equivalent.
• A minimum of 10 years of post-licensure experience in the architect’s home jurisdiction.
• Proof of “good standing” in the home jurisdiction, as verified by the home regulatory authority.
• Knowledge of the codes, laws and applicable architecture practices in the host country.
• Submission of a dossier of work to satisfy specific competencies outlined in the agreement.
• Completion of an interview before a review panel in the host country, conducted in the language of the host country.

U.S. architects interested in learning more should review the eligibility requirements and program information posted on the NCARB website.


December 03, 2014

Takenaka Adopts GRAPHISOFT BIMx for Mobile Access to BIM Projects

TOKYO/BUDAPEST, December 3, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, announced today that a large-scale purchase agreement has been finalized between GRAPHISOFT and Takenaka Corporation. The agreement will equip thousands of Takenaka field technicians with GRAPHISOFT BIMx Docs.

Takenaka Corporation will adopt BIMx to make the award-winning BIM project presentation app available to thousands of field technicians, further ensuring on-site construction quality and management efficiency. Development of “Takenaka Smart Work” will improve productivity and communications by revolutionizing workflows through the use of iPads and mobile devices. As a result of this agreement, Takenaka will be authorized to install and use GRAPHISOFT BIMx Docs on all Takenaka-owned tablet computers in Japan. With this agreement, Takenaka Corporation hopes to further develop the use of BIM in the field of design and construction.

"We adopted BIMx Docs as a tool to facilitate communication with models, as well as for reviewing models in conjunction with drawing smoothly in a mobile environment. We would like to promote the transformation of our work style by spreading the use of BIM models in various scenarios," said Kozo Nose, Senior Manager of ICT, Design Planning, Design Department, Takenaka Corporation.

"Takenaka’s decision indicates that BIMx is on the way to becoming the mobile software of choice for the construction industry in Japan. We share a common vision: bringing BIM data to construction sites,” said Bence Kovacs, Vice President of Asia, GRAPHISOFT.


December 02, 2014

Hanley Wood Exhibitions acquired by Informa PLC

On November 18th, Hanley Wood announced the sale of its entire events division. High profile shows such as AIA’s annual Conference and Expo, Greenbuild, World of Concrete, International Surfaces will now be owned by UK-based Informa PLC.

In a press release Peter Goldstone, Hanley Wood’s Chief Executive Officer, expressed his gratitude to the employees of the department and offered his “heartfelt appreciation and best wishes for the future.” Stephen A. Carter, Group Chief Executive of Informa, said in the same release that the shows “will become a key component of our Global Exhibitions Division.”.

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2014 at which time the former Hanley Wood division will be rebranded as Informa Exhibitions US.


November 21, 2014

FF&E Hospitality Planning Tools for the Trade

Imagine the process of evaluating an almost unlimited number of fabrics, textures, colors, floor coverings, window treatments, bed furnishings, soft goods, accessories, wall coverings, art and more. Now imagine the challenge of synthesizing these nearly limitless options into a cohesive interior space plan for some of the most sophisticated clients in the Hospitality market. Then keep all this interactively organized throughout a dynamic pitch session during which your plan is presented, reviewed, revised and ultimately agreed upon. This is the high stakes game of FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment) Hospitality Planning. It is the “behind the scenes” process that most all hotels, spas, and many restaurant designs go through before you walk in that very first time.

Now imagine the process is your responsibility. Imagine that process is your business. Meet Innvision Design, a leading provider of interior design and hotel FF&E procurement services to some of the world’s most recognizable hotel brands.

You might ask why are we writing about Innvision here. Well, it turns out they are not only creative in design for their clients but also are very creative problem solvers in managing their dynamic processes. They recently installed AS Hanging Display System’s Casso® Display Rail to aid that process.


