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Wind Load and Air Barrier Performance Levels

Photo courtesy DuPont Building Knowledge Center

This article describes the air barrier performance requirements for the desired wind load design specifications. The performance level is not determined by the type of air barrier material, but by the installation details. Examples of how these details can impact the performance level for a given air barrier system are provided, with special emphasis on mechanically fastened air barriers.

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Understanding New Accessibility Requirements for Doors

All images courtesy Allegion

The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design has several requirements that continue to surprise architects and specifiers. This article examines changes to door hardware operable force, use of low-energy automatic operators, protrusions into egress, and the need for proper maneuvering clearance.

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Shapes and Sounds: Designing concert halls with curves

Images courtesy Radius Track Corporation

Using curved surfaces in performing arts facilities can diffuse sound and create distinctive appearances; the wide variety of options—may made available through use of modeling technologies and cold-formed steel (CFS)—means a wide palette of dramatically different visual results.

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Exploring Mica Coatings’ Potential

Welcoming visitors to Florida’s Space Coast, the new Exploration Tower (Port Canaveral) embraces its futuristic look by making use of a new type of color-changing coating on the building’s exterior metal cladding.

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Designing Plaza Hardscapes

Frequently constructed over occupied spaces, outdoor plazas break up the massing of neighboring buildings with landscape treatments and traffic pathways. How can one design for the various structural and waterproofing needs? Standing on a mattress can help.

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