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TRADENEWS NWCB AND ASSOCIATIONS RELEASE STUDY; NEW DATES FOR 2010 SHOW Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau, in cooperation with several other wall and ceiling industry associations in the West, has published a study focusing on the impacts on labor productivity on steel framing and the installation and finishing of gypsum wallboard. This study was the first one investigating external impacts to labor productivity in the wall and ceiling industry. It measured the impact of 38 variables on 226 separate projects. The study found that unexpected labor congestion, fragmentation, overtime and added shift work negatively impacted labor productivity. The following associations participated in the study with NWCB: Northwest Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association, Seattle; Northern California Drywall Contractors Association, San Jose, Calif.; Western Wall and Ceiling Association, Orange, Calif.; and Associated Wall and Ceiling Contractors of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Portland, Ore. A summary of “Impacts to Labor Productivity in Steel Framing and the Installation and Finishing of Gypsum Wallboard” and an online order form are available at www.nwcb.org. The cost of the publication is $299. Members of the participating associations may purchase it for $199. For more information, call (800) 524-4215 or go to www.nwcb.org. The new dry materials plant features a new Eirich automated mixer, which is more efficient than older manual mixing processes. The new machinery delivers more accurate dosing, producing a more consistent product and has reduced mixing time from 20 to 30 minutes to three to five minutes with a significant amount of saved energy. The reduction in time has increased production efficiency by 500 percent. This translates into quality products that are delivered to the customer in less time using less energy. Finished products are stacked on pallets by a robotic arm, allowing faster palletizing of products and eliminating possible back injuries to our employees. “The environment was a concern in the construction of our new plant,” said Dave Leach, central region operations manager for the company. “This new facility uses an energy savings air compressor and ties dust collection into the entire dosing and mixing process. The process eliminates dust released to the atmosphere both inside and outside the plant and is more environmentally friendly.” time that cold-formed steel construction practices will be part of the exam. BASF CONSTRUCTION CHEMICALS EARNS LEED CERTIFICATION The USGBC has awarded a LEED Silver designation to the BASF Construction Chemicals, Building Systems headquarters and office/research complex located in Shakopee, Minn. This is the first BASF building to earn LEED Certification and only the third building to earn LEED EB O&M certification in Minnesota. A Silver Certification verifies that BASF has achieved significant improvements in energy efficiency and water use; and developed and implemented programs to dramatically reduce waste to landfill, and to encourage and facilitate sustainable purchasing. “We believe in and support the movement to improve not only the quality of new construction, but also the performance of the existing building stock,” said Doug MacRae, Head of Building Systems. “As a supplier of products and solutions to this market, our decision to certify our building is an outward expression of our commitment, and has allowed us to more fully understand what it takes to participate in green and sustainable construction and renovation projects.” The building was originally constructed in 1972, and has undergone three additions and one significant renovation. The current site occupies 283,304 square feet, with a 50,879 square foot building footprint. Nearly 100 people are employed at the site, which is approximately 40 percent office area, 40 percent lab area, and 20 percent dock/warehouse/utility space. AISI AND SFA APPLAUD DECISION TO INCLUDE LIGHT-FRAME CFS QUESTIONS ON EXAM The American Iron and Steel Institute and the Steel Framing Alliance commend the decision by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying to include questions on light-frame cold-formed steel construction on the exam that determines professional engineer accreditation. The questions will be included on a new 16-hour structural exam that will be launched in April 2011. This is the first PAREXLAHABRA FACILITY IN NEW MEXICO OPENS Materials provider ParexLahabra has announced the opening of its newest manufacturing facility in Albuquerque. PRODUCTS BREATHABLE CEMENT FINISH FOR EIFS FORMULATED SOLUTIONS LLC TESS Thinset Exterior Surfacing System is a flexible, breathable cementitious finish that applies like an acrylic EIFS finish. It is available in four textures and 48 colors, and can withstand substrate movement and vibration while eliminating water entrapment issues associated with acrylic finishes. TESS is a sustainable, high-yield, high-performance cladding that repels water and dirt, incorporates a 10 year non-leaching antimicrobial agent and contains absolutely no VOCs or solvents. October 2009 | Walls & Ceilings Architect | http://www.nwcb.org http://www.nwcb.org http://tessfinishes.com/

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