2015 AIA Young Architects Award

January 30, 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award, now in its 22nd year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the …

Trivantage names Bret Kelley VP of sales

Trivantage, a supplier for the marine, awning and furniture industries, has named Bret Kelley as vice president of sales. Kelley joins Trivantage after 21 years with Highland Industries Inc. At Highland he gained extensive experience leading sales and marketing efforts for technical fabrics in commercial, industrial and military applications. Kelley has experience in distribution, dealer …

Recovered tennis court

Rainier Industries solves a leaky problem for Stanford University’s tennis program. By Jill Lafferty Before Stanford University tennis players could serve, volley, slice and smash under a leak-free fabric structure, fabric installers were required to engage in a little rappelling. California’s Stanford University turned to Rainier Industries of Tukwila, Wash., to redesign and recover a …

Heytex acquires BondCote Corp.

BondCote Corp., Pulaski, Va., has announced that the company is being acquired by Heytex. The name BondCote Corp. will remain and the company will now be part of the Heytex Group. BondCote will become Heytex Group’s North American headquarters for all products. No changes are foreseen in management, staff, customer interface or other functions. Heytex …

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 …

Fabric Graphics Day Conference

December 1, 2014

The Fabric Graphics Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, is presenting a one-day Fabric Graphics Conference, Jan. 29, at the Glen Raven Sunbrella Yarn Plant in Anderson, S.C. Learn how to increase sales conversions and expand product offerings through conference programming that includes: Digital Print Methods and Options, presented by Bill Shuford, …