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LUCEM translucent concrete panels incorporate ultra-thin optical fibers with a fine concrete admixture to form high-quality light-transmitting panels for interior and exterior wall-finish, furniture, and decorative applications. The polished panels are offered in standard white, grey, and anthracite color options. Lucem panels are available in thicknesses of either 15 or 30 millimeters (0.6 or 1.2 inches), and with a standard panel size of 1250 x 650 millimeters (49 x 26 inches). ...  Sponsored section.


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In harnessing solar energy, the usual approach is to bolt an array of panels onto the roof of a building and plug it in. But recent advances such as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) allow designers to incorporate solar cells seamlessly into a building's exterior.

Canadian glass artist Sarah Hall is taking this idea in a novel direction by using solar technology to create a striking contemporary version of stained glass that illuminates the aesthetic potential of PV.   (Published in the Context department this week)


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One aspect of civilization that the Romans got right was the tiled bath. Since then, Europeans have built tiled bathrooms that present no distinction between the shower and the rest of the room.

This success of this design depends on lots of tile and a mortar substrate that slopes to a strategically placed floor drain. A lack of thresholds also makes this kind of bathroom perfect for wheelchair access.   Published 2012.0411


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Architectural Products Around the Web

Fire Resistance Glass – Museumpark in Rotterdam, Netherlands — Glass on the Web, 2012.0606

SoCalGas Tests Unusual Solar Air Conditioner — Los Angeles Times, 2012.0525

Philips Has LED Flood Light — Jetson Green, 2012.0521

Martin Marietta and Vulcan Materials Upgraded — BusinessWeek, 2012.0521

US Imposes 31% Duty on Chinese Solar Panels — Environmental Leader, 2012.0518

Stuff You See at an Architects Convention — Washington City Paper, 2012.0518

Weyerhaeuser Offering Rebates on OSB Building Products — Weyerhaeuser Press Release, 2012.0518

Solar Paint Technology May Revolutionize the Renewable Energy Industry — Global Warming is Real, 2012.0517

LG Announces More Efficient HVAC Products — LG Press Release, 2012.0517

Welcome to Hemp House? — Santa Maria Sun, 2012.0516

Custom Concrete Building Components from Digital Designs — Product Design & Development, 2012.0516

Guardian Industries and Soladigm to Jointly Deliver the Soladigm Dynamic Glass — AZo Build, 2012.0514

Fire-Rated Cladding Key to Safe Buildings — Gulf News, 2012.0514

Design for Durability and Maintenance: We Have a Problem — Core77, 2012.0511

Rise in Residential Investment May Help Home Depot-Lowe’S — Bloomberg, 2012.0510

Lighting Science Group Announces New LED Lighting Products — Lighting Science Group Press Release, 2012.0510

Empire State Building Transitioning to LED Lighting — Sustainable Business, 2012.0509

The Challenges of Building-Integrated Photovoltaics — Renewable Energy World, 2012.0508

Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 — Building Products, 2012.0508

Shaping the Future of Building Design — WAN Press Release, 2012.0430

Free Fire Door Seminar at the Building Centre, London — Building Products, 2012.0430

SuDs Conference Ahead of New Legislation — Building Products, 2012.0426

Lusio Solid-State Lighting Releases New iPad App — Lusio Press Release, 2012.0424

Lusio Solid-State Lighting Releases New iPad App — Lusio Press Release, 2012.0424

Guardian Glass Featured on Award-Winning Mercy Corps Headquarters — Glass Magazine, 2012.0424

Phase Change Materials — Construction Digital, 2012.0423

Reliable Steel to Build Living Homes with GigaCrete Materials — Phototron Press Release, 2012.0419

Retrofit of Houston Skyscraper Uses CertainTeed Ecophon Ceiling Panels — CertainTeed Press Release, 2012.0417

Q&A: Kevin Theobald — Metropolis Magazine, 2012.0416

Salvaging Wood and Fixtures from Buildings Is an Earth-Friendly Trend — Detroit Free Press, 2012.0415

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Design Tools Around the Web

Rethinking Workstation Design — AEC Magazine, 2012.0604

Create Structural Plan View — Revit Building Coder Blog, 2012.0601

AutoCAD 2013 Review — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0601

3D Printers: Go Pro for Less Dough — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0601

Tips and Tricks Learned During Chamfer Fillet for Revit PIOTM Development — AEC DevBlog, 2012.0601

Changing the LineSpacingFactor for an Aligned Dimension — AutoCAD DevBlog, 2012.0601

An Interview with Autodesk’S Ananda Arasu — Autodesk User Group International, 2012.0601

HP Unveils Its New Z-Series Workstations. — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0601

Technology Product Highlights from AIA 2012 Expo: Part 2 — AECbytes, 2012.0531

Autodesk 2013 — AEC Magazine, 2012.0530

...Until It's Over. Or at Least, over Until the Next DWG Appeal — WorldCAD Access, 2012.0530

Graitec Advance Steel 2012 — AEC Magazine, 2012.0530

SmartGeometry: Material Intensities — AEC Magazine, 2012.0530

BIM in the Cloud — AEC Magazine, 2012.0529

AIA: Show Floor Gallery Report-1 — Architosh, 2012.0524

Technology Product Highlights from AIA 2012 Expo: Part 1 — AECbytes, 2012.0524

Carl Bass: Think of Computing as Though It Were Infinite — Design & Motion, 2012.0523

Starting a New Drawing in AutoCAD — CAD Panacea, 2012.0523

New Dell Workstations with NVIDIA Maximus Dual-GPU Architecture — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0523

Sunglass Brings Slick 3D Modeling to the Browser — Tech Crunch, 2012.0522

AutoCAD LT 2012 Service Pack 2 Released — Autodesk, 2012.0522

ArchiCAD 16 - the Morph Tool — CADimage, 2012.0522

Adding an Accurate Location in ArchiCAD — CADimage, 2012.0522

How to Render 3D Images on Your iPad for Free — CNet, 2012.0521

Create Line Based Generic Model Family Instance — AEC DevBlog, 2012.0521

AutoCAD 2012 Service Pack 2 Released — Autodesk, 2012.0520

Autodesk's Q1 "Solid, Uneven" — Schnitger Corporation, 2012.0518

Autodesk Reports 11 Percent First Quarter Revenue Growth — Autodesk Press Release, 2012.0517

Hide Vs. Suppressed in SolidWorks Assemblies — Solidworks Blog, 2012.0517

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