With glazed façades dominating urban landscapes, the strides made to improve the energy efficiency of glass are well-documented and generally well-understood. However, much more quietly, the framing members of wall and window systems have also been re-engineered. The performance improvements in these less-discussed components are poised to add up to big gains in efficiency.
Melding aesthetics with performance was top of mind in the design of Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) new Bio Engineering Facility. Located in the South Academic District in East Lansing, the four-story, 12,077-m2 (130,000-sf) research laboratory building features proprietary resins comprising 70 percent PVDF that meet or exceed AAMA 2605.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) opened registration for its 79th annual conference from Feb. 14 to 17 in Huntington Beach, California. This year’s theme is ‘Surf City,’ with optional events including a golf tournament and dolphin and whale watching. There will also be an awards banquet on the evening of Feb. 15.
Skyscraper cities, while conceptually rooted in mid-20th century architecture, are being reinvented to appeal to a new generation—and a new market. Their design is a topic of enduring interest in the world of architecture. The latest trend of supertall structures is defined by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as taller than 300 m (984 ft).
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated and released a document specifying the performance requirements for liquid-applied flashing for water-resistive seals around exterior wall openings.