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Improving Floor/Ceiling Sound Control in Multifamily Projects

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Demand for better floor/ceiling acoustics in multifamily construction has been spurred by consumer desires, new guidelines from code bodies, and stricter enforcement of existing codes. This article reviews important new guidelines, delving into how construction manufacturers have created new products or enhanced existing ones in the pursuit of achieving higher acoustical performance.

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Designing for Comfort & IAQ: Air distribution per ASHRAE 55 and 62.1

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The goal of a room air distribution system is to provide thermal comfort and a healthy living environment for occupants in the space. This article looks at designing such assemblies for comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) per ASHRAE 55 and 62.1. It examines the common method of overhead distribution, but focuses on partially mixed (i.e. most under floor air distribution [UFAD]) and fully stratified (i.e. displacement ventilation) systems.

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Choosing a Rubber Floor for Aesthetics and Performance

Photos courtesy Regupol America

Functionality is the ultimate goal for athletic flooring. High-performance assemblies can provide durability, shock absorption, acoustics, and aesthetics. Now produced from recycled tires, rubber is a high-performance, sustainable material often specified for this application.

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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, and, of course, color is only one small factor in the overall performance.

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Designing Floors for Optimal Performance: Understanding the impact of product choices and installation methods

All images courtesy Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist

When designing a wood-framed floor system for multi-family projects, from the joists to the subfloor, specifiers have numerous options for the level of performance related to occupant comfort. The size and thickness of floor framing materials, the way the members are laid out, and the manner in which they are installed have a direct influence on how stable the floor will be underfoot and how well the finished flooring on top performs over time.

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