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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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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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Landscape design guide released

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2012 General Design Award of Excellence was given to “A Green Sponge for a Water-Resilient City: Qunli Stormwater Park” in Haerbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. The association has released a guide examining benefits of green design features. Image courtesy ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released an online guide that examines the benefits of green infrastructure and design.

The applications included are green streets, parks, urban forests, wildlife habitat, and vegetated walls or roofs. Communities can benefit from green infrastructure by managing stormwater and reducing flooding and mitigating the heat island effect.

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USGBC and ACC partnering for LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be working with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in developing future requirements for its rating program. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Suriya Silsaksom

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced a new initiative designed to ensure use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

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Checking up on the Healthcare Design Conference

The 2014 Healthcare Design Conference is taking place this November for international design professionals  Photo © Eric Camden/Global Photo Associates

The 2014 Healthcare Design Conference welcomes attendees from around the world to San Diego this November. Held at the San Diego Convention Center from November 15 to 18, the conference focuses on providing information regarding the design of responsibly built environments that impact the safety, operation, and financial success of healthcare facilities.

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