Saint-Gobain announces its first EPD for SHEERFILL II

December 1, 2017

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a comprehensive, internationally-harmonized report that documents the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment. SHEERFILL II, manufactured by Saint-Gobain, now has an EPD and is the only PTFE coated architectural membrane that is Energy Star and Cool Roof Rated. “Our company is committed to producing …

Parking structure complements Atlanta market

The Ponce City Market on the eastern edge of Atlanta, Ga., has aggressively aspired to become the fourth nationally recognized food hall in America after Chelsea Market in New York, N.Y., Pike Place in Seattle, Wash., and Ferry Building in San Francisco, Calif. The location for the market is the revitalized historic 1926 Sears, Roebuck …

Smithsonian installation combines design and fabrication

Nine ceilings represent notable American buildings. Since the 17th century (with the debut of the French École des Beaux-Arts), drawing has been the first basic skill taught to architects. This still holds true, despite the advent of computer aided drafting (CAD) and sophisticated rendering software. And today there is a segment of the architecture community …

2017 IAA awards announced

For more than 70 years, IFAI’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition has acknowledged innovation and excellence in design and fabrication. This year’s winners were selected based on project complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. We received a total of 235 entries from 11 countries. Seven AOE recipients were also chosen as “Best in Category” winners: …

Smart Fabrics Summit 2018 set

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to co-host the Smart Fabrics Summit 2018 on April 24 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Summit provides a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel and …

Malaysian light rail features an inspired ETFE tunnel of air

Odds are, most architects have seen the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the capitol of Malaysia. Built in 1998, the Petronas towers remain the tallest twin towers in the world at 1,482 feet (452 meters). Architects are less likely to know that Kelana Jaya is a rapidly-urbanizing suburb located on the southwest edge …

Former IFAI board member/chairman Roy Schweinfurth dies

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and former president/chairman of IFAI, died on October 8, 2017. Roy served on the IFAI board of directors from 1977 to 1989 and as president (a position now called chairman) of IFAI from 1985 to 1987. He was a Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) in his lifelong work as an …

Honduras transforming textile sector

With a $1.5 billion U.S. investment, Honduras’ textile and apparel sector is investing in cutting-edge technologies to help transform the country into one of the world’s major players in the booming synthetic yarn and activewear market. The funds have been used to modernize sewing machines and other equipment, expand industrial parks, improve port and road …