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PPG offers colorful, energy-saving solutions for building envelope
Glass, coatings combine to expand performance and appearance options for architects

PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) offers architects a single, comprehensive resource for designing sustainable building envelopes through advanced architectural glasses and metal roof coatings.

Markstein Hall, the business school at California State University‐San Marcos, was one of the first buildings to use environmentally progressive Solarban 70XL glass and Duranar coatings in collaboration. With a light to solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.37, Solarban 70XL glass is the industry’s most energy‐efficient architectural glass. Durable Duranar and Duranar ULTRA‐Cool coatings are available in a virtually unlimited palette of colors.An independent study has shown that architects and building owners can realize annual energy savings of more than $60,000 for a prototypical glass-walled, eight-story office building when substituting PPG’s Solarban 70XL solar control, low-e glass in place of dual-pane tinted glass. The same study showed equipment costs for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) may be reduced by up to $400,000. Beyond these cost savings, related carbon emissions from the building were cut by 400 to 500 tons per year, the annual output of about 75 passenger cars.

Energy and environmental savings have the potential to escalate when architects also specify Duranar ULTRA-Cool metal roof coatings for their projects. These products feature an advanced metal coating that reflects the sun’s heat energy, keeping buildings cooler and dramatically reducing the heat-island effect associated with conventional roofing materials.

PPG advanced glasses and coatings share the ability to deflect solar heat through the use of proprietary coating technologies. Solarban 70XL glass incorporates the industry’s first triple-silver coating, enabling it to reflect more than 73 percent of the sun’s heat energy in a standard one-inch insulating glass unit. The same coating also transmits almost 65 percent of the sun’s visible light, which minimizes reliance on artificial lighting. These combined performance attributes are unmatched by any commerically available architectural glass.

The performance of Duranar ULTRA-Cool metal roof coatings is equally impressive, due to its ability to reflect infrared energy. In the United States, “solar reflectance” (SRV) is the most recognized measure for the “coolness” of a roof. A steep-sloped roof (defined as a roof with a pitch of greater than 2:12) is generally considered “cool” if maintains an SRV greater than or equal to 25 percent. A low-sloped roof achieves the same distinction if its SRV is greater than or equal to 65 percent.

Even with dark evergreen, slate gray or terra cotta red colors, Duranar ULTRA-Cool coatings achieve SRV ratings of 28.49, 39.96 and 30.92, respectively. Regal white, light stone and other lighter-toned coatings achieve SRV ratings 55 and 75.

These ratings show that the overwhelming majority of Duranar ULTRA-Cool coatings colors meet the minimum SRV values for steep-slope applications, while many light or white colors achieve the same criteria for low-slope roofs. Even more impressively, Duranar ULTRA-Cool coatings lose less than that 5 percent of their original reflectivity over a 30-year lifetime. As a result, they have numerous colors registered with the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) and Energy Star, greatly expanding the design palette available to contemporary architects.

At PNC FirstSide in Pittsburgh, a soaring atrium, skylights and light wells combine to flood more than 90 percent of the structure’s 650,000 sqaure feet with natural light. Sungate 500 low‐e glass and panels, skylights and louvers coated with Duranar and Polycron coatings from PPG also contribute to the building’s LEED silver status.Performance and aesthetic versatility also are the hallmarks of PPG architectural glass. A broad range of ocean-, earth- and sky-inspired tints can be combined with Solarban 70XL and Solarban 60 solar control, low-e glasses to save energy and meet the appearance demands of virtually any building project.

PPG also combines performance and color in tinted solar control, low-e glasses such as Solarban z50 glass and Solarban 80 Optiblue glass. The richness of these tints can be further enhanced with the mirror-like reflectivity of Solarcool coatings or the subtle reflectivity of Vistacool coatings.

PPG glass and coatings have been selected to work in tandem on dozens of architecural landmarks throughout the United States, from football stadiums and convention centers to office buildings, schools and airports.

To learn more about PPG’s entire range of environmentally progressive glass and metal coatings, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Internal Perimeter Band From Kerfkore Company

FoamkoreKerfkore Company now offers Foamkore with an optional internal perimeter band. We can provide these internal bands made of MDF, particle board, solid wood, and plywood as needed. This allows for many more options when considering your edge treatment requirements. Panels can also be manufactured to custom sizes and thickness as required for the project. The advantages of having a structural lightweight panel with this multipurpose edge treatment are almost unlimited.

Foamkore continues to be a great product for lightweight panels. We are seeing more activity for projects that need the weight reduction Foamkore provides. It's a product that fabricators easily see a potential for use as they continue to come up with ingenious ways to incorporate it in their projects. A few of the many usages for Foamkore include ceilings, signs, partitions, walls, shelves, stage props, doors, marine panels, cabinets, furniture, motor homes, and boats. Please contact us to learn more about this new option from the Kerfkore Company.

