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More great walls of fire: Exterior separations

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by Jeff Razwick

Fire-rated curtain walls can prevent a fire from traveling to or from neighboring buildings without restricting visibility. Unlike gypsum, masonry, and other opaque fire-rated materials, this multi-functionality can bring fire and life safety goals in line with the aesthetic design intent where building codes deem the threat of fire is significant from adjacent construction.

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Great walls of fire: Interior separations

Fire-rated curtain walls can satisfy life safety requirements without sacrificing transparency. All images courtesy TGP

by Jeff Razwick

Glazed curtain walls are best known for their ability to visually integrate two otherwise separate spaces. Less talked about—though, perhaps more important—are curtain walls with the capability to retain visibility and access to daylight while standing guard against fire.

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Geosynthetics for new Chicago downtown park

Lightweight expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam forms landscape contours over an underground parking garage at Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park. Photo courtesy Insulfoam

By Tom Savoy
The Chicago Park District will soon open a new 11-ha (28-acre) downtown park to complement its renowned Grant Park and Millennium Park. Visitors to Maggie Daley Park will enjoy a visually varied landscape with rolling hills, berms, and contours. What they might not realize is the park’s earthworks are not made of traditional soil fills, but of a geosynthetic material—expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam.

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Grant project follows lifecycle of urban wood

Urban lumber harvesting has emerged as an option for cities like Wisconsin.  Photos courtesy Kubala-Washatko Architects

By Rebecca Konya
In the October 2014 issue of The Construction Specifier, an article examined how urban lumber harvesting has emerged as an option for resources otherwise devastated by the emerald ash borer. It takes a particular look at how Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is becoming an important player in finding new opportunities for wood—carpentry, casework, and flooring included. This web piece takes the story further.

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Solid advantages with solid phenolic wall panels

Solid phenolic wall panels can be quickly and precisely aligned to create a cohesive installation for almost any environment. Photos courtesy Spec-Rite Designs LLC

by Jen Clark
Out of the many types of building materials available to architects and specifiers, solid phenolic wall panels have become increasingly popular due to their durability, ease of maintenance, versatility, and code-compliance.

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The importance of indoor air quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important consideration for building owners and design teams. IAQ can easily decrease within elevator cabs and machine rooms. Photos courtesy ThyssenKrupp Elevator

by Sasha Bailey, LEED AP

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has become increasingly important for building owners and occupants in recent years. With more information available to the public on air quality issues—including the potential negative effects of off-gassing and the evaporation of volatile chemicals and other emissions—it is imperative for building product manufacturers to focus on eliminating issues associated with their products.

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