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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Throwing a curve into designs with bent insulating glass

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Bent glass is a trend that has worked its way from sculptures and interior décor to becoming a major component of buildings’ exteriors. A modern, aesthetically pleasing design element, this glazing literally throws a curve into a façade, making people look twice and admire its unique structure. However, building professionals working with bent insulating glass (IG) must understand the process is as much a science as it is an art.

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The hazards of traditional wired glass


For decades, traditional wired glass—with its crisscrossed wires creating diamonds or squares—was installed in buildings around the world. Thanks to its ability to remain intact even when broken, it was the first and, for years, only form of glazing available for fire door assemblies in schools, hospitals, and other buildings.

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Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower: Specifying unitized curtain walls and wind tunnel tests

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In the April 2014 issue of The Construction Specifier, the cover story centered around properly specifying color-changing mica coatings on Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower. While the article acutely explored this Florida landmark’s iconic use of this new type of color-changing coating on aluminum, it also referenced an important wind tunnel study that bears closer inspection.

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