GSA adopts land development and management rating system

April 22, 2016

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has adopted the SITES rating system for its capital construction program. SITES is the most comprehensive program from sustainable land development and management and is used by landscape architects, engineers, developers, and policy-makers to align land development with innovative sustainable design.

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HVLS Fans: Not Just for the Cool Factor – Free eBook


Why specify high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans for your next project? Cooling and comfort are just the beginning. Operating at an optimized low speed, large HVLS fans pull air from above and push it down in a conical shape to the floor below—moving the most air over the largest area at the lowest cost.

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ASHRAE updates IAQ standard

April 22, 2016

Requirements regarding multi-family residential dwellings, environmental tobacco smoke, and operation and maintenance, are among the changes to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) newly published indoor air quality (IAQ) standard.

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In Memoriam: Richard (Dick) Eustis (1932−2016)

February 8, 2016

Richard (Dick) A. Eustis, PE, FCSI, CCCA, CSC, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 27, at a healthcare facility in Old Town, Maine, at the age of 83. Born on October 24, 1932, the CSI Distinguished Member, Fellow, and past-president made significant contributions at the Maine, Northeast Region, and Institute levels since joining in 1970.

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A reader comments on fiber cement feature

December 23, 2015

In our September 2015 issue, we published the article, “Fiber Cement Panels as Rainscreens,” by Carolina Albano. One reader, Richard Keleher (RJKeleher Architect), wrote to offer his thoughts about the piece and the subject matter in general. We shared with the author, who thanked him for his comments, and present it here:

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Channel high design: Part three

November 19, 2015

Channel glass’ distinctive, self-supporting, U-shape makes it possible for design professionals to use glazing in new ways. The final part in this three-article series examines applications related to durability in the face of high winds, along with energy efficiency and colorfastness.

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Channel high design: Part two

November 16, 2015

Channel glass’ distinctive, self-supporting, U-shape makes it possible for design professionals to use glazing in new ways. Part two of this three-article series explores aesthetic applications moving beyond simple curves.

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Channel high design

November 6, 2015

As design professionals have grown more familiar with channel glass, many now recognize its benefits extend beyond harnessing daylight. The linear channel glass segments provide a depth and profile not found in conventional glazing, and can therefore be used as much to contribute to the art of building design as to diffuse daylight. The first in this three-part series explores the material.

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