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Steel windows online

A new, comprehensive website designed to aid in the specification of various steel window types—from ventilated to fire-rated—is now up and running. The Steel Window Institute (SWI) offers visitors a gallery of installation photos, easier navigation compared to the former design, and updated technical and product information. Information regarding strength, recycling, lifecycle, energy, and solar heat gain, is also available. Downloadable documents, specifications, and installation guidelines are also available. Visit www.steelwindows.com.

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Autodesk training guides

Autodesk Official Training Guides (AOTG) have been released for 2015 software now available through ASCENT–Center for Technical Knowledge. These resources are available for civil, building, and mechanical designers and engineers to become informed on the 3D design software. They were created to provide instruction for classrooms, self-study, and an ongoing reference. Guides now available include AutoCAD 2015 Update for AutoCAD 2013/2014 Users, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Fundamentals, and Autodesk Revit 2015 Architecture Fundamentals. These resources can …

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Education, Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has developed, a new education program regarding material selection and design strategies to ensure materials are safely handled at their end-of-life. The free, self-paced, online course is awarded at five levels of certification—Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Additionally, the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard evaluates products and manufactures based on five categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. After the …

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Metal roofs and claddings

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published new technical bulletins and white papers on its website regarding building with metal walls and roofs. The new website additions include the technical bulletin, “Roof Covering Repair Requirements and the International Code.” This offers information on types of repair materials and how to use them within the building code. “Proper Tools for Fastening Metal Panels” is guide to fastening of metal panels to both wood and metal frame …

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Pressure-treated Southern Pine 101

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has published the 2014 edition of Pressure-treated Southern Pine. The resource provides information regarding the correct specification and use of pressure-treated Southern Pine material. Included in the document is an introduction to wood preservatives, sections on fasteners and connectors, as well as design values and proper storage. Also included in this edition are American Wood Protection Association’s (AWPA’s) standard preservatives, and International Code Council Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) evaluated preservatives. …

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Duct construction app

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) has released an app for the third edition of its manual, HVAC Duct Construction Standard—Metal and Flexible. The app provides a simplified process for finding construction options for rectangular ducts with dimensions up to 3048 mm (120 in.) for applications discussed in the manual. It provides options for internal and external reinforcements. Internal options are limited to electrical metallic tubing (EMT) conduit tie rods, and …

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