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Get Tough with the OXX CoffeeBoxx
The COFFEEBOXX is built to brew premium coffee in the world’s most challenging environments. From construction sites across North America to military bases in Afghanistan, the COFFEEBOXX delivers hot cups of coffee to the hardest working people on earth. It retails for $229.99 at OXX.com/shop.
Now available in a new Desert Tan color, the COFFEEBOXX also has a new companion coffee brand, Workhorse Coffee, which comes in two blends: 2x Caffeine and Dark & Bold.
The COFFEEBOXX brews using single-serve coffee pods and works with all Keurig® K-Cup®-compatible pods. Reusable pods are also available as an accessory for those wishing to use their own ground coffee and/or reduce waste.
OXX is pioneering a new category of extremely durable and portable ruggedized appliances. Beyond the jobsite, OXX products are ideal anywhere hot cups of premium coffee are welcome: RVs, boats, car- and van-camping situations, home shops, hunting and fishing camps, festivals and events, warehouses, emergency response staging sites, fire stations, police barracks, and more.
Procore Users: Print Plans Faster, Smarter and for Much Less
GCs and subcontractors can easily get their construction documents printed and delivered anywhere in the country right from their Procore dashboard when they use the Plans4Less.com app –available as their “print plans” option with flat rate pricing of $1 per sheet — including full-sized (36” x 48”) plans. Often, having plans on paper makes it easier for the project management team to see at a glance both the big picture and granular details in relation to the full project scheme. While tablets and other devices are fantastic in many situations, many industry professionals prefer to view schematics and read text on sharp, crisp printed plans.
PASLODE INTRODUCES POWERMASTER™ PRO FRAMING NAILER
Glenview, Ill. – February 7, 2017 – The PowerMaster™ line of framing tools have been trusted by framers for more than 20 years. Building on its legendary tradition of reliability, durability, and speed, the recently launched PowerMaster™ Pro adds features to help professional framers become even more productive.
The PowerMaster™ Pro increases productivity with features like a quick 2-step rear-load magazine and a ½ lb. lighter tool weight (at 7.9lbs.) for reduced fatigue all day long. The PowerMaster™ engine, a “proven workhorse”, ensures nails drive flush into the toughest lumber allowing you to maintain job-site momentum.
Houses That Are One With the Environment
Green Builder Media released the 2016 Green Home of the Year Award winners. These green gems will further the goal of carbon neutral building, making housing a leader in saving the planet.
This year’s Green Home of the Year award winners aren’t just projects that honor sustainability. Some of them are literally one with the environment. Our expert panel of judges evaluated projects in terms of overall sustainability, resilience, synergy with the environment and surrounding neighborhood, affordability, creativity and the depth of building science employed. The slider shows four of the eight winners.
Unlock Your Inner Interior Designer
Modsy, a personalized home design solution, today announced the release of a new feature, the Style Editor, that truly puts the user in the driver’s seat to swap, move, and visualize furniture in the context of one’s own home. The vast catalog includes hundreds of your favorite mainstream retailers and some new brands you can discover along the way. This is the answer to the dreams of every HGTV junkie — you can now truly try your hand at your own redesign ideas with just a few clicks.
Starting at just $99, Modsy is an online service that combines design support with breakthrough 3D technology to solve the many pain points consumers face when trying to shop for furniture and design their homes. The process only takes a few minutes to get started – simply upload a handful of photos and take the Modsy Style Quiz – and then Modsy works its magic, creating an accurate 3D model of your room, laid out with an initial design concept based on your style profile. You receive back a catalog-quality set of shoppable images of your own virtual room fully redesigned, including a 360 view.
Trane® Expands Connected Home Product Portfolio with ComfortLink™ II XL1050 Control
Davidson, N.C., March 27, 2017 — Trane®, a global provider of indoor comfort solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, announced the availability of its ComfortLink™ II XL1050, the latest product in the brand’s portfolio of thermostats and smart controls.
