Futureguard names southern region sales rep

January 30, 2015

Futureguard Building Products, manufacturer of NuImage and Bel-Aire awnings, named Kevin Thomas as its new southern region sales representative based in the Greensboro area of North Carolina. Thomas comes to Futureguard with more than 22 years managing wholesale and retail sales in the exterior and interior shade control business. He has extensive knowledge of building …

New AATCC test methods

The 2015 AATCC Technical Manual is now available, featuring two new test methods, 10 significantly revised methods, and nine editorially revised methods. Published each January, the manual contains close to 150 test methods and evaluation procedures used worldwide to evaluate and characterize fiber and textile materials. It can be ordered as a cloth-bound book or …

Hoover Awnings revamps image

The third generation has assumed leadership of family-owned Hoover Canvas Awnings, West Palm Beach, Fla. Matthew Carroll, son of James E. Carroll Jr., Hoover’s president and an IFAI Certified Master Fabric Craftsman, is taking over the company with plans to revitalize its image and scope. He has introduced a name change-Hoover Architectural Products—to call out …

Phifer earns Melanoma International Foundation seal of approval

January 1, 2015

Phifer Inc., a global manufacturer of energy-saving sun control fabrics, announced that more than 30 of its interior and exterior sun control fabrics have been recognized by the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) and awarded its prestigious seal of approval for outstanding product and promotion of sun safe behaviors in accordance with the MIF Mission Statement. …

Architects issue statement on Congressional extension

179D energy efficient commercial building tax deduction The American Institute of Architects (AIA) praised the Senate’s vote to extend the 179D energy efficient commercial building tax deduction just prior to adjourning for the year. Section 179D provides a tax deduction for energy efficient buildings. It also allows public building owners to allocate the deduction to …

Highly efficient components focus of 2015 Passive House Conference

The Passive House Standard enables every building owner to benefit from the energy revolution, with Certified Passive House Components ensuring cost-effectiveness. This basic concept will be the focus of the 2015 International Passive House Conference, held April 17–18 in Leipzig. The conference takes place under the auspices of Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for Economic …

Demand Softens, but outlook for Architecture Billings Index remains positive

Buoyed by sustained demand for apartments and condominiums, coupled with state and local governments moving ahead with delayed public projects, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has been positive for seven consecutive months. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction …

Zillow forecasts rise of millennial homebuyer in 2015

Zillow predicts a big year for homebuyers in 2015, with more millennials entering the market amid rising rents. Zillow’s annual housing predictions identify the five best housing markets for first-time homebuyers this coming year. 2015 Predictions –U.S. rents will outpace home values by the end of the year –Builders will begin constructing more, less expensive …

DIOLEN SAFE FR expands to new industry sectors

December 1, 2014

DIOLEN SAFE FR yarns, the flame-retardant yarns manufactured by FR Safety Yarns GmbH & Co. of Kunertstraße, Germany, are now available for applications from fine furniture fabrics in contract and residential to knitted structures and seating solutions for home and commercial use. They are also available for a variety of technical purposes due to consistent, …

4th Annual Modular Construction Summit names sponsors

RedGuard, Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Sarens Group, UOP—A Honeywell Company, and Viewpoint Construction Software have come on board as sponsors at IQPC’s 4th Annual Modular Construction, Prefabrication & Logistics Summit at the Hilton Houston North, Dec. 8–10. The summit is gathering representatives from across the energy industry to discuss some of the most vital challenges that …