Pyramex Goggles® Atrex™ Eyewear

Safety and style come together in the Pyramex Atrex™ eyewear which looks like sunglasses but offers protection against all the on-site elements. 

The Atrex glasses feature soft foam padding that keep out airborne debris and wind, providing protection against even the finest particles or eye-drying winds and creates a comfortable environment for the wearer’s eyes. It also prevents peripheral light intrusion, for superior optical clarity in all conditions.  Ultra-lightweight, the frames are constructed of hard-wearing polycarbonate; the nosepiece is made from thermoplastic rubbers (tPr); the temples are co-injected with plycarbonate and thermoplastic elastomer foam for comfort. 

A variety of frame and anti-fog lens combinations are available. A restraining strap can be added for convenience. All glasses meet stringent ANSI Z87 safety standards for high-impact protection as well as CAN/CSA performance standards for eye and face protection. The glasses are UV rated and have visible light filters to keep harmful rays from affecting your sight.

Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring 

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors has added new floors to the Tranquil Collection, a series of on-trend, artisan-crafted flooring designs that honor the best of nature. Carlisle offers wide plank hardwood flooring for residential and commercial spaces, and has added two new floors to the Tranquil Collection, a series of on-trend flooring designs that honor the best of nature. The popular collection pairs the organic character of White Oak with a subtle wash of layered color in warm, modern tones and a smooth, super matte finish – imbuing the surface with richness and dimensionality.

The newest additions to the Tranquil Collection include: 

• Elysian. White tones buffed over nutty brown wood results in a mix of pleasing cooler tones, imparting an unexpected sense of comfort and warmth. 

• Refuge. A subtle creamy glaze contrasts with the warm cocoa undertones of the wood to create an effortless blend of light and medium neutral tones. 

Developed in response to frequent client requests for minor modifications to existing Collection floors, Elysian and Refuge were inspired by two of Carlisle’s popular floors – Winter Light and Sincerity. 

Elysian and Refuge are offered in ¾-inch plank thickness and in 2- to 12-foot lengths, with a choice of solid or engineered construction. Each 8-inch wide Signature Grade plank is sustainably sourced and carefully hand selected by Carlisle craftsmen.

Updated Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Building and Other Structures, ASCE/SEI 7-22 Standard 

This national standard is the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) most widely used standard and is an integral part of building codes in the United States and around the globe. Structural engineers, architects, and those engaged in preparing and administering local building codes will find the 2022 edition of the structural load requirements essential to their practice. 

“Civil engineers are responsible for the design of the buildings and structures we work, live, and play in every day, and we must ensure those structures are safe for the public,” said Tom Smith, ASCE Executive Director. “With weather
hazards becoming more extreme, this updated standard is essential to improve the resilience of our communities.”

“For more than 20 years, U.S. building codes have relied on the ASCE 7 standard as the authoritative source for specification of loads and related criteria used by engineers to design safe, economical, and reliable structures. Every six years, hundreds of volunteer professional civil and structural engineers, researchers, building officials, and construction professionals collaborate to update the standard, acknowledging new engineering research, evolving construction techniques, and society’s changing expectations and concerns,” said Ronald Hamburger, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, Senior Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., and chair of the ASCE 7-22 committee. “The 2022 edition includes first-ever criteria for tornado-resistant design and substantial improvements to the design criteria for atmospheric icing, earthquake, tsunami, rain, snow, and wind.”  

The 2022 edition of ASCE 7, which supersedes ASCE/SEI 7-16, provides the most up-to-date and coordinated loading provisions for general structural design. Informed by past events including Hurricane Michael in 2018 and the Joplin Tornado in 2011, this standard prescribes design loads for all hazards including soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, seismic, wind, and fire, as well as how to evaluate load combinations. ASCE/SEI 7-22 is different from past versions because, for the first time, the digital data is available via open access from the ASCE 7 Hazard Tool so that anyone can view the hazards that are relevant to their local community. 

