MATERIALS


POROUS BRICK PAVERS
KloroTech Inc., Spokane, Wash., introduces KloroStone, a new environmental solution to disposing of stormwater. Manufactured in conjunction with a Chinese company, KloroStone is made using a proprietary process that turns clay into a ceramic brick through heat. The manufacturing process also creates tiny pores in the brick that soak up water, then let the excess seep downward, leaving dust, dirt and contaminants behind. The pavers can absorb more than 2” of rain per hour, exceeding Washington state guidelines.
Contact: KloroTech Inc., 509-844-7952; www.kloropavers.com


COMPOSITE PANELS
Composite Panel Buildings Systems (CPBS), Corpus Christi, Texas, introduces a new composite structural insulated panel (C-SIP), designed to deliver continuous insulating and sealing of the building envelope. The C-SIP wall panels consist of fiberglass reinforced thermoset polymer skins bonded to rigid polyurethane foam by a chemical reaction to eliminate risk of delamination. The C-SIP has a 4” foam core with an R-value of 26, and is designed to replace multiple building products, including house wrap. CPBS has also partnered with several major materials manufacturing companies to integrate a complete system of accessory products that drive additional energy, moisture and vapor performance for the C-SIP system.
Contact: Composite Panel Building Systems, 361-767-5505; www.cpbsco.com


INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE


ONE-HOUR WORKING TIME
The QUIKRETE® Companies, Atlanta, introduces QUIKRETE® G-MAX Pro, which delivers one-hour working time, three-hour walk-on time and 6,500 psi compressive strength with crack, freeze-thaw and corrosion resistance. Suitable for horizontal concrete applications such as slabs, parking garages, bridge decks, roads, balconies, steps, floors, ramps, sidewalks and patios, it features alkali-resistant fiberglass fibers for crack resistance. Q-MAX Pro meets necessary structural construction and/or repair requirements, including ASTM C387/C387M specifications, and is available in 80-lb bags.
Contact: QUIKRETE Companies, 800-282-5828; www.quickrete.com


Caterpillar C10378752WHEEL LOADERS
Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., introduces the new Cat M Series compact wheel loaders. The 906M, 907M and 908M feature Caterpillar’s exclusive Optimized Z-bar loader linkage which provides aggressive digging power and parallel lift. All use a 75-hp engine with an electronically controlled hydrostatic drive system that meets U.S. EPA emission standards. A range of work tools and couplers are also available, ensuring optimum versatility and productivity.
Contact: Caterpillar, 309-675-4693; www.cat.com


STRETCH TAPE
Huber Engineered Woods, Charlotte, N.C., introduces ZIP System™ stretch tape. ZIP System stretch tape is a one-piece installation flashing tape made of a high-performance composite acrylic that stretches to fit sills, curves and corners to seal mismatched surfaces. The product also has the ability to be pulled up and reapplied without sacrificing moisture and air penetration. A standard 75’ roll will easily tape 18 window sills.
Contact: Huber Engineered Woods, 800-933-9220; www.huberwood.com


FAST, ACCURATE CALC/MEASURE
Calculated Industries, Carson City, Nev., introduces two new measuring tools. The Construction Master Plus EZ (CMP EZ) is a construction math calculator with 140 built-in calculations, plus a key that lists a series of prompts covering such items as qualities, measurements, placement, materials and other possible inputs. If a measurement changes it’s possible to scroll back to it, change it and then resolve the problem. The new Laser Dimension Master 130 is a one-person laser measuring tool for ultrasonic measurements of up to 130’ with an accuracy of 1/8”. It also has a bright, color easy-to-read display.
Contact: Calculated Industries, 800-854-8075; www.calculated.com


EXCAVATION MEASURING TOOL
Dirtworks Products, Grand Rapids, Mich., introduces JohnnyBall®, a 3-D measuring system for determining level and slope from their excavation equipment. Featuring an ingenious base cup system, operators can take JohnnyBall from one jobsite to the next, or from machine to machine. Made in the U.S., it’s sold with one base cup; a packet of three additional base cups is also available.
Contact: Dirtworks Products, 888-299-4443; www.johnnyball.com


