Smoke control: Getting it right

Most fire deaths are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation. Often, smoke incapacitates so quickly people are overcome and cannot make it to an otherwise accessible exit. Given the nature of many modern buildings (e.g. high-rise) where it will take several minutes, if not hours, to evacuate...
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Best practices for architectural coatings

Architectural paints and coatings have a long history of application across a wide range of construction and surface types, yet they are among the most misunderstood and misused of building materials. Originating in European traditions, architectural painting in North America experienced a dramatic shift in the mid-19th century, when...
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Low-slope roofing guarantees

Understanding and estimating the value of low-slope roofing manufacturers’ guarantees can be confusing. Part of the reason for this is even well-meaning industry sources can contribute to the plethora of inaccurate or misleading information FOUND in the market on the purposes and potential value of roof manufacturers’ guarantees.
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Pairing passive elements for a high-performance pavilion

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Pavilion transcends physical bounds to teach students sustainability through materials, advanced systems, and programmatic features. Showcasing unique passive technologies, its katabatic cooling tower and its Trombe parapet wall are a dynamic duo making this green structure truly innovative.
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Specifying architectural zinc

Architectural zinc (titanium-zinc alloy, rolled zinc, zinc strip) is a soft, natural-weathering metal that has been used for centuries in various roof applications. Its value reaches far beyond beauty and durability. Following ‘zinc-appropriate’ design, a quality metal roof specification will not follow a standard painted metal specification, but instead...
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