C10−Interior Construction

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Sound Thoughts on Door and Frame Assemblies: Exploring differences between STC and STL ratings

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When sound control acoustic door assemblies are selected, the usual way is to specify a sound transmission coefficient (STC) rating in accordance with established standards. However, this is not as catch-all as it sounds, especially when the sounds that must be blocked come in different frequencies. This article works to clarify some misconceptions about STC, and explores sound transmission loss (STL), which is derived from actual lab testing at specific frequencies.

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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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Thermoformed Ceiling Panels and Tiles

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Thermoformed plastic ceiling panels and tiles have unique features that make them practical for many design and construction challenges. They can be installed beneath fire sprinklers and are not affected by moisture, support indoor air quality (IAQ), and offer noise reduction.

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The Benefits of BIM for Interior Steel Framing

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) software is helping architects and specifiers streamline their product selection process by providing detailed 3D models of specific products and allowing them to track the product through the construction process. While the use of BIM is increasing, the idea of using component-specific BIM programs, such as those for interior steel wall framing is only beginning to gain traction among building professionals. As such, this article gives a comprehensive review of how component-specific BIM tools can provide benefits throughout the construction process and even after the building is complete.

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Understanding New Accessibility Requirements for Doors

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The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design has several requirements that continue to surprise architects and specifiers. This article examines changes to door hardware operable force, use of low-energy automatic operators, protrusions into egress, and the need for proper maneuvering clearance.

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