Category Archives: Resources

UL search tool released

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has launched a free web-based search tool to help architects and specifiers develop safe, sustainable, code-compliant installations. UL Product Spec allows users to search by installation code, product type, products, systems or assemblies, and MasterFormat or UL category code. Searches will provide a comprehensive list of UL-certified fire-rated designs specific to the criteria provided. Advanced searches can include fire-resistive hourly ratings or manufacturer. Various fire-rated assemblies, systems, and designs can be located …

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Updated aluminum manual published

The Aluminum Association has released the 2015 Aluminum Design Manual—the 10th edition of the resource for structural application professionals. Referenced in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), the guide provides important compliance information for engineers and construction professionals designing buildings and other load-bearing structures with aluminum. The manual is separated into various sections, and updated information includes material specifications, cast alloy strengths, testing and quality control/assurance (QC/QA). More than 30 illustrative structural design examples based …

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Energy-efficient retrofit guide available

Energy Design Strategies for Retrofitting: Methodology, Technologies, and Applications, outlines energy saving issues as well as information on the global transition to low carbon communities. Published by WIT Press, one of the issues addressed is the energy/thermal retrofit of European structures constructed between the 1960s and 1990s and primarily used as residential buildings. Case studies and examples of retrofits—including design strategies, material choice, and energy performance targets—are included. Additionally, information on urban renewal, retrofitting strategies, …

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Aluminum design manual available

The 10th edition, and newest installment since 2010, of the Aluminum Design Manual has been released by the Aluminum Association. This resource is important for engineers and other construction professionals using aluminum in load-bearing structure design. Referenced in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC), the resource covers sections including aluminum structures, design, material properties, and design aids. Additionally, more than 30 illustrated design examples are included based on the specification of aluminum structures. Visit

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AISC design guide published

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has released AISC Design Guide 29, Vertical Bracing Connections–Analysis and Design, providing information on common bracing systems and structural principles. The lower bound theorem of limit analysis and uniform force method are used to address brace-to-gusset connections, orthogonal and nonorthogonal connections, as well as chevron or K-bracing, eccentric braces, and gusset plate stability. More than 12 complete design examples are included with all applicable state limits identified. To …

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New 3-D modeling program now available

Model-based design software, Tekla Structural Designer, is now available for architects, engineers, and construction professionals to effectively analyze and design 3-D multi-material buildings. Fully automated design features, as well as high-quality documentation and building information modeling (BIM) allows users to create various project aspects from steel framing to concrete slab design in a single design model. The program provides the ability to compare alternate design schemes, manage changes, and collaborate with other team members. Other …

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