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What Are Smart Glass Windows? – Sustainable Technology

What Are Smart Glass Windows? A smart glass window is a type of glass that you can use to block light, insulate, or both. An external force controls the ability of the window to transmit light. In most cases, people can activate smart glass by applying electricity, heat, or light to it. The pane turns from transparent to translucent or opaque. Other names that refer to the same glass include light control glass, privacy glass, smart tint, dynamic glass, tintable glass, and switchable glass. The technology arose out of necessity. People wanted a way to keep using glass while maintaining privacy. The benefits of privacy glass have made it very popular for commercial applications. Commercial buildings are the largest market for smart glass products. Types Of Smart Glass 1 | Polymer Dispersed

Built Robotics digs up $64M for construction vehicle autonomy kits

Built Robotics raised $64 million in Series C funding. The company had been quietly growing its customer base and developing its product since its last funding round in 2019 but was approached by the lead investor in the round, Tiger Global, to raise additional capital. “We actually still had most of our Series B in

Rugged Robotics raises $9.4M to automate construction layout

Rugged Robotics, a Houston-based developer of construction technology, raised $9.4 million in Series A funding. Similar to Dusty Robotics, Rugged offers a robot to automate construction layout. Rugged’s Mark I marks architectural and engineering designs directly onto concrete floors, so workers know where to build. The
Construction Machines & Vehicles

Dragline Excavators

Mining operations have a long and complex history, with several giant machines being built in their heyday that still holds world records! One such dragline bucket excavator holds the record for largest dragline in the world, even though the machine has been out of operation for nearly 30 years! What is a Dragline? A dragline usually refers to a large bucket excavator that is controlled by a system of pulleys, chains, and ropes that hoist the bucket. Dragline buckets are enormous machines that can move many tons of dirt, rock, and overburden. The system consists of a large bucket suspended from a boom that is moved by the pulley system. The ropes are powered by a strong motor and have two main parts. The hoisting rope, which hoists the bucket from the boom. The drag cable then draws the

Trends in backhoe loaders to look forward in 2022

Backhoe Loader’ has been around as common construction equipment in urban engineering and small construction projects. Over the years this construction equipment market in India has gone through an evolution. The true development of the backhoe began in 1947 by the inventors that started the Wain-Roy Corporation of

The Excavator: Everything You Need To Know

Excavators are an essential piece of heavy equipment for most construction projects. Often referred to as diggers, excavators are used for all kinds of jobs like material handling, landscaping, demolition, mining projects, river dredging and construction. The Makeup Of An Excavator The anatomy of an excavator is made
Building Equipment & Products

Global Smart Surfaces Market to Reach $60.6 Billion by 2026

Smart surfaces are material surfaces capable of rearranging composition and enhancing functionality, on their own, as a response to ambient environment changes. Smart surfaces are of various types, each with unique features and capabilities. Floors can be smart in that they are capable of generating heat, monitoring steps of those walking over them and also convert such movements into useful data. There is also the smart glass being used in windows of buildings and homes where it performs the function of dimming on commands, given through apps. Nonetheless, the major criterion making surfaces smart is the underlying technology, which can be either passive or active. Active technologies constitute technologies known to the user. The user is able to interact directly with active technology.


Architectural grilles are typically used to provide for ventilation or exhaust air, while offering defense against vision, water and noise intrusion, while limiting the visibility of mechanical equipment on or near the building. Our grilles are designed to give architects aesthetic flexibility to enhance the building’s

Ceramic Sanitary Ware Market by Type

The global ceramic sanitary ware market size is projected to reach USD 44.6 billion by 2025 from USD 32.1 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 6.8%. The initiatives by the governments of developing nations, coupled with the changing lifestyle and purchasing power of the middle-class population across the globe, are driving
Digital Construction Techs

Innovation: The road to net zero

The emergence and deployment of new technologies will be integral to meeting future sustainability ambitions. Katherine Bennett, Chief Executive at High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), explains.

The 'Why' of Geospatial Innovation

When we examine trends in innovation, geospatial technology that leverages artificial intelligence, autonomous robots and augmented reality catches most of our collective attention. But widen the lens to the impact of the work we do, and the heart of the ‘why’ becomes vivid — people.

IoT in 2022: IoT turns into a service

As IoT matures, vendors are creating application bundles to simplify deployments, but security remains a worry The Internet of Things has been a hyped technology for years, but the pandemic and its associated tidal wave of remote work pushed its actual use in the enterprise into overdrive. What’s more, IoT is maturing
Interviews & Profiles

Banizaman Lari: Growth within the Industry of Using New Technologies Is Captivating For All Those Involved

constructionHQ conducted an interview with Eng. Rahim Banizaman Lari the managing director and founder of Abdul Rahim Architectural Consultants (Araco). The company is one of the well-known Engineering Consultants in design, supervision and project management in the UAE, it has industry experience spanning over thirty years. A diversified portfolio covers a number of successful developments, including residential buildings and villas, commercial buildings, hospitals, and industrial projects.

