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CSI member DuBois heading specifications at Tao Group

Bill DuBois, CSI, AIA, CCS, LEED AP, is now heading specifications for Tao Group.

Bill DuBois, CSI, AIA, CCS, LEED AP, is the new vice president of specifications at New York-based construction-consulting firm Tao Group, which produces the Praxis Live education series. DuBois, who previously served as senior associate at Gensler and led its global specification task force, is also finishing his tenure on CSI’s Board of Directors.

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Paint with the power to kill bacteria

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Sherwin-Williams recently introduced Paint Shield®, the first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered microbicidal paint that kills more than 99.9 percent of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis), and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure on a painted surface.

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Revision of ANSI/AMCA Standard 230

Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International recently revised ANSI/AMCA 230, Laboratory Methods of Testing Air Circulating Fans for Rating and Certification. This updated version is designated ANSI/AMCA 230-15. The standard required changes to add clarity to test procedures and to include large-diameter ceiling fans. The document is available for purchase from the online AMCA store.

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How will EPDs be used?

In the November 2015 issue of The Construction Specifier, this author examined the basics surrounding building material disclosure and environmental product declarations (EPDs). In this followup article, he looks at how the information will be used in lifecycle databases, whole-building analyses, product manufacturer improvement, green project rating systems, and building codes.

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The future of roofing insulation

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When it comes to insulating a facility, insulation addresses two important goals—maintaining a consistent interior temperature and preventing moisture from forming and collecting via condensation.There are several different materials and ways to protect a roof, including fiberglass, rigid board, and insulated metal panels (IMPs). Costs and benefits may vary between the products, but an overall building envelope comparison shows some marked differences.

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Specifications for lightning protection

Lightning protection is a valuable investment that protects property and saves lives. Its importance has increased due to the vulnerability of data and communication equipment to surges caused by lightning.

A feature exploring guidelines on specifying lightning protection appeared in the August 2015 issue of The Construction Specifier. Its authors have also provided a non-proprietary guide specification, which can be downloaded as 264100-LightningProtection-guidespec.

 

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