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Skanska's Data Center Experts Building Efficient Bridge to Cloud Computing Just In Time
Unique methods front-and-center at Datacenter Dynamics New York Conference

Jakob Carnemark, Senior Vice President at Skanska USA Inc., today indicated that businesses operating data centers will need to go beyond traditional practices in order to build economically sound facilities.

"Data center supply chains – like all supply chains – are collapsing around efficiency and speed to market,” said Carnemark, who leads Skanska's Mission Critical Center of Excellence. "To take advantage, companies need to alter their approaches and move away from the traditional design-bid-build process. It doesn't make sense to build dynamic computing platforms on top of traditional high-cost, inefficient infrastructure. New solutions can optimize IT and asset utilization by capturing a broad spectrum of information about data center facilities and how they are being used.”

Carnemark added: "If held to a higher standard, our industry can deliver solutions that lower IT costs dramatically from what was previously possible. Viewing the energy performance and utilization of IT equipment can inform decisions about what to build and what is best in a cloud computing environment.

Carnemark noted how Skanska has recently put much of its talk into action with industry-leading practices that have been proven in the field:

  • Hyper-Efficient Pre-fabricated Data Centers – Skanska has been engaged by a large telecommunications company to deliver modular data centers in a "just in time” manner as critical load is required.

    "This type of multi-year agreement is the future,” says Carnemark. "Companies want to move away from costly chaos to an efficient, optimized supply chain that is delivered when they need it without going to the high cost of collocation. The goal is to dramatically improve IT utilization and closely couple costs to needs. The resulting data center infrastructure is 40 percent less expensive than the industry average and 70 percent more energy efficient.”
  • Chiller-less Designs – With its technology partners, Skanska has developed a pre-fabricated cooling system for high-density racks (up to 40kW/rack) that does not require traditional chillers. This system can be implemented anywhere in North America and achieve extremely low PUEs, typically below 1.2. This system also allows for an extremely responsive performance curve, with a remarkable linear relationship between critical load and cooling energy consumption.
  • Connecting Facility Performance with Asset Utilization – Working with an international financial client, Skanska is developing facility management systems for data centers. This includes linking real-time facility and branch circuit monitoring on the OSIsoft PI platform with static building data, a live BIM model and the client's proprietary platform. As a result, the client will have the ability to link their application management tools directly to the performance data, delivering a clear picture of how their facilities are serving their business needs.
  • Turnkey Financing and Delivery – Skanska continues to work with clients throughout their planning and design processes to help structure financing that strikes the proper balance between cost and control, minimizing facilities' effects on balance sheets. Skanska's partner in this effort is Stonemont Financial Group.

"Data center needs are only going to increase,” Carnemark said. "These methods are what can best help companies protect their bottom lines from escalating energy and operational costs.”

For further information please contact:
Bruce Ross, Bruce Ross Associates Inc., 212-768-1155, bruceross@aol.com
Jay Weisberger, Skanska USA, 206.494.5469, jay.weisberger@skanska.com

Skanska USA Inc. is a leading provider of construction, preconstruction consulting, general contracting and design-build services to a broad range of industries including science and technology, healthcare, education, high-tech, aviation, transportation and sports and entertainment. Headquartered in New York with 32 offices across the country, Skanska USA has approximately 7,000 employees, and its 2010 revenues were $4.8 billion, representing 30 percent of Skanska's global revenues.

Skanska is one of the world's leading project development and construction groups with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects and public-private partnerships. Based on its global green experience, Skanska aims to be our clients' first choice for Green solutions. The Group currently has 52,000 employees in selected home markets in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, Skanska's sales in 2010 totaled $15.7 billion.

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PPG to highlight advanced glass, coatings at AIA Show


PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) will showcase advanced architectural glasses and coatings at the 2011 American Institute of Architects' Convention in New Orleans, May 12-14, booth 1635, such as:

  • CLARVISTA™ shower glass is an innovative glass for bath and shower enclosures and doors that, with regular maintenance, looks newer longer than other shower glass products.
  • DURANAR® powder coatings feature the durability, brilliant color, mica effects and custom-batching capability of Duranar liquid coatings, but emit virtually no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Duranar ULTRA-COOL® infrared-reflective coatings deflect heat from buildings to reduce urban heat island effect and air-conditioning costs. They meet steep-slope, cool roof requirements for ENERGY STAR®, Title 24 and LEED criteria, and they are available in a broad palette of light and dark colors.
  • Duranar VARI-COOL® coatings combine ULTRA-Cool infrared-reflective technology with pearlescent, polychromatic coatings that shift color according to ambient lighting conditions and the angle from which they are viewed.
  • SOLARBAN® R100 glass is a neutral-reflective, solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass with a proprietary hybrid coating technology. With visible light transmittance (VLT) of 42 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23, Solarban R100 glass has a 1.79 light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio up to 29 percent greater than that of competing transparent-reflective, solar control, low-e glasses.
  • SUNGATE® 400 passive low-e glass is manufactured with a magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) "soft coat” that helps commercial buildings in heating-dominated climates retain heat from the sun and reduce winter heating costs.

To learn more, visit PPG at AIA Show booth 1635 or www.ppgideascapes.com.

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 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Parex Usa Announces The Launch Of Ultra E-Lastic Elastomeric Finish Line
New formulation of the e-lastic series is also unveiled

Parex USA, Inc. the parent company of leading building material brands; Parex, LaHabra , El Rey Stucco, Teifs, and Merkrete today announced the re-launch of the Parex USA Elastomeric Finish Line

The culmination of a year long project, this launch introduces the new Ultra e-lastic series of finishes as well as a new formulation of the e-lastic series finishes. The Marketing, Technical, and R&D teams engaged in an extensive project to compare existing elastomeric finish offerings to the needs of the market. Based on their combined market research, the team set about to develop two unique series of products.

"This is an exciting time for the company as this launch provides the market with two great new products,” said Quenton Roehricht, Brand Manager. "These improvements position Parex USA to provide the best elastomeric finish offering in the market."

e-lastic is a new and improved formula. The product has been significantly upgraded and the applicator will find improved workability, color fastness, texture, and opacity compared to the original formula. The new Ultra e-lastic line possesses the same great features as the standard e-lastic line but with significantly increased level of elongation and flexibility only found with this premium product.