How the EU Is In Danger of Making Construction Less Productive

Proposed European data privacy laws could hinder the flow of data around construction sites. In this article Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary General of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) talks about how the EU can be both a force for good and ill when it comes to boosting construction’s output. While

Completion of World’s Largest Combined Cycle Power Plants in Record Time

In collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Siemens and its consortium partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, announced today the completion of the Egypt Megaproject in record time. The parties celebrated the combined cycle commissioning and the start of operations at
Security & Fire Protection

Fire Protection System Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report

The global fire protection system market size is expected to reach USD 130.37 billion by 2030, according to a study It is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2022 to 2030. Increasing adoption of wireless technology in fire protection systems, growing human and property loss owing to fire breakouts, and stringent fire safety regulations are projected to fuel the market growth. Increasing implementation of building safety codes and renovation projects is also anticipated to be a major factor influencing the market growth. The application and usage of fire protection systems are anticipated to increase continuously with the developments of commercial entities and corporations. Furthermore, technology enhancements such as extinguishing technology based on mist and products such as laser
Real Estate

Adaptable Spaces, Flexible Leases, Tech Adoption And Sustainability To Drive The Regional Property Market In 2021

JLL, one of the world’s leading real estate investment and advisory firms, has shared insights on the property trends expected to drive Middle East’s real estate industry in 2021 at its annual outlook event hosted virtually in Dubai. At the virtual event, Dana Salbak, Head of Research at JLL MENA provided an overview of critical themes such as sustainability and tech adoption which have been accelerated during the pandemic and are likely to drive the real estate industry forward. Salbak commented: “The year 2020 and the pandemic have reminded us of the fragility of our society and ecosystem, and have increased the focus on tech adoption, as well as, sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG). To ensure business success, these elements must be at the heart of

The Evolution of Real Estate in 2021: A Market Response

Matthew Sexton, Managing Director at SAY Studio, the Dubai based design firm discusses the impact the past twelve months have had on the UAE’s real estate landscape and what key dates in 2021 have done to industry projections. The primary trends we saw as a design firm, in Q4 of 2020’s tenders, were a dramatic increase

Dubai Identified As A Business-Friendly Partner For Real Estate Investors

JLL’s latest research with The Business of Cities explores the role city governance plays in location decisions by real estate investors, developers and corporate occupiers. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how vulnerable cities are to external shocks. As choices are made between and within cities, looking at the way

Skills Shortages ‘Challenge of the Decade’ for Australia’s Construction Industry

Worsening skill shortages will be “the challenge of the decade” for Australia’s under-pressure construction industry, a new report has warned. Construction job vacancies have increased by a massive 80 per cent since late 2019. It is forecast that by 2023 there will be more than 100,000 unfilled roles in the sector. “This will be almost 50 per cent greater than the number of people who are expected to be qualified to fulfil them,” global consultancy Arcadis said in its latest construction costs index report. “As confidence returns to the construction sector, it urgently needs to focus on becoming a more resilient industry investing in digital, modern methods of construction and practical measures to improve sustainability.” It also said while public investment works were not yet in full

Construction starts on largest battery storage project in Belgium

Construction has started on what will be the largest battery storage project in Belgium at 25MW/100MWh when completed later this year. Nala Renewables’ lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) will come online at metals conglomerate Nyrstar’s zinc smelting operation in Balen, in Belgium’s Flemish region, by the

Oman launches $1bn first phase of sustainable tourism city

The Yiti sustainable city in Oman has been officially launched by the country’s Tourism Development Company (Omran Group) and its main private sector backer, Diamond Developers. The first contract to build a sustainable tourist resort in Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman, has been won by local contractor Galfar

The Big 5 To Gather Global Construction Leaders at Its Digital Festival

The Big 5, the international event accelerating growth in the construction industry for the past four decades, is launching the first Big 5 Digital Festival - Global this year. The event, which will run completely online from 23 to 26 November, will gather the global construction community to build resiliency and empower industry professionals to grow their businesses, learn from the world’s top experts, and be ready for the post Covid-19 world. “Sharing knowledge, and maintaining and building connections with industry peers, partners, and experts are paramount for construction industry players to successfully navigate through these challenging times”, says Josine Heijmans, Vice President – Construction at dmg events, the organizers of The Big 5. “This is why we decided to run a completely

DEWA Organises Virtual WETEX And Dubai Solar Show

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will organize the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the 5th Dubai Solar Show virtually from 26-28 October 2020. The two exhibitions will provide a new experience for exhibitors to display their products innovatively, through 3D


31st edition of SaMoTer and 9th edition of Asphaltica postponed to March 2021. Veronafiere’s two shows for the construction equipment and bitumen and road infrastructure value chains will meet exhibitors and operators next year, from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 March 2021. The decision was shared by the steering committee



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