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AISC design guide announced

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has released Design Guide 29, Vertical Bracing Connections–Analysis and Design, as a resource for various design professionals. The document provides a comprehensive approach to common bracing system design based on structural principles. Topics covered include brace-to-gusset connections, orthogonal and non-orthogonal connections, eccentric braces, connections at column base plates, and gusset plate stability. More than a dozen complete design examples are also included. The guide is available for download at …

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MPI guide now available

The Master Painters Institute (MPI) has released a resource for selecting system options on both interior and exterior surfaces. Architectural Painting Specification Manual includes descriptions for nearly 50 interior and exterior surfaces of different qualities, as well as information on appropriate surface preparation for various applications. Dewpoints, wood types, paint-spread rates, and concrete masonry unit (CMU) standards are also discussed. An MPI Approved Product List outlines how products match up to criteria with full descriptions. …

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Aluminum design guide published

The Aluminum Association has released the 10th edition of the Aluminum Design Manual—a reference for design/construction professionals working with the material in structural applications. The guide is referenced in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), and it allows engineers to create safe and innovative structures using modern, lightweight, corrosion-resistant aluminum alloys. Chapters of the guide include “Specification for Aluminum Structures,” “Commentary to the Specification for Aluminum Structures,” “Material Properties,” “Section Properties,” and “Design Aids.” Illustrated …

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Tall building resource published

Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2014 Skyscrapers showcases the most notable tall buildings constructed around the world last year. The book features buildings with innovative designs and integrated sustainable elements. Additionally, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH’s) annual awards process is documented within the publication. The award for Best Tall Building Worldwide is chosen from one of four regional champions, with winners of the Urban Habitat Award, CTBUH Innovation Award, …

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Sustainable kitchen and bathroom guide available

Kitchens in typical households use the bulk of energy. When combined and with bathrooms, they also consume an average of 1140 L (300 gal) of water daily. Published by Wiley, the U.S. National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA’s) Kitchen & Bath Sustainable Design is a manual to greening these rooms, both for new construction and remodelling projects. Case studies of various projects demonstrate design strategies for energy efficiency, water consumption, and environmental impact, while also …

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PCA updated publications released

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is offering the updated, fourth edition of two free publications on reinforced concrete design. Available on PCA’s website Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings and Notes on American Concrete Institute (ACI) Building Codes have been revised according to ACI 318-11, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary codes. The guides include information on how-to methods for reinforced concrete buildings for educators, contractors, manufacturers, and design professionals. Visit www.cement.org

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