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Energy Efficiency and Building with Wood: Six Building Lifecycle Steps

Buildings have an impact on people and the environment throughout their entire lifecycle, starting with extracting resources from the earth to putting them back in the earth, or burning them, at the end of their lives. To evaluate the effect of buildings in this regard, everything from the energy they consume, the waste they generate, and the carbon dioxide (CO₂) they emit must be considered throughout six major cycles.

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Energy Efficiency and Building with Wood

Photo © Norman A. Müller

The combination of wood and energy efficiency in construction can be the result of new wood technologies. Introducing new sustainable forestry management policies and manufacturing with engineered lumber products will lead to alternative building practices using glued-laminated (glulam) and cross-laminated timber (CLT), computer-aided manufacturing, and optimal value-engineered framing. The lifecycle of a building, energy measurement, and Passive House design elements are discussed.

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10 Key Questions about Exterior Shading

Photo © Richard Wilson. Photo courtesy Draper Inc.

Over the last decade, exterior shading has become more popular in the United States. However, many architects and building owners still have limited knowledge about these systems and why they should be considered part of the building design. This article explores 10 frequently asked questions about exterior shading, while providing insight into available systems and how they can be an important part of the building’s environmental control.

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Don’t Seal Your Fate: Considerations for parking garage surface treatments

All photos © Hoffmann Architects Inc.

Parking decks must be protected from the harmful effects of moisture and chlorides, but there is a growing preconception installing a traffic-bearing membrane is a one-way ticket to the garage equivalent of immortality. While a traffic-bearing membrane may work in many situations, consideration is necessary to determine if this costly investment is the correct solution for the garage’s needs. Identifying product properties and applying appropriate selection criteria can help specifiers develop solutions that protect now, while considering treatment options for the future.

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Bridging the Specification Gap between Divisions 03 and 09: Concrete and floorcovering associations unite

Photo © Michael Marxer (marxerphotography.com). Photo courtesy Mapei

Division 03 specifies concrete floor surface flatness requirements to be installed by the concrete contractor. However, Division 09 specifies the concrete floor surface flatness for the flooring installer that must be met before installing the floorcovering. Cooperation between the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and six flooring associations has led to a solution for bridging the specification gap between Divisions 03 and 09.

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ASTM Standards for Correctional Facilities

There have been numerous standards sponsored by ASTM Committee F-33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities. Familiarity and being able to adhere to these standards is a must. They not only cover testing procedures and degree of detention, but also assemblies and fastening methods that must be incorporated into the design and construction.

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