New Construction Products

For Contractors, Architects, Project Owners: Here’s where to find a wide variety of new construction products that can make your life a whole lot easier as you manage the day-to-day activities of construction projects. New products added every month!

For Manufacturers and Developers: If you are a maker of construction products or services, and you’d like your item to be considered for publication on this page, send a 150-word, or less, announcement along with a suitable photo/graphic that’s no wider than 400px to:

Sorry, we can’t publish everything. We look for new approaches to old problems, keeping a balance of digital and physical products, highly unique items, items that solve long standing problems people must deal with on construction projects, and items that strike our fancy!

Fire Block Extreme & Professional

These two new products solve temperature fluctuations and higher heat challenges, plus they feature a unique Smart Foam Technology that fills gaps fully without increasing pressure when it expands.

  • TYTAN® Professional Fire Block Extreme PRO: Temperature fluctuations have always created challenges for sealants: melting or slumping in high heat, crumbling or not dispensing at all in the cold – all usually leading to costly callbacks to pass inspections. Now installation contractors can eliminate their weather worries thanks to new, TYTAN® Professional Fire Block Extreme PRO introduced by Selena USA.
  • TYTAN® Professional Fire Block 113: High heat and low humidity can wreak havoc on most foam sealants, causing melting, shrinking…and in turn, requiring multiple applications to pass inspections. Luckily, installation contractors in hot – and even desert – climates now have a new option: TYTAN® Professional Fire Block 113, introduced by Selena USA.
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T-Rex® Clear Repair Tape

T-Rex® Clear Repair Tape is made with a crystal clear, extremely durable film and an aggressive clear adhesive, making it the ideal clear tape for quick, yet extremely durable fixes where you don’t want the tape to show. For outdoor applications, T-Rex® Clear Repair Tape sticks to both wet and dry surfaces – ensuring an easy and instant fix in any weather conditions. The tape is easy to tear for fast repairs to seal damaged or cracked waterproof surfaces. T-Rex® Clear Repair Tape is available in 1.88” x 9 yd. size and is sold at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $6.99.

NEW! T-Rex® Extreme Tread Tape

T-Rex® Extreme Tread Tape is an industrial-quality, non-slip tape that improves surface traction to help prevent slips and accidents. Made with a multi-layer grit embedding process, the tape offers long-lasting grip and exceeds OSHA and ADA federal recommendations. T-Rex® Extreme Tread Tape provides a stronger, pressure-sensitive adhesive bond than standard anti-slip tapes. The aggressive, long-lasting grit is UV and weather resistant – with a service temperature range of -40°F to +220°F. T-Rex® Extreme Tread Tapes are sold in 2” x 8” adhesive tread strips with a suggested retail price of $9.99.

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Let Your Shoes Light the Way

Night Tech Gear’s Night Shift Shoe Lights are designed to help workers identify potential hazards and reduce workplace falls. Night Shift Shoe Lights are worn on shoes or boots and are for the rigors of industrial use. They provide hands-free lighting in low-light work environments with 400 lumens of LED lights that deliver 90 meters of forward beam and visibility from all sides to prevent workplace accidents, lost productivity and employer liability. The Night Shift Shoe Lights feature a patented, proprietary technology that includes two ultra-light shoe lights illuminating the space ahead of the worker, while rear-facing lights keep the wearer visible to other workers or vehicles from all angles. The fortified, high-impact resistant case is water and dust resistant and mounted on an ultra-secure adjustable shoelace-clip.  At just 2.4 ounces each, Night Shift Shoe Lights are easily and unobtrusively clipped on the user’s shoe or boot.

CompanyWide Jobs Marketplace Brings Efficiency to Construction Hiring and Careers

CompanyWide is a website and phone app making it easy for construction companies to hire quality tradespeople. CompanyWide also helps construction workers build their careers and document their reputations through a website whose analytics show the dollar value of continued construction skill development, and helps business owners improve their hiring decisions. With CompanyWide, construction has the online platform it needs to become an efficient jobs marketplace.