November 21, 2014

Nemetschek Vectorworks Announces Spanish-Language Release for Vectorworks 2015

Cloud and mobile solutions among the more than 100 improvements and updates

Columbia, Md. (November 21, 2014) – Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., a provider of intuitive, powerful and practical 2D/3D and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solutions, announces that the Spanish-language release of its Vectorworks 2015 software version will be available on November 24. This release is part of a worldwide rollout that included other European-language releases earlier this month and continues into 2015 with additional localizations in Japanese and Chinese. The Vectorworks line of award-winning software products includes: Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks®.

The Vectorworks 2015 software contains more than 100 updates and new features in the areas of architecture, BIM, urban planning and entertainment design. In previous versions, the power of 64-bit was only available in the platform’s photorealistic rendering engine, Renderworks, but has now been integrated throughout the entire Vectorworks 2015 product line, providing designers with the ability to handle larger projects, as well as better performance and stability. In addition, designers will observe a revolutionary graphical experience from advances made to the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM), which was introduced last year.

A Spanish-language webinar highlighting the new features of Vectorworks 2015 will take place on November 24 at 10:00am ET.

Please visit for Spanish-language resources and to find a local distributor. Additional information about Vectorworks 2015 is available at


November 20, 2014

Central Oregon Community College Enhances Technological Education with New Eco-Friendly Technology Center, Glazed with SageGlass

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new technology center at Central Oregon Community College is using SageGlass® dynamic glass, a product of Saint-Gobain, to conserve energy, improve student performance and provide an eye-catching architectural showpiece for visitors to the area.

In addition to economics, SageGlass’ ability to reduce heat gain from the sun was an important environmental benefit, helping the Center achieve the first Earth Advantage “Commercial Platinum” certified building rating in Central Oregon. Earth Advantage is a LEED-alternative building rating system that recognizes sustainable building practices based on energy, health, land, minerals and water standards.

Maximizing daylight and preserving the connection to the outdoors was another reason for using SageGlass. Numerous peer-reviewed studies show that students perform better, feel better and have better attitudes in classrooms with ample sunlight and outdoor views. SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that darkens or clears automatically in response to the sun’s movements throughout the day while preserving the outdoor views of the Cascade Mountain Range.


November 19, 2014

Perminator®: The Ultimate Protection Against Water Vapor

Hampshire, IL – Low permeability, high strength, durability, and impressive puncture resistance make PERMINATOR underslab vapor retarder/barrier from W.R. MEADOWS, INC. a superior choice for protection against damaging water vapor.

PERMINATOR 15 mil vapor barrier, long known for being the toughest product in the market, now has a perm rating 16 times lower than that required under the ASTM E1745 standard and has one of the lowest perm ratings in the industry and has nearly twice the puncture resistance of other vapor barriers.

New proprietary technology enables PERMINATOR to significantly exceed the requirements of ASTM E 1745 (0.1 perms), as well as the recommendation of ACI 302.2R which states that a vapor barrier with a perm rating of 0.01 perms or less should be installed in areas where the ASTM E 1745 is not sufficient to protect the floor.

New PERMINATOR 15 product technology provides the lowest vapor permeance as well as puncture resistance that is 45% tougher than required by the ASTM E 1745, thus providing the entire building team with a vapor barrier that exceeds its function in every way.


November 10, 2014

Nemetschek Vectorworks Releases Localized Versions of Vectorworks 2015 in Europe

New version contains more than 100 updates and new features including cloud and mobile solutions

Columbia, Md. (November 6, 2014) – Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., a provider of intuitive, powerful and practical 2D/3D and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solutions, announces the availability of localized versions of Vectorworks 2015 in German, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Norwegian. The Vectorworks line of award-winning software products includes: Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks®.

The Vectorworks 2015 software contains more than 100 updates and new features in the areas of architecture, BIM, urban planning and entertainment design. In previous versions, the power of 64-bit was only available in the platform’s photorealistic rendering engine, Renderworks, but has now been integrated throughout the entire Vectorworks 2015 product line, providing designers with the ability to handle larger projects, as well as better performance and stability. In addition, designers will observe a revolutionary graphical experience from advances made to the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM), which was introduced last year.


