A faster, simpler way to a Level 5 finish

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Drywall is often misperceived as a building material that does not demand the skillful manipulation of a traditional construction material. However, anyone who has worked with drywall knows the product is not so cooperative.

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The emergence of disclosure in green design

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With the release of the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program, the concept of ‘disclosure’ has taken center stage as the next big topic in the ongoing discussion of how sustainable buildings are defined and evaluated. Sharing the stage are new tools that have emerged to help measure the ‘greenness’ of building products.

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Introducing the Passive House system: A new standard for building green

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The architectural community is at a tipping point. Specifiers and their design teams are moving closer to super-energy-efficient performance across a spectrum of building types and portfolios, including the ‘deep energy retrofits’ of recent years. This is good news—U.S. commercial buildings account for 72 percent of domestic electricity use and 36 percent of natural gas consumption, according to a 2008 report by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and they contribute an eye-popping nine percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Preserving 10 Light Street’s Exterior Façade with Restoration

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Built in the late 1920s, the Art Deco 10 Light Street is the first skyscraper in Baltimore. A detailed façade inspection was recently completed using 29 swing stage drops for close access—this led to a restoration project for the more than 325 m2 (3500 sf) of Italian marble, replacing it with a durable quartzite from Brazil. This article examines what occurred during the reconstruction.

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Putting a Fresh Face on Historical Façades: Project teams

The absence or failure of adequate waterproofing systems is a major cause of deterioration from moisture intrusion on historical architectural façades dating back more than a century. Efforts by communities across the nation to preserve and restore these historical landmarks to like-new condition requires special expertise and thousands of hours to resolve deficiencies in waterproofing and to prevent future damage to the façade. Frequently, historic cast iron façades require the recasting and replacement of thousands of original ornamental components that are severely corroded beyond repair. Those original pieces that are salvageable must be stripped of old paint, repaired and recoated with high-performance primers and finishes that comply with demanding specifications for aesthetics, durability and resistance to corrosion and ultraviolet (UV) light. The scope and complexity of these projects require a high level of craftsmanship, technical expertise, and appreciation of the historical significance and challenges that are unique to these restorations.

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