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YKK AP America Inc. acquires Erie Architectural Products Group

YKK AP America Inc., manufacturer of commercial facade systems and residential doors and windows, today announced the acquisition of high-performance facades solutions provider, Erie Architectural Products Group. This strategic acquisition demonstrates the significance of where the construction market is trending.

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SOLARBAN 60, OPTIGRAY glasses set tone for “future-forward” living at 3Eleven

Tracking 3Eleven for LEED® Certification, the architect factored the environmental performance of Solarban 60 glass into the energy budget calculations to optimize energy performance credits. Despite its clear appearance, Solarban 60 glass blocks 62 percent of total solar energy while allowing 70 percent of visible light to pass through—an ideal mix of energy savings and visibility.

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Apogee publishes updated whitepaper, “Window Replacement: Unrealized Benefits to Building Owners”

There are approximately six million commercial buildings in the U.S., nearly half of which are more than 40 years old, according to a 2019 report from the American Institute of Architects. Within their lifespan, window system solutions and energy standards have evolved significantly – presenting an opportunity for building owners and occupants to reduce energy costs, improve tenant satisfaction, and increase the value of their properties.

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Echelon Aria Slim™ Stone wins Product Innovation Award (PIA) from Architectural Products magazine

Oldcastle APG announces that Echelon Aria Slim™ Stone has been awarded a Product Innovation Award (PIA) from Architectural Products magazine. Highlighting the most innovative developments, the PIA Awards are earned by products manufactured for better performance, affordability and sustainability. Recognized for increased durability and reduced installation time, Aria Slim Stone delivers the elegant appearance of long, clean lines with a unique 36-inch profile.

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Mohawk receives Canada’s first zero carbon dual certification

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College has become the first building in Canada to receive Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard certification in both the Design and Performance categories from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The high-performance building envelope, consisting of triple-pane glazing and insulated pre-cast sandwich panels, maximizes heating, cooling and natural light.

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McLaren Engineering Group’s Donna Brangaccio wins ‘Tribute to Women of INfluence’ award

“It is an honor to be named a ‘Woman of INfluence’ alongside these inspiring female leaders from across northern New Jersey,” says Donna Brangaccio. “I think women should be confident, and above all, we should be tireless in our pursuits professionally and personally. I think there is time, space and energy for all of it. I am grateful that McLaren places an importance on enabling its employees to thrive on all fronts.”

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American Hardwood Promotion Coalition to energize, unite industry

The American hardwood industry is facing significant change driven by stiff competition from wood look-alike products, relentless misleading campaigns about the sustainability of wood products, a slowing world economy and the ongoing U.S. trade war with China. More than 30 executives of hardwood industry organizations and associations—local, state, regional and national, have been a part of the conversation to establish consensus and develop an action plan.

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Consolidated Glass Holdings appoints Tracy Rogers as technical services director

In his new role, Tracy Rogers will work directly with the Consolidated Glass Holdings, Inc. (CGH) architectural division—including J.E. Berkowitz, Columbia Commercial Building Products, and Solar Seal—as well as support the CGH procurement, manufacturing, and sales teams. Rogers also will provide technical assistance, design guidance, and field support to customers and design professionals.

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KTGY receives 2019 SAGE honors for Regency Palms in Long Beach and Sun Bay Senior Club in Los Angeles

KTGY Architecture + Planning has announced that the firm has been recognized by the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Council on Shaping Advancements in Generational Environments (SAGE)’s 2019 SAGE Awards program. Celebrating its 25th year, these annual awards honor the innovative professionals, projects and programs that have contributed to the enhancement of life for residents age 55+ in the western United States.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Sto RapidGuard is a single-component, multi-use air barrier and waterproofing material that seals rough openings, seams, sheathing joints, cracks, penetrations, and transitions in above-grade wall construction.

Sto RapidGuard is a single-component, multi-use air barrier and waterproofing material that seals rough openings, seams, sheathing joints, cracks, penetrations, and transitions in above-grade wall construction.

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