Moisture measurement in concrete floor slabs

Moisture presence in concrete slabs can cause problems for all types of floors, including carpeting, wood, stone, poured polymeric, and resilient finish. Too much moisture can cause floorcoverings to cup, buckle, blister, and discolor, and these problems can occur days, months, or years after installation. In other words, excess...
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Rubber Flooring: Aces school standards for maintenance

Selecting floor coverings for education facilities can be a difficult decision, due to the various demands placed on them and the multiple options available. Just as important in the decision-making process are the maintenance requirements of the chosen floor covering, especially when cleaning costs can account for as much...
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Prolonging concrete pavement life

A concrete pavement’s longevity of can be affected by several factors, including the design and construction of the transverse joint. Research was recently conducted to determine what conditions will influence the performance and life cycle cost of a sealed pavement joint, and to understand how the initial conditions affect...
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Antimicrobial copper and healthcare projects

Even in the most proactive hospitals, actions such as opening doors, flushing toilets, and turning on faucets can expose patients, healthcare workers, and visitors to antibiotic-resistant superbugs including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), which can survive on traditional surface materials like or even months.
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Specifying HVAC equipment in critical environments

Cleanrooms present unique design challenges because they must meet specific requirements that go beyond what is encountered in a typical commercial space. When specifying HVAC equipment in a critical environment such as a cleanroom, engineers must consider the key issues of air filtration, humidity control, and pressurization.
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Smoke control: Getting it right

Most fire deaths are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation. Often, smoke incapacitates so quickly people are overcome and cannot make it to an otherwise accessible exit. Given the nature of many modern buildings (e.g. high-rise) where it will take several minutes, if not hours, to evacuate...
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Cleaning and maintaining stainless steel

With appropriate specification, stainless steel can last the life of a building. However, as with any other material, unsightly surface deposits can accumulate after many years of service. Accidents, vandalism, use of inappropriate cleaning procedures, and installation issues can make surfaces unsightly, cause damage, or even lead to rapid...
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