Category Archives: Literature

Sustainable development resource released

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released Engineering for Sustainable Human Development. This book explains the important role engineering can have in reducing poverty and its positive impact on community development. The author, Bernard Amadei, suggests engineers need to become more creative in order to understand environments different than those in the developed world. Further, how to deliver projects that perform technically, as well as operate from the proper social, environmental, and economic …

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ConsensusDocs publishes commissioning contract

A new contract for projects using commissioning services is now available through ConsensusDocs Coalition. ConsensusDocs 820, Owner and Commissioning Authority Agreement, provides language for owners to employ when procuring commissioning services verify building system performance. Additionally, the contract establishes rights and obligations for the individual serving as the commission authority. It was developed with the help of AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), an association of certified commissioning authorities, along with input from American Society for Healthcare …

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Updated IECC roofing brochure available

A new brochure explains reroofing clarifications in the upcoming 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Released by Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (the Center), and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Associations (PIMA), the resource suggests most commercial reroofing projects involving the removal and replacement of an existing roof covering will need to be upgraded to the current IECC R-value levels. The document established definitions of various major roofing activities, including …

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Seismic design publications released

The Vibration Isolation and Seismic Control Manufacturers Association (VISCMA) have released two documents for HVAC engineers. “Attachment of Sheet Metal Curbs to Roof Decks” examines the frequently overlooked design challenge of attaching seismically rated sheet metal curbs to structures. The resource addresses the assumption that an attachment will carry only the combination of a weight load and horizontal shear load generated by seismic forces. Secondly, “VAV Boxes and Small HVAC Component Restraints” outlines up-to-date technologies …

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PCRs and EPDs now available

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has published product category rules (PCRs) for locks, latches, exit devices, door closers, and hinges. This sets the framework for manufacturers to develop environmental product declarations (EPDs), which increase transparency and help design professionals compare components. PCRs identify the rules and requirements for lifecycle assessments (LCAs), and are important for EPDs under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14025, Environmental Labels and Declarations: Type III Environmental Declarations−Principles and Procedures. These …

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Specialty cable and wire guides published

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has released two publications offering information on installing copper wire and using speciality cables to meet requirements and codes. Available on the group’s website free of charge, Recommended Practices for Designing and Installing Copper Building Wire Systems examines various aspects of design, installation, and maintenance practices for copper conductors and wires. The topics covered include electrical system cost and efficiency, fire-resistive cable systems, and temperature effects on wiring systems. The …

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