Category Archives: Resources

Seismic design publications released

The Vibration Isolation and Seismic Control Manufacturers Association (VISCMA) have released two documents for HVAC engineers. “Attachment of Sheet Metal Curbs to Roof Decks” examines the frequently overlooked design challenge of attaching seismically rated sheet metal curbs to structures. The resource addresses the assumption that an attachment will carry only the combination of a weight load and horizontal shear load generated by seismic forces. Secondly, “VAV Boxes and Small HVAC Component Restraints” outlines up-to-date technologies …

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PCRs and EPDs now available

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has published product category rules (PCRs) for locks, latches, exit devices, door closers, and hinges. This sets the framework for manufacturers to develop environmental product declarations (EPDs), which increase transparency and help design professionals compare components. PCRs identify the rules and requirements for lifecycle assessments (LCAs), and are important for EPDs under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14025, Environmental Labels and Declarations: Type III Environmental Declarations−Principles and Procedures. These …

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Specialty cable and wire guides published

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has released two publications offering information on installing copper wire and using speciality cables to meet requirements and codes. Available on the group’s website free of charge, Recommended Practices for Designing and Installing Copper Building Wire Systems examines various aspects of design, installation, and maintenance practices for copper conductors and wires. The topics covered include electrical system cost and efficiency, fire-resistive cable systems, and temperature effects on wiring systems. The …

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Performance-based design guide available

A new online resource, The National Performance-based Design Guide (NPBDG) has been released by the National Institute of Building Sciences. Made available through the Whole Building Design Guide, it is based on the recently updated U.S. General Services Administration P-100: Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service. NIBS revised the standard from a prescriptive guide to a performance-based system, making the information applicable to any public or private-sector building. Four levels of building performance—Baseline, Tier …

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Steel-framing guide updated

The newest addition of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI’s) Brick Veneer Cold-formed Steel Framing Design Guide is now available. This guide updates 2003’s Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide. The resource will be especially useful for structural engineers and architects when using brick veneer anchored to a backing of cold-formed steel framing in their designs. Included in the updated edition are general guidelines, a review of building principles, and design examples of various …

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Concrete legacy book available

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has released A Concrete Legacy: The Past, Present, and Future of the American Concrete Pavement Association, a limited edition publication showcasing the industry’s changes spanning decades. Of interest to those in the transportation and construction industries, the book begins in 1784 and includes photographs, fast facts, and vignette articles throughout. Produced in commemoration of the organization’s 50th anniversary, it can be ordered at

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