For more information regarding the Parex USA Elastomeric Finish Line and other innovative products from Parex USA visit www.parexusa.com.

About Parex USA, Inc.
Parex USA, Inc. Parex USA, Inc., a California Corporation, is a subsidiary of the ParexGroup, a division of Materis, S.A., a French Corporation. The ParexGroup is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty chemicals and ready-to-use mortars for the construction industry. With over 45 manufacturing sites in 18 countries the ParexGroup employs more than 2,700 industry professionals who are the corner stone of this thriving global organization. For more information regarding Parex USA, Inc. visit www.parexusa.com.

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Kalzip systems can help contribute points to green standards

Architects, building owners and specifiers looking for ways to create more eco-friendly structures are turning to Kalzip roof and cladding systems. Whether the goal is to qualify a building for certification under the USGBC's LEED standard or simply to use these guidelines to make a more energy and environmentally sound building, Kalzip can help accumulate points in at least three of the six categories in LEED New Construction, version 2.2. These include: Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere, and Materials and Resources.

Of the total 14 possible points in Sustainable Sites (SS), the use of Kalzip Nature Roof can reduce the impact of storm water and help accumulate a point in SS Credit 6.1: Storm water design; quantity control. Nature Roof is a vegetative or green roof that can retain water and reduce run-off to dramatically reduce drainage needs and water storage requirements at the site.

Kalzip standing seam roofing and Kalzip perforated facades can also help gain points in SS Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect, Non-roof, and SS Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect: Roof. For example, Kalzip standing seam roofing can be supplied with a painted surface that achieves the required Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 29, or in a natural stucco embossed finish, which has an SRI of 76 when new and 35 when weathered. If covered parking areas are used to reduce the heat island effect, Kalzip perforated facades can provide a wall covering that also offers natural ventilation.

In the Energy and Atmosphere (EA) Category, Kalzip offers more than one option to accumulate credits. Kalzip roofing and cladding systems can help improve thermal performance of the building envelope by achieving better U-values. Kalzip systems can achieve U-values as low as 0.016 Btu/h.ft2.F (0.09 W/m2K).

The use of vapor control layers and correct detailing at junctions, perimeter and penetrations can also help meet air tightness requirements as outlined in EA Credit 1 – Optimize Energy Performance. To earn points for EA Credit 2 – On-Site Renewable Energy, designers and specifiers can use a variety of Kalzip solar photovoltaic solutions. These include, Kalzip AluPlusSolar, an aluminum standing seam roof system with fully integrated solar PV cells; Kalzip SolarClad; a flexible PV laminate bonded to aluminum fabric that can be mounted on any of the Kalzip aluminum standing seam roofing systems; and PV panels clamped to Kalzip standing seam roofing. These framed PV modules can be mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline or amorphous silicone.

Kalzip's recycled content and recyclability also help earn credits in the Materials and Resources (MR) category, which deals with construction waste and recycled content. Kalzip standing seam panels are predominantly made from aluminum alloy, which contains a mix of post-consumer and pre-consumer scrap as well as primary ingots, which can help earn credits for recycled content. Kalzip panels also can be recycled. Individual panels can easily be removed from an existing building with the Kalzip unzipping machine, which is designed to keep all panels in tact in the removal process. Additionally, the new Kalzip FC façade system allows single panels to be easily removed without compromising adjoining panels.

These are but a few of the examples of how Kalzip can be used to improve energy efficiency and environmental aspects of buildings. Kalzip technical experts are available to help identify other options for achieving these goals with Kalzip.

About Kalzip
     Kalzip is recognized as a leading developer of tailored metal solutions for the building envelope. It specializes in the international manufacture and supply of standing seam roofing, wall cladding solutions, PV systems, and foldable options for more traditional roofs and facades. During the past 40 years more than 800 million square feet of Kalzip products have been installed worldwide on some of the most distinctive, world-famous, award winning projects.
     Kalzip offers worldwide distribution of materials and services through a network of international sales offices, more than 100 mobile roll forming units, and approved and dedicated installers. In addition to its North American headquarters and manufacturing facility in Michigan City, IN, the company maintains its original factory in Germany, and has facilities in China, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
     For more information about Kalzip products, visit www.kalzip.com, or contact the North American headquarters in Michigan City at 219-879-2793.

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List of Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings Released
U.S. Green Building Council releases list of top states in the U.S. for LEED-certified projects in 2010

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its 2010 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with 25 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2010, with Nevada being the leading state, with 10.92 square feet per person in 2010.

Other top states include New Mexico, New Hampshire and Oregon with more than 6 and 4 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, respectively.

"Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most,” said USGBC SVP of LEED, Scot Horst. "2010 was a difficult year for most of the building industry, but in many areas, the hunger for sustainable development kept the markets moving.”

The top LEED states per capita, including the District of Columbia:

  • District of Columbia: 25.15 sf
  • Nevada: 10.92 sf
  • New Mexico: 6.35 sf
  • New Hampshire: 4.49 sf
  • Oregon: 4.07 sf
  • South Carolina: 3.19 sf
  • Washington: 3.16 sf
  • Illinois: 3.09 sf
  • Arkansas: 2.9 sf
  • Colorado: 2.85 sf
  • Minnesota: 2.77 sf

USGBC's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. Over 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 7.9 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 117 countries. In addition, nearly 10,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 45,000 more homes registered.

Notable newly certified projects in 2010 include the Susitna Valley Jr./Sr. High School in Talkeetna, Ark.; the Wells Fargo Center in Denver, Colo.; the two International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters buildings in downtown Washington, D.C, which earned LEED certification for the operations and maintenance of an existing building; Parc Huron multi-use residential property in Chicago, Ill.; the Edina Crosstown Medical Building in Edina, Minn.; Barcelona Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M.; Centennial Hills Library in Las Vegas, Nev.; The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore.; KPMG: Greenville in S.C.; and multiple fire stations and the Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza in Seattle, Wash.

Of the projects represented on the list, the most-common project type was commercial office and the most-common owner type was for-profit organization. The cities most represented in the list were Chicago and Washington, D.C.

U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, 16,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 162,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. Over 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 7.9 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 117 countries. In addition, nearly 10,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 45,000 more homes registered.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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Kingspan and Morin metal panels reflect design capabilities of M3 Engineering
Firm's headquarters incorporates metal panels for aesthetic and insulating benefits

River Crossing, the 89,000-square-foot corporate headquarters of M3 Engineering & Technology in Tucson, Ariz., is different by design. In an area of the country where stucco buildings are the norm, this two-story structure is clad in more than 30,000 square feet of metal panels from Kingspan Insulated Panels North America and Morin.