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Monitor and Optimize Air Quality for Jobsite and Employee Health and Productivity

SAN FRANCISCO – February 21, 2017: Awair, the creators of products that track air quality in homes, today launches Awair Omni, a new enterprise solution for tracking indoor air quality for facilities of all types. Omni features enterprise-grade sensors that track the key factors of air quality (Temperature, Humidity, CO2, Chemicals, and Fine Dust) and provides actionable insights that allow businesses to create healthy, productive environments for their employees and customers. Omni is ideal for offices, facilities, schools, hotels, hospitals and those who are in need of a solution to control the health of their air and make it conducive for increased productivity, safety, wellness and performance. Air quality is a growing concern for businesses as pressure mounts to conform to WELL, LEED, and RESET building health standards. Indoor air quality, which can be 5x more polluted than outdoor air quality, has been linked to the occurrence of allergies, headaches, inability to focus, and much more. Businesses that want to test Omni in their facilities can visit to arrange a consultation and free trial.

Transducers USA Introduces New Custom Ultrasonic Sensors

Elk Grove Village – Transducers USA, an industry leading supplier of audible signal devices, has announced the introduction of its new custom Ultrasonic Sensors. These new devices include both a proximity sensor and an ultrasonic speaker, providing both detection and an audible alert notifying the occurrence of a specified condition.

Transducer USA’s Ultrasonic Sensors can detect a wide range of materials: hard, soft, any color, flat or curved. They can also reflect off transparent objects, such as glass or a liquid surface, and are stable for targets such as mesh trays or springs. Detection is not affected by dust or dirt; rugged Ultrasonic Sensors are largely immune to environmental conditions indoors or out. The use of solid state technology eliminates the use of mechanical parts to break, extending the operating life of the device, and prevents dangerous sparking.  Unlike traditional proximity sensors, Ultrasonic Sensors operate over longer distances and can be programmed to establish a user-specified distance range.

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BuzzCrew Promises to Fix Construction Communications

BuzzCrew brings all your team’s communication together, giving everyone a shared workspace where conversations are organized and accessible. No more searching through inboxes and email chains. BuzzCrew creates alignment and shared understanding across your team, making you more productive, less stressed, and helps you get projects done faster. Close the construction communications gap with our communication software. Check us out at

Why Not Just Skip the Housing

Advances in LED technology have fundamentally changed how we design fixtures – today we are re-thinking obsolete fixture design that was based on incandescent light bulbs. We believe that there will be a sharp decline in housing-based fixtures on the market and a rapid adoption of canless fixtures thanks to advances in LED and low voltage technologies.

Today, we are excited to introduce the LUNA Series from Liteline. LUNA is engineered for maximum heat dissipation and eliminates the need for housing entirely. The LUNA Series is a directional downlight that provides customers with a variety of sizes, trim styles, and color temperatures. It is the perfect fixture for general purpose and design-oriented lighting as well as in-unit and corridor lighting in multi-tenant residential spaces.

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Stockpile App Improves Materials Management

Stockpile Reports, the leader in image based inventory management from phones, drones, and planes, announces a new version of its patented iPhone application leveraging Apple’s ARKit. Stockpile Reports customers can now place info signage in their quarry or on their stockpiles, as well as place 3d models of their stockpiles on surfaces such as the parking lot, their desk, the bed of a pick-up truck, or the ground at a construction site. Construction industry professionals can visualize their construction material stockpiles (e.g., sand, gravel, cement, rock, salt, etc). This enables instant viewing of real-world conditions from a remote location, displaying them on their desk, in the conference room, in the field, in the bed of their pickup truck, or in the quarry or job site. Here’s an overview with examples:

This helps construction industry professionals know exactly how much material they have in inventory or on the job site, without having to call in the measurement crews. The app:
• Enables everyone on the team to examine stockpiled material data, no matter the location
• Helps to quickly resolves disputes over deliveries, shipments, and material levels.

10-Inch Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw

SKILSAW, creator of the worm drive saw, takes its professional table saw offering to the next level with its new 10-inch Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw. This heavy duty table saw is equipped with SKILSAW’s legendary worm drive power train for maximum torque, and a patented Dual-Field™ motor that runs cool, enabling it to work harder, longer, increasing jobsite productivity.

