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Online architecture community established

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has developed a virtual community to answer questions and share strategies for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). The ARE 4.0 Community on Google Plus allows aspiring architects and examination candidates to connect with experts and each other. Users can interact with professionals and share study tips. Additionally, various tools—including video tutorials on all seven ARE divisions, sample test questions, and self-evaluations—are available. Licensure candidates are also able …

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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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ARMA videos released

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has released educational videos providing a look at the various components making up low- and steep-slope assemblies. “Asphalt Roofing 101–A System Above the Rest,” educates the homeowner and commercial property owner in two separate segments. Roofing components such as ice and water barriers, underlayment, shingle-starters, asphalt shingles, hip and ridge shingles, and ventilation are examined. The videos showcase images and information illustrating each component and how they work together. …

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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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New InterSpec website launched

Building information modeling (BIM) integrated specification software InterSpec has launched a redesigned website with design professionals in mind. The new site offers individual landing pages for each sector of the industry, featuring specific information, resources, and easily accessible e-SPEC information. Compatible with various browsers and mobile devices, users can watch online demos, register for webcasts, or request previously recorded presentations. They can also access product release information in the news section. Visit e-specs.com.

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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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