The ComfortLink™ II XL1050, a Wi-Fi or Ethernet enabled connected control, acts as a home energy command center so homeowners can control indoor temperatures on a zone by zone basis. They can create schedules and presets based on user preference. Users can also customize their home screen with optional views such as outdoor temperature, five-day weather forecast, alerts or radar. All of these features are controlled through one easy-to-use, programmable, digital thermostat that features a 7” LCD display with color brilliance and touchscreen response.
New Online Platform Designed to Eliminate In-Person Sales Meetings
NDANAPOLIS (Feb. 21, 2017) – Instead of relying on antiquated sales tactics to close a deal in person, contractors can now use an online platform that bundles all essential elements of home improvement sales into one easy-to-use package.
Powered by Remote Sales Force, One Click Contractor is a cloud-based platform that transforms the traditional home improvement sales visit into an online experience. Rather than a lengthy in-person conversation, a contractor can visually show homeowners any changes to their property and present home improvement estimates using computer-generated measurements, all while sharing a screen.
Raided Cannabis Site Gets a Makeover
On February 14th, Diego Pellicer, opened their Denver-based dispensary. It is at the site of former VIP Cannabis, a dispensary that was raided in November of 2013 as part of the largest-ever federal raid against Colorado’s medical marijuana industry. The opening comes on the heels of the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States.
Diego Pellicer – Colorado’s CEO, Neil Demers, commented, “We couldn’t be more excited to open this dispensary. The cannabis industry is growing at an unprecedented rate, and we’re extremely grateful to have the opportunity to help build Colorado’s statewide industry. We’re confident that state-specific administrations will continue to support the cannabis industry as the legitimate, profitable, and innovative space that it is.”
Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc. is a global company focused on the acquisition and development of legally compliant locations for the purpose of leasing to licensed operators engaged in the cannabis business. The organization profits from the lease payments of real estate holdings and from the sale of branded, non-cannabis products. Learn more at https://diego-pellicer.com/
Reduce On-Site Plumbing Costs for Manufactured Homes
Outdoor faucets with protruding brass hose bibs are a problem on manufactured housing. The extra width can make prefab homes too wide to transport, and create a separate project for plumbers on site. Aquor Water Systems has an in-wall option that pre-fab companies can incorporate into their blueprints without adding any width, saving time and money.
The House Hydrant, an eco-friendly outdoor faucet that is completely leak-proof and compatible with any garden hose, has a sleek look that can match any desired exterior. Internally, the House Hydrant has a stainless steel body with freeze protection up to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Construction Adhesives for Everything
When it comes to using construction adhesives on the jobsite, pros know all products are not created equal. That’s why DAP®, a leader in the home improvement and construction products industry, created a new, complete line of construction adhesives with the latest innovative technologies, including high performance latex, solvent, and new cutting-edge hybrid formulas. New DynaGrip formulas deliver high-strength bonds in hours, not days, and provide exceptional performance even in the most extreme weather conditions.
Besides making stronger and more durable bonds, DAP’s new line of DynaGrip adhesives are easier to gun for greater efficiency and include several formulas which are low odor and compliant with stringent VOC regulations. DynaGrip is a must-have for the most demanding pros who work on the toughest jobs, including the installation of subfloors, drywall, heavy remodeling, and new construction.
DynaGrip products are available in a variety of sizes and can be found at your local home improvement retailer. For more information, visit www.dap.com.
DAP DynaGrip Advanced Subfloor
…provides a high-strength weatherproof bond that improves the structural performance of subfloor assembly.
Ideal Drone for Construction
Yuneec VTOL/Vertical TakeOff/Landing sUAS can fly low and slow with greater stability and safety than a typical quadcopter system. Greater stability provides for higher quality imaging, resulting in superior high-resolution 2D ortho or 3D maps, precision volumetrics, and 3D surface models.Our user-configurable fail-safe systems assure return to launch in the event of lost signal, low battery, or signal interference, and the Yuneec speed control provides pilots a rapid-return to home in the event of sudden changes in the flight environment. The H520 is ideal for construction sites requiring precision, speed, and multiple payloads for intelligent worksite reporting.