The table saw features a 3-5/8-inch depth of cut that rips through sheet goods and cross cuts 4x with ease and accuracy, as well as a 30-1/2-inch rip capacity. SKILSAW designed this saw with a precision rack and pinion fence system, allowing quick, smooth fence adjustments for exact cuts. Included with the table saw is a rugged, rolling stand with 16-inch wheels that delivers unsurpassed mobility, even when moving the saw over stairs, uneven surfaces and rough jobsite terrain.

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LIQUID WRENCH® Earns SATA Innovation Award

The all new LIQUID WRENCH Pro Penetrant and Lubricant, powered by FlashSight™  Technology has earned the Southern Aerosol Technical Association (SATA) 2017 Innovation Award for “Advancement in Regulatory Response.

“LIQUID WRENCH leads the industry with the most ultra-low and Zero-VOC formula lubricants,” said Marshal Livingstone, VP of marketing for RSC Chemical Solutions.

This first-of-its-kind product features a built-in LED light located directly above the spray nozzle, enabling users to see where they spray and improving accuracy in low-light areas. This, combined with an innovative product formulation that delivers the power of a penetrating oil, able to cut through the toughest rust, grease and corrosion, and a long-lasting lubricant that reduces friction and wear, makes LIQUID WRENCH Pro Penetrant and Lubricant a truly versatile tool for all trades.

24-inch HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer Expands Options for Architects and Construction Teams

HP Inc. unveiled a new printer designed specifically for architects, engineers and construction teams to collaborate onsite and remotely, across sites, via a single, agile device. The 24-inch HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer is an ultra-compact, versatile, and affordable large-format printing solution that’s perfect for smaller offices and even mobile workstations (i.e. a construction trailer on an active job site).

The HP DesignJet T830 powers printing, scanning, copying, and sharing of drawings, project schedules, renders, presentations, and more. Benefits include:

  • Speedy printing – A1/D sized prints in up to 26 seconds
  • Wireless printing – from smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Built-in scanner – for copying sketches and hand-annotated drawings for immediate distribution to teams
  • HP Smart app – to share scanned images with email contacts, post to cloud
  • Flexibility – to also print half-sized documents with A4/A3 input tray
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Now You Can Spray ANY Paint

Preval, the industry leader for spray and touch-up solutions announces this versatile gadget that contractors can use to take any paint, coating or lacquer and turn it into a spray, offering convenient and effective results. The Preval Sprayer is the optimal product for many painting scenarios where you want to use a paint that’s not available in spray form. The Sprayer is a professional grade spray system that is good for countless applications. It’s disposable, recyclable, easy to clean, and, best of all, no compressor is needed. The patented venturri vacuum process pulls liquid from any compatible, removable, and refillable container and delivers a professional-grade spray stream to virtually any surface. ($9.99)

Preval is the industry leader for spray and touch-up solutions. The company’s suite of precision-based technology products and accessories allow consumers to take any paint, coating or lacquer and turn it into a spray, offering convenient and effective results for the professional and DIY user. Preval’s products provide versatility by delivering both ultra-thin and thick coatings, allowing users to achieve professional level results time after time, while maintaining a low environmental impact. The brand distributes to more than 100,000 retailers around the world, including Sherman Williams, Home Depot and more.

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Simplify Punch Lists and Improve Quality Documentation

IssMan is an easy-to-use quality assurance app for the construction industry. Most contractors still use pen and paper when they review a building for defects. Afterwards, they waste hours adjusting and rewriting the report. With a digital tool like IssMan, you can complete reports on-site, and delegate tasks immediately to reduce administrative office work. Take a picture, make notes and send. Track issues, handle punch lists, improve quality control, keep track of delegated tasks and defects, and then, be sure they’re taken care of. Best of all, this entry to the new construction products page is completely free.

