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Guardian Glass will launch jumbo coater this summer

This jumbo coater is Guardian’s 12th, and the first in North America. The company will focus initial production on the most popular double and triple silver SunGuard coated glass for architectural applications. The use of SunGuard coated glass in jumbo sizes – on lites up to 217 square feet – opens up possibilities to architects by delivering expansive views with high performance to their design repertory.

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CornellCookson Announced Newest Closure Innovations at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

CornellCookson returned to the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 with a full roster of new and improved closure products, including Extreme® 300 Series MicroCoil™ Grille, SmokeShield™ Elevator and SteelWeave™ Metal Mesh Grille. The company’s newest product, MicroCoil allows architects, designers and facility managers to maximize clear openings by significantly reducing coil size.

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Axalta’s Architectural Applicator Program Reimagines Global Quality

Axalta has launched its architectural applicator approval program to further ensure that façade fabricators, system houses, façade consultants, developers and architects specifying Alesta® Axalta powder coatings can expect consistent performance and quality on their building projects across the globe. The program will serve as a step further toward performance excellence for Axalta.

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Structural Plywood, OSB Exempt from New Formaldehyde Ruling

Composite wood products must meet new federal formaldehyde emissions regulations as of June 1, 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation defines composite wood products as particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and hardwood (decorative) plywood. These products are required to be certified as compliant with the new regulation, which intends to ensure that all domestic and imported composite wood panels, and the finished products containing them, meet the world’s most stringent standards for formaldehyde emissions.

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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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Brick

BIA Extends Entry Deadline for 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards

Architectural and design firms now have until Monday, May 7 to enter the 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards, the nation’s premiere architectural design competition featuring fired-clay brick. Entries must be submitted online by May 7. The Brick Industry Association’s (BIA’s) annual awards honor outstanding, innovative and sustainable architecture that incorporate clay brick products as the predominant exterior building or paving material.

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Coatings

PPG announces price increase on industrial coatings products in North America

“PPG continues to be aggressive in its efforts to control costs through enhanced operational efficiencies,” said Braun. “While these efforts have been successful in many regards, rising costs throughout the supply chain require that we modify our pricing at this time. These price increases ensure that we can continue to deliver the industry’s most innovative coatings solutions along with the value-adding support of our exceptional technical and service teams.”

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Concrete

McCullough Mulvin Architects’ striking student accommodation for Thapar University in India – shortlisted for World Architecture Festival award

McCullough Mulvin Architects in partnership with Design Plus Associates (DPA) have designed an overall masterplan for the 250-acre site to provide a series of iconic buildings for the University, including two phases of student residences, a sports centre and a new learning centre incorporating a library, lecture theatres and computer science building. A contemporary approach to design and materials has been employed across the campus to position the University as part of a modern, contemporary India.

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Curtain wall

Little Caesars Arena meets aesthetic, sustainability, security goals with Tubelite’s curtainwall, storefront, entrance systems

Designed by HOK and owned by Ilitch Holdings, Inc., the $862.9 million arena complex blends historic and modern aesthetics with massively scaled, fan-friendly interiors and modestly scaled, pedestrian-friendly exteriors. Contributing to this exterior, Tubelite Inc.'s curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems support the project's aesthetic, sustainability and security goals for completion on time and within budget.

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Exterior paints and coatings

Las Vegas Vortex Canopy Creates Striking Structure on the Strip

The canopy was formed from 60,000 square-feet of Engineered Wall System Inc.’s 400 series rainscreen system using ALPOLIC Material’s fire-retardant (FR) core aluminum composite material (ACM). These metal panels feature Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating‘s Valflon® coating in Platinum Mica, Champagne Mica and Silver Metallic. Valflon was the ideal choice for this specific project, as it required a bold look with lots of gloss and shine. Even better, this coating is highly resistant to weathering, airborne chemicals, acid rain and graffiti-removing cleaning solvents.

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Floors

High Performance Systems Performs Floor Installation for Electrical Generation Facility in New Jersey

This flooring project was completed for one of the largest electrical generation plants in New Jersey. More specifically the new flooring system would be installed in the machine shop of the facility. In the machine shop old generators and parts were refurbished which, required heavy machining equipment, forklifts, and a 50-ton hoist. Due to the heavy loads and substances required to complete daily machine shop operations, the floor needed to have excellent scratch, abrasion, impact and chemical resistance. To complete the project, High Performance Systems, a local resinous flooring contractor was hired to replace the existing 14,000 sq. ft. floor with a new epoxy system in 3 days. To avoid a plant shutdown, the project was scheduled to start on New Year’s Eve.

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Glass

Guardian Glass will launch jumbo coater this summer

This jumbo coater is Guardian’s 12th, and the first in North America. The company will focus initial production on the most popular double and triple silver SunGuard coated glass for architectural applications. The use of SunGuard coated glass in jumbo sizes – on lites up to 217 square feet – opens up possibilities to architects by delivering expansive views with high performance to their design repertory.

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Interior paints

Sherwin-Williams introduces Extreme Block™ stain blocking Primer/Sealer

Sherwin-Williams introduces Extreme Block™ Primer/Sealer, a versatile indoor/outdoor formula, to its extensive coatings lineup. The new oil-based primer reduces the need for repaints by sealing off stubborn stains such as smoke, fire and nicotine, making it ideal for quickly restoring a property to fresh condition.

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Metal

Las Vegas Vortex Canopy Creates Striking Structure on the Strip

The canopy was formed from 60,000 square-feet of Engineered Wall System Inc.’s 400 series rainscreen system using ALPOLIC Material’s fire-retardant (FR) core aluminum composite material (ACM). These metal panels feature Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating‘s Valflon® coating in Platinum Mica, Champagne Mica and Silver Metallic. Valflon was the ideal choice for this specific project, as it required a bold look with lots of gloss and shine. Even better, this coating is highly resistant to weathering, airborne chemicals, acid rain and graffiti-removing cleaning solvents.

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Roofs

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Waterproofing

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Wood

Structural Plywood, OSB Exempt from New Formaldehyde Ruling

Composite wood products must meet new federal formaldehyde emissions regulations as of June 1, 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation defines composite wood products as particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and hardwood (decorative) plywood. These products are required to be certified as compliant with the new regulation, which intends to ensure that all domestic and imported composite wood panels, and the finished products containing them, meet the world’s most stringent standards for formaldehyde emissions.

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How to Design Zero Energy Buildings for School Projects by Eddy Santosa, CBCP, LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP . Photo: James Patterson Elementary School - Richmond, Texas (Architect: Huckabee). The building was designed to achieve Ultra-Low-Energy Building and it utilizes extensive sustainable, durable and environmentally sound materials and includes natural daylighting, and good indoor air quality.

How to Design Zero Energy Buildings for School Projects by Eddy Santosa, CBCP, LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP . Photo: James Patterson Elementary School - Richmond, Texas (Architect: Huckabee). The building was designed to achieve Ultra-Low-Energy Building and it utilizes extensive sustainable, durable and environmentally sound materials and includes natural daylighting, and good indoor air quality.

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