According to Dennis Mulligan, architect and executive vice president at M3 Engineering, the result is a building that reflects the unique capabilities of the full-service design firm. "Many of our clients come from the industrial and high-tech sector,” he explained. "The use of metal components in the design of these facilities is common in our design vocabulary. We wanted to use metal in a way that projected what we do and would also be an example to our clients of what is possible within a familiar general framework.”

Mulligan went on to say, "The variety of metal cladding and finishes available provided a wonderful palette of textures, finishes and colors.” M3 took full advantage of these options to design a building whose customized façade incorporates a variety of metal panels, including Kingspan Benchmark Designwall™ 2000 insulated metal panels and Morin Integrity Series, Concealed Fastener and perforated panel systems. Together, the panels offered the aesthetics the company sought as well as durability and insulating features so important in Tucson's hot desert climate.

Kingspan's Benchmark Designwall™ 2000 architectural insulated metal panels accent the building vertically and horizontally, creating an attractive champagne bronze color envelope that includes a continuous, two-inch polyisocyanurate core. The wall system's double-gasket shiplap joint maximizes thermal efficiency and creates a double barrier against air and water penetration, while helping to ensure a stable interior environment. The durable panels also offer important sustainability benefits, contributing to reduced energy and maintenance costs throughout the life of the building.

Integrated with the Benchmark product, the ribbed X-12 panel from the Morin Integrity Series wraps the building horizontally and features a concealed clip and fastener design that supports the aesthetics of the Designwall panel. The X-12 panels utilized extruded aluminum vertical reveal trims, which have no exposed fasteners and crisp, sharp lines. According to Morin Regional Sales Manager Tim Del Monte, "The clip system also allows for panels to expand and contract freely. This can be especially important in a climate like Tucson's, where temperature swings can be great.”

The Morin Concealed Fastener MiterSeam Corner offers another advantage. "Like the panels, the corners are available in a variety of colors and paint systems and allow the panel profile to continue seamlessly around building corners, eliminating the need for trim at this location,” Del Monte noted. "The M3 building demonstrates this design feature, combining mitered corners in a silversmith color to match the X-12 and Designwall panels.”

Morin also provided a corrugated metal panel that introduces an interesting architectural feature to the building. The perforated C-29 panels run along the entrance to the structure and feature a painted two- coat Mica finish in a Copper Penny color that supports the company name and guides visitors to the front door.

"We wanted to keep the palette of materials simple, so apart from the entrance, the exterior is primarily two types of metal siding that provide contrasting elements in-filled with glazed curtain and window walls,” said Mulligan. "We utilized the panels on the interior of the building's public spaces as well. There is a seamless transition from the exterior to the interior in the use of the metal panels. The only separation is the glazed curtain wall system.”

Responsibility for the installation of the Kingspan and Morin panels rested with Mark Brownell, president of The J.R. Tuttle Co. in Tucson. According to Brownell, the installation went smoothly. "I like working with the insulated panels because it's a complete product that combines a metal skin with an insulated core, eliminating the need for additional substrate. Once the metal studs were up, we were immediately able to fasten the panels right to the metal studs and complete the job in a fairly quick timeframe.

"I was also impressed with the sales support that Kingspan and Morin offered,” Brownell continued. "The M3 project was our first experience with the mitered seamless corners, but with Morin's help, the process went smoothly, and we were able to eliminate bulky trim on the corners.”

When River Crossing opened, it brought together staff previously scattered in several leased office locations and provided them with a new, exciting and upbeat working environment. At the same time, the new building made a statement about the firm that designed, engineered and constructed it. "River Crossing demonstrates our design abilities and has worked well as a positive recruitment tool as M3 continues to grow,” said Mulligan. "It has been acknowledged as a good, distinctive and architecturally recognized building within the community. So I think it's safe to say that with this structure, all our building goals have been achieved.”

The project was also acknowledged by the Metal Construction Association (MCA), as Morin was awarded with the 2010 President's Award for Commercial /Industrial at their annual meeting on Jan. 23 – 25. This award gives special recognition to its member companies for outstanding metal construction projects. A jury comprised of the MCA Awards Committee and members of the MCA Board of Directors select the award recipients.

To learn more about Designwall and other Kingspan products, visit www.kingspanpanels.us. Additional information about the Integrity Series and the complete line of Morin products is available at www.morincorp.com

About Kingspan Insulated Panels North America
Kingspan Insulated Panels North America is a global leader in the manufacturing of insulated metal panels. The company has five North American production locations: Deland, Fla., Modesto, Calif., Columbus, Ohio, Caledon, Ont. and Langley, B.C. Kingspan insulated panels are manufactured as a single component system with high R-value, unsurpassed airtightness and superior moisture control suitable for new and retrofit buildings. As the most energy-efficient, cost-effective building envelope solutions, insulated metal panels are at the forefront of sustainability. Kingspan insulated metal panels are a significant first step to achieving net-zero energy building and consistently contribute to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits and overall certification. Kingspan Insulated Panels serves the architectural, commercial/industrial, cold storage and food processing markets, and is committed to delivering the most advanced building products on the market. Visit www.kingspanpanels.us and www.kingspanpanels.ca for more information.

About Morin
As the industry's most versatile manufacturer of single skin metal wall and roof systems, Morin, a Kingspan Group Company, provides innovative solutions for today's progressive architecture. With three production facilities throughout the United States, located in Bristol, Conn., Deland, Fla., and Fontana, Calif., Morin has a combined production capacity of more than 50 million square feet and can produce metal skins in over 75 different profiles. Durable and sustainable, Morin single skin panels are 100 percent recyclable and can help meet the requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System. With a nationwide sales network and in-house technical / engineering teams, Morin is dedicated to meeting the needs of the building and architecture community. To learn more about Morin, please visit www.morincorp.com

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Introducing CAV-AIR-ATOR™, the Lightweight, Full-Wall Drainage Mat for Brick and Stone Masonry Walls

Masonry structures are built to last for up to 100 years. However, excess moisture can affect the durability and longevity of the structure. A masonry wall needs an air space free of mortar and other debris to properly drain and ventilate. If moisture builds up and the wall is unable to dry, problems such as cracking, deterioration, and efflorescence may occur. The CAV-AIR-ATOR™ protects against moisture issues in masonry applications by providing an unobstructed air space for drainage and ventilation.

