Creating a Collaborative Workspace Without Breaking the Peace

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The rise of the cubicle in the 1960s and ’70s began from a desire for private workspaces. They became so popular that offices used to look like cubicle farms, until these row-upon-row ‘bullpens’ began to draw criticism for their appearance and their limitations on peer interaction and collaboration. Over time, the walls came down and cubicles were abandoned to make workplaces more open and friendly.

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Understanding Code Requirements for Panic Hardware

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Understanding Code Requirements for Panic Hardware
By Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, FDHI
Panic hardware, also known as an exit device, is designed to provide building occupants fast and easy egress in an emergency. Due to its durability and ease of use, panic hardware is commonly installed in places where it isn’t required by code. Despite its popularity, many specifiers continually struggle with knowing when panic hardware required by code. …

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Throwing a curve into designs with bent insulating glass

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Bent glass is a trend that has worked its way from sculptures and interior décor to becoming a major component of buildings’ exteriors. A modern, aesthetically pleasing design element, this glazing literally throws a curve into a façade, making people look twice and admire its unique structure. However, building professionals working with bent insulating glass (IG) must understand the process is as much a science as it is an art.

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Blocking exterior noise sources

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Whether at work or home, indoor acoustic comfort requires freedom from unwanted sound. Exposure to elevated noise levels may disrupt sleep and interfere with activities requiring concentration. Left uncontrolled, long-term exposure to noise levels not otherwise considered hazardous can lead to stress.

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Selecting and specifying roof coatings

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Coatings have been successfully used as part of roof assemblies for more than 50 years in the United States. However, in other parts of the world, coatings have been employed for millennia. The development of sophisticated protective coatings occurred in the latter half of the 17th century, when a German chemist found a way to use the stickiness of coal tar as protection on wood and ropes.

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