Use of BIM rises dramatically
A study by McGraw-Hill Construction indicated that architects, engineers, contractors and owners are increasingly embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) in their building projects. Comparing results from its similar research in 2007 and 2009, McGraw-Hill Construction found that the percentage of companies using BIM jumped from 17% in 2007, to 49% in 2009, to 71% in 2012.
BIM uses digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of a building, as opposed to blueprints or other types of building plans. The resulting models can then be shared between various stakeholders to facilitate decision-making from the earliest conceptual stages through design and construction.
Other findings from the McGraw-Hill Construction study:
• For the first time ever, more contractors (74%) are using BIM than architects (70%);
• All users report increased business benefits from BIM, including better profits, more accurate documentation, less rework, reduced project duration, fewer claims and the ability to offer new services;
• Almost 40% of BIM users are heavily committed to it, doing more than 60% of their work in BIM. This group has surged by 44% since 2009;
• As a sign of its increasing acceptance and maturity, almost half (49%) of BIM users have five or more years of experience using it.
BIM uses digital
BIM uses digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of a building water sub metering, as opposed to blueprints or other types of building plans. The resulting models can then be shared between various stakeholders to facilitate decision-making from the earliest conceptual stages through design and construction.
Eco Building Products partners with CorWorth Building Systems
Eco Building Products (ECOB) has signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding with CorWorth, a Texas limited liability company and its affiliates, including Restroom Facilities and others. This formal agreement between ECOB and CorWorth represent an exclusive nationwide marketing and sales arrangement for a limited scope use, and provides a niche market use of ECOB’s protected lumber, logo and product identity.
CorWorth bids on municipality contracts across the nation and will now specify Eco Red Shield protected lumber on all bids moving forward. CorWorth specializes in the design, manufacture, delivery, and monitoring of high-quality modular buildings.
"CorWorth is excited about our affiliation with Eco Building Products," said Howard Worthing, president of CorWorth Building Systems, "to be named as the exclusive provider of Eco Red Shield and other Eco products used for the manufacture and construction of public restrooms and related buildings for the Parks & Recreation industry.
“The Eco Building Products allow us to provide competitively priced wood-framed buildings that have all the advantages of concrete with all the flexibility of design, construction, and features only achievable using wood-frame construction. These lighter-weight buildings are much faster to construct than concrete, and now thanks to Eco, are also resistant to moisture damage, insect damage, and fire, coupled with our rigorous construction techniques; they are as durable as concrete."
It is expected that CorWorth will spend a significant amount of time and money promoting ECOB products on the CorWorth website, attending various tradeshows, conducting continuing education classes, and through their concerted efforts in specifying Eco Red Shield protected lumber products for all projects sent out to bid.
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WOLF adds Tamko Envision products to mix
York, Pa.-based WOLF will begin distributing Tamko’s new Evergrain Envision Decking and the Marquee line of railing to dealers in 19 eastern states.
WOLF is the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the United States and a leading provider of building products along the East Coast.
Tamko’s new products will be immediately available to independent dealers in WOLF’s territory in 19 eastern states.
The new EverGrain Envision composite deck board employs a compression manufacturing process to create a physical bond between the outer layer and core board, providing unmatched style and durability. The Marquee Railing System line, a brand new product, is made with a durable coextruded formulation and creates a low-sheen, authentic wood appearance.
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