November 06, 2014

Legrand Identifies Key Principles In High Performance Electrical System Design

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Legrand, a global leader in power, light and data solutions, has released its latest high performance building research in a whitepaper entitled, “The New Dynamic of High Performance Buildings: Advanced Electrical Design Principles in Practice.” The whitepaper identifies electrical systems as a critical component of the design and operation of HPBs, and explores the five guiding principles of electrical design in buildings striving for optimal performance.

According to Legrand, the following guiding principles should be considered in design processes to ensure planned electrical systems fully contribute to building performance:

• Employment of lifecycle planning: Successful system design requires deep understanding of client needs, the intended mission of the building and its spaces, and an understanding of the building’s use for its entire lifespan.

• Focusing on building occupants: Understanding how occupants use the spaces in a building can help design teams make more informed decisions earlier in the process, saving resources throughout the construction and operation phases of the building lifecycle.

• Enabling of device connectivity: HPBs must connect a wide variety of devices across the built environment to capture data reporting on the building performance.

• Embracing IT and open systems: In HPBs, electrical and IT infrastructures are rapidly converging, and the use of open-source protocols ensures that electrical systems can effectively integrate with other building systems, rather than continue to operate independently.

• Harvesting of system data: When electrical and IT infrastructures are in place, various analytical tools can monitor a range of performance indicators, informing managers about many facets of the building’s operations.


November 05, 2014

New EMS Caution Tape from 3M Works Without External Power Source

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M today announced the first product in a series of solutions for marking and locating the path of underground plastic pipes. The 3M Electronic Marking System (EMS) Caution Tape 7600 Series and the 3M Dynatel EMS Marker/Tape Locator Model 7420 is ideal for gas, water and telecom utility owners as well as contractors and excavators.

The new plastic pipe location system from 3M helps utility customers identify underground plastic pipes without using tracer wire or installing access points. The 3M EMS Caution Tape 7600 Series does not need an external power source. If part of the caution tape is cut or removed, the locator is still able to identify and locate the tape. In addition, the tape is corrosive resistant and has a long design life.

The caution tape will be available in three different frequencies (gas, waste water, and telecommunications), providing positive identification of the desired target utility.


November 04, 2014

Cascade Architectural Introduces Fabricoil™ Systems, A Beautiful New Design Option that’s Affordable and Sustainable

TUALATIN, OR… Cascade Architectural introduces Fabricoil™ architectural coiled wire fabric systems – interlocked strands of coiled wire formed into flexible fabric and engineered attachments for interior and exterior architectural applications.

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“Fabricoil systems look and perform like woven metal mesh, but have a far lower installed cost,” says Ronald Schoenheit, Founder and CEO of Cascade Coil Drapery, Inc. “As a result, their affordability allows architects and designers to flex their creativity, create signature buildings and turn projects with even very modest budgets into something special.”

Fabricoil coiled wire fabric is manufactured in a wide variety of metals, gauges, scales, finishes and colors. Metals include but are not limited to aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, copper and titanium. Fabricoil engineered attachment systems are primarily manufactured from steel.

Cascade Architectural provides a wide array of Fabricoil system finish options:
• low-VOC metallic lacquer finishes to meet specific application and design requirements;
• designer metallic powder finishes;
• durable acrylic lacquer coatings available in a wide range of custom colors that can be matched to color chips; and
• anodized finishes for aluminum products.

Fabricoil systems are 100 percent recyclable, part of the Living Building Challenge Declare labeling program and have been scientifically proven to save energy when used for shading applications - both interior as window drapery or exterior as shades.

Fabricoil systems reduce direct sun penetration even in zero percent fullness mode. Testing confirms that, when used as an interior window treatment, Fabricoil systems reduce energy consumption by up to 5.7 percent while preserving views and introducing daylight. Tests also demonstrate that the product delivers reduced energy consumption by as much as 21.3 percent in an exterior application.