School shade

June 1, 2016

Shade structure at a mid-century kindergarten in New Zealand adds a contemporary facelift and protection from the sun. Of all the roles that shade structures fulfill—from aesthetic appeal to space expansion—their most critical function is weather protection. Few places require as much protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays as New Zealand, which, according to the country’s …

Pfeifer Group acquires FabriTec Structures and Guard-All Building Solutions

PFEIFER Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH, with its business unit, Cable Structures, has acquired an ownership interest in FabriTec Structures and its sister company, Guard-All Building Solutions, who provide wide-span, frame-supported, fabric buildings. The new team will have offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Poland, Qatar, Singapore and China. In July 2015, German-based Pfeifer …

Marlen Textiles extends warranty

Marlen Textiles, a New Haven, Mo.-based manufacturer of outdoor textiles, has extended its warranty period for five of its products. The warranty period will be extended from five to eight years for Top Notch®, Top Notch 9®, Top Notch FR® and Top Gun FR®, and from three to five years for Top Notch 1S®.

Shade (systems) to the rescue

Consumers are seeking protection from the sun, heat, bugs and high energy bills, and shading system manufacturers are surrounding the market, indoors and out. The U.S. market is looking rather attractive these days to manufacturers of shade systems. For a variety of reasons—energy conservation, protection from the elements and insects, heat and glare reduction—screens, shades, …

Green Building Research Institute launches continuing ed opportunity

“Breaking Ground: The Future of Green Building,” the newest course series from the Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) has been approved by both GBCI and the American Institute of Architects to provide LEED and AIA professionals with continuing education credits. Professionals who complete a course are eligible to receive 30 GBCI approved CE Hours and …

Architecture Billings Index shows continued growth

After beginning the year with a decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) …

Thrace LINQ achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

Technical fabrics supplier Thrace LINQ has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system. The achievement is a demonstration of the company’s continued commitment to provide the highest quality materials to the markets it serves. ISO 9001 standard is designed to help ensure that an organization’s products and services consistently meet the requirements …