The CAV-AIR-ATOR™ is a full wall drainage and ventilation mat for full brick or stone masonry walls. It prevents mortar from entering the cavity, clinging to wall ties, or blocking weep holes. The innovative design of the CAV-AIR-ATOR™ allows it to be extremely light and flexible so that the wall ties that it rests on top of easily support it.

The CAV-AIR-ATOR™ is made up of an extruded polymer matrix of entangled monofilaments that form block-shaped channels. In masonry walls, it leaves 96.5% of the cavity unobstructed and free to breathe. A lightweight filtered fabric is laminated on one side of the product to prevent mortar from entering the cavity while still allowing for enough finger room to lay the brick. The extremely high airflow and lack of mortar intrusion allows for efficient liquid moisture drainage and uniform airflow in all directions. Keene Building Products 3-dimensional building envelope products can be utilized in wall, masonry, roofing, and foundation applications to eliminate moisture issue.

For further information call 877.514.5336 or email at info@keenebuilding.com. www.KeeneBuilding.com.

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American Institute of Architects Selects 6 Communities for Community Assistance Program to Promote Long-term Sustainability

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced it has selected 6 communities throughout the country to receive technical assistance under the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program in 2011. The communities selected are Shelburne, Vt., Apple Valley, Mn., Pikes Peak Region, Co., Southwest DeKalb County, Ga., Bastrop, Tx., and Santa Rosa, Ca.

You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB087830

The AIA also announced that the City of New Orleans had also been selected to receive technical assistance under the Design Assistance Team program, a project that will occur in conjunction with the commencement of the AIA's annual convention in New Orleans in May.

The SDAT program represents a significant institutional investment by the AIA in public service work to assist communities in developing policy frameworks and long term sustainability plans. Since 2005, the AIA has provided technical assistance to 47 communities across more than 30 states.

"As the SDAT program has evolved, communities all over the country have embraced and implemented the detailed solutions for neighborhood revitalization, transportation infrastructure challenges and economic development that our volunteer teams have provided after conducting background research and an intensive design and planning charette,” said Erin Simmons, director, AIA Design Assistance.

The collaborative SDAT brings together architects and other professionals assembled from across the country to provide a roadmap for communities seeking to improve their sustainability – as defined by a community's ability to meet the environmental, economic, and social equity needs of today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The SDAT will work with local stakeholders to help the community create a plan for its sustainable future. To provide the most objective assessment, team members volunteer their time and expertise and are selected from areas outside the project communities.

"This year's SDAT recipients present a full range of community types and geographic settings, from urban and suburban settings to rural communities,” said Simmons. "Each of these jurisdictions has demonstrated a unique commitment to building civic partnerships and engaging the community in a vision for a more sustainable future.”

SDAT program elements
The communities were selected after submitting an application to the Center for Communities by Design outlining the economic, environmental, and social equity challenges facing their region. The SDAT community assistance program provides the selected communities with these components:
  • Preliminary/scoping visit
  • Three-day visit from a multidisciplinary team
  • A report highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the community with regards to sustainability, along with the opportunities and obstacles to change
  • Consultations after the three-day visit (typically by phone or email)
  • To learn more about the AIA Center for Communities by Design or the SDAT program visit:
  • http://www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAS075425.

About the AIA Center for Communities by Design
The Center for Communities by Design is the clearinghouse for the American Institute of Architects' many activities—from promoting sustainable design to leading design based technical assistance projects in communities—that influence the quality of life in our nation's communities. The center is a nonpartisan forum that provides information, develops policy, creates partnerships, and assists in advocacy efforts to facilitate discussions of community design and inform choices for neighborhoods, cities, regions, and the nation.

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. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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PPG Publishes ULTRA-COOL Coatings Brochure

PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) coil and extrusion coatings group has published a brochure highlighting colorful DURANAR® ULTRA-COOL® and SUPERL® II ULTRA-Cool infrared-reflective coatings for metal roofs, sidewalls and building components.

The six-page booklet quantifies the energy and environmental benefits associated with ULTRA-Cool coatings, which are designed to deflect solar heat away from buildings so they stay cooler and use less energy for air conditioning.

Duranar ULTRA-Cool coatings are available in a broad palette of light and dark colors, enabling architects to design bold, distinctive buildings without sacrificing energy performance.

The brochure also features Duranar VARI-COOL® coatings, the first metal coatings to combine ULTRA-Cool coatings technology with special-effect pigments that change color depending on how light refracts off their surface and the angle from which they are viewed.

Duranar ULTRA-Cool and Duranar VARI-Cool coatings are based on the renowned Duranar PVDF coating system by PPG, which has a 40-year history of proven performance in harsh building environments. The coatings also meet steep-slope, cool roof requirements for ENERGY STAR®, Title 24 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) criteria published by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC.

Superl II ULTRA-Cool coatings are formulated with a proprietary silicone-polyester resin technology that provides chalk- and fade-resistance superior to those of other silicone-polyester coatings.

To download a copy of the ULTRA-Cool coatings brochure, visit www.ppgideascapes.com, or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332) to order a printed version.

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 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Beyond Green™ Awards Recognize High-Performance Buildings
Awards Program Provides Educational Outreach to Influentials and Young Architects

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) announced the results of its 2010 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards today.

This year's select jury chose to present nine awards for outstanding high-performance buildings, and one award for outstanding high-performance building initiative. Winners from a diverse slate of entries were judged on the eight design objectives which define high-performance buildings: Sustainability, Accessibility, Cost-Effectiveness, Functionality, Productivity/Health, Historic Preservation, Safety and Security, and Aesthetics.

"Once again, the range and quality of submissions we examined was truly impressive,” noted Gregg Ander, FAIA, jury Chair and Chief Architect for Southern California Edison. "It's equally impressive to see this level of activity in spite of our difficult economic conditions. Clearly, the value that advanced building design provides is recognized by building owners and occupants.”

Recognized winners were invited to Washington to share their projects with two distinct audiences – both having an interest and ability to help the nation achieve better building performance. The first event was held on Capitol Hill in partnership with the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC). The second event was held at the Catholic University of America's School of Architecture.

