Acoustic ceilings in sustainable buildings

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When some people consider sustainable buildings, they think of wood from a certified forest, whether carpeting was used, or if harvested rainwater was employed for landscaping. Others may think of energy efficiency, solar panels, and daylighting to reduce electric light usage.

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Affordable solutions available for better school acoustics

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Experts believe as many as one-third of all school students miss up to 33 percent of the oral communication that occurs in the classroom. (M. Nixon’s 2002 article, “Acoustical Standards Begin to Reverberate: Controlling Noise within School Facilities,” was posted on the web at School Construction News Online).

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Layering security controls for healthcare projects

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It is not difficult to imagine the need for security in healthcare environments. Where are the eyes and ears ensuring the safety of a newborn transported from labor and delivery? Can family members visiting a sick relative be confident their valuables are safe at bedside if they leave to grab a snack? What security precautions are taken when a rear exterior door to the hospital is propped open so staff can take a break?

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EQ Coatings: Dispelling misconceptions through facts

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Over the past few years, much has been written and said about equivalent (EQ) coatings for cold-formed steel (CFS) studs. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, there are lingering doubts and misconceptions harbored by some specifiers about these products’ performance. However, They are code-approved coatings worthy of inclusion in project specifications.

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Choosing fiberglass or stone wool for fire and acoustics

This blown-in-blanket fiberglass system was specifically designed for closed cavity applications. It fills all voids and gaps, significantly reducing unwanted noise.
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Both fiberglass and stone wool insulation have merit, promote fire protection and sustainability, and offer value to architects, contractors, and property owners alike. This article’s intent is to present a scientific examination of the benefits of using each, in particular with respect to meeting fire and acoustic requirements and codes.

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