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American Concrete Institute announces ACI 318-19 building code seminar dates for 2020

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is offering a series of seminars to focus on the new ACI 318-19, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary. The ACI 318-19 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete contains some of the most significant technical changes since the 1971 Code, and more than 100 additional pages of provisions compared to the 2014 Code.

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Do you need a NFPA 285 tested wall assembly for a project?

“Do you need a NFPA 285 tested wall assembly for a project?” authored by Bill Egan. “NFPA 285 is a fire test method that determines the fire propagation attributes of exterior wall assemblies with combustible materials and components. Apart from some exceptions and conditions set forth in the International Building Code (IBC), NFPA 285 testing is triggered when the wall assembly contains certain combustible components and the building is Type I, II, III, or IV construction.”

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ICF Industries Inc. and GigaCrete Inc. sign strategic distribution agreement for new CannaBlock products

As part of this strategic distribution agreement, GigaCrete has agreed to white label and manufacture its  high-performance coatings, energy-efficient wall systems and advanced security building systems that are purchased by ICF Industries under ICF’s “CannaBlock” brand name. PlasterMax™ is a versatile abuse-resistant interior veneer plaster for architectural and industrial applications requiring extreme abrasion and water resistance.

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Performance BioFilaments reaches new milestone in nanofibrillated cellulose commercial production

Performance BioFilaments Inc. announces the availability of high performance nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) starting in 2021. Four key areas of application include strengthening concretes, mortars and cements; enhancing rheology of coatings and industrial fluids; strengthening nonwovens, filter media and construction materials; and reinforcing polymers, composites and foams. 

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International Living Future Institute honors Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions with Manufacturer Visionary Award

Anita Snader, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Armstrong World Industries, accepted the award on behalf of Armstrong. “We appreciate ILFI’s recognition of our commitment to transparency and to creating better spaces with the products in our Sustain® portfolio,” says Snader. “Our collaboration with ILFI to reach our common goals has been valuable to all of our stakeholders.”

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Sto’s products complete Baha Mar Resort & Casino

The Baha Mar Resort & Casino on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, encompasses three million square feet of construction, 6,000 tons of structural steel, 500,000 sq. ft. of glass, and an abundance of the StoTherm® ci exterior insulation system and Sto finish products including Stolit® Milano.

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Brick Industry Association names new chairman

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has elected General Shale CEO Charles Smith as chairman effective January 1. Smith succeeds Brick Industry Association chairman Davis Henry, president, Henry Brick, Co, Selma, Alabama, who will remain as past chair. BIA’s membership also elected Joe Rice, CEO of Belden Tri-State Building Materials, New York, New York as vice chair; Jim Stradley, president of Cincinnati-based Division 4, Inc. as treasure; and Mark Ellenor, president of Glen-Gery Corp., Wyomissing, PA as new secretary.

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Coatings

Sto’s products complete Baha Mar Resort & Casino

The Baha Mar Resort & Casino on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, encompasses three million square feet of construction, 6,000 tons of structural steel, 500,000 sq. ft. of glass, and an abundance of the StoTherm® ci exterior insulation system and Sto finish products including Stolit® Milano.

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Concrete

Biggs Cardosa Associates’ Plaza Bridge at Marine Way wins ACEC’s 2020 Golden State Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) announced yesterday that Biggs Cardosa Associates has been honored with their prestigious 2020 Golden State Award for its work on the Plaza Bridge at Marine Way in Irvine, Calif. The Plaza Bridge is a cast-in-place concrete slab supporting a landscaped park. Because of the bridge’s size, the structural design had to meet strict California Fire Code and NFPA requirements for tunnels and be able to resist a 13,000-gallon gasoline tanker fire event, combined with a heavy goods vehicle loaded with ordinary combustibles.

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Exterior paints and coatings

ICF Industries Inc. and GigaCrete Inc. sign strategic distribution agreement for new CannaBlock products

As part of this strategic distribution agreement, GigaCrete has agreed to white label and manufacture its  high-performance coatings, energy-efficient wall systems and advanced security building systems that are purchased by ICF Industries under ICF's "CannaBlock" brand name. PlasterMax™ is a versatile abuse-resistant interior veneer plaster for architectural and industrial applications requiring extreme abrasion and water resistance.

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PPG AQUAPON WB EP epoxy coating meets multiple criteria for LEED credits

PPG announced yesterday that its PPG AQUAPON® WB EP waterborne epoxy coating, which has an ultra-low volatile organic compound (VOC) formulation (26g/L), is eligible to help building owners, architects and specifiers obtain LEED® points in several categories. Based on third-party reviews of its environmental life cycle impacts, PPG AQUAPON WB EP coating has received an environmental product declaration (EPD) for its use as a flooring coating.

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Glass

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Interior paints

ICF Industries Inc. and GigaCrete Inc. sign strategic distribution agreement for new CannaBlock products

As part of this strategic distribution agreement, GigaCrete has agreed to white label and manufacture its  high-performance coatings, energy-efficient wall systems and advanced security building systems that are purchased by ICF Industries under ICF's "CannaBlock" brand name. PlasterMax™ is a versatile abuse-resistant interior veneer plaster for architectural and industrial applications requiring extreme abrasion and water resistance.

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Metal

Arc’teryx’s flagship store in Vancouver features zinc panel façade inspired by nearby mountains

Several factors influenced the design of the new Arc’teryx flagship store in Vancouver, British Columbia, and all led to the prominent use of zinc on the exterior. “I knew I wanted to use metal and zinc caught my attention early on” said Ehsan Vali, Unison’s lead designer on the project. “I discovered that the nearby mountains contain significant deposits of both zinc and copper. I came across different pictures of actual raw zinc and noticed the very linear, angular, clear lines with a bit of sheen. We quickly settled on RHEINZINK as the right material to deliver the cool, modern aesthetic to complement the brand.”

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Roofs

Atlas Roofing Corporation acquires StarRFoam

Atlas® Roofing Corporation announces the acquisition of StarRFoam located in Arlington, Texas. StarRFoam is a manufacturer of molded polystyrene solutions with manufacturing facilities in Texas and Arizona.

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Waterproofing

Biggs Cardosa Associates’ Plaza Bridge at Marine Way wins ACEC’s 2020 Golden State Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) announced yesterday that Biggs Cardosa Associates has been honored with their prestigious 2020 Golden State Award for its work on the Plaza Bridge at Marine Way in Irvine, Calif. The Plaza Bridge is a cast-in-place concrete slab supporting a landscaped park. Because of the bridge’s size, the structural design had to meet strict California Fire Code and NFPA requirements for tunnels and be able to resist a 13,000-gallon gasoline tanker fire event, combined with a heavy goods vehicle loaded with ordinary combustibles.

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Wood

APA publishes updated Engineered Wood Construction Guide

APA – The Engineered Wood Association announced in January that the updated APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30, is now available on APA’s website. The 100-page guide features information on engineered wood products and recommendations for their use in a wide range of applications in residential and commercial construction. It includes illustrations and information on typical specifications for engineered wood products and design recommendations for floor, wall and roof systems, diaphragms, shear walls, fire-rated systems and finishing methods.

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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

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

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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.

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