Category Archives: Resources

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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New natural stone selection app available

Marble Institute of America (MIA) has released Stones of North America Version 3, providing design and construction professionals with access to detailed information about stones quarried in North America. The free, comprehensive iPad app includes 31 new natural stones from more than 100 quarries, programming updates, and companion websites providing additional information. Architects, builders, and design professionals can search for natural stones by type, color, intended use, and distance from the project. For each type, …

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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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Builder’s hardware certification video released

A video and two new infographics have been released by Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) to illustrate the organization’s certification process. The certification applies to locks, closers, exit devices, and other types of builder’s hardware with the goal of creating safer facilities. The four-minute video is aimed at architects, specifiers, or building owners, and provides a concise visualization of how hardware is certified. Commonly asked questions are answered about applications, lab testing, and audits with …

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