Trace Software International, Makers of elec calc™, to Exhibit at Digital&BIMItalia

Trace Software International, leading company in the creation of design software solutions for the electrical engineering for 30 years, is thrilled to announce that it will exhibit at the Digital&BIMItalia in Bologna, on the 19th and 20th October 2017. Trace Software International will be welcoming you at C32, Hall 33 during all the trade show event.

elec calc

The sizing of your electrical installation, inclusive of its HV part, no more requires external resources, which often means high indirect costs: elec calc offers the opportunity to design HV and LV installations in the same project. Trace Software International’ s elec calc is for the calculation of Low Voltage and High Voltage electrical installation, calculation in real time, complying with various international standards. As reported to this new construction products page on Oct 11, 2017.

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Check out blö! Your very own micro cooling device

New construction products come down to the personal level, too. blö is a patent pending cooling device that is small, lightweight, and rechargeable. You will be able to use blö to cool off during a variety of activities such as running, hiking, biking, working out, (working on construction jobsites) and basically anything else! Not only is it your very own portable chilling device, but by combining the airflow with special attachable essential oil inserts, blö allows essential oil users to enjoy the health benefits of their small diffuser on the go.?? The blö Indiegogo campaign is live now, and has raised 274% of the original funding goal! They created a secret perk bringing back the original 50% off discount. Here’s the link where everyone can make their pre-orders:

A Complete Guide to Metal Building Homes

We’ll walk you through the steps that will lead you to the door of a finished metal building home: Purchasing the right property, deciding on a design, site prep, financing, home delivery, construction, finishing the exterior and interior, costs and the need for help. These types of prefab homes are incredibly affordable and simple to erect. After reading this guide you should be able to establish if a steel home is the right choice for you. New construction products often include items like this that help construction owners make decisions.

CHAPTER 1: Choosing a Metal Building Home; CHAPTER 2: Legal Considerations; CHAPTER 3: Metal Building Homes Cost; CHAPTER 4: Funding Your Metal Home; CHAPTER 5: Get The Help You Need; ?CHAPTER 6: Site Preparation; CHAPTER 7: Your New Home Has Arrived; ?CHAPTER 8: Learn From Those With Experience; URL:

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New construction products like hurricane proof glass revolutionize home security

New Construction Products Features This Hurricane Resistant Glass

The NanaWall Folding System SL73 has been designed and engineered to resist the most extreme weather conditions, including hurricane climates. More aesthetically pleasing than hurricane shutters, the reinforced NanaWall impact posts and laminated glass provide unparalleled strength against storm surge, wind, and rain. Dual stainless steel elevated running carriages lie above water run-off levels and will operate smoothly over storm debris, and the system is the strongest on the market. The NanaWall SL73 has passed the most rigorous testing designed for windows and doors to be used in hurricane zones. The NanaWall SL73 has been designed to excel in areas that require protection from water penetration or are located in mid-rise buildings.

Trace Software International to Launch elecworks™ 2018: The latest version of its bestselling electrical CAD solution worldwide

BARCELONA, Spain (September 25th, 2017) – [NEWS] Trace Software International is thrilled to announce the launch of the newest version of its star design software solution: elecworks™ 2018. Available in 16 languages, elecworks™ is the best-selling electrical CAD solution worldwide. Trusted by thousands of professionals worldwide, elecworks™ is the electrical CAD system for automation projects and electrical installations. It has been designed as a next generation, easy-to-use, intuitive & powerful tool which offers innovative and unlimited benefits.

  • Automatic bridges bring automation to the next level.
  • Natural sort is also a considerable advantage when it comes to the design process, saving time.
  • Higher level of customization.
  • And more.
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BOSTON, July 5, 2017 — Touchplan recently launched an integration with Procore Technologies Inc. that redefines the way Lean construction teams operate. Touchplan+Procore is the only solution that allows you and your team to become more Lean-oriented by both streamlining and digitizing the process. This adjustment helps promote setting and reaching goals and encourages everyone to more permanently stick with an effective way of building. Uniting Touchplan+Procore guarantees Lean and Last Planner System (LPS) subscribers will have a seamless way to practice and embody these efforts in a single, user-friendly experience.

