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Interlocking concrete pavement software gets an update

Permeable Design Pro Software v2.0, originally released by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) in 2008, has been updated to include computer-aided design (CAD) design output. The program is able to generate permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) cross-section drawings with base and subbase thicknesses. Additionally, solutions for stormwater management in pedestrian areas, parking lots, and streets can be evaluated. Based on the information submitted by the user, outputs can include an underdrain, geotextile, and impermeable liner if no infiltration into the soil subgrade is required. Visit to download the program.

Tall building resource published

Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2014 Skyscrapers showcases the most notable tall buildings constructed around the world last year. The book features buildings with innovative designs and integrated sustainable elements. Additionally, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH’s) annual awards process is documented within the publication. The award for Best Tall Building Worldwide is chosen from one of four regional champions, with winners of the Urban Habitat Award, CTBUH Innovation Award, Performance Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award also examined in the book. Other features include an overview of tall building in 2014, descriptions of each winning project, and detailed drawings.

New management program for construction professionals released

ARC Document Solutions has released SkySite—a cloud-based document management software for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals. With the file-sharing program, users can manage, distribute, and collaborate on documents from both mobile and desktop devices. Additional features include document synchronization, real-time mark-up capabilities, enhanced security, and activity-tracking. SkySite can also be integrated with ARC service centres for further end-to-end document management, digital hardcopy conversion, and uploading. For more information, visit

Sustainable kitchen and bathroom guide available

Kitchens in typical households use the bulk of energy. When combined and with bathrooms, they also consume an average of 1140 L (300 gal) of water daily. Published by Wiley, the U.S. National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA’s) Kitchen & Bath Sustainable Design is a manual to greening these rooms, both for new construction and remodelling projects. Case studies of various projects demonstrate design strategies for energy efficiency, water consumption, and environmental impact, while also including standards and code-compliance information. Readers will be able to analyze a design’s sustainability, as well as access information on current technology, material use, and best practices. Visit

ARMA celebrates centennial

Multi-ply bituminous asphalt roofing system on a distribution center in Portland, Oregon. This year, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is experiencing its centenary, and 100 years of committing to excellence. Photo courtesy Malarkey Roofing

Multi-ply bituminous asphalt roofing system on a distribution center in Portland, Oregon. This year, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is experiencing its centenary, and 100 years of committing to excellence. Photo courtesy Malarkey Roofing

Formed in 1915, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is now marking a century of service with a new logo and celebrations. The trade association has brought together many North American manufacturers under the common goal of championing asphalt roofing.

The group began in New York City as the Asphalt Roofing Industry Bureau, only a little more than two decades after the material was first used as a roll-roofing product. Now based out of Washington, D.C., it represents almost 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers of bituminous-based roofing products.

“We are proud to be celebrating our 100th anniversary, and we look forward to sharing this historic milestone with the industry,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president. “ARMA continues to be a leader in research and development and a champion of the asphalt roofing industry. Asphalt roofing systems will continue to lead by example in residential and commercial roofing design.”

ARMA's new logo represents both steep- and low-slope assemblies, and showcases a sleek, modern design. Image courtesy ARMA

ARMA’s new logo represents both steep- and low-slope assemblies. Image courtesy ARMA

When first introduced, all asphalt shingles were organic—with mica, dolomite and even oyster shell granules added to the shingle surface to make it more durable. Now there are many different asphalt roofing systems available, from traditional residential roofing shingles to built-up roofing (BUR), atactic polyproylene (APP), and styrene butadiene styrene (SBS)-modified systems. As the technology evolves, so does the association.

ARMA is kicking off its 100th year by unveiling a new association logo. Other initiatives under the “ARMA: Celebrating a Century of Roofing Excellence” banner include a redesigned website, streamlined online bookstore, and offerings of historical information. Visit