"This awards program provides our students with a tremendous opportunity to learn first-hand, from some of today's leading building practitioners, how to successfully design and construct high-performance buildings,” said Chris Grech, director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program. "We are particularly proud to note that three graduates from our School of Architecture contributed to these projects.”

The 2010 program also featured the presentation of the first annual Greg Franta Memorial Award, which was sponsored by BASF. The award is named after the late Mr. Franta, who was an early pioneer in the field of sustainable architecture, past SBIC Chair, valued SBIC member, and inspirational mentor.

This year's award was bestowed upon Harry Gordon, FAIA, LEED AP, for his "outstanding contribution to high-performance building design and construction.”

"I'm humbled to have been selected to receive this honor. Greg was a leader, visionary and inspiration to myself and many others in the sustainably field,” said Gordon. "While his death was tragic and untimely, I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and work beside him.”

Mr. Gordon, who has practiced architecture for over 37 years, is a nationally recognized expert in sustainable and high-performance building design.

"Our members and sponsors are very pleased with the results of this year's competition, said Bud DeFlaviis, Executive Director of SBIC. "We hope the outstanding people, buildings, and initiatives highlighted today, will not only inspire practitioners to adopt a more holistic approach to buildings, but will reinforce the notion that financial and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive.”

The Beyond GreenTM Awards are part of an educational outreach program for policymakers, building trade professionals and the general public. Recognized projects will be featured on SBIC's web site, described in depth as case studies on the Whole Building Design Guide (www.WBDG.org), and integrated into SBIC educational programs.

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TCA Selects Recipients Of 2011 Professional Achievement Awards

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of site-cast Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method – has announced the recipients of five professional achievement awards presented at TCA's annual meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 20 in conjunction with the World of Concrete.

The award recipients for 2011, selected by the Association's Board of Directors after nomination by the general membership and recommendation by the TCA's Awards Committee, are:
  • Sherman D. Balch, Principal at Balch Enterprises for the Peter Courtois Memorial Award
  • Frank Adames of Contratistas Civiles y Mecanicos (CCM) for the Murray Parker Memorial Award
  • Glen Stephens of SAA Architecture for the Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award
  • Philip Kopf of The Kopf Consulting Group for the David L. Kelly Engineering Award
  • Somero Enterprises, Inc. for the Robert Aiken Innovation Award

Peter Courtois Memorial Award
This award honors Peter Courtois, who died in 1992 after serving as senior vice president of engineering for Dayton Superior Concrete Accessories (formerly Dayton-Richmond Corporation). Courtois, an employee of Dayton Superior for 32 years, immeasurably contributed to the Tilt-Up industry through his tireless effort and dedication to several industry associations. He served on seven ACI committees, most notably the ACI-551 Tilt-Up Construction Committee. In addition, he was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as the initial president of TCA, for which he was made an honorary member in 1991. Past recipients include: Robert Tobin, Dave Kelly, Dr. Koladi Kripanarayanan, Bill Lockwood, Sam Hodges, Bill Simpson, Murray Parker, Bob Truitt, Jesse Wyatt, Don Musser, Tom Collins, Hugh Brooks, Malcolm Davis, Gerry Miller and Bob Foley.

A tireless promoter of Tilt-Up for decades, Sherman D. Balch served as member of the TCA Board of Directors for six years, including a term as president in 2001. For several years, Sherman, along with Shawn Hickey, led a preparation course for the ACI/TCA Certification program, which helped to grow the program and increase participation. He was a frequent speaker touting the benefits of Tilt-Up and educating others about the possibilities available with the method. In addition to Sherman's personal efforts, his firm, Balch Enterprises, set a new standard for building form through the use of subtle and dramatic curves at building corners and along building elevations. He continues to pursue new concepts for Tilt-Up through Extollo International, a non-profit organization focusing on bringing building technology education to the country of Haiti, expanding their rebuilding effort.

"Sherman's leadership in the industry came at a critical time where designers were challenging the industry to expand the palette of form and finish. His commitment to education for emerging Tilt-Up professionals as well as a career dedicated to producing challenging examples of Tilt-Up excellence have set the standard for many contractors that have followed in his footsteps,” said Jim Baty, technical director of TCA.

"It is a great honor and I am humbled by the award as there are so many hard working men and women that have contributed so much to the TCA,” said Balch.

Murray Parker Memorial Award
Named in honor of Murray Parker who died in 2000, this award was created to recognize a contractor who has significantly contributed to the Tilt-Up industry. Parker was regarded for his development and promotion of Tilt-Up throughout the industry, especially in the Atlantic Provinces region of Canada. As General Manager/Vice President of B.D. Stevens, Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Parker is credited with introducing Tilt-Up to an area of the world where many thought it was impossible to use the medium. His contributions and commitment to excellence helped the method gain credibility in the area and paved the way for future Tilt-Up projects. Past recipients include Tilt-Up Systems (S. Africa), Balch Enterprises, L.D. Clark, Citadel Contractors, Hughes General Contractors, Seretta Construction and Steve Miers.

During the past five years, Frank Adames and his company, CCM have received high acclaim for their extreme works of Tilt-Up in a market that has been dominated by cast-in-place frame and block in-fill. In addition, Adames has shown great devotion becoming highly active in the TCA and the promotion of the creativity embodied by Tilt-Up construction. Through the Tilt-Up Achievement Awards program, Frank Adames has shown many an aggressive Tilt-Up solution for multi-level above- and below-grade structures that uses Tilt-Up as both perimeter bearing wall construction as well as internal structural frames. His consistent involvement in TCA Convention has brought significant content to his peers while bringing home solutions to the challenges faced in the Dominican Republic. More than any other accomplishment, CCM has been single-handedly responsible for the growth of Tilt-Up as a major construction system throughout the Dominican Republic with more than 100 buildings now on the island, some among the largest in the world. He now sets the standard for not only development of Tilt-Up in this market but also integrating technology through each and every project using BIM to provide complete integration for his projects.

"I am honored to be the recipient of the Murray Parker Memorial award, recognizing the pioneering and innovation in the Tilt-Up industry,” said Adames. "We started using the Tilt-Up system 15 years ago with great acceptance from the Dominican market. It was possible with the help of the TCA and its members. Many people opened their doors and spent hours and days reviewing and commenting on our projects. They gave us the confidence that we were on the right path. Thank you for the recognition and support.”

Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award
The TCA's Distinguished Architect Award is named in honor of Irving J. Gill. Early in the history of concrete construction, Gill—a prominent architect in Southern California—designed and constructed a house in Hollywood employing Aiken's method for Tilt-Up in 1912. This led Gill to purchase the patent rights of the bankrupt Aiken Reinforced Concrete Company forming his own Concrete Building and Investment Company. Without the architectural mindset of Gill, the industry may very well have taken a much slower time to rise to its current dominance. His crowning Tilt-Up achievement remains as one of the great early examples of modern concrete, the La Jolla Women's Club. Past recipients include RMW architecture, Intergroup Architects, Kovert Hawkins Architects, The Haskell Company, Powers Brown Architecture, Kenneth R. Carlson, Architect – P.A and James M. Williams of AE URBIA and J.M. Williams and Associates.

For 35 years, R. Glen Stephens has had a vision for how a successful architect should guide himself and his practice – by creating a "client centered firm dedicated to designing buildings that are functional, striking, and innovative.” Stephens has been a devoted advocate for Tilt-Up and has been instrumental in several key TCA projects and programs. These include The Architecture of Tilt-Up, now in its 2nd edition; the globally-expanded TCA Achievement Awards; and a Design Charette forum for architects. His participation and leadership has been present on several TCA committees as well as on the TCA Board where he was the first architect elected to the TCA Board of Directors and served as president of the TCA Board 2003. His knowledge and background have been inspiring to many members of the TCA and he has been a true leader in the industry by constantly learning how to apply Tilt-Up construction in new and innovative ways.

"I am honored to win an award named after the innovative Irving Gill,” said Stephens. "In our goal of designing striking, functional, innovative projects, we strive to honor his legacy.”

David L. Kelly Engineering Award
The TCA's Distinguished Engineer Award was renamed in 2008 to honor the career-long commitment by David Kelly of Meadow Burke to the Tilt-Up industry. Kelly retired from Meadow Burke as Vice President and Chief Engineer and continues in private practice to solve unique Tilt-Up challenges. He was a longtime board member and past president of the TCA. His innovative and creative engineering ideas led to the construction of hundreds of Tilt-Up projects. Previous winners of this award include Johnson Structural Group, BBM Structural Engineers, John Lawson, Jeff Griffin, Alan Reay Consultants and Gerry Weiler.

This year's recipient, Philip Kopf, has been committed to promoting Tilt-Up as a preferred method of construction. He has served the industry unselfishly by maintaining active participation and consistent input on various ACI and TCA committees focused at improving both the design recognition of Tilt-Up and the parameters to which it is promoted. Kopf served on the TCA Board of Directors for 15 years, during which he served two terms as TCA president to provide leadership to the direction of the industry. His service also included participation in the TCA's Seismic Task Force, AFRL Blast Testing Program and a variety of other initiatives that aimed to set standards or answer key industry influences.

"I am humbled and excited to receive this award,” said Kopf. "This award has special meaning to me since Dave Kelly is a friend and mentor to me in this industry. Throughout my career, I have always sought to invest back into the industry that has provided so much help and support for me over the years. I am truly honored that my years of professional practice are being recognized. "

Robert Aiken Innovation Award
This award honors Robert Aiken – a founding father of Tilt-Up construction. Known for initiating a more architectural direction for Tilt-Up, Aiken is credited with the concept of casting panels face-up to provide a medium for developing craftsmanship in the construction method. Past recipients include: Accubrace Shoring, Elmer Payne (Dayton Richmond), Composite Technologies (Thermomass), Scott System, Victory Bear, Tilt-Con and Textured Coatings of America, Inc.

As the Tilt-Up industry looked to conquer a more architectural appearance, the quality of finishes needed to improve both for the slabs and panel surfaces. With the advent of the Laser Screed®, Somero Enterprises, Inc. provided Tilt-Up contractors with a tool to achieve a high architectural finish. Invented to improve the quality of floor slabs, few could have anticipated the significance to which this piece of equipment would liberate the contractor to once again become a craftsman.

"Somero strives to be an innovative force in concrete equipment and we are proud to have been honored with the prestigious Robert Aiken Innovation Award,” said Jack Cooney, President of Somero Enterprises, Inc. "TCA members represent the best of the best in the industry and we hope Somero can continue to contribute to the growth and quality practices of its members.”

About the TCA
TCA was founded in 1986 to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method. For more information, visit www.tilt-up.org or contact TCA at 319-895-6911.

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PPG glass requests for LEED documentation up nearly 300 percent since 2007
Commercial, higher education markets lead pace


Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that requests for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) documentation for its exterior architectural glass products have nearly tripled since 2007, mirroring the growth of "green” building in the United States over the same time period.

According to three-year data from PPG's performance glazings business, one in five requests for LEED documentation support was for commercial buildings, followed by higher education (18 percent), K-12 education (13 percent), and government (11 percent). Institutional buildings and health care facilities accounted for 8 percent and 4 percent of the documentation requests, respectively. In 2010, higher education, government and K-12 education projects generated the most documentation requests, reflecting the well-documented drop in commercial construction activity last year.

Nearly 40 percent of requests came from three states – California (15 percent), Texas (12 percent) and Pennsylvania (10 percent). Other states contributing more than 5 percent of the total were Virginia, North Carolina, New York and Maryland.

James Bogdan, PPG manager, sustainability marketing initiatives, said LEED documentation requests regarding PPG glass grew by 57 percent from 2009 to 2010. "Despite a struggling construction market, most requests were for projects seeking the new construction (NC) platform,” he explained. "The green building market in general saw a 30 percent increase in LEED certification, based on floor area, over the same time frame.”

PPG is among the world's leading producers of advanced architectural glazings. Since 1999, the company has sold more than 2.9 billion square feet of coated, low-emissivity (low-e) glass, which improves the environmental performance of buildings by transmitting high levels of natural light, while blocking the sun's heat energy. This reduces reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, which can account for 75 percent of energy use in a typical commercial building.

In 2007, PPG also became the first company to earn CRADLE TO CRADLE® Certification for its entire collection of architectural glass products. The Cradle to Cradle certification program was developed by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) to encourage development of products with materials that can be endlessly recycled, as they are in the natural world.

