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Glazed natural ventilators now available in North America

Firelight

The Bilco Company’s Colt’s Firelight, a glazed, natural ventilator, installs easily in a glass atrium or directly onto the roof of a building. This dual-purpose product provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire.

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Proposals sought for masonry BIM

The International Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative (BIM‐M) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to lay the groundwork for a best practices guide. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Ronald Hudson

The International Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative (BIM‐M) is looking for proposals from architects, engineers, contractors, and other design/construction consultants for projects involving the creation of models and details of masonry buildings using Autodesk Revit 2014.

The goal is to include the modeling in an overall plan to develop a Masonry Best Practices Guide to provide design professionals with detailed instructions demonstrating how to use Revit to create models that depict masonry in typical …

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USGBC selects The Gaines Group among top design firms

The firm’s three principals—Roger N. Bryant, CSI, Raymond E. Gaines, CSI, AIA, CCS, and Charles B. Hendricks, CSI, AIA, CDT, LEED AP—are all actively involved with CSI.

The inaugural Best of Buildings awards, selected by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members, celebrate the premier products, projects, organizations, and individuals in sustainable design and construction. One of the 30 winners was The Gaines Group PLC, led by three CSI principals: Raymond E. Gaines, FCSI, AIA, CCS, Charles B. Hendricks, CSI, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, and Roger N. Bryant, CSI.

Recognized with a 2014 Best Architecture Firm–Small Award, The Gaines Group was established in …

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New ASTM standard for steel announced

A new ASTM standard outlining characteristics of steel reinforcing bars, zinc-coated (galvanized) by hot-dip process in cut lengths or coils. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Igor Stevanovic

A newly proposed ASTM International standard will cover the protection of zinc-coated steel bars used in large infrastructure projects for concrete reinforcement.

ASTM WK46112, Specification for Zinc-coated (Continuous Hot-dip Galvanized) Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement, is intended to provide a high-performance, low-cost option for concrete structure protection. The standard will also describe the characteristics of steel reinforcing bars, zinc-coated (galvanized) by the continuous hot-dip process in cut lengths or coils.

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