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ASTM approves standard for intumescent coatings to protect steel in fire

Intumescent coatings are used to protect steel in the event of fire. A new ASTM standard covers their specification, installation, and inspection. Photo © BigStockPhoto/T.W. van Urk

A new standard, ASTM E2924, Practice for Intumescent Coatings, provides recommendations to specify best practices for those products yielding an insulating char when activated by heat or flame. These materials are designed to safeguard the structural integrity of steel under fire conditions and to maintain safe temperatures for a specified period.

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Glazed natural ventilators now available in North America


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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Project delivery system study results published

The “Project Delivery Systems SmartMarket Report,” published by McGraw Hill Construction, examines various industry perspectives on choosing project delivery systems. Image courtesy McGraw Hill

New research from McGraw Hill Construction suggests owners, architects, and contractors have varying perspectives on choosing project delivery systems for buildings.

The “Project Delivery Systems SmartMarket Report” indicates all parties involved recognize the choice impacts the cost, schedule, and client satisfaction of projects.

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