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ASTM Standards for Correctional Facilities

There have been numerous standards sponsored by ASTM Committee F-33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities. Familiarity and being able to adhere to these standards is a must. They not only cover testing procedures and degree of detention, but also assemblies and fastening methods that must be incorporated into the design and construction.

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Richardsville Elementary – NET ZERO

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September 2010 marked the grand opening for Richardsville Elementary, the First Net-Zero Insulated Concrete Form School in the U.S. Warren County School district, the school board responsible for Richardsville, has been building energy efficient schools that are being recognized for their innovation across the United States.

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Specifying Successful Systems for Detention Facilities

Photo © Bo Parker

The construction of detention and correctional facilities can be complex. In addition to standard construction materials and practice, these buildings are designed with a multitude of special materials and systems, known collectively as ‘detention equipment.’ This article focuses on the use of detention equipment contractors (DEC) when building correctional facilities.

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Solar Power: Focusing on Quality and Long-term Reliability

When specifying photovoltaic (PV) assemblies, it is important to know the modules and cells themselves offer long-term quality. The photo above shows ‘snail trail’ formation resistance of different cell/ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)/backsheet combinations. All images courtesy Motech Industries

by Sam Tsou

For construction specifiers making client recommendations when moving to a renewable energy system, photovoltaic (PV) solar power can be a daunting challenge. This is especially the case when one only considers the impressions of earlier years that do not reflect today’s economic picture. Current U.S. government statistics aggressively support the reality commercial and residential installations are proving to be a valuable approach—with a return on investment (ROI) that means the client payoff is becoming shorter and shorter.

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Stay in Control: Specifying building automation systems for cost savings

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel uses a BACnet (data
communication protocol for building automation and control
networks) compatible building automation system (BAS) for
energy savings and occupant comfort. All images courtesy Alerton

Building automation systems (BAS) have evolved rapidly over the past several decades, expanding beyond HVAC alone to monitoring and controlling numerous other building systems. This article explores the opportunities from implementing BAS in new construction and in building retrofits, the latest features and benefits available, and factors to consider when specifying BAS controllers, software, and wall sensors for commercial and institutional buildings.

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Metal Wall Panels on the Roof: How to achieve durability and reliability using sheet metal

All images courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Some modern architectural designs use newer materials and metal panel assemblies for roofing applications, many of which are not intended to be used as roofing and, therefore, may not be well-suited for it. One such trend is the use of architectural metal wall panels as roofing to create a visually seamless transition between building walls and roof surfaces such as low-slope setbacks in the façade. This can impose unique challenges for the designer and contractor.

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