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Kinestral’s Halio Smart-Tinting Glass Selected for Integration into Katerra Smart Homes & Buildings

“Katerra is a forward-thinking, technology-driven company that will ultimately become one of the largest builders of smart homes and buildings worldwide,” said Craig Henricksen, vice president of marketing for Kinestral Technologies, Inc. “Our partnership will enable Katerra to offer its customers energy-efficient buildings that deliver unprecedented levels of comfort and the well-being that comes from an abundance of natural light. By closely integrating Halio’s cloud-based automation system into Katerra’s systems, Katerra customers’ user experiences will be intuitive, seamless, and enjoyable.”

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Wood Use in Schools on the Rise as Education Building Market Expands

Experts project U.S. schools will need to accommodate an additional 2.8 million students by 2024. Meanwhile, the average age of education facilities at every level has increased, and rapidly evolving student needs and technologies are making repairs, renovations and expansions critical for schools striving to remain relevant. As U.S. designers seek to satisfy the needs of a growing student population, Think Wood anticipates an increase in wood schools over the next decade.

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Tubelite launches 400SS Screw Spline Thermal Curtainwall

Tubelite Inc.’s new 400SS Series thermal, screw spline, aluminum-framed curtainwall features a thermally broken system to meet today’ commercial building codes and performance criteria. In addition to delivering high thermal performance (U-Factors) and condensation resistance, the new system is engineered for glazing in either the shop or in the field for installing on low- to mid-rise buildings.

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New Mobile App Features Most Popular Hardwood Species

The free Reference Guide application, at www.HardwoodInfo.com, not only includes information about the most abundant American Hardwood Species—availability, physical and working characteristics, strength and mechanical properties, and typical applications of each—it also allows users the ability to compare species being considered for a project.

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Air barriers

StoPanel Technology to Offer Further Design Versatility Using Fiber Cement Panel Cladding

StoPanel Technology, is now partnered with Swisspearl, the inventors of fiber cement panels. The two companies have teamed up to offer a continuous insulation system that uniquely combines the convenience and cost-effectiveness of offsite panel manufacturing with the look and feel of an innovative, contemporary aesthetic. The inclusion of Swisspearl in the StoPanel line-up of prefabricated panel options provides owners and design professionals with a wide range of attractive fiber cement panel and color options along with the benefits provided when using a cladding that offers a rainscreen design.

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Coatings

Terrence Hahn Officially Joins Axalta as Chief Executive Officer

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. today announced that Terrence Hahn has officially joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Charlie Shaver, who will continue at Axalta as Non-Executive Chairman.  Hahn will also serve on Axalta's Board of Directors, expanding the Board's size from eight to nine Directors. 

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Concrete

Western Specialty Contractors Uses Leading-Edge Concrete Repair Technology to Protect Workers on Parking Garage Restoration

Western began the project using electric chipping hammers to remove the unsound concrete from overhead. This technique proved to be a challenge with crew members holding the hammer above their heads for eight hours a day, five days a week. As a result, production slowed on the project and the decision was made to utilize a PAM machine manufactured by RNP Industries.

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Curtain wall

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

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Exterior paints and coatings

AAMA to host webinar on glazing system performance during Hurricane Irma

During this already active hurricane season, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar about lessons learned from 2017's Hurricane Irma, which primarily impacted Florida. AAMA will present Chris Matthews, vice president and senior consultant of GCI Consultants, as he speaks about glazing system performance during Hurricane Irma. Observations from hundreds of inspections conducted from the Northeast to the Southeast to the Southwest of Florida will be shared

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Floors

New Mobile App Features Most Popular Hardwood Species

The free Reference Guide application, at www.HardwoodInfo.com, not only includes information about the most abundant American Hardwood Species—availability, physical and working characteristics, strength and mechanical properties, and typical applications of each—it also allows users the ability to compare species being considered for a project.

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Glass

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Greenlite Glass provide key element to Salesforce Transit Center: Daylight

Pelli Clark Pelli Architects designed the Salesforce Transit Center with “soaring light-filled spaces” to give “San Francisco a grand entrance that befits its status as one of the world’s great cities.” Inside the airy and spacious Grand Hall, sunshine is filtered more than 100 feet below the center’s above-street-level park by the Contraflam Liteflam XT-120 walkable fire-rated glass floor and skylight. More than 4,000 sheets of glass make up almost 300 panels, providing daylight for the Grand Hall. A second installation brings natural light down below street level.

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Interior paints

Channeling the Desert Modern Style, Cavern Clay Is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year

Cavern Clay SW 7701 is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year. A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together create the desert modern aesthetic. “We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s—with a twist. In the coming year, we will embrace our pioneering spirits and artisan ingenuity,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. “Our 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity and free-spirited, bohemian flair.”

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Metal

London Hotel Undergoes a Stunning Transformation with Lumiflon FEVE Resin

The Novotel dons a visually-stunning exterior façade, which features protruding box windows that give the hotel a more dynamic look. This aesthetic is furthermore enhanced with the utilization of ALUCOBOND® Plus Spectra Cupral, an aluminum composite material that contains color-changing properties. The shifting hues are due to a high-performance coating system that was finished with a Lumiflon-based topcoat.

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Roofs

BLUEFIN, LLC Acquires Professional Roof Services, Inc., Strengthening its Leadership in Commercial Roof Consulting

 BLUEFIN, LLC, a nationwide consulting company for commercial roofs, pavement, and building envelope management, announced today it acquired Professional Roof Services, Inc. (PRSI), a Delaware-based roof consulting company. BLUEFIN, the first roof consulting company to provide mobile assessment, and online analytics and data management to customers, further strengthens its ability to provide quality consulting services to Mid-Atlantic clients. The move reinforces BLUEFIN’s position as the largest, leading consulting group in the industry.

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Waterproofing

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Wood

Wood Use in Schools on the Rise as Education Building Market Expands

Experts project U.S. schools will need to accommodate an additional 2.8 million students by 2024. Meanwhile, the average age of education facilities at every level has increased, and rapidly evolving student needs and technologies are making repairs, renovations and expansions critical for schools striving to remain relevant. As U.S. designers seek to satisfy the needs of a growing student population, Think Wood anticipates an increase in wood schools over the next decade.

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The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

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