DECK COATING SYSTEM
Pecora Corporation, Harleysville, Pa., introduces Pecora-Deck™ 800 FC. This seamless, two-component fluid-applied, elastomeric, polyurethane multi-coat deck-coating system is fast cure, with high solids and low odor for interior, as well as exterior applications. The system consist of a primer and base coat, UV and non-UV top coats and a self-priming adhesive. Standard colors include Stone Grey for both the UV and non-UV top coats, and Desert Tan for the UV top coat. Both are also field tintable, with 40 standard colors available from Pecora, as well as custom colors on request.
Contact: Pecora Corporation, 800-355-8817; www.pecora.com


Hanover elevatorsTOP PLATE
Hanover Architectural Products, Hanover, Pa., introduces the new 3 Tab Top Plate to its Elevator® Pedestal System line. The top plate has been designed with three tabs, rather than four, to accommodate running bond installation designs. Both square and rectangular paves can be used. The 3 Tab is equipped with pads that will quiet and secure the paver to the pedestal. Integral spacing tabs set uniform 1/8” space between pavers. Each plate also provides more than 42 inches2 of bearing area and comes in sizes up to 4” in height.
Contact: Hanover Architectural Products, 717-637-0500; www.hanoverpavers.com


LIGHTING


Unique ElementsNEW ALLOY FIXTURE LINE
Unique Lighting Systems, Riverside, Calif., introduces its new Elements™ Series of high-quality outdoor lighting with an advanced alloy construction designed for durability and ease of installation. Its E-Shield™ coating process ensures longevity, while the innovative FLEX™ Auxiliary Wire Lead provides unmatched flexibility. The line includes both directional and path/suspended/ledge fixtures, all with smooth contours and artistic designs. All come with a 10-year warranty.
Contact: Unique Lighting Systems, 800-955-4831; www.uniquelighting.com

 


LED LIGHTING LINE
MHT Lighting, Staten Island, N.Y., introduces its new line of “SMART” LED lighting products with integrated controls. The SMART fixtures save up to 90% in energy over conventional HID lighting products, but can help customers eliminate coordination headaches of adding field controls to a project, saving on installation. Available as floods, canopies, wallpacks, bays and streetlights, the SMART fixtures offer pre-wired integrated occupancy sensor, photo control, bi-level dimming and step dimming ability, product life of more than 100,000 hours and a 10-year warranty.
Contact: MHT Lighting, 888-511-7780; www.mhtlighting.com


Unique ISOLEDGE LIGHT
Unique Lighting Systems, Riverside, Calif., introduces the Iso™ Ledge Light. The ISO features an integrated 3w LED compartment that is sealed and water-resistant and provides 140 lumens of warm white (27K) or pure white (30K) light. With a 6’ wire lead, bendable tables and a slim ½” height, it’s ideal for providing a soft glow outdoors.
Contact: Unique Lighting Systems, 800-955-4831; www.uniquelighting.com


WARM LED
Unique Lighting Systems, Riverside, Calif., introduces a warm white version of its 2w T3 FLEX™ Series LED. Designed for use in path lights and other T3 fixtures, it offers a warm 27,000K color, features 20,000-hour average lifespan and generates 200 lumens.
Contact: Unique Lighting Systems, 800-955-4831; www.uniquelighting.com

 

ONLINE MATERIALS AND SOFTWARE


TEXT UPDATING SYSTEM
Building Systems Design Inc., Atlanta, has introduced a new online text updating system for construction specifications. Changes in the updating features of its BSD SpecLink-E software now allow it to provide continuous, online data updates for architects and engineers that merge automatically with data already included in a developing project. Paragraphs can be added, modified or delated from a database of master text that users employ as a template, selecting the options needed to assemble a customized document.
Contact: Building Systems Design, Inc., 888-273-7638; www.bsdsoftlink.com


