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Shipping containers poised to aid with COVID-19 hospital housing shortage

Detroit-based cargo architecture firm Three Squared, whose steel cargo containers are typically used for innovative multifamily and mixed-use housing applications, announces it is now proffering its cargo container dwellings not only as relief units for hospital and morgue/mortuary overflow, but also as appropriately-appointed and climate-controlled housing units for doctors and nurses needing to stay close to patients.

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Alistagen Corporation highlights benefits of EPA-approved antimicrobial coating Caliwel™ BNA

Alistagen Corporation announced last week that its Caliwel™ BNA, a non-toxic, natural mineral-based, antimicrobial, antiviral, EPA-approved surface coating, is effective against Influenza virus. The company stated that Caliwel BNA has demonstrated through independent laboratory tests 99.9% effectiveness against more than 20 microbes that cause influenza, asthma, allergies, staph infection, polio, hepatitis, cholera and Legionnaires’ disease

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QUIKRETE® and Oak Ridge National Laboratory partner to develop printable concrete

The QUIKRETE® Companies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently entered a cooperative research and development agreement to design next-generation concrete for use in the production of large-scale structures through a 3D printing process. Designed as a pumpable, low- or zero-slump material that sets quickly and gains strength rapidly, this new concrete will be ideal for printable construction projects.

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Polyglass receives new wind uplift approvals for multi-ply roof systems

Last month  Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announced that its low-slope roof systems have passed stringent wind uplift tests, providing contractors with more wind-resistant roofing options. All roof assemblies exceeded their targeted wind uplift values, resulting in new Miami-Dade, Florida Building Codes, and Texas Department of Insurance approvals.

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ROCKWOOL launches Cavityrock® Black

ROCKWOOL has launched Cavityrock® Black—a dual-density insulation board designed to mask the insulation layer with a bonded fleece facing to create a crisp, dark aesthetic in open-joint facades.  Cavityrock® Black also offers the same excellent thermal performance, fire resistance, and moisture control of ROCKWOOL Cavityrock® insulation, states the company.

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Air barriers

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

2019 Brick in Architecture Awards honor dynamic design

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) announces recipients of the 2019 Brick in Architecture Awards, celebrating 30 years as the nation’s premier design competition featuring clay brick. “These architects maximize brick’s virtually unlimited aesthetic freedom and its integral role in sustainable design,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s President, CEO and CFO.  

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Coatings

Alistagen Corporation highlights benefits of EPA-approved antimicrobial coating Caliwel™ BNA

Alistagen Corporation announced last week that its Caliwel™ BNA, a non-toxic, natural mineral-based, antimicrobial, antiviral, EPA-approved surface coating, is effective against Influenza virus. The company stated that Caliwel BNA has demonstrated through independent laboratory tests 99.9% effectiveness against more than 20 microbes that cause influenza, asthma, allergies, staph infection, polio, hepatitis, cholera and Legionnaires' disease

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Concrete

PCA earns 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America’s cement manufacturers, is proud to announce that it has received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding collaboration with the ENERGY STAR program and promotion of ENERGY STAR tools.

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Curtain wall

Finding common ground at Tulane Commons

Tulane University had a crystal clear vision for the Commons and it brought in architect Weiss/Manfredi to bring it to life. The goal was to create a multipurpose building that would give Tulane’s diverse student body a place to connect through shared dining and learning experiences. At the heart of these experiences would be the ultra-modern, sleek design of the building’s interior and exterior, as well as commanding views of the foliage-rich campus. The coastal location of the campus also meant that designers had to focus on the new building's ability to resist hurricane-force winds and impact.

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Exterior paints and coatings

PPG DURANAR XL coatings add subtle elegance to Boston’s newest skyscraper

Designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven, 61-story One Dalton Place features PPG Duranar XL liquid and powder coatings in a metallic pewter tint that harmonizes with the building’s sleek glass exterior. The coatings were selected to finish the metal framing for the oversized windows, as well as the metal panels and capping used on the curtainwall.

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Floors

AISI publishes two new cold-formed steel framing test standards

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced February 20 that it has published two new cold-formed steel test standards: 1) “AISI S921-19, Test Standard for Determining the Strength and Stiffness of Cold-Formed Steel Truss Assemblies and Components,” and 2) “AISI S922-19, Test Standard for Determining the Strength and Stiffness of Bearing-Friction Interference Connector Assemblies in Profiled Steel Panels.”

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Glass

Finding common ground at Tulane Commons

Tulane University had a crystal clear vision for the Commons and it brought in architect Weiss/Manfredi to bring it to life. The goal was to create a multipurpose building that would give Tulane’s diverse student body a place to connect through shared dining and learning experiences. At the heart of these experiences would be the ultra-modern, sleek design of the building’s interior and exterior, as well as commanding views of the foliage-rich campus. The coastal location of the campus also meant that designers had to focus on the new building's ability to resist hurricane-force winds and impact.

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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

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Roofs

Polyglass receives new wind uplift approvals for multi-ply roof systems

Last month  Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announced that its low-slope roof systems have passed stringent wind uplift tests, providing contractors with more wind-resistant roofing options. All roof assemblies exceeded their targeted wind uplift values, resulting in new Miami-Dade, Florida Building Codes, and Texas Department of Insurance approvals.

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Waterproofing

EPRO acquires Kingfield Construction Products

“Protecting the building envelope continues to be a top priority for specifiers, which means their demands for innovation are evolving. Our acquisition of Kingfield increases our ability to meet and exceed those expectations with unique technologies that stand alone or augment our EPRO E.Series line of redundant, field-installed composite systems,” said David Polk, CEO of EPRO Services. “We’re also excited about the intellectual capital coming from Kingfield. They’re smart, experienced professionals who will enable us to provide a new standard of excellence during the design and installation phase for customers.”

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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

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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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