PPG also has the widest range of energy efficient glass types in North America, encompassing solar control, low-e glasses; passive low-e glasses; spectrally selective tinted glasses; ultra-clear, low-iron glass; and coated glass for the collection of solar power.

For information on advanced architectural glazings by PPG, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 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 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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LEED Volume Program Celebrates Its 500th Certified Pilot Project
Milestone marks uptake amongst large-scale organizations to build and operate high-performing, green buildings

Washington, DC – (February 22, 2011) – More than 500 building projects have certified through the LEED Volume Program since the pilot launched in 2006, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED Volume Program streamlines the certification process for high-volume property owners and managers, from commercial real estate firms, national retailers and hospitality providers, to local, state and federal governments.

Utilizing a prototype-based approach, the program enables large-scale organizational builders and operators to deliver a consistent end product, earning LEED certification faster and at a lower cost than would be possible with individual building reviews. The certification program was designed to meet industry needs for a streamlined approach to certifying like buildings and spaces across a company's portfolio.

"Companies with a large collection of new builds or existing buildings are using the LEED Volume Program to transform their portfolios at a faster rate through a cost-effective, efficient process,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, U.S. Green Building Council. "Reaching this milestone underscores the industry's demand for high-performing, green buildings portfolio-wide and allows us to move further faster towards our goal of transforming the built environment.”

"Cushman & Wakefield is proud to be one of the first real estate service providers to achieve LEED Volume precertification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance,” said John Santora, President and CEO of Client Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield. "The LEED Volume Program benefitted both our Corporate Occupier and Investor clients by providing a stream-lined and cost-effective approach to certification that educated and empowered our management professionals to implement sustainable operations and practices at our properties.”

"Volume precertification for Existing Buildings: O&M has allowed Bentall Kennedy to successfully increase portfolio-wide sustainability, while meeting growing tenant demand for LEED-certified buildings,” said Christian Gunter, Vice President of Responsible Property Investing at Bentall Kennedy. "On behalf of its clients, Bentall Kennedy has certified more than eight million square feet of Class A office space representing over $1.5 billion in market value, while reducing annual water use by 13.4 million gallons and achieving estimated energy savings of $1 million.”

Acknowledging that organizations can best identify the uniformity and similarities of their projects, the program is flexible in allowing owners to define the criteria for grouping similar buildings and the prototype LEED credits they plan to pursue. The volume approach also facilitates bulk purchasing and advance ordering of materials, reduced consultancy requirements, more efficient internal processes, greater speed to market and more precise documentation of corporate sustainability efforts.

Later this year, USGBC will introduce volume certification for existing buildings' operations and maintenance, currently in pilot. To learn more about the LEED Volume program, visit www.usgbc.org/LEEDvolume.

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Architecture Billings Hold Steady after Two Months of Improving Conditions

After showing positive momentum during the fourth quarter of 2010, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped almost four points in January. 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 January ABI score was 50.0, down from a reading of 53.9 the previous month. This score reflects stable demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.5, down sharply from a mark of 61.6 in December.

* Every January the AIA research department updates the seasonal factors used to calculate the ABI, resulting in a recalibration of recent ABI values.

You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB087686

"This slowdown is indicative of what is likely to be a very gradual improvement in business conditions at architecture firms for the better part of this year,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "We've been taking a cautiously optimistic approach for the last several months and there is no reason at this point to change that outlook. There are still too many firms that continue to see weak market conditions to expect a dramatic increase in the demand for services in the design and construction industry. ”

Key January ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: Midwest (56.4), South (51.5), Northeast (50.4), West (47.3)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.6), multi-family residential (53.7), institutional (51.3), mixed practice (48.7
  • Project inquiries index: 61.6

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly "Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is 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 as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI. These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the White PaperArchitecture Billings as a Leading Indicator of Construction: Analysis of the Relationship Between a Billings Index and Construction Spendingon theAIA web site.

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. Twitter: http://twitter.com/AIA_Media

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Cost Of Construction Materials Continues To Climb 0.9 Percent In January Even As Bid Levels For Construction Services Remains Flat
Latest Producer Price Index Figures Show Prices for Diesel, Steel, Bars, Steel Pipe and Other Key Construction Materials Have Double-Digit Spikes During the Past 12 Months

The prices contractors must pay for many essential construction materials continued to increase in January, even as the amount they charge for completed projects remains flat, according to an analysis of January producer price index figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the price trends are cutting into already tight bottom lines for contractors, undermining chances for an industry-wide recovery in 2011.

"The last thing contractors need after two years of depression-like conditions is to pay more to make less,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "With margins continuing to shrink, few contractors are likely to benefit even if construction demand picks up this year.”

Prices for materials used in construction jumped 0.9 percent in January and 4.9 percent during the past 12 months, while price indexes for finished buildings barely changed during the same timeframe, the economist noted. He added that construction costs also outstripped the producer price index for finished goods, which rose 0.8 percent during the past month and 3.6 percent since January 2010.

Simonson noted that prices soared at double-digit rates over the year for five key construction materials. Diesel fuel prices climbed 3.2 percent in January and 17.7 percent for the year; steel mill product prices rose 2.0 percent and 11.5 percent respectively; hot rolled boars, plates and structural shapes were up 2.2 percent and 14.3 percent; prices for steel pipe and tube rose 17.8 percent over the year and 2.8 percent in January; and prices for prefabricated metal buildings rose 5.2 percent in January and 12.0 percent for the year.

Weak demand for both public and privately-financed construction, which is driving up the number of contractors bidding on projects, is forcing contractors to hold the line on bid prices, Simonson noted. The producer price index for new industrial and warehouse construction was virtually unchanged, inching up only 0.2 percent in the month and 0.6 percent (industrial buildings) and 0.7 percent (warehouses) for the year. Meanwhile, the producer price for new office construction was up only 0.2 percent for the year, despite a 1.0 percent increase in January.

Other items that contributed to the January climb included copper and brass mill shapes, 3.3 percent and 9.9 percent for the month and year respectively; lumber and plywood, 2.0 percent and 7.4 percent; aluminum mill shapes, 1.0 percent and 9.2 percent; and fabricated structural metal, 1.6 percent and 3.1 percent. Prices in January and the year were little changed, or down, for brick and structural clay tile, -2.4 percent and -2.4 percent; concrete products, 0.1 percent and 0.0 percent; and gypsum products, -3.3 percent and 0.5 percent.

