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PPG Introduces Transparent-Reflective SOLARBAN R100 Glass
New glass offers higher performance than competing products

PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has introduced Solarban R100 glass, a transparent-reflective, solar control, low-emissivity glass with better performance than competing products in the same architectural glass category.

Because it is based on the same coating technology as Solarban 70XL glass, Solarban R100 glass delivers outstanding solar performance with color-neutral exterior reflectance of 32 percent. Interior reflectance for Solarban R100 glass is 14 percent.

Solarban R100 glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 42 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23 that helps architects and building owners meet stringent building codes. The glass’s 1.79 light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio is up to 29 percent greater than that of competing transparent-reflective, solar control, low-e glasses. Because Solarban R100 glass has a lower SHGC than does Solarban 70XL glass, it has the potential to generate even greater energy savings for building owners.

Glenn T. Miner, architectural market manager, PPG performance glazings, said Solarban R100 glass was developed with input from architects seeking a better-performing transparent-reflective glass. “Solarban R100 glass has the versatility to be used in privacy glass applications and harmonizes well with spandrels and other building materials because of its neutral appearance,” he said. “More importantly, compared to similar products, it helps building owners reduce the amount of energy they use for heating, cooling and artificial lighting.”

To learn about PPG’s entire collection of architectural glasses, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Garland Announces Industry’s First VOC-Free, Odor-Free, Mod-Bit System

The Garland Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance roofing solutions, recently announced its cold-applied Green-Lock® Membrane Adhesive has been approved for use as a flood coat in cold-applied modified bitumen roofing applications, enabling 100 percent VOC-free installation from the deck to the top coat. Independent testing has verified the membrane adhesive’s ability to meet Class A ASTM E108 fire test at a 3:12 slope.

Green-Lock Membrane Adhesive is a high-performance asphalt-modified polyether adhesive that is used to construct cold process roofing systems. Its curing cycle is stimulated by the moisture in the air and is complete in only one to five days, in contrast to solvent-based adhesives that require 30 to 90 days to cure. When used in conjunction with single or multiple plies of Garland approved base sheets and membranes, Green-Lock Membrane Adhesive creates a high-performance, long-lasting solvent-free modified bitumen roof system.

Tom Stuewe, Garland’s product manager for coatings and adhesives, reports: “By extending the use of our Green-Lock Membrane Adhesive, which was introduced last year, to flood coat applications, we can now offer a VOC-free modified bitumen roofing system. The Green-Lock family of high-performance adhesives is virtually odor-free, minimizing issues with rooftop air intake units. There is no disruption to building occupants even in sensitive applications such as schools, hospitals, or labs. The entire system is environmentally responsible and very installer-friendly.”

Green-Lock Membrane Adhesive is ideal for two-ply modified bitumen applications, and is approved for use with a variety of modified bitumen base sheets. For more information, please contact your local Garland representative at 1‑800‑321‑9336 or visit www.garlandco.com.

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Engineering News-Record Survey Finds Measured Optimism for Construction Industry Recovery through 2011 Construction Industry Confidence Index at 34, below “stable,” but up 9 points from 2009

The construction industry is signaling that industry conditions may begin to improve over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a survey in today’s issue of Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine and on ENR.com, published by McGraw-Hill Construction. The ENR Construction Industry Confidence Index (CICI) for the first quarter of 2010 shows that construction and design firm executives are not confident that the industry recession will end in 2010, but a slow and steady recovery is expected into 2011.

The Q1-2010 CICI, which measures industry sentiment for market sectors and trends, is 34 on a scale of 100, where a value of 100 indicates an improving market and a value of 50 indicates a stable market. While still well-below an index of 50, the index shows a distinct improvement over last quarter (up three points from 31 in Q4-2009) and last year (up nine points from 25 in Q1-2009). The index is based on 705 responses to surveys sent to more than 2,000 domestic firms on ENR’s lists of leading contractors and engineering firms.

When assessing the construction market, 68% of survey respondents say the current construction market is declining, 26% believe it had stabilized, and only 5% believe it is improving. However, survey respondents expect the picture to be different in 12 to 18 months, with 44% believing the construction market will be improving and another 44% believing it will have stabilized.

