Designing and retrofitting restrooms

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Upgrading older facilities with modern restroom fixtures and amenities can update much-needed aesthetics, maintenance, and safety reliefs. Designing with accessibility in mind can do more than provide easier-to-use spaces for the elderly and disabled—it provides comfort for everyone. Both required and non-required barrier-free details such as raised-height toilets, grab bars, and improved lighting can benefit users of all ages, agilities, and abilities.

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Innovations reduce air leakage for energy efficient rolling steel door

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Until recently, air leakage was not a consideration in the rolling steel door industry. It was thought to be an impossible task—how do you stop air from coming through a door that is slatted? However, as codes became more stringent regarding reductions in air leakage, it started limiting the ability for architects to specify the best closure product for their application.

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Designing to Prevent Infection

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U.S. healthcare organizations increasingly face the most daunting medical challenge since the pre-antibiotic age thanks to an aging population and ever-increasing multi-drug resistant and environmentally adaptive pathogens. Architects and designers have an important role in providing successful patient care. They may design an environment that inadvertently accumulates, propagates, and circulates pathogens or one which is the best ally in continually mitigating the bioburden that spreads disease. What should be done?

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