Specifying the right privacy and shading


When specifying glazing solutions for vision, sound, light, and heat control, design actions often come down to a choice between integrated louvers and integrated blinds. Knowing the difference between the two—and which option may be more suitable for an application—
is critical.

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Advanced heating technologies for VRF


Cold temperatures and disruptive precipitation create problems every year. When it comes to heating spaces, the challenge tends to be how to do 
it effectively and efficiently. Historically, maintaining a desirable indoor environment in cold climates has put industry professionals to the test.

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Greener by Design: Exploring options with ecological roofing


With New York City’s 80×50 initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent by 2050, the stakes are high for the city to adopt progressively more stringent energy codes. Similarly, the Sustainable DC Plan professes the lofty goal of making the nation’s capital “the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the nation.”

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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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Going beyond limits at Construct 2016

Austin Skyline with kayaker  dog

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


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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