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Saving on Natatorium Energy Costs with Green Options

Photos courtesy Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers

New technologies can provide optimal natatorium environmental control and energy savings. Today’s indoor pool dehumidifiers and outside air ventilation systems technology has changed so much over the last decade, a new or retrofitted natatorium stands to save millions of dollars in energy costs over the 15 to 25-year lifecycle of the equipment. Equipment comes with reduced refrigerant charges of up to 85-percent, compressor heat recovery for free pool water heating, exhaust heat recovery for preheating outdoor air, modulating controls for pinpoint temperature and humidity control, glycol heat rejection to dry coolers, and web-based microprocessor monitor, alarms, and control for factory technician review.

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Seeing the Urban Forests for the Trees: Secondary benefits of our cities’ wood

Photo courtesy M Magazine

In the wake of the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer, urban lumber harvesting has emerged as a response in the United States and Canada. Instead of grinding the wood into mulch, the urban wood movement promotes using urban forests to provide distinctive finishes for built spaces while also connecting those spaces to a piece of history. Designers, contractors, specifiers, and related professionals wishing to use urban wood must be aware of special considerations if they wish to take advantage of this unique resource.

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10 Key Questions about Exterior Shading

Photo © Richard Wilson. Photo courtesy Draper Inc.

Over the last decade, exterior shading has become more popular in the United States. However, many architects and building owners still have limited knowledge about these systems and why they should be considered part of the building design. This article explores 10 frequently asked questions about exterior shading, while providing insight into available systems and how they can be an important part of the building’s environmental control.

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Don’t Seal Your Fate: Considerations for parking garage surface treatments

All photos © Hoffmann Architects Inc.

Parking decks must be protected from the harmful effects of moisture and chlorides, but there is a growing preconception installing a traffic-bearing membrane is a one-way ticket to the garage equivalent of immortality. While a traffic-bearing membrane may work in many situations, consideration is necessary to determine if this costly investment is the correct solution for the garage’s needs. Identifying product properties and applying appropriate selection criteria can help specifiers develop solutions that protect now, while considering treatment options for the future.

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Bridging the Specification Gap between Divisions 03 and 09: Concrete and floorcovering associations unite

Photo © Michael Marxer (marxerphotography.com). Photo courtesy Mapei

Division 03 specifies concrete floor surface flatness requirements to be installed by the concrete contractor. However, Division 09 specifies the concrete floor surface flatness for the flooring installer that must be met before installing the floorcovering. Cooperation between the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and six flooring associations has led to a solution for bridging the specification gap between Divisions 03 and 09.

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ASTM Standards for Correctional Facilities

There have been numerous standards sponsored by ASTM Committee F-33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities. Familiarity and being able to adhere to these standards is a must. They not only cover testing procedures and degree of detention, but also assemblies and fastening methods that must be incorporated into the design and construction.

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