Design a charging station, earn a commission

Duo-GardDuo-Gard is now accepting submissions for its Greenbuild 2012 Charging Station Design Contest. Architects, interior and industrial designers, engineers and students are welcome to submit conceptual renditions of a one-car solar charging station and canopy for a chance to have the design built and marketed nationwide by Duo-Gard. The winning design will be built and donated to the city of Philadelphia in celebration of Greenbuild 2013.

All entries must be submitted by 1 p.m. PT on December 7, 2012. The winner will be awarded a three percent commission of gross sales for the design during a five year period.

The winning charging station and canopy entry will be economical, aesthetically pleasing and flexible in design. A limited number of runner-up designs will receive a two percent commission of gross sales for a five year period.

For the official contest rules and additional information, visit the Duo-Gard website.

CertainTeed Invites Building Pros to Show Off Their Projects

Certainteed "Your Take"The CertainTeed ‘Your Take’ contest is designed to showcase quality craftsmanship, so grab your video cameras and post a video of one of your outstanding exterior home design projects on YouTube(TM) and you could win an Apple iPad from CertainTeed.

To qualify, building professionals must submit a video that shows a project that uses one or more of CertainTeed’s fiber cement, vinyl or polymer shake siding, exterior trim, fence, railing or deck products. To enter, simply upload the video to YouTube between October 1 and December 31, 2010. The videos will be judged on originality, creativity and message delivery. Further information and complete contest rules, go to


Usain Bolt Bolt to Jamaica Regupol AmericaBack when I was a boy, track events were measured in yards, not meters, and we ran in spikes on cinder tracks. Well, track-and-field technology has improved shoes (thanks Nike) and the tracks themselves. Instead of cinders, first-rate tracks are made of recycled rubber.
   A German company, BSW, invented the technology to convert tires to rubber flooring. One of its products is Regupol, used to build tracks. The world’s fastest human, Usain Bolt, set records in the 100m and 200m on a BSW track in Berlin. A new Regupol AG running track surface is going in at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.
   To honor the event, BSW’s American subsidiary, Regupol America, Lebanon, PA, is inviting U.S architects to “Bolt to Jamaica” on an all-expenses-paid, four-day trip to Jamaica, Bolt’s native country. Winners will meet Bolt, tour Jamaican architectural sites, and have time to enjoy the beaches.
   The promotion is open to architects specializing in commercial construction for recreation and education and who specify products for sports and fitness surfaces. The rules and entry form are here. Applications must be filled out and returned by April 9, 2010. Winners will be notified by April 13, 2010.
   Back when I was a boy growing up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, the only thing I knew about Lebanon was it was the source of the bologna I ate every week. Now, many, many pounds later, I could stand to hit the track. A Regupol track, that is. —Jim Carper