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New Construction vs. Renovation: How the commercial plumbing choices differ

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Whether a developer is constructing a new facility, or an owner wants to update an existing building, plumbing choices come into play. Yet, the plumbing decisions for new construction versus renovation can be different based on priorities, objectives, and practicalities. This piece looks at the selection process of faucets, sinks, and fixtures.

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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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Introducing Siphonic Roof Drainage: Common in Europe, now gaining traction stateside

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Siphonic roof drainage differs from conventional gravity drainage in what is called ‘full-bore flow.’ Unlike conventional drainage, a fully engineered siphonic roof drain system prevents air from entering, allowing the pipes to be completely full of water. Assemblies feature an air baffle to prevent air from entering the piping system at full flow and protects against debris. First developed in Finland in 1968, siphonic roof drainage systems account for one-fifth of commercial projects in Europe.

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Avoiding Problems in Aquatics Facilities: Atypical design for atypical buildings

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There are many issues to consider when designing a natatorium, including the choice of structural systems, building enclosure components, mechanical systems, and the operation of adjacent spaces in multi-use facilities. The intent of this article is to discuss the typical problems that the authors have investigated in over a dozen existing natatoriums and provide practical guidance for avoiding those problems through diligent and careful design and construction.

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Controlling Stormwater at the Source: Exploring best management practices

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates stormwater runoff is responsible for 70 percent of all water pollution in lakes, rivers, and creeks. When developers use conventional methods such as impervious surfaces, stormwater is often left uncontrolled. The emergence of low-impact development (LID) and effective stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) are changing designers’ perceptions of stormwater from a constraint into an opportunity for natural processes to return.

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