Revamped Cement Board Screws Speed up Installation
ITW Buildex, a leading provider of fastening solutions, has introduced a groundbreaking iteration of its trusted Backer-On® and Rock-On® cement board screws. The new, customer-backed screws have been uniquely designed with a patented serrated head, T-25 star drive with Stikfit™ and serrated thread forms to solve common contractor challenges and enhance performance.
Key innovations include:
- Patented serrated head design. The cutting-edge head delivers flush seating – even at an angle – while eliminating mushrooming and reducing board blow out.
- Star drive with T-25 bit for Stikfit™. The star drive recess provides a stick fit for every screw, allowing for one-handed operation with no wear on the bit.
- Serrated thread forms. The improved threading requires less torque for faster installation.
- Patented sharp point and lead threads. The updated design supports immediate pick-up and reduces the effort required to drive.
Free Bosch MeasureOn App Offers End-to-End Project Management
Mt. Prospect, Ill., March 20, 2017 – Lose the pencil and paper; ditch the project binder. With the new Bosch MeasureOn app, users get a clear digital overview of all project details – including floor plans, measurements, photos and notes. These features are all viewable with a smartphone or tablet in one app. MeasureOn is free to download and free to use.
The app works with the Bosch BLAZE™ GLM 50 C and Bosch GLM 100 C laser measures. Using the MeasureOn app, users can quickly connect through Bluetooth®, create customer profiles and set up and manage projects. Initiating and managing profiles and projects enables outstanding digital organization of documents. Import or enter customer data, add notes and to do lists, and access this information easily.
ENGINE-SAVER Prevents Costly Equipment Engine Damage
Tampa, Fla. – Keytroller, the industry’s leading and award-winning designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic safety and weighing devices, proudly unveils ENGINE-SAVER. The advanced equipment engine protection system monitors critical engine functions and warns an operator of critical issues prior to the onset of costly engine damage and failure. This compact, easy-to-install system ensures engine protection by monitoring the equipment’s oil pressure and coolant temperature – alarming an operator visually and/or audibly of issues. If the operator does not switch off the engine within 30 seconds of alarm, the system automatically shuts down the engine for additional protection. An optional warning and engine shut down feature is also available to prevent excess idling.
A Finish to Complement Nature
Located in Aspen, the Pitkin County Library sits amongst Colorado’s picturesque Rocky Mountains. So when Hopkins Architecture set out to construct an addition to the 30-year-old library, it was determined to find a metal facade that complemented the natural beauty of the library’s surroundings.
Rejecting other metals due to cold or bright reflectivity, the architect called upon Pure + FreeForm to create a custom exterior clear coat finish treated with gold and copper pearl to generate a reflective warmth. Speckled with rust and gold for a discreetly luxurious look, Aspen Patina was the perfect solution — offering an elegant character and subtle beauty that takes a backseat to the surrounding topography.
Natural, Ultra-thin Stone Panels Even For Walls
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sorccia Stone (http://www.sorccia.com/) announces the expansion of its product line to include versatile, ultra-thin natural stone panels. These eco-friendly panels are designed as both wall and floor coverings, among other applications, and require no grout to install.
Sorccia Stone panels consist of a front layer of thinly cut real stone, and a high-tech backing that is engineered to make the finished product 800 times stronger than ordinary slab stone. Options for backing material include aluminum composite polymer (ACP), translucent acrylic, fiberglass and honeycomb. The result is an ultra-thin, grout-less stone product that’s indistinguishable from solid stone.
TrueLook Cameras for Jobsite Interiors
Winston-Salem, NC – TrueLook today releases a new camera designed specifically for indoor jobsites. After a 20-year history with rugged outdoor construction cameras, the company’s new offering sheds the bulk and heft. The lighter indoor camera is easier to mount or move, offers the perfect resolution for indoor areas, and is more affordable than its outdoor counterparts. The indoor camera still includes the same services and features available on TrueLook’s outdoor cameras – including live camera viewing, custom time-lapsing, and 24/7 security recording.
