The thick and thin of fluid-applied air barriers


The fluid-applied air barrier (FAAB) concept was originally a Canadian-developed technology from more than 40 years ago. Back in the early 1970s, the genesis was an adhesive combining air- and vapor-retarding characteristics—eventually, this material would find its way into building codes.

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Designing with tornado-resistant glazing

The May 22nd EF-5 tornado torn a path through Joplin Mo seven miles long and 1/2 mile wide. FEMA is in the city to administer assistance to the disaster survivors.

Designing for unpredictable situations is one of the biggest and most important challenges for architects, engineers, and the building community. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes are seemingly random, but can be devastatingly fierce when they arrive. In the face of such unpredictability, there are some things the industry can count on—improved products, more reliable third-party testing, and increasingly stringent building codes and standards.

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Going beyond limits at CONSTRUCT 2016


If you design, build, specify, engineer, renovate, or operate in the built environment, you should register for CONSTRUCT 2016. The event, produced by Informa Exhibitions U.S., is heading to the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas, from September 7 to 9. CSI is an official partner, and its 60th Annual Convention will be taking place in conjunction with the rest of the festivities.

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