New AIA course for awning professionals

December 1, 2014

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, has added a new course to its American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES) program. Titled “PAMA 102: Expanding Your Knowledge of Awnings, Canopies, and other Shade Structures,” the one-hour course qualifies as one health, safety and welfare (HSW) …

New textile waste recycling methods

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new methods for handling large quantities of textile waste material. The European Union Directive set in 1999 contains quantitative restrictions regarding biodegradable waste deposited at landfill sites, and the practice of taking textile waste to landfill sites must end when regulations take effect in Finland Jan. 1, …

DIOLEN SAFE FR expands to new industry sectors

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …