Specifying Door Hardware


Far too many design/construction professionals fail to pay enough attention to door hardware—it does not matter how it is operated, whether a push, pull, knob rotation, or depression of a push bar, it is too often given short shrift as just a means to get to the other side.

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Construction Specialties Introduces First AMCA 550-rated Horizontal Louver


In the commercial building construction industry, new product development often means anticipating a need before the architect even recognizes there is one. Such is the case with Construction Specialties’ recently introduced Dade County (DC) model, DC-9614 horizontal louver—a cutting-edge AMCA 550-rated horizontal louver for use in hurricane-prone areas.

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Caring for glazed architectural terra cotta


One of the most prevalent materials found on historic buildings, glazed architectural terra cotta was popularized in the late 19th century as a versatile, lightweight, economical, and adaptable alternative to stone. Through the 1930s, the sculptural properties of terra cotta gave rise to diverse architectural styles, including the Chicago School, High Rise, and Beaux Arts.

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Using modern wood for historic restoration

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When it comes to historic preservation projects, architects and installers can find themselves at a loss. Wood is the most traditional material, but also notoriously unstable. It has a tendency to warp and becomes vulnerable to rot, decay, and insects. Some replacement products are more durable, but far from historically accurate, such as aluminum-framed windows.

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Fiber cement panels as rainscreens

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Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause building defects and health ailments for occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. There are several popular types of rainscreens that manage moisture infiltration in different ways. The two most common panelized systems are drained and back-ventilated, and pressure-equalized rainscreens.

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Metal composite panels with continuous insulation

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There are many different metal composite panel (MCP) assemblies with varying strengths. Traditionally, these claddings are simply fastened without insulation to the structural wall, through membrane water-resistive barriers (WRBs) and gypsum sheathing. However, some proprietary MCPs are fastened through continuous insulation (ci) to the structural wall. What advantages can this provide, not only with respect to thermal performance, but also durability and life safety?

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