“ENR’s CICI provides strong indicators for what is going on in the construction industry,” said Janice L. Tuchman, editor-in-chief of Engineering News-Record. “What we are seeing is an optimistic outlook for a continued recovery. Of course it varies by sector, and there are clear winners and losers in today’s market—the infrastructure, power and healthcare sectors remain strong, while there is less confidence in nonresidential building of offices, stores, hotels, and manufacturing—but overall, this year and next year, the industry will stabilize.”

The CICI survey also asked participants to gauge changes in credit availability for financing projects, and found that securing financing continues to be a challenge. No respondents claimed that credit is much easier to obtain, and only 7.2% of respondents said it was somewhat easier to obtain. In contrast, 28.9% said it is much tougher to secure credit for project financing; 21.8% said that it is only somewhat tougher to obtain; and 42% said that credit availability is about the same.

The next quarterly survey results will be available in June 2010. For more information and methodology, visit http://enr.ecnext.com/coms2/article_bmfi100324MarketEconom-1 or contact Gary Tulacz, Senior Editor, ENR, at Gary_Tulacz@mcgraw-hill.com.

About McGraw-Hill Construction
McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects and products across the construction industry. For more than a century, it has remained North America’s leading provider of project and product information, plans and specifications, and industry news, trends and forecasts. McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers in the $5.6 trillion global construction industry through Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record, GreenSource, and 10 regional publications. To learn more, visit www.construction.com or follow @mhconstruction on Twitter.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies
Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts, Capital IQ, J.D. Power and Associates, McGraw-Hill Construction and Aviation Week. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2009 were $5.95 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

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Alaska Is Only State To Add Construction Jobs Between February 2009 And 2010, While 12 States Post Month-To-Month Gains
Ongoing Construction Job Losses Show Need for Expansion of Infrastructure Bonding Programs that Is Investing Over $70 Billion in Infrastructure Projects

Construction employment in forty-nine states and the District of Columbia declined between February 2009 and February 2010 according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. As construction job losses extend into their third year, the new data highlights the need to expand the Build America Bond program, trade group officials noted.

“With only one exception, the construction jobs picture varies from bleak to bad all across the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “We can’t afford to turn our back on any opportunity to boost investments in infrastructure and construction.”

Simonson noted that Alaska was the only state to see an increase in construction employment (0.6 percent, 100 jobs) between February 2009 and February 2010. Nevada (27.8 percent, 26,400 jobs); D.C. (25 percent, 3,200 jobs); Missouri (21.8 percent, 27,600 jobs); Colorado (20.9 percent, 30,300 jobs); and Arizona (20.9 percent, 30,600 jobs) experienced the largest percentage declines in construction employment for the year. California (119,900 jobs, 17.7 percent) experienced the largest decline in the number of construction employment.

The highest percentage declines in construction employment between January and February 2010 occurred in the District of Columbia (11.1 percent, 1,200 jobs) and Maryland (5.4 percent, 8,000 jobs) which were hit by unusually severe winter weather. Close behind were Wyoming (5.2 percent, 1,200 jobs); California (3.7 percent, 21,500 jobs); and Virginia (3.6 percent, 6,700 jobs). Meanwhile, the states adding the highest percentage of construction jobs over the past month were New Hampshire (5.5 percent, 1,200 jobs); Maine (4.5 percent, 1,000 jobs); Wisconsin (3.0 percent, 2,800 jobs); Louisiana (1.6 percent, 2,000 jobs) and Mississippi (1.3 percent, 600 jobs).

Association officials pointed to continued weakness in construction employment in urging Senators to authorize an expansion of a range of infrastructure bonding programs including Build America Bonds. The bonds, which were first made available as part of the stimulus, have already been used to provide over $70 billion to finance 834 different infrastructure projects.

“In terms of boosting employment, supporting the economy and repairing our aging infrastructure, infrastructure bonds are about as low hanging fruit as you get,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Expanding these programs won’t fix all our problems, but it will give workers new opportunities and our businesses a competitive edge.”