For further information, contact:
Kerfkore Company
2630 Sidney Lanier Drive, Brunswick, GA 31525.
Phone: 800-637-3539 or 912-264-6496 Fax: 912-262-9763.
Url: www.kerfkore.com E-mail: info@kerfkore.com

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American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upgrades AIA Contract Documents Software and Releases New Construction Manager Documents

Updated Software Offers Improved Functionality, Greater Ease of Use; New Documents in the Construction Manager as Advisor and Construction Manager as Constructor Families

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced the release of an updated version of AIA Contract Documents® software as well as new Construction Manager documents. Guided by extensive input from hundreds of Contractor, Owner, Architect and Attorney users of AIA Documents, the updated software features easier project and document management, flexible dialogs allowing for easier document completion, Microsoft Excel® capabilities in several G-Series forms and one-click custom template creation. The new Construction Manager documents include new documents in the Construction Manager as Advisor (CMa) and Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) families. Collectively called the “4.0 Release,” this new software and documents release builds on AIA Contract Documents’ 120 years of experience in defining the contractual relationships in the design and construction industry and deliver additional value, ease of use and new features that address users’ needs.

“AIA Contract Documents software is now better and easier to use than ever before,” said Maan Hashem, Managing Director, AIA Software Products and Services. “This latest software update continues the AIA’s long-standing tradition of providing documents that are easy to access and use while promoting collaboration and offering unique, time saving functionality and compatibility. No other standard documents software on the market offers this level of flexibility in such a user-friendly platform.”

Easier Project and Document Management
AIA software now allows users to view, select and manage projects and documents from one centralized screen. Users can view both their active and archived documents in one location as well as sort a list of projects based on various criteria, such as Last Modified, Last Accessed or Project Name. By centralizing all project functions in one easy-to-use location, users can quickly find projects without lengthy searching. Storing documents is also made easier with the addition of new tools that allow users to create folders and subfolders within each project.

Easier to Enter and Complete Documents
The new approach to entering information helps users complete required project-specific data quickly and accurately, saving time and providing an extra degree of flexibility unmatched in other standard documents software. Users can enter information via a template which interacts with the document, so information entered into the draft is automatically recognized. Similarly, information entered into the template automatically populates the required fields within the document. It also recognizes when project information in the document varies from the same information stored in the project record and alerts the user to the discrepancy.

Microsoft Excel Format for Select G-Form Drafts
AIA Contract Documents’ new software now provides Microsoft Excel format for handling calculations in select Applications and Certificates for Payment; Continuation Sheets; Project Applications & Project Certificates for Payment; Project Application Summaries and Summaries of Contractors’ Applications for Payment.

Users can quickly import information from existing forms and Excel automatically updates all values when information is entered or edited. It also automatically performs calculations, eliminating the need to manually update calculations or totals in a draft document. Additionally, users can easily edit and share copies of the Excel format document.

One-Click Custom Templates Creation
Users who want to regularly reuse favorite edits, clauses and custom information from existing documents can now quickly create a custom template with one click. This new feature saves users valuable time by eliminating the need to reenter data or edit draft documents and allows users to easily reuse preferred language and edits.

New Documents in the Construction Manager as Advisor (CMa) Family and Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) Family
In addition to software upgrades, the AIA is also introducing new documents in the 4.0 Release. The new CMa and CMc documents are replacement documents that incorporate the key concepts found in many of the AIA Contract Documents released in 2007 and 2008, including:

  • Dispute Resolution check box enables parties to select the method of binding dispute resolution.
  • Initial Decision Maker (IDM) fill point where the owner and contractor may identify a neutral third-party IDM other than the architect.
  • Digital Data provisions encourage project participants to establish protocols governing the transmission and use of digital data.

The CMa documents also include a contractor payment check box where the owner and contractor can select the method of payment from three choices: stipulated sum, cost of the work plus a fee with a guaranteed maximum price or cost of the work plus a fee without a guaranteed maximum price.

The new version of AIA Contract Documents software and new Construction Manager Documents will be available beginning April 30, 2009. More information about AIA Contract Documents, can be found at www.aia.org/contractdocs.

AIA Contract Documents software can be purchased at http://www.aia.org/contractdocs/purchase.

Documents in paper form are available through the AIA’s full service distributors. For a listing of full service distributors and pricing information, please visit www.aia.org/docs_purchase.

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/walkthewalk.

