Contour Crafting wins design competition

November 1, 2014

Contour Crafting, a computerized construction method that rapidly 3D prints large-scale structures directly from architectural CAD models, has been awarded the grand prize of $20,000 in the 2014 “Create the Future” Design Contest. Contour Crafting automates the construction of whole structures and radically reduces the time and cost of construction. The large-scale 3D printing technology …

NFRC Documents Earn ANSI Designation

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) announced that three NFRC documents have officially earned the American National Standard (ANS) designation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The three NFRC documents referenced in International Code Council (ICC) Building Codes were the ones subjected to the process. The documents, with their new designations, are: ANSI/NFRC 100-2014: …

GreenCE launches free LEED Exam Prep Course

GreenCE Inc. has launched the industry’s first free LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Exam Prep program to educate design professionals about green building principles and the LEED rating systems. The new LEED Exam Prep course features video, animation, music, and case studies. Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its new LEED …

AIA report finds design projects meeting carbon reduction targets

Introduced in 2009, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment Program, a voluntary initiative for architecture firms and other entities in the built environment to commit their practice to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030, has produced a report assessing its work. “There is some very encouraging data …

SheerWeave Sun Control fabrics reduce glare, optimize natural lighting

An unwelcome flood of sunlight can interrupt even the most serene setting, and closing the shades blocks out natural sunlight and obstructs the view of the great outdoors. Solve both dilemmas with Phifer SheerWeave interior sun control fabrics. Unlike traditional window treatments that take an “all or nothing” approach to sun control, Phifer SheerWeave fabrics …

Fisher Textiles new Blockout and new Tent and Awning fabric

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, presents two new fabrics for dye sublimation and UV-curable printing: GF 8880 Opaque White (FR) and GF 5355 Cascade (FR). GF 5355 Cascade (FR) is excellent for awnings, canopy tents, outdoor banners and indoor roll up banner stands. Available 118 inches wide, it is 6.9 oz/sq …

Glen Raven Decorative Shade Collection of Sunbrella fabrics

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, introduced the Decorative Shade Collection during 2014 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo in Minneapolis, emphasizing the aesthetics of shade design and expanding the fabric portfolio of the 53-year-old brand. Comprised of three distinct lines, “Fundamental,” “Alloy” and “Unity,” the collection opens up new shade application possibilities and is …

Legacy Building Solutions and McTech win DBIA Project/Team Award

Legacy Building Solutions, South Haven, Minn., a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, in collaboration with the Midwest office of general contracting firm McTech, has received a Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Project/Team Award for the new South Satellite Service Center building in Kansas City, Mo. The DBIA award recognizes exemplary application of …

New product: Infinity Canopy Shade System

Slide-on-wire canopies have become a common part of modern outdoor design for their simplicity, beauty and ability to provide on-demand shade and be retracted easily when desired. There have been many challenges, however, because of the custom-made nature of the products. To fit properly, the canopies require precise pre-measurement, fabric and color selection, weeks of …

Science meets design: PHÄNOMENTA’s fabric phenomenon

The precision of science and the art of design meet in Germany. By Jake Kulju Science has long relied on imagination to lure young people into the field. The PHÄNOMENTA Science Center in Lüdenscheid, Germany, is one of the world’s best examples of how powerful the relationship between science and imagination can be. The center …