Bright lights in smart cities

Smart web-based street lighting monitoring and management control solutions provide a two-way flow of information to aid efficiency and maintenance for cities across the world. Photo BigStockPhoto

Lighting accounts for about 10 percent of the country’s energy usage, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Choosing the right lighting system is crucial when it comes to saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint of a building or campus. Thus, there has been a shift in developing technology that can integrate into the infrastructure of both ‘smart buildings’ and ‘smart cities.’

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Discover the Best Tools for the steel frame trade

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Marino\WARE® helps build America. As a 100 percent wholly U.S.-owned and operated steel framing manufacturer, the company produces a complete line of steel construction products and services used in commercial building across the country.

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Going beyond limits at Construct 2016

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From September 7 to 9, CONSTRUCT & the 60th CSI Annual Convention, produced by Informa Exhibitions U.S., is taking over Austin, Texas. The annual gathering offers architects, specifiers, engineers, and other design/construction professionals the opportunity to experience new building products, attend cutting-edge educational sessions, and network with peers and other industry professionals.

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Comparing Polystyrenes: Looking at the differences between EPS and XPS

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Insulation is a critical component to specify when designing a functional, cost-effective, and energy-efficient building. One method to insulate a building is by installing 50 to 152 mm (2 to 6 in.) of rigid foam insulation on the exterior side of the wall framing. Two of the most frequently installed types of rigid foam insulation are expanded and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS).

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Integrated contract administration and acoustics

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Buildings are a combination of design and construction. On paper, it may all seem to flow and make sense, but a small change in the former can have major impacts on the latter. Similarly, alterations that happen during the construction phase can end up causing significant design problems, affecting everything from acoustics to ambient noise.

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Thermal efficiency in glazed curtain wall systems

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With glazed façades dominating urban landscapes, the strides made to improve the energy efficiency of glass are well-documented and generally well-understood. However, much more quietly, the framing members of wall and window systems have also been re-engineered. The performance improvements in these less-discussed components are poised to add up to big gains in efficiency.

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