State Construction Employment (seasonally adjusted), 2/09‐2/10

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Brian Malarkey, executive vice president and director of Kirksey EcoServices has been named a recipient of the 2010 AIA National Young Architects Award, one of only nine recipients nationwide

Awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. Recipients must have been licensed to practice architecture fewer than 10 years.

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Modest Rebound in Architecture Billings Index
Stimulus package having limited impact because funding not yet reaching intended recipients

Following a drop of nearly three points, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) nudged up almost two points in February. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI rating was 44.8, up from a reading of 42.5 in January. This score indicates a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 52.0.

“We continue to hear that funding dedicated for construction projects in the stimulus package has not yet been awarded, resulting in a bottleneck of potential projects that could help jumpstart the economy,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “That, coupled with a persistently rigid credit market for private sector projects, is a key reason why the design and construction industry continue to suffer at near historic levels in terms of job losses.”

Key February ABI highlights:
  • Regional averages: Midwest (49.4), Northeast (44.1), West (43.6), South (40.7)
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (47.3), institutional (44.2), mixed practice (43.3), commercial / industrial (43.2)
  • Project inquiries index: 52.0

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. Based on a comparison of data compiled since the survey’s inception in 1995 with figures from the Department of Commerce on Construction Put in Place, the findings amount to a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly survey sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended. According to the proportion of respondents choosing each option, a score is generated, which represents an index value for each month. The regional and sector data is formulated using a three-month moving average.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org

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CertainTeed Expands Paperless Gypsum Product Offering with New GlasRoc® Shaftliner

To meet the growing demand for paperless gypsum products, CertainTeed Gypsum is expanding its product line to include GlasRoc(R) Shaftliner Type X. The shaftliner brings added protection during the construction process to buildings in high-humidity and wet-weather areas and offers exceptional fire resistance in completed commercial and multi-family buildings.

GlasRoc Shaftliner was specifically designed and engineered for use in elevator shafts, stairwells, and area separation firewalls. The shaftliner consists of a 1-inch thick noncombustible, moisture resistant core with reinforcing glass mats and a protective coating on the exterior surface.

“With the introduction of GlasRoc Shaftliner, CertainTeed Gypsum is better prepared to serve our customers who prefer paperless gypsum products,” says Ed Maloney, product manager for CertainTeed Gypsum. “Our GlasRoc product line, which includes exterior sheathing, shaftliner and tilebacker plays a critical role in protecting exposed buildings from moisture throughout construction and for the life of the building.”

GlasRoc Shaftliner is 2 feet wide and is available in 8-, 10-, and 12-foot lengths. The product meets ASTM G 21 standards for mold resistance and is backed by a 12-month limited warranty against exposure. It is UL Classified and ULC Listed for fire resistance and surface burning characteristics.

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliate CertainTeed Corporation’s building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/gypsum.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed(R) is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009.

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econoKORE from Kerfkore Company

EconoKORE is a unique 2-ply product that brings you the ability to form curves with less labor and less cost. Made of processed MDF core with a High Density or Poplar Plywood overlay, you'll find it much easier and more economical to use than bending ply! EconoKore is available in ¼”, 3/8” and NOW in ¾” with a lite MDF core.

EconoKORE's unique 2-ply construction offers a more stable and balanced panel that is calibrated for consistent size and thickness. It can be easily bent and attached to a ribbed frame by the use of nails. There are no warping, twisting, flat spots, size variation, or odor associated with econoKORE.

EconoKORE enables the user to form curves that are more uniform and stable with less labor and at a lower cost.

It is much easier to work with and more economical to use than single-ply kerfed and plain kerfed MDF panels. EconoKORE can reach a 6-inch radius. Installation can be accomplished with traditional fabricating tools and methods, and it is manufactured from processed MDF core with a high density or poplar plywood overlay. There is no sanding or patching required and the poplar plywood overlay provides a smoother, more symmetrical laminating or painting surface.

econoKORE is available in a 1/4" and 3/8" thickness along with a recently introduced 3/4" lite version with an MDF core in 4'x8' and 8'x4' panel sizes. The 1/4", 3/8", and 3/4" thickness are available with a poplar plywood face while the 1/4" and 3/8" are available with a high-density fiberboard face. The board weighs just 1.0 pound per square foot.

