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Addressing Skilled Labor Shortages with SIPs

The net-zero ready Portland Community College Newberg Center used SIPs for an energy-efficient, airtight building envelop. Photo © Stephen Miller Photography

by Joe Pasma, PE
The good news is commercial construction is picking up after several dismal years, with construction spending projected to be 5.5 percent higher in 2014 than 2013. The bad news is the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has pointed out “a skilled labor shortage in the country may threaten projected growth and the ongoing recovery.” How can structural insulated panels (SIPs) help?

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CPVC Pipes and Fitting

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Recent industry trends have enabled several choices of competing plumbing materials to gain greater traction in the market. As a result, plumbing professionals have far more factors to consider when designing a system, which has led to numerous questions about how to get the most value out of a new system. What do you look for? What considerations do you need to address?

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Additional thoughts on the NAFS short-form specification

In the December 2014 issue of The Construction Specifier, Dean Lewis wrote about the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights’s (NAFS’) short-form specification. American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Window and Door Manufacturers Association/Canadian Standards Association (AAMA/WDMA/CSA) 101/I.S. 2/A440, serves as the basis for product certification as required by the International Building Code (IBC).

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Understanding Fire Protection Engineering

Fire Suppression System Supply Test for Flamable Liquid Storage Tank

Keeping costs down while maintaining the highest standard of safety and meeting building requirements is a goal for any project. In most cases, this is easier said than done, but following best practices in fire protection engineering can provide oft-overlooked ways to achieve this goal. Neglecting to consider the big picture when making specifying decisions is a common oversight; minor points can quickly add up.

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Should Daylight Admissions be Mandated Through Building Codes?

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The conversation about the health benefits of daylighting in the United States has truly reached the forefront. Articles detailing research, data, and discussions about the ramifications of lack of sunlight from the built environment are now appearing in mainstream press and dominate educational seminar schedules at major industry conferences.

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