Thin Insulation Delivers High Performance and Design Freedom
Dow Corning’s HPI-1000 Building Insulation Blanket is made of silicon aerogel technology and offers slim profile, outstanding flexibility, excellent compression resistance, and an R-value of 9.6 per inch of thickness. It is fully compatible with a variety of Dow Corning brand high-performance building products such as adhesives, sealants and air barrier products. The material is fire-resistant, hydrophobic and does not settle over time.
“This is an ideal solution for sealing tough connections, such as where glazing systems meet cavity walls, where below grade systems meet above grade systems, and where parapets meet roofs,” explained Joy Govitz, North America Market Manager for Dow Performance Silicones – Building & Construction. “It’s well suited to applications in which the design results in exposed or under-insulated slab edges, or where additional thermal insulation is required at curtainwall mullions,” she said.
Got Kids? Maybe They’re Interested in Construction
Engineering, home building, and DIY prefessionals and enthusiasts now have the perfect book to share with their children and grandchildren — maybe the kids will even want to share in the fun. Take a look at How to Build a House the latest in our Technical Tales Series.
How to Build a House continues to follow the adventures of the three unlikely friends–Eli, Phoebe, and Hank, as they take on their latest engineering adventure, building a house! Follow the trio as they learn about how a house is constructed, from the foundation to the rafters. Detailed diagrams and illustrations help children and their parents visualize and conceptualize real-world home construction. Through hard work and preservation, the three friends learn the ins and outs of architecture and the benefits of teamwork. Filled with high-tech, realistic diagrams, How to Build a House provides children with a basic introduction to how a home is built from the ground up and encourages their curiosity to dream big.
The busybusy app Now Integrates With Quickbooks
Saint George, UT (September 1st, 2016) – busybusy™, The maker of the busybusy Mobile Time Clock App, has released an upgrade to their employee management system. The free upgrade includes a direct integration with Quickbooks that removes the need to collect and manually input labor information.
The busybusy™ to Quickbooks integration makes managing a company’s data and payroll more efficient by removing the need to double enter time and project information. It is now possible to automatically pull employee timecards into Quickbooks and use the projects created in Quickbooks in the busybusy mobile time tracking app. Employees track time on the right projects, and the information is collected and organized in Quickbooks. Find out more at www.busybusy.com
Women Engineers Launch New Website
The Society of Women Engineers has established itself as the primary resource for knowledge, information and trends on women in engineering with the launch of its newest tool, research.swe.org. The website was created to provide clarity among the wealth of data available, and deliver a centralized data source for members and individuals interested in locating information about women in engineering.
The website features trends and data on women in engineering and the STEM landscape across the globe from the K-12 level, to collegiate to professional. Additionally, the website will feature SWE’s own research to supplement the knowledge base around issues affecting female engineers’ success. Being able to provide data and information to inform decisions that affect women in the education sector and the workplace is an important part of SWE’s goal to advocate for the success of women in engineering and technology.
Tall, Supertall, Megatall: ASHRAE Provides Design Guidance for All
ATLANTA – Tall buildings challenge the imagination of designers and test the fortitude of engineers. And as they continue to rise in height and in numbers, guidance is needed to meet their critical design elements.
“Tall buildings present unique and formidable challenges to architects and engineers because of their size, location in major urban areas and the multiple, complex occupancies they often contain,” Peter Simmonds, author of a new book from ASHRAE on tall building design guidance. He is a member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.12, Tall Buildings.
The book, co-sponsored by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, is titled “ASHRAE Design Guide for Tall, Supertall and Megatall Building Systems.” It covers buildings that, for the purpose of the book, are defined as tall (300 plus feet), supertall (984 plus feet) and megatall (1968 plus feet) . The Guide has a broadened scope and updated content since an earlier guide published in 2004.
For more information on the construction press release and the book, check here.