Vision Database Systems Introduces PockeTracker Mobile ID Verification Solution To Construction Managers; Lays The Foundation For Construction Site Security

Vision Database Systems announced its PockeTracker Mobile ID verification app for construction sites nationwide to help improve security and create a seamless verification process for all personnel. This powerful verification and attendance tool is being used by construction site managers to help identify and verify personnel quickly and efficiently. With hundreds of workers possibly gaining access to a jobsite, it’s imperative that construction managers prevent unauthorized access by keeping track of who is onsite at all times. The PockeTracker Mobile ID Verification solution is currently being used for many different applications that includes campus security and event management; and now it’s paving the way for construction site security. By being able to identify who is entering and exiting a particular jobsite, construction managers can reduce fraudulent activities by barring disqualified workers from ever entering the premises.

New Security System Tracks Everyone Entering Construction Worksites

A new site security system from Credential Verification Service (CVS) lets construction companies track in real time all employees and contractors who are entering a worksite. To enter, the individual just places an RFID-enabled photo ID card within an inch of a reader.

The CVS card connects to a cloud-based database to give foremen and guards the information needed to determine whether to admit or deny entry. The new security system extends CVS’s time-tested service for verifying employee training by scanning a photo ID card linked to a database. The readers record the time and location of each “tap” and, optionally, can record each exit. The system can be connected to turnstiles for automated entry. Readers can be either secured to a fixed physical location or used as mobile devices. Multiple entry/exit points can be configured. The CVS system offers secure identification of authorized employees and immediately alerts security to potential intruders.  It stores historical data so managers can spot trends and issues. Data is easily exported into other systems, including human resources and time and attendance systems.

US Manufacturer Makes History In Rainwater Harvesting

Gutterglove, Inc. announced their manufactured gutter guards are the first in history to get certification through Underwriters Laboratories for NSF P151 and NSF 372. This approval will allow their gutter covers to be the first used in potable rainwater harvesting systems. With a growing need for water conservation practices and sustainable green products and initiatives, gutter guard inventor and CEO of Gutterglove, Robert Lenney, is glad to provide approved National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) protocols for his gutter guards. These gutter guards are made primarily of stainless steel micro-mesh and will keep out leaves, pine needles and tiny roof sand grit from your gutter. The two primary benefits of the gutter covers are that you will never have to clean your gutters again and they can be used on a potable rainwater harvesting system where rainwater’s end use is for human consumption such as drinking and cooking.

Choose your Mood with the C2 Paint Full Spectrum Color

New construction products don’t often include paint, but if color speaks to you, then C2’s full spectrum paint is the answer to your home and design needs. This boutique paint company, the only paint cooperative in North America, is a top choice for DIYers and interior designers due to its premier color selection, luminosity and durability – a direct result of their full spectrum color philosophy, which includes the use of: rare, artisan grade pigments, multiple colorants (16 instead of the usual 8-10) and NO black (so it reflects rather than absorbs light).

This unique formulation creates dynamic, durable color that occupies a color space untapped by its competitors. Not to mention, the products provide full coverage in 1-2 coats.  C2’s 496-color palette has been artfully edited by color experts so that each one reflects the inherent beauty found in nature and easily harmonizes with the design elements in any room. All C2 Paint color tools are made with real paint, not printed reproductions so they are an honest reflection of the final product.

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Celebrity interior design Barry Dixon, who created The Naturals Collection for C2, sites a current color trend: “Color wise, bold or muted is the way to go, with fewer ‘in-between’ tones.“ View his recent Q&A in the latest edition of Color Confidential,, a haven for those with an insatiable palette for all things color and design.

