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ASBA announces top-ranked sports facilities

At the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) awards, “Outdoor Track Facility of the Year” went to Robert Cohen Co. (Albuquerque, New Mexico) for upgrading the Hornet Stadium Track at Sacramento State University in California. Photos courtesy American Sports Builders Association

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) has announced the winners of its annual awards program. In various categories, the group named facilities built by its membership that “best exemplify construction excellence.” Of those, a handful received “Project of the Year” status.

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Glazed natural ventilators now available in North America


The Bilco Company’s Colt’s Firelight, a glazed, natural ventilator, installs easily in a glass atrium or directly onto the roof of a building. This dual-purpose product provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire.

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Holcim names its global finalists and jury

Winners for this year’s North American regional Holcim Awards—including the designers of mould-based bricks, large-scale permeable concrete skins for Vegas, and flood barriers for Lower Manhattan—now move on to the global competition. Photo courtesy Holcim

Held every three years, the International Holcim Awards competition has now finalized both its shortlist and its jury. Spearheaded by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the program celebratres “innovative, future-oriented, and tangible construction projects” that have not yet been built, using criteria referred to as the five Ps: progress, people, planet, prosperity, and place.

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PCRs now available for asphalt roofing

A new set of product category rules (PCR) for asphalt roofing will help manufacturers develop their own environmental product declarations (EPDs). Photo © BigStockPhoto/TinaBelle

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) and its member companies have partnered with ASTM International to develop product category rules (PCR) for asphalt roofing in North America. The new free PCR will provide consistent methodologies for asphalt roofing manufacturers to measure and report the expected environmental impact of their products.

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Report: Metal roofs can last life of building

Metal roofs are being lauded in a new study that suggests certain assemblies can achieve particularly long lives atop buildings. Photo © BigStockPhoto/PancakeTom

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released new research findings showing certain metal roof systems can last at least 60 years, meaning they do not require replacement during a commercial building’s service life. The study, sponsored by MCA and Zinc Aluminum Coaters (ZAC) Association, was conducted with oversight of three independent consulting firms that analyzed low-slope, unpainted aluminum-zinc (Al-Zn)-coated steel standing seam roofing.

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