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accel-E™ S.T.E.P. Wall System Is Now GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

The accel-E™ Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) wall system has been GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. The certification represents a significant achievement for the wall system, according to Al Alayon, president of ACCELERATED Building Technologies (ABT), which manufactures the S.T.E.P. wall system that provides both superior construction and energy efficiency.

The accel-E™ Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) wall system has been GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. The certification represents a significant achievement for the wall system, according to Al Alayon, president of ACCELERATED Building Technologies (ABT), which manufactures the S.T.E.P. wall system that provides both superior construction and energy efficiency.

“We are very pleased that the accel-E™ S.T.E.P. wall system has qualified for this important certification,” said Alayon. “Numerous global, federal, state and local authorities recognize the value and specify GREENGUARD Certified products in their green building codes and purchase specifications.”

The highly energy efficient accel-E™ S.T.E.P. wall system is manufactured by fusing cold formed steel framing components and expandable polystyrene (EPS) insulating panels together into a single continuous system. In order to be GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified, the EPS insulating material in the S.T.E.P. panels was screened for more than 10,000 different volatile organic compounds, and found to emit the fewest possible chemicals into the indoor environment.

“By using products bearing the GREENGUARD Certification mark, architects, designers and specifiers can be assured these products have been independently verified to meet some of the most rigorous chemical emissions standards in the world,” Alayon said.

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), a not-for-profit American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Authorized Standards Developer, oversees the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM.

“GEI applauds Accelerated Building Technologies on its commitment to furthering our mission of improving indoor air quality,” said Henning Bloech, GEI Executive Director. “As products such as accel-E™ S.T.E.P. help buildings become more tightly sealed and energy efficient, reducing the number of pollutant sources in indoor environments becomes even more important to create healthier spaces for the people who occupy them.”

Certified products are recognized and specified by the nation’s leading organizations focused on sustainability including the United States Green Building Council LEED® program.

By fusing steel framing components and EPS insulation into a single system, the accel-E™ S.T.E.P. system eliminates air infiltration and provides a continuous energy envelope that outperforms conventional framing and insulation, Alayon noted. In addition to helping to reduce energy costs for heating and cooling, the S.T.E.P. system also reduces the construction build time by providing a one step installation.

The steel framing members are made of recycled steel and are themselves recyclable. Moreover, replacing conventional framing and insulation with pre-engineered accel-E™ panels virtually eliminates jobsite waste and disposal issues – all of which further add to the system’s LEED points.

The materials used in the panels also resist mold and mildew while minimizing the building’s long-term environmental impact. The accel-E™ system fully complies with both the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC).

About ACCELERATED Building Technologies
ACCELERATED Building Technologies, LLC, was formed by two leading building materials manufacturers, combining the talent, resources and knowledge of Dietrich Metal Framing and NOVA Chemicals. ACCELERATED Building Technologies maintains ownership under SYNTHEON, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of NOVA Chemicals, Inc., for the building and construction industry. For more information, contact Jeff Peskowitz, director of marketing, at 412-490-5037; or visit the company’s Web site at http://www.accbt.com.

About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry-independent, not-for-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM. The Institute's mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air that people breathe. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for building materials, interior products, furnishings, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The more than 200,000 GREENGUARD Certified products must meet stringent; third-party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and undergo rigorous testing and verification processes on a regular basis. An online guide to GREENGUARD Certified products is available at no charge at www.greenguard.org.

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AIA to Congress: Bipartisan Support Needed to Revive Construction Industry

“We commend the extension of the Build America Bonds program and surface transportation programs in the jobs bill just passed by Congress, and strongly urge Congress to show the same bipartisan support for jump starting the struggling design and construction industry," said Christine McEntee, EVP / Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). "The entire construction sector has such a far reaching impact on the overall economy and continues to suffer through layoffs and firm closings at epic rates. In order to truly stimulate the economy there needs to be a strong financial commitment to small business relief, broad tax incentives for energy-efficient buildings and retrofits, and passage of the HomeSTAR and BuildingSTAR programs for energy retrofits. We call on Congress to ensure that those areas are addressed in the next jobs packages.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org

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