Bosch GSA18V-083B 18V Reciprocating Saw Offers Compact Size for Cutting in Tight Spaces and Overhead

Bosch Power Tools introduced the new GSA18V-083B Reciprocating Saw, a compact and light saw that’s poised to pack a punch. The saw is lightweight, coming in at just 5.5 lbs (with the battery) and features a compact length of 15-3/4 inches. Yet it still delivers an efficient 0.83-inch stroke at up to 3,000 strokes per minute. Along with being light and powerful, the GSA18V-083B also includes some other key features:

  • Variable-speed trigger – allows easing into the cut
  • Toolless blade-change system – allows quick and effortless blade changes
  • LED light – provides helpful illumination of the cutting zone
  • Switch lock – helps prevent unwanted starts
  • Bosch Electronic Motor Protection (EMP) system – protects the motor against overload and ensures long life

Plus, coming in a just $139 USD for the bare tool, this new 18V reciprocating saw is priced for any jobsite.

WeatherMaster X-TREME Foam Sealants Developed for the Construction Pro

Titebond announced the new WeatherMaster X-TREME line of foam sealants. Titebond had good reason to name the sealants X-TREME. They take performance to the nth. The sealants offer triple-foam expansion for higher yield and a longer-than-typical shelf life. They cure in temperatures from 0°F to 100°F, so the contractor can seal out the heat and cold during harsh winters or summers. They also become tack-free sooner than other foam sealants, with a five-minute set time that lets the contractor get on with the job. And they stand out as one of the few foam sealant brands to achieve GreenGuard Gold certification, a trusted standard for low-emissions of VOCs into indoor air.

Braxton-Bragg Introduces THE ONE FLOOR System to Maintain Polished Concrete Floors

KNOXVILLE–July 18, 2017– This system is called THE ONE FLOOR, and it is a simple process. THE ONE FLOOR is a maintenance program that improves the floor every time it is cleaned. The key to THE ONE FLOOR system is that it substitutes a diamond pad for a cloth pad and significantly reduces the amount of soap and chemicals used to clean. With a far smaller amount of soap, the properly selected diamond pads do double duty – both cleaning the floor and polishing the floor. Hence, every time the floor is cleaned, it is also polished. The result over time is amazing.

As an example, consider a Kawasaki Dealer in Georgia, whose polished concrete showroom floor was thrashed. He had a quote to re-grind and polish it for $45,000.  Instead, he invested a fraction of that price into THE ONE FLOOR system and improved his floor every time he cleaned it. In a matter of months, his floor was restored and being continually improved.

A computer case to solar power your devices, with a drone, projector, and more starting at $299

It’s called Suitcase Computer and its mission is to bring solar power to the workforce. The case itself can transform into a film studio, remote office for the likes of construction managers, realtors, gamers, small businesses, and anyone who needs to charge and stay organized. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all organized in one case? A case that fits everything you need—perfectly? A case you can use to work at the park instead of your office. Okay, what if you also need:

  •  A projector for presentation days
  •  A drone for shooting days

Let’s say you’re planning on shooting drone footage all day for a project, new real estate listing, commercial, or YouTube video and you want to immediately upload it. You can do it with Suitcase Computer. Suitcase Computer is available on Indiegogo for only a short time. Go to to jump on this one of a kind solar powered computer case. Help fund this new wave of eco-smart technology.

State-of-the-Art Compact Cabinet Hinges From Hardware Resources Close Doors Smoothly and Gently

(Bossier City, LA, April 27, 2017) Stop the slamming. Prevent pinched fingers. Ensure kitchen cabinet doors open and close easily and quietly by specifying Hardware Resources’ newest compact soft-close hinges. Intended for traditional face-frame cabinets, these soft-close hinges feature spring-arm sleeves for reduced friction, wear and noise. Hardware Resources put these hinges through extensive third party testing, per Travis McElveen, product manager. “That’s how we know they’ll perform for more than 100,000 open and closing cycles,” he says. “That means a lifetime of consistent, reliable performance.”

The L.E. Smith Company Introduces new Technology for Quoting Laminate Countertops

BRYAN, Ohio, July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The L.E. Smith Company, the nation’s largest single location fabricator of laminate countertops, is pleased to announce the expansion of their SQUAD quoting tool to include laminate. To offer laminate countertop quoting in real time, L.E. Smith developed a web-based technology solution named SQUAD. SQUAD allows clients to independently quote a laminate, or a quartz kitchen, bathroom, or multi-unit project in minutes. SQUAD also serves as an online database for businesses to record and monitor their countertop quotes and orders through L.E. Smith. Additionally, SQUAD houses online training videos, sales and marketing resources, order tracking, and product knowledge. New construction products often include new digital solutions to old analog problems.

