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NEWS

Questions about heat, air, and moisture control? Check out the new e-book

Many designers and specifiers understand controlling air, vapor, and thermal transfer helps mitigate moisture problems within the building envelope. Moisture accumulation is a performance adversary that can lead to structural deterioration, finish damage, organic growth, and reduced building longevity. However, navigating the fundamentals, code requirements, and industry trends can...


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SPECIFICATIONS

The quest for perfection

You can call it quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), or quality management—in my view, the process is the same, requiring planning, monitoring, and management.

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NEWS

Amal Clooney to keynote Greenbuild conference

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver the opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The theme of this year’s conference, “Human X Nature,” explores the intersection of humanity and the built environment.
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NEWS

Council seeking presentations for Tape Summit

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council, a North American trade association comprised of pressure sensitive adhesive tape manufacturers and their suppliers, is looking for presentations for a new building and construction conference track at the council’s annual Tape Summit.+ Read More
FAILURES

Visually obscured glass units

Insulating glass units (IGUs) are often used in window and curtain wall assemblies due to their improved thermal performance as compared to assemblies with monolithic glass infill. However, monolithic glass can function for the life of the building (barring breakage), while IGUs can fail over time.

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FORM + FUNCