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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 www.productoftheyearusa.com. To learn more about Benjamin Moore and to locate a nearby retailer, visit www.benjaminmoore.com.

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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 www.vectorworks.net/training/guides.php.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.StandinginOvation.com.

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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 www.tileredi.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 http://www.wideplankflooring.com/collections, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.vectorworks.net/espanol for Spanish-language resources and www.vectorworks.net/international to find a local distributor. Additional information about Vectorworks 2015 is available at www.vectorworks2015.net.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For more information about Fabricoil systems, visit: www.fabricoil.com.

“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.

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