Category Archives: Literature

Piping insulation fact sheet published

A six-page brochure, “Insulation Facts #85,” has been published by North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) to detail insulation requirements for plastic piping. Currently, such materials are needed for service hot-water and HVAC piping, but the specific requirements are not separated for plastic and metallic piping products. The new fact sheet discusses heat loss and thermal conductivity compared between plastic and metal piping systems. International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) minimum insulation thickness requirements for commercial HVAC installations and domestic hot water and HVAC piping are also explored.

Wood use options publications released

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new publication describing permitted wood use in buildings as per the 2009 International Building Code (IBC). The document, Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), aims to assist engineers, architects, and building officials understand wood’s various uses in different applications. Documents within the resource are divided into eight separate International Code Council (ICC) groups including assembly, business, and educational buildings. The publication is not to be considered a replacement for IBC, but a companion providing information regarding building code compliant allowances for wood. A free download is available at

Updated Masterworks now available

The latest Masterworks 7.2 software program has been released by ARCOM with a new paragraph builder feature. This simplifies the editing process for users by including customizable bold text bound by brackets to ensure language and formatting for paragraphs, manufacturers, products, and materials is correct. Additionally, the feature allows manufacturer or product changes to take place throughout an entire document section. Specifiers using the program will also be provided with the most up-to-date automation, global editing, and formatting features, along with a companion resource for access to specific product information.

Wind loads guide released

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a new edition of Wind Loads, a guide focused on ASCE/SEI 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Written by Kishor C. Mehta and William L. Coulbourne, the revised text now includes six chapters dedicated to wind load provisions, rather than only one for both residential and commercial building. Aimed at an audience of structural engineers, it includes simplified calculation methods and cladding guidelines. The guide provides an overview of design features, wind map information, 14 case study examples, and frequently asked questions. Copies are available at

UFAD technology resource published

Published by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), UFAD Guide: Design, Construction and Operation of Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) Systems provides an overview of the increasingly popular technology. The book also includes design experiences from practicing UFAD users, studies, and additional manufacturer’s information. The system integrates a building’s heating and air-conditioning and uses less energy than ducted systems due to its decreased operating pressures. UFAD’s popularity is increasing due to space-conditioning concerns in North America, so this book also outlines the differences between it and traditional technologies. Visit for ordering information.