Design of Fire-resistive Exposed Wood Members

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The article offers an in-depth look at design considerations for fire resistance when building with wood products. It also looks at wood engineering mechanics and design procedures that comply with the International Building Code (IBC), recognizing fire resistance demonstrated by structural wood beams and columns in actual fires.

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Defining and Refining Polished Concrete

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French-American architect Paul Philippe Cret once said, “Of the many doorways we pass in a short walk, most are fulfilling their purpose, most of them are well-enough built. [But] how many are worth a second look?” Cannot the same be said about architectural polished concrete? Are your floors meeting your design intent or did you settle? Do you know how to distinguish between the floor you asked for, and the floor being presented to you during the punch list?

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Getting on Deck: High-performance options for composite decking

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Since the late 1980s, manufacturers have introduced dozens of wood-plastic composite decking products, including composite boards with thin plastic caps (i.e. capped composites) in recent years. Composite decking manufacturing methods vary, resulting in deck boards with significantly different performance characteristics. Several composite brands have experienced field failures, but newly advanced products are proving promising against demanding exposures. Specifying durable and attractive composite decking requires attention to key physical traits, including moisture absorption, and insect resistance.

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