As the editor of The Construction Specifier, I attend CONSTRUCT & the CSI Annual Convention every year. It’s a busy few days, but it’s always nice catching up with writers, friends, and editorial advisors. There are also lots of opportunities to meet with building product experts on the show floor. Between the exhibit hall and the various seminar rooms, CONSTRUCT is a direct or indirect source for many of the features and articles finding their way into the pages of this magazine. Last month in Nashville was no exception. Continue reading
A six-page brochure, “Insulation Facts #85,” has been published by North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) to detail insulation requirements for plastic piping. Currently, such materials are needed for service hot-water and HVAC piping, but the specific requirements are not separated for plastic and metallic piping products. The new fact sheet discusses heat loss and thermal conductivity compared between plastic and metal piping systems. International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) minimum insulation thickness requirements for commercial HVAC installations and domestic hot water and HVAC piping are also explored.
The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new publication describing permitted wood use in buildings as per the 2009 International Building Code (IBC). The document, Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), aims to assist engineers, architects, and building officials understand wood’s various uses in different applications. Documents within the resource are divided into eight separate International Code Council (ICC) groups including assembly, business, and educational buildings. The publication is not to be considered a replacement for IBC, but a companion providing information regarding building code compliant allowances for wood. A free download is available at www.awc.org.
The latest Masterworks 7.2 software program has been released by ARCOM with a new paragraph builder feature. This simplifies the editing process for users by including customizable bold text bound by brackets to ensure language and formatting for paragraphs, manufacturers, products, and materials is correct. Additionally, the feature allows manufacturer or product changes to take place throughout an entire document section. Specifiers using the program will also be provided with the most up-to-date automation, global editing, and formatting features, along with a companion resource for access to specific product information.