Move Over, Superman! NIST ‘Spectral Fingerprinting’ Sees Through Concrete to Detect Early Corrosion

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a noninvasive “spectral fingerprint” technique that reveals the corrosion of concrete-encased steel before it can cause any significant degradation of the structure it supports. The detection method is described in a new paper in the journal Applied Magnetic Resonance. When water and oxygen corrode iron, different iron oxide products are produced, with the two most common being goethite and hematite. The researchers have shown that electromagnetic waves with frequencies 10 to 100 times higher than food-cooking microwaves can detect both corrosion products as they are forming. Current imaging methods don’t detect the corrosion until it is in advanced stages, making this one of the more technical new construction products. (Photo Credit: With Permission by Per Loll, Denmark, via NIST)

Modern Metabolic Science Yields Better Way to Calculate Indoor CO2

According to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) mechanical engineer Andrew Persily and George Mason University nutrition professor and human metabolism scientist Lilian de Jonge, the formula that’s been used since the early 1980s to estimate the amount of CO2 generated by building occupants relies on old data and a method lacking scientific documentation. This means current estimates of CO2 generation rates may be off by as much as 25 percent. Persily and de Jonge have developed a new computation method that uses well-established concepts from the study of human metabolism and exercise physiology relating CO2 generation rates to body size and composition, diet and level of physical activity. This results in more accurate estimates of the CO2 generated by individuals, the researchers said, which subsequently yields an improved estimate of the concentration produced by a building’s entire occupant population. (Photo Credit: M.E. Newman/NIST)

Stockpile Reports Releases New iPhone App for Measuring Stockpiles

REDMOND, WA, USA — (24, May, 2017) – Fights over the amount of material bought, sold, produced, or delivered have been a long standing battle in the construction industry. Resolving those disputes requires bringing in measurement crews, taking days, and often costing £1,000. With the Stockpile Reports iPhone app, construction professionals can measure the material themselves, right away, for a tenth of the cost, getting measurement results before the time it would take a measurement crew to even show up. Construction professionals now can get measurements whenever they want, ending the age-old battle over material volumes, creating smooth, accurate transactions for everyone. After downloading the app, users can start measuring right away. Pointing the iPhone camera at the surface of the pile as a user walks its perimeter, the app captures high resolution imagery. The imagery is uploaded to the cloud where it gets processed quickly, automatically generating a detailed report. In multiple independent tests the measurements were found to be within 1% to 2% of LiDAR. 

Atlas Roofing Introduces New Shingles with HP42” Technology

ATLANTA, GA, June 20, 2017Atlas Roofing is proud to introduce the HP42” shingle format, the newest product enhancement from the Atlas research and development team. Larger than any other shingle currently manufactured in the U.S., the HP42” format offers roofing contractors a faster installation process resulting in both time and labor savings.

  • A larger size: the shingle is a full 42 inches wide and 14 inches high.
  • An enhanced 1½-inch “sweet spot” nailing area that helps the crew stay accurate when aiming for the shingle common bond.
  • A 7-Course, Zero-waste shingle offset, providing up to 5% material savings versus other leading shingles brands.
  • A larger 6-inch exposure.
  • A high performance 130 mph wind limited warranty with a 4-nail install.

Based on an average 40-square job, savings versus other leading shingle brands include:

  • 320 fewer shingles to install.
  • Up to 6,000 fewer nails and penetrations, totaling up to $40 in savings on a 130 mph wind limited warranty installation.
  • Savings of two to four hours of labor time on the roof.

16,000mAh Solar Power Bank with Flashlight powers up new construction products

ToughTested’s ultimate on the go power with 16,000 mAh capacity that can provide up to 6 or more full charges for the average Smartphone. Dual USB ports allow for charging of 2 devices at once and InstaSense technology makes sure each device gets the power that it needs. Carabiner clip and the lightweight compact form factor makes this battery pack easy to clip to your backpack or belt. The efficient solar panel means that you’ll always have access to emergency charging power. Powers tablets, GPS, Smartphones, portable game systems, action cameras, dash cams, and most USB devices.

