Category Archives: Literature

American Wood Council publishes new workbook

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released Design of Wood Frame Buildings for High Wind, Snow, and Seismic Loads. The workbook includes design examples and checklists for wood-frame structures in compliance with 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-family Dwellings. Included in the resource are plans from two-story residences as the foundation for designs that resist high wind, seismic, and snow loads. The evaluated example demonstrates the WFCM range of applicability. The …

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Firestop education manual released

The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) has developed a comprehensive Firestop Containment Worker Education Program (FSCW-EP). The organization is focused on promoting knowledge regarding firestopping and effective compartmentation, as well as educating workers and building owners on compartmentation performance. The training program is offered in two parts of the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice: Firestop Containment Worker Edition (FSCW-M) and the Firestop Containment Worker Instructor Edition, which is the complete Education Program (FSCW-IE). The manual …

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Green building standard now available

The 2014 edition of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), contains new requirements on reducing the energy and environmental impacts of buildings. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-performance, Green Buildings Except Low-rise Residential Buildings, addresses sustainability, water-use efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and a structure’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources. New elements to this version …

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Marina construction guide available

The 2014 edition of the Southern Forest Products Association’s (SFPA’s) Marine Construction Guide includes information regarding the specifications and use of Southern Pine for assemblies such as docks, piers, bulkheads, pedestrian walkways, and light-vehicular bridges. Specific information for fresh water, brackish, and water environments are also explained. New to this edition is a marine construction terminology glossary and an updated listing of sources for treated wood products. Geared toward design professionals and marine contractors, the …

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Environmental control systems resource published

The updated fourth edition of Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects is now available from Wiley. Written by Norbert Lechner, the text is geared toward architects. It provides guidance on how to minimize mechanical systems and energy use throughout the life of a building. Some of the techniques examined are siting, design, and landscaping for maximizing natural heating, cooling, and lighting. The updated version includes new integrated design strategy information, case studies, checklists, …

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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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