View the latest producer price index tables for construction.

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Bluebeam Software to Help Ecobuild Attendees Implement Sustainable Communication Processes
Bluebeam to Demo how PDF Editor Bluebeam PDF Revu® Reduces Paper Usage up to 85%

In two weeks Bluebeam® Software, leading developer of PDF solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, is heading to London to help project teams leverage the power of PDF to implement sustainable communication processes. Bluebeam will be demonstrating how PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu® digitizes project communication from design, through bid, and build at the upcoming Ecobuild conference and exhibition.

"Bluebeam enables project teams across the globe to go paperless by sharing, reviewing, annotating and editing PDF copies of drawings and other design documents rather than printing and shipping paper,” said Stephani Haynes, Bluebeam Software Director of Worldwide Marketing. "Revu has been proven to make project communication more sustainable by reducing paper usage by up to 85% and improving productivity up to 60%.”

Bluebeam delivers these incredible results by stopping paper trails before they start. The software includes plugins to AutoCAD®, Revit® and MS® Office for one-button PDF creation. Next, Revu offers industry-standard annotations for electronically commenting on PDF drawings and documents including text, highlights, shapes with hatch patterns, CAD symbols, clouds and measurements. Custom markups may be saved in Bluebeam's exclusive Tool Chest for easy reuse. Advanced features include automatic drawing comparisons, integrated markup tracking, tablet PC compatibility and Bluebeam Studio™ for real-time collaboration.

Ecobuild is taking place March 1st – 3rd at the ExCeL Centre in London. All attendees interested in reducing paper usage, increasing productivity and communicating more effectively are encouraged to visit Bluebeam Software in stand S1221 for a product demonstration, consultation with a Bluebeam representative and free 30-day trial CD.

Bluebeam Software products are available in Europe through a network of authorized resellers. Visit www.bluebeam.com for more details.

About Ecobuild
Ecobuild is the world's biggest event for sustainable design and construction and the UK's largest construction event of any kind. The conference and exhibition is taking place March 1st – 3rd at the ExCeL Centre. For more information, go to www.ecobuild.co.uk.

About Bluebeam Software, Inc.
Bluebeam Software develops PDF software intelligently designed to meet the needs of design, engineering and business professionals. Bluebeam's high-quality, easy-to-use products allow professionals to improve communication immediately with virtually no learning curve. Learn more at www.bluebeam.com.

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AIA Releases New Integrated Project Delivery Case Studies
Online Center for Integrated Practice Launched to Provide IPD-related Tools and Resources for Practitioners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), in collaboration with AIA Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, School of Architecture, have produced case studies for construction projects that used the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodology. Each comprehensive case study examines 21 separate categories including project description, decision making, information sharing, Building Information Modeling elements and liability.

A wide range of projects were examined including the Cathedral Hill Hospital, MERCY Master Plan Facility Remodel, Lawrence & Schiller Remodel, SpawGlass Austin Regional Office and the Edith Green Wendell Federal Building Modernization, and can be accessed here.

The projects examined ranged in size and scope from a 7,000 square foot, $500,000 office remodel to an 858,000 square foot hospital that cost more than one billion dollars to design and build. Phase Two of the case studies will include extensive survey analysis of project team members and additional tracking of metrics. It will be completed by the end of 2011.

The Center for Integrated Practice(CIP) is an online clearinghouse that contains useful reports, relevant industry events, contractual information, podcasts and discussion forums. The purpose of the (CIP) is to help remove barriers to collaboration, serve as a collector and conductor of project delivery outcomes and research, and develop resources and tools for AIA members, the profession, and the public.

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. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org. Twitter: http://twitter.com/AIA_Media

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Packers fans top Steelers fans in PPG ‘Souper' Bowl Challenge
Milwaukee Christian Center and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank win

An Oak Creek, Wis., plant operated by PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) industrial coatings business announced today that it had won the PPG "Souper” Bowl Challenge against a PPG facility in Springdale, Pa., that encompasses both an industrial coatings plant and a research and development center.

The contest, which celebrated last Sunday's big game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, was, like the battle on the gridiron, very close. Workers in Oak Creek collected 1,039 pounds of food and $534 in cash for the Milwaukee Christian Center, topping the 1,178 pounds of food collected by their colleagues in Springdale for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Glenn Thornley, PPG director, coil and extrusion coatings group, said there was no disputing the real winners in this contest. "Congratulations to the PPG employees at both sites who helped to make this effort such a great success,” he said. "It was a lot of fun, and better yet, it is going to truly benefit needy people in both communities.”

In addition to winning bragging rights for at least the next year, the Packers fans at PPG Oak Creek will enjoy a few cases of Clark Bars courtesy of the Steelers fans at PPG Springdale.

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 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta to Award $8.5 Million for Affordable Housing in Florida
Funding to Create, Preserve 1,248 Affordable Rental and Homeownership Units

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) announced today that it will award $8.5 million to assist in the funding of 12 affordable housing developments in Florida. The funding is part of $42.7 million FHLBank Atlanta will award in 11 states and the District of Columbia to create or preserve 4,841 units of affordable housing.

FHLBank Atlanta will award the funds as part of its 2010 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) offering. Community developers, in partnership with FHLBank Atlanta member institutions, will use the funding to build or repair 1,248 affordable housing units in Duval, Lake, and Orange counties, as well as the cities of Arcadia, Cooper City, Fellsmere, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Walton Beach, Homestead, Miramar, Nokomis/Laurel, Pensacola, and Tallahassee.

"FHLBank Atlanta continues to provide unique funding options that help members serve their communities," said Arthur Fleming, senior vice president and director of Community Investment Services, FHLBank Atlanta. "Through the participation of member institutions, AHP acts as a catalyst to revitalize neighborhoods, create jobs, and support economic development."

AHP is a competitive funding program that helps develop owner-occupied and rental housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families. FHLBank Atlanta awards the funds annually to member financial institutions and their community housing partners. AHP is a component of FHLBank Atlanta's affordable housing, economic development, and down-payment assistance initiatives. For the complete list of AHP winners, visit www.fhlbatl.com/ahp.

About FHLBank Atlanta
FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. The Bank's members -- its shareholders and customers -- are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies headquartered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System which since 1990 has contributed more than $4 billion to the Affordable Housing Program.

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