The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) was selected as the 13th recipient of the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction. The award recognizes an advancement or high achievement in construction, such as an invention, an innovative methodology, or exemplary leadership.
The LATICRETE Masonry Veneer Installation System (MVIS) is designed to offer complete solutions for adhered masonry veneers, including thin brick, manufactured stone, and natural stone. MVIS provides a permanent, high-strength installation that is freeze/thaw-stable and protects against water intrusion.
An Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America analysis found that despite high construction demand, hiring has continuously slowed in 2015 as unemployment reached a new low. Construction employment totaled 6,396,000 in September—the most since February 2009—but the total only rose by 8000.
Stretch forming is a process in which s metal extrusion is kept under constant tension, while stretched and bent simultaneously over a die to create contoured parts. The variety of shapes and cross-sections that can be stretch-formed is almost unlimited. Window systems, skylights, storefronts, signs, flashings, curtain walls, walkway enclosures, and hand railings can be accurately and precisely formed to the desired shapes.
The first important step for evaluating green wall systems is to understand the differences in the types and definitions. There are basically two primary distinctions: green facades and living walls. The facade systems are trellis-like in nature and consist of component parts designed to remain stable as the living system of plants populate the structure over decades.
When it comes to insulating a facility, insulation addresses two important goals—maintaining a consistent interior temperature and preventing moisture from forming and collecting via condensation.There are several different materials and ways to protect a roof, including fiberglass, rigid board, and insulated metal panels (IMPs). Costs and benefits may vary between the products, but an overall building envelope comparison shows some marked differences.
In our August 2015 issue, two authors explored numerous aspects of lightning protection, from functionality to aesthetics. In this complementary web article, the focus turns to risk assessment and associated costs.
Daylighting is an integral part of architectural design. After all, building occupants want a physical and psychological connection to the outside world. We evolved under sunlight; our Circadian rhythms—governing daily living cycles, influencing our mood, and controlling our sleep patterns—developed in response to a connection to the outdoors. Unfortunately, how many design/construction professionals approach daylighting can be problematic.