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Minimizing Environmental Impacts with Clay Roofing

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Clay roof tiles offer numerous benefits to commercial and residential projects. Inherently, the material is associated with minimal environmental impact in its sourcing, extraction, as well as manufacture. As environmental awareness in building design and construction has increased, the greatest focus has been on sustainable building materials, both in manufacture and performance.

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Richardsville Elementary – NET ZERO

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September 2010 marked the grand opening for Richardsville Elementary, the First Net-Zero Insulated Concrete Form School in the U.S. Warren County School district, the school board responsible for Richardsville, has been building energy efficient schools that are being recognized for their innovation across the United States.

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Specifying More Resilient Buildings

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Resisting natural disasters and reducing environmental impacts are major challenges in the United States. During an average year, there are 10 tropical storms (six of which become hurricanes) and more than 1200 tornadoes touching down. In South Florida, Hurricane Andrew left a wake of destruction in 1992 that totaled more than $25 billion in property damage and resulted in 44 fatalities.

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A Face-lift: Travertine cladding and paver repairs

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Built in 1982, Capital One Plaza is a 22-story structure in Houston, Texas. The building exterior wall consists of ribbon windows and 30-mm (1 1⁄8-in.) thick travertine panels connected to precast concrete spandrel panels.The cladding was fabricated by placing travertine panels face-down in formwork, installing stainless steel wire loop anchors into predrilled holes in their back surface, and casting concrete against this to encapsulate the stainless steel anchors.

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Seeing the Urban Forests for the Trees: Secondary benefits of our cities’ wood

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In the wake of the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer, urban lumber harvesting has emerged as a response in the United States and Canada. Instead of grinding the wood into mulch, the urban wood movement promotes using urban forests to provide distinctive finishes for built spaces while also connecting those spaces to a piece of history. Designers, contractors, specifiers, and related professionals wishing to use urban wood must be aware of special considerations if they wish to take advantage of this unique resource.

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10 Key Questions about Exterior Shading

Photo © Richard Wilson. Photo courtesy Draper Inc.

Over the last decade, exterior shading has become more popular in the United States. However, many architects and building owners still have limited knowledge about these systems and why they should be considered part of the building design. This article explores 10 frequently asked questions about exterior shading, while providing insight into available systems and how they can be an important part of the building’s environmental control.

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