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Kirksey Congratulates Nicola Springer

Nicola Joy Springer, AIA, LEED® AP is a Senior Associate and the pK-12 Education Team Leader at Kirksey, a Houston-based architecture firm with over 26 million square feet of LEED projects. In addition to her responsibilities as an architect at Kirksey, she is active in the Houston Chapter AIA Young Architect’s Forum and chairs the AIA Michael G. Meyers Committee, which sponsors an annual design competition for high school students. Nicola is passionate about mentoring kids and young adults on sustainable architecture and its impact on the future.
She may be reached at nicolas@kirksey.com.

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AIA Announces Cost-Cutting Measures

Due to the prolonged recession, we are forecasting a budget shortfall for 2009 and decided to take preemptive measures to ensure that our expenses will be in line with those projections,” said American Institute of Architects Executive Vice President / CEO, Christine McEntee. “We identified a number of cost-cutting areas including reductions in the use of consultants, face-to-face meetings and staff travel, and efficiencies gained through greater reliance on technology. A main priority was to avoid staff reductions. A furlough for all employees – from the CEO on down – would allow us to avoid layoffs and yet achieve the expense savings that we needed. It is an unfortunate necessity in order to retain all of our staff while continuing to provide service to our members.”

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Architecture Billings Index Shows Early Signs of Improving Business Conditions
Business environment remains unfavorable, but the bottom of the construction cycle could be forthcoming

After a series of historic lows, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was up more than eight points in March. 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 March ABI rating was 43.7, up from the 35.3 mark in February. This was the first time since September 2008 that the index was above 40, but the score still indicates an overall decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 56.6.

“This news should be viewed with cautious optimism,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The fact that inquiries for new projects increased is encouraging, but it will likely be a few months before we see an improvement in overall billings. Architects continue to report a diversity of business conditions, but the majority is still seeing weak activity levels.”

Key March ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: South (43.4), Northeast (41.8), Midwest (37.5), West (36.1)
  • Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (44.0), institutional (42.9), multi-family residential (39.4), commercial / industrial (35.0)
  • Project inquiries index: 56.6

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.

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/walkthewalk.

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PPG to introduce five blue architectural glass tints
New additions will create industry’s broadest selection of color, performance options

PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) will introduce five blue glass tints at the 2009 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Design Expo in San Francisco, April 30 through May 2.

Dark-blue Pacifica glass (not shown) joins the existing Oceans of Color collection, which features four nautically inspired tints, including Atlantica, Azuria, Caribia and Solexia glasses.Two new glass substrates will be included in this selection from PPG. Pacifica glass will be added to the Oceans of Color collection of ocean-inspired tinted glass, which now has Atlantica, Azuria, Caribia and Solexia glasses. Solarblue glass will join Solargray, Solarbronze, Optigray 23 and Graylite glasses in the company’s collection of Earth and Sky Tones.

Three additional tints can be specified by adding Solarcool reflective coatings to Pacifica and Solarblue glasses, or by combining Pacifica glass with subtly-reflective, color-enriched Vistacool coating.

With the debut of these five new glass and coatings combinations, PPG will offer architects the industry’s broadest palette of tints and performance options.

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

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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New Simpson Strong-Tie® DTT2Z Deck Connector for Railing Posts Meets Building Code and Results in Safer Decks

DTT2Z deck tension tieIncreasing reports of deck failures across the country have led to a greater focus on deck safety in the building codes. The two main areas of concern are the guardrail-post connection and the deck-to-house connection which are critical to the performance and safety of the deck. Simpson Strong-Tie has developed a new solution to make both of these deck connections safer and stronger: the DTT2Z deck tension tie.

The International Residential Code® (IRC) requires deck railing posts to be able to resist a 200-lb. load in any direction. Many common guardrail-post connections that attach only to the rim joist do not meet this requirement. The new DTT2Z connects the railing post back into the deck framing, not just to the rim joist, creating a connection that meets the code provisions for guardrail reinforcement and results in a safer deck.

In addition, the DTT2Z can be used to tie the deck into the house for a safer, stronger ledger connection. It meets the IRC requirements for laterally attaching the deck to the house and complies with provisions of the AF&PA Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6).

Versatile and cost-effective, the DTT2Z deck tension tie fastens quickly and easily using Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive® screws (SDS), which install without pre-drilling and are included with each connector. The DTT2Z also comes with a ZMAX® coating for additional corrosion protection.

To learn more about the DTT2Z deck tension tie and other deck products and resources, visit the new Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck Center www.strongtie.com/deckcenter.

About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research and testing, Simpson Strong-Tie® products are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, anchors and lateral-force resisting systems in the world. Featured product lines include Wood and Steel Strong Wall® prefabricated shearwalls, Anchor Tiedown Systems for multi-story buildings and Strong Frame™ moment frames. Specialty products include Quik Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems, corrosion-resistant fasteners and Simpson Strong-Tie Anchor Systems® - anchors and fasteners for concrete and masonry. Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to providing exceptional products and service to its customers, including engineering and field support, product testing and training. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.strongtie.com.

