It’s no secret that these June 2016 construction products announcements might have just the solution you need. Secure workers’ data, give vets some jobs, learn about concrete products giving back, get a new way to dim the lights, check out a turnkey solar power solution, see the toughest door in the world, and get an app for measuring architectural drawings.

Qvarn Announces Open Source Identity Management

Qvarn is now free and open source software; making it a compelling solution for any organization that needs to manage a secure register of workers’ data. Construction industry federations in Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States have been using the Qvarn Platform ( since October 2015 to securely manage the professional digital identities of close to one million construction workers. The Qvarn Platform is free and open source software for managing workforce identities.

INSTALL Seeks Veterans

INSTALL, the floor covering industry’s most recognized training and certification program, has partnered with Helmets to Hardhats in both the United States and Canada to actively recruit veterans into the floor covering workforce.

INSTALL has committed to recruit INSTALL contractors to sponsor veterans in INSTALL’s industry accredited apprenticeship program and upon completion, employ them as a full-time journeyman. Flooring contractors interested in this program should contact John McGrath, INSTALL executive director,

Ductilcrete Giving Back

Ductilcrete Slab Systems, LLC is a leader in designing concrete floor and paving systems with increased joint spacing and virtually no cracking – a revolutionary approach to the traditional concrete floor industry. When the company was founded in 2012, its leadership had a vision of providing an innovative and long-overdue improvement to the typical pitfalls of the concrete floor industry (e.g. larger number of joints, higher maintenance costs, and shorter warranty, to name a few). Consequently, Ductilcrete began to offer a solution that is more sustainable and economically-sound.

In addition to attaining its business goal, Ductilcrete also set out to differentiate itself by upholding its core value of giving back to others. The company utilizes a formula developed by its leadership to automatically set aside a monetary allocation to various non-profits. Since one of Ductilcrete’s competitive advantages is reducing the amount of concrete floor joints by more than 70%, the company donates $52.80 for every mile of joints it has saved its customers on their new floors. As a result, various local and national charities continue to benefit from Ductilcrete’s commitment. The most recent recipient is the American Cancer Society.

Legrand Makes Dimming Better

Legrand, North America today expanded its Lighting Control and Automation Panel (LCAP) architectural dimming product family with the new InFusion Universal Dimming Module (UDM), which provides effective dimming control of multiple lighting sources. A key product for LED migration, the module provides exceptional support of the widest range of lighting source types, and allows lighting professionals to seamlessly integrate lighting without compromising performance.

Concept by US POWERstation Simplifies Solar

Concept BY US released a new, turn-key, solar energy storage system became available in the U.S. that provides steady, reliable, copious electricity to off-gridders, both when the sun is shining and at night.

The POWERSTATION 247 ( is a complete, patent-pending, UL certified and fully integrated scalable solar energy storage system with built-in battery storage. The system comes in three sizes, 5 kW, 10 kW, or 15 kW; all have the same battery storage capacity of 17.28 kWh. Its free standing cabinet is easy to install and easy to use. The system integrates up to 3 hybrid inverters, solar MPP-trackers, charge controller and lithium-iron batteries, all necessary field wiring terminals and disconnect switches. It’s completely turnkey, includes all software and can be installed on and off grid. 

Scorematerials Claims the Toughest Door

These doors are BULLET PROOF with a 3 POINT LOCKING MECHANISM and a total of 20 bolts, which can be customized with SMART technology like a fingerprint access reader or card scanner.

They’ve been put through a BRUTAL test of battering rams, explosives, sledge hammers, and crowbars. The company even RAN THEM OVER WITH A CAR to make sure that the frame stayed intact! They are now here in the USA. These doors are by far the world’s STRONGEST and TOUGHEST. Plus, they have a seamless, elegant modern design which can be applied to any building. Watch the video, or visit the website.

Scala is the New APP for Measuring Printed Drawings


Scala Architectural and Engineering Scale provides a new way to measure printed drawings on the go and at your desk. It includes standard imperial architectural, metric architectural, and engineering scales in a handy app. You can also create custom variable scales in case your drawings aren’t to a known scale. There is also a slider that does the measuring for you.

  • FIXED SCALES – If you know the scale of a drawing, place your device on the drawing, scroll to the scale of the printed drawing and watch the chosen scale slide in.
  • VARIABLE SCALES – If the scale of a drawing is unknown, slide your finger on the variable scale and match the scale of one known element, lock it and use it to measure all elements on that drawing.
  • MEASURING – Slide the measurement slider in fixed or variable scale modes, along the scale to see the desired measurement displayed.
  • SECONDARY UNITS – Choose secondary units to be displayed while measuring, to quickly convert between metric, decimal feet and feet and inches.
  • PRECISION – Control the precision of the measurement units.

Available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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