There’s also an 8,000 mAh Solar Power Bank with Flashlight that can provide up to 6 or more full charges for the average Smartphone. Dual USB ports allow for charging of 2 devices at once and InstaSense technology makes sure each device gets the power that it needs. Carabiner clip and the lightweight compact form factor makes this battery pack easy to clip to your backpack or belt.  For lighter duty applications try the 6,000mAh Power Bank with High Powered LEDs that optimally charges a standard smartphone 3 times over, and offers short-circuit and over-charge protection. Hang or fasten the power bank using the built-in rubber handles and included carabiner hook.

Put Training Credentials on the Wrist

ROCKVILLE, Maryland—Employers that need to verify that workers are doing only jobs they’re trained for have a new solution with Credential Verification Service’s new verification wristbands. Each silicone wristband is stamped with a unique QR code. When the durable wristband is scanned with a smartphone or a tablet, the employee’s updated training records are displayed on the device.

A construction supervisor may need to check on employees as they go from job to job.  Scanning a wristband makes verification easy and fast. CVS teamed up with a leading manufacturer of silicone wristbands to offer the groundbreaking product. Wristbands can be customized by color, shape, and size. CVS provides the same proven training-verification service to employers that use its photo ID cards.  Using a badge, however, can be inconvenient or unfeasible at certain worksites.

“On many jobs, it’s not safe to have a lanyard around your neck or a card dangling from your belt,” says CVS president David Finkelstein.  “And it can be inconvenient to fish a card out of your wallet.”

First-of-Its-Kind Scientific Breakthrough Increasing Energy Efficiency and Reducing CO2 Emissions an Average of 25% in HVAC Equipment

Tampa, Florida— As the world pursues steady, but urgent efforts in reducing CO2 emissions, leaders require proven energy-saving technologies ready to make immediate and impactful environmental changes from day one. A first-of-its-kind breakthrough in green nanotechnologies stands ready to serve as a key, global solution in reducing CO2 emissions. German-engineered synthetic liquid nanotechnology, Nano LiquiTec™, delivers an average increase in energy efficiency of 25 percent in heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems – all of which account for more than 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

It’s the world’s first green nanotechnology engineered to solve a costly energy-reducing phenomenon called oil fouling occurring naturally in all heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems no matter the size, age, or climate. Nano LiquiTec™ is a patent-pending, third party tested, and industry certified liquid synthetic catalyst. The innovation’s proprietary graphene and nanoparticle mixture, Graphene Dynamics™, along with it’s base liquid formula, generate high efficiency gains, increase heat transfer and lubricity, extending equipment life, reducing carbon emissions, and saving energy, which also means saving money.

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

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 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.


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.

Construction press release about Trane thermostat
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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



Construction press release about new manufactured home hose bib

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

DAP DynaGrip Advanced Subfloor

…provides a high-strength weatherproof bond that improves the structural performance of subfloor assembly.

DAP DynaGrip All Purpose

is ideal for interior projects which require a strong permanent bond with low VOC.

DAP DynaGrip Drywall

prevents nail pops and helps limit sound and air movement between walls. This instant grab formula is perfect for installing drywall panels on vertical walls and ceilings overhead.

DAP DynaGrip Foamboard

safely adheres all foamboard materials to a wide range of substrates without the risk of etch or burn through.

DAP DynaGrip Mirror-Marble-Granite

… features a new, cutting edge hybrid technology that delivers up to 5X faster bond strength than competitive mirror, marble, granite construction adhesives.
Construction press release item features new cement board screws that speed up installation

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.
Construction press release item features new cement board screws that speed up installation
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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.

Construction press release item that monitors equipment engines
Construction press release about the finish on the Pitkin County Library

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 ( 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.

Construction press releases includes a release about ultra-thin stone panels.
October construction press releases features indoor security camera for jobsites

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


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, 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.

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