Sustainable, high-performance design with natural stone

Sustainable, high-performance building continues to be the desired model for design, construction, and operations in both the public and private sector. Initially, the movement was a response to the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which set the standards to mean “a building that integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building...
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The new slip resistance requirements in IBC

Specifying flooring that will not be slippery even when it can get wet or otherwise lubricated in use is critical for safety purposes. The 2012 International Building Code (IBC) lays out slip resistance, but there are weaknesses with the requirements—not least of all in that it places a burden...
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Specifying the Right Grout for the Job

Specifiers typically select the grout for their tile project based on general performance characteristics, color, warranty, and cost. Despite this, less-than-optimal products are often used. Some do not fully understand the changes in grout technology and do not realize they have a choice. Not all grout is the same,...
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Testing the Test: Water Repellents

Water repellents can be confusing, from the imprecise terminology (i.e. sealers versus coatings versus sealants) to the wide variety of chemistries available. There can also be a stigma associated with repellents—many consultants are concerned about negative side effects from applying a material to the outside of a porous material,...
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