Exterior Wall Assemblies: Are you getting what you specified?


Exterior wall systems have received a lot of well-deserved attention as no amount of ink has been spared over the last decade writing about the critical importance of a tight, fire safe, and tested building enclosure. However, the traditional project delivery process seems designed to undermine the intent of achieving a building enclosure that meets all of these criteria even when it has been properly specified.

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Construction Specialties Introduces First AMCA 550-rated Horizontal Louver


In the commercial building construction industry, new product development often means anticipating a need before the architect even recognizes there is one. Such is the case with Construction Specialties’ recently introduced Dade County (DC) model, DC-9614 horizontal louver—a cutting-edge AMCA 550-rated horizontal louver for use in hurricane-prone areas.

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Specifying Weather-resistant Siding: Section 1405.16

Fiber cement siding complying with International Building Code (IBC) Section 1404.10, Fiber-cement Siding, shall be permitted on exterior walls of Types I, II, III, IV, and V construction for wind pressure resistance or wind speed exposures as indicated by the manufacturer’s listing and label and approved installation instructions. Where specified, the siding should be installed over sheathing or materials listed in Section 2304.6, and conform to the water-resistive barrier (WRB) requirements in Section 1403.

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Specifying Weather-resistant Siding

All photos courtesy James Hardie Building Products

Severe weather can devastate communities and cause costly damage to property, prompting those who select, recommend or influence product decisions for commercial, multifamily, institutional, and industrial buildings to seek more durable siding materials to protect against fire, wind, impact, and floods. As a result, fiber cement siding is an increasingly popular choice to satisfy requirements for both improved property protection and code compliance.

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