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Category: Building envelope


River Architects completes the world’s first Passive House Certified cidery

River Architects, a Hudson Valley-based architecture firm specializing in sustainability, celebrates the completion of the world’s first Passive House Certified cidery – Seminary Hill Orchard & Cidery in Callicoon, New York. The 9,300-square-foot building, which opens June 25, 2021, houses an organic hard cider production facility, tasting area, commercial kitchen, and event space.

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Gateway to the West: Kansas City University Center for Medical Education Innovation

The overarching design statement for the Kansas City University Center for Medical Education Innovation aligns with the university’s commitment to reach beyond campus to the greater community, explains Ben Bye, Associate, CO Architects. “The construction of the envelope was big. We needed to showcase the educational innovation happening inside the building to the campus and the city beyond.” The design team specified GKD Omega 1520 metal fabric for its ability to deliver shading, transparency and beauty with long-term durability.

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IIBEC announces Virtual Spring Symposium for May 2021

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) is pleased to announce the 2021 IIBEC Virtual Spring Symposium to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 4-27. Each day will feature a technical presentation, a follow-up roundtable discussion, and a trade show hour where attendees will discover the latest technological innovations in the building enclosure industry.

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ICP Building Solutions Group acquires Gardner-Gibson

Innovative Chemical Products announced today that it has acquired Gardner-Gibson and Sun Coatings. Based in Tampa, Florida, Gardner-Gibson is a provider of liquid-applied roof coatings, roofing products, driveway sealers and specialty paint, and is recognized for its industry-leading brands. With manufacturing and distribution facilities across the U.S. and Canada, Gardner-Gibson’s products are sold in leading retailers and building supply distributors under the Gardner®, Black Jack®, APOC® and Dyco® brands.

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IIBEC announces new dates for 2021 International Convention and Trade Show

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) has postponed their 2021 International Convention and Trade Show. The event will now take place September 15-20, 2021 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown and the Phoenix Convention Center. IIBEC’s premier annual event will feature over 25 hours of educational seminars, a two-day trade show with over 140 exhibitors and live product demonstrations, as well as an auction hosted by the RCI-IIBEC Foundation and RCI Foundation Canada. 

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FGIA updates test method for vertical fenestration installation procedures

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a test method evaluating the performance and durability of the integration of a fenestration product with a building envelope. AAMA 504-20, Voluntary Laboratory Test Method to Qualify Vertical Fenestration Installation Procedures, was originally created in 2005. This is its first update.

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Cradle to Cradle Certified products

The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.