Updating code conforming wood designs


Designing large buildings with wood offers distinct design options typically not found in other structural materials, along with advantages in economics, energy efficiency, and other sustainability factors. However, building codes and standards are often perceived as too complex for designers and builders, so many provisions that allow for wood use in construction are seldom realized.

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The thick and thin of fluid-applied air barriers


The fluid-applied air barrier (FAAB) concept was originally a Canadian-developed technology from more than 40 years ago. Back in the early 1970s, the genesis was an adhesive combining air- and vapor-retarding characteristics—eventually, this material would find its way into building codes.

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Designing with tornado-resistant glazing

The May 22nd EF-5 tornado torn a path through Joplin Mo seven miles long and 1/2 mile wide. FEMA is in the city to administer assistance to the disaster survivors.

Designing for unpredictable situations is one of the biggest and most important challenges for architects, engineers, and the building community. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes are seemingly random, but can be devastatingly fierce when they arrive. In the face of such unpredictability, there are some things the industry can count on—improved products, more reliable third-party testing, and increasingly stringent building codes and standards.

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