2013 TOP PRODUCTS [Environmental Design + Construction]
(Environmental Design + Construction Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) In this space last year we said a lot more jobsites could be going paperless in the future-or at least be incorporating more mobile computing devices. Judging by this year's results of the 2013 Top Products, we officially know we're not going (too) crazy.
It's glaringly obvious that the market for accessing important information on the go has rapidly evolved in just one year and will continue to change. We wonder what's in store for 2014, but for now enjoy the products that interested you-the reader of EDC's print, digital, eNewsletter and, of course, mobile content-most in 2013.
To see the rest of 2013 Top Products online, go to www.edcmag.com/2013TopProducts.
#5: FIRESTONE BUILD MY ROOF APP
Firestone Building Products' Build My Roof App was designed for iPad and Android tablet devices. Starting from the deck and selecting additional components, contractors, sales reps and architects can construct a virtual roof using any of the Firestone Building Products roofing systems. The Build My Roof App narrows options to only those appropriate to the selected assembly. Users can create multiple projects, save plans and add construction notes. An R-value calculator is built in, designed for the easier construction of a roof that meets the necessary codes.
Firestone Building Products Company
#4: TITUS eBOOK APP
The Titus eBooks app has several "stories" available, including design guides for the terminal unit, GRD, fan coil and acoustics engineering. It also has design guides available for underfloor air distribution, displacement ventilation and chilled beam systems. Titus adds its Titus Timeout podcasts to the app each week, and eventually the entire catalog of Titus products will be featured. A tutorial on how to use the app can be found on Titus' YouTube Channel.
#3: ARCHICAD STAR(T) EDITION 2013
GRAPHISOFT's ArchiCAD STAR(T) EDITION 2013 runs on the ArchiCAD 16 engine for speed and performance, and it is optimized for smaller-sized firms in the architectural design software market. ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2013 contains the tools necessary to create the BIM model from which the entire architectural documentation and the list of materials can be derived. The release introduces functions to STAR(T) Edition users including: MORPH Tool; SHELL Tool; Profile Manager; profiled/ slanted walls, columns and beams; IFC support; external drawings; BIM components; and 3D editing enhancements.
#2: LIGHTWEIGHT CEMENT TECHNOLOGY
Terra Bona Materials' Terralite Cement is a lightweight, thermally insulative material that reportedly delivers increased R-values and performance versus conventional lightweight concrete. Terralite Cement contains a proprietary blend of cement binders, special additives and a tiny, lightweight aggregate to give the cement a range of properties, including sound and thermal insulation. The company reports the product is easy to mix and place, is moisturestable, and freeze- and thaw-resistant. According to the company, Terralite is 20 percent the weight of traditional concrete, offering increased strength over cellular concrete, predictable mechanical behavior and significant sound control, and it is fire resistant.
Terra Bona Materials
#1: GAF VIRTUAL HOME REMODELER
GAF's iPad Virtual Home Remodeler allows a contractor to take a photo of a house then quickly and accurately map the roof with just a tap of the screen. The homeowner can then select and apply any GAF Shingle with a single touch. This app will help GAF contractors demonstrate GAF Shingles and answer the question, "How will it look on my house?" The GAF Virtual Home Remodeler iPad app is available through the Apple App Store and is exclusive to GAF Master Elite and certified contractors.
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