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W. P. Hickman Company offers ANSI/SPRI ES-1 Tested Continuous Cleat Coping System

The W. P. Hickman Company has added Continuous Cleat Coping to its line of engineered roof edge products. Continuous Cleat Coping is a highly wind-resistant, waterproof coping system that is designed to be maintenance-free with concealed splice plates and no exposed fasteners. Hickman Continuous Cleat Coping carries a 20 year, 110 mph Excel warranty and has been tested in accordance with ANSI/SPRI ES-1 as required by International Building Code.

The coping system combines a 20-gauge continuous anchor cleat at the parapet face with an intermittent anchor clip at the roof side. A snap-on cover conceals fasteners for a cleaner appearance and allows for full thermal movement, improving performance and reducing oil-canning. Concealed splices with a built-in gutter channel create weather-tight, dry splices without the need for caulking. This design reduces installation time and mess, providing a maintenance-free coping system.

Product features include pre-punched, slotted fastener holes in the cleat for proper fastener spacing, further allowing for thermal expansion and contraction and quick installation. Stainless steel fasteners are included to assure proper, as tested, performance and eliminates corrosion or galvanic incompatibility. Factory fabricated accessories such as miters, tees, and end caps are also available to help create a high quality finished appearance and reduce field labor. For radius conditions, the coping is made specifically to field conditions in a true unsegmented radius, providing a custom fit for superior aesthetics. Hickman Continuous Cleat Coping is available in .050” or .063” aluminum or 24 gauge galvanized steel with Kynar coating in a variety of standard or custom colors. Additional custom metals or finishes are also available.

The W.P. Hickman Company is a family owned business with over 60 years of experience in the metal roof edging industry. Hickman products offer superior protection against wind and water infiltration and are backed by one of the best warranties in the business. W.P. Hickman, “The Leading Edge Since 1945.” For more information on W.P. Hickman or any of its products visit its website at www.wph.com or call 1.800.892.9173.

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Duro-Last® Introduces New Rock-Ply™ Product

Duro-Last® Roofing, Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of the Duro-Last Rock-Ply roofing system, part of the Duro-Last Designer Series of roofing membranes.


The Duro-Last Rock-Ply roofing system is ideal for commercial and residential roofing applications where appearance is important, but traditional rock or stone ballast is not practical because of weight considerations or difficulty transporting the ballast to where it’s needed on the roof. The Rock-Ply membrane provides a ballast look and the watertight performance and long-term durability of a thermoplastic, single-ply roofing system.

Our Rock-Ply product is made from the same durable membrane as the Duro-Last roofing system, a proven performer since 1978. The ballast pattern is printed onto the membrane, then a special polymer coating is applied to help protect the finish from marring, fading, and dirt accumulation.

Flashings for penetrations and other transition areas are precision-fabricated in a Duro-Last facility and, as with the standard Duro-Last system, the Rock-Ply product is a complete system; all ordered components are included when the system is delivered to the job site. Plus, the comprehensive standard Duro-Last warranties cover the Rock-Ply roofing system.

“Duro-Last has a history of creating new product lines to better serve our customers,” said Steve Ruth, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Duro-Last. “We are very excited about the Rock-Ply roofing system because it addresses a market need with a type of product that has not been readily available until now. We continue to see demand for aesthetic singly-ply applications, and this product provides another option for our contractors as they address the roofing needs of their customers.”

For more information about the Duro-Last Rock-Ply roofing system, contact the Duro-Last Sales Department at 800-248-0280 or visit www.duro-last.com/rockply.

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Introducing “Muffler Technology,” the First Thin Profile Sound Control Mat to Offer Luxury Performance in About a Quarter Inch

Quiet Qurl® 55/025 MC MT “MUFFLERQuiet Qurl® 55/025 MC MT “MUFFLER TECHNOLOGY” is a nominal 0.25“, “U” Groove entangled core mat designed to limit impact noise between floors.

On the top side, a point bonded, moisture resistant fabric is laminated to the core so that gypsum concrete & other materials can be placed to create a floating floor. On the bottom side, a highly compressible polyester fabric is bonded. This “muffler” almost completely compresses when installed with a 1.25” gypsum concrete floor underlayment.

The white high loft fabric adds about a third of an ounce per square yard to the entangled net but greatly limits the ability of vibration “air pressure” in the void space. The consequence is a dramatically quieter assembly – from 5 to 7 dB lowering from 125 Hz to 3150 Hz. The MT addition will create an additional 5 IIC points for the assembly verse standard version.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Keene Building Products 3-dimensional noise control products work in construction projects such as multi-family apartments & condominiums to stop impact & airborne noise. For further information call 877.514.5336 or email at info@keenebuilding.com.

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