WEBSITE REDESIGN
Sink & Glue Warehouse, Sumas, Wash., unveils an updated website. New features include improved order tracking, better layout for price pages, an expanded adhesive lineup and faster ordering.
Contact: Sink & Glue Warehouse, 877-595-GLUE (4583); www.gluewarehouse.com


Acme AppMOBILE APP
Acme Brick Company, Fort Worth, Texas, has updated its Acme Brick Vision mobile app to allow users to view Acme’s brick product line on both residential and commercial building elevations, or as a brick sample in a close-up view. The user can then change variables, such as mortar color, and roof color. The photo gallery section shows enlarged views of brick panels and renderings. Users can also save sets of brick, then shared with others. All traditional features in the original version remain in place.
Contact: Acme Brick Company, 817-332-4101; www.brick.com

 


IMPROVED PRODUCT SUITE
Eos Group, Inc., Denver, announced updates to its enterprise cost estimating and cost engineering product suite. The latest versions are Eos Explorer Extended 2.10, Eos Navigator 1.5 and Eos P6 Integrator 3.1. Additionally, the company has updated its knowledge bases. The Eos High Voltage Knowledgebase contains thousands of detailed items with labor productivity rates, and models and assemblies that target the electric grid, while the Eos Piping Knowledgebase includes common steel, copper and plastic piping types with pipe sizes up to 60”. Additions to its Eos Advisor 4.0 are expected later this year.
Contact: Eos Group Inc., 832-520-9234; www.eosgroup.com


BIM COLLABORATION FORMAT
Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc., Columbia, Md., introduces new functionalities for its Vectorworks 2015 line of design software. New are the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) Importer, and the Simplified Geometry Model View Definition (MVD). The new features are part of Service Pack 3, which also includes other improvements. Both are designed to allow for more flexibility and interoperability between Vectorworks software and other programs.
Contact: Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc., 410-290-5114; www.vectorworks.net


MOBILE APP
The QUIKRETE Companies, Atlanta, launches an interactive mobile app that’s a comprehensive resource for building, repair, remodeling and home improvement projects for contractors and homeowners alike. In a few steps, contractors can quickly access product specification or calculate product quantities from a jobsite. Features include a product search, project search, how-to videos, and a quantity calculator. There’s also information on where to buy QUIKRETE projects and customer service telephone access, and a “Quickshare” feature for posting project photos and videos on social media. The app works with both iPhones and Android phones.
Contact: QUIKRETE Companies, 800-282-5828; www.quickrete.com


ACCESSORIES


Batch KingBATCH TICKETS
Cart-Away Concrete Systems Inc., McMinnville, Ore., introduces BatchKing, a conversion that allows concrete providers to print custom batch tickets for customers. The ticket includes the amount of cement, water and aggregates in the load, each by weight; date-and-time stamp; ticket number; quantity ordered; water-to-cement ratio; concrete additives and more. It also prints with the provider’s company name and location for easy recordkeeping by customers.
Contact: Cart-Away Concrete Systems Inc., 800-909-9809; www.cartaway.com

 

PUBLICATIONS
Bon Tool Co., Gibsonia, Pa., offers its new 448-page master catalog, featuring almost 6,000 products and including almost 200 new items. At 448 pages, the catalog is the company’s largest yet, and features new products for a range of trades, including groovers, screeds, leveling pins and a terrazzo roller for concrete. A digital version of the catalog is on Bon’s website.
Contact: Bon Tool Co., 724-443-7080; www.bontool.com


TUTORIAL MANUAL
Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc., Columbia, Md., releases the seventh edition of Jonathan Pickup’s “Vectorworks Essential Tutorial Manual.” The book supports the new capabilities of Vectorworks® 2015 software and helps users gain a firm understanding of the basic tools, features and commands found in the Vectorworks line of industry specific CAD and BIM solutions. The book covers everything from using the Vectorworks interface and basic tool options to organizing information and creating worksheets. The book retails for $75.
Contact: Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc., 410-290-5114; www.vectorworks.net