Environmental hazards used for building design were all updated, specifically including new wind speeds along the hurricane coastline, improved tsunami run up for highly populated west coast locations, increased accuracy of seismic design criteria, new national snow design data, risk specific atmospheric ice criteria, and a completely new chapter for tornado loads. In addition, ASCE 7-22 modernizes design requirements for cutting edge mass timber systems and composite concrete and steel systems, as well as for big box stores/warehouses, ground mounted solar facilities, and elevated buildings.  

In addition to the print version of ASCE 7-22 — available as a two-volume paperback set or as a PDF — ASCE 7 Online is a subscription service that provides digital access to ASCE/SEI 7-22, as well as to the previous 2016 and 2010 editions, with enhanced features that make it faster and easier to work in the Standard. Functionality exclusive to ASCE 7 Online includes: side-by-side display of the provisions and commentary; redlining to track changes between editions; real-time updates of supplements and errata; two-level corporate vs. personal annotations; and toggling between Customary and SI unit measurements. Corporate subscriptions are available. 

Superior Snap-Tite PVC Columns

Superior Aluminum introduces the industry’s first and only PVC Column Wrap that doesn’t require PVC Glue (or any other adhesive methodology). With its patent pending design, Snap-Tite™ PVC Column Wraps create stunning scenes with simple and quick installation! 

Snap-Tite PVC Columns slash installation time.  Ideal for new construction or renovation, these PVC columns do not require glue, banding, or curing time, so they allow contractors to quickly complete the task and move on to the next punch list item. 

Snap-Tite™ comes in smooth and wood grain designs to match any home’s exterior trim for a simple yet modern look. They come in a standard white finish, weather resistant, so no painting is required. However, all PVC Column Wraps can be painted with 100% acrylic exterior paint or acrylic with urethane additive paint, both with a Light Reflective Value (LRV) of greater than 55. This allows for near limitless customizataion.

InSpire HP solar air Heating Wall Panel

ATAS International is proud to introduce InSpire HP, their new high-performance solar air heating wall panel.  This panel has an optical coating that is applied to the surface of the aluminum used to manufacture the panels.  It reduces thermal radiation losses down from 95% for a 70% PVDF paint finish, to as low as 3% for InSpire HP.  Painted surfaces typically emit as much heat as they absorb.  The blue color of InSpire HP is the optical outcome of the selective coating process, and is the only color currently offered.  The color uniformity of the selective surface is like anodized and natural metals.  

InSpire HP has completed full ICC-SRCC certification, as has the traditional InSpire panel with the 70% PVDF paint finish.  The Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC™) is the leading and only certifier and standards developer for solar heating and cooling products in North America.  ICC-SRCC is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 as a certification body for renewable energy products.  Thermal and structural testing to achieve the InSpire HP SRCC certification was performed at Fraunhofer Institute in Freiburg, Germany, one of SRCC’s most reputable accredited labs.  Furthermore, a total of 1,900 hours of testing was performed under harsh humid conditions at 170°F at a university laboratory, to establish longevity of the surface.  The InSpire HP performance indicated that the surface would effectively keep emissivity very low for decades, based upon accelerated test data, and there shouldn’t be any perceivable deterioration during a lifetime.

Due to InSpire HP’s outstanding performance, the return on investment could be as low as five years for retrofit projects and, as always, show positive cash flow from day one for new construction projects.  That ROI period will vary, based upon several factors, such as the building’s orientation, geographical location, current heating source, quantity of InSpire HP panels, volume of fresh air exchanges required, etc.  A free RETScreen Expert analysis can be performed by ATAS to determine a project’s feasibility.  RETScreen Expert is a Clean Energy Management Software system for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and cogeneration project feasibility analysis.

Weather-resistant InSpire HP panels can be exposed to the outdoor environment without cover.  Surface marks and fingerprints can be washed away, and the panels are installed easily.

Christian Vachon, Director of Solar Technology at ATAS, stated, “Because we reach such high temperatures above ambient (90°F as opposed to 50°F for painted surfaces), InSpire HP can be used as a heating system on its own, either for buildings or processes.  This opens a whole new world of possibilities for the solar air heating market.  In the current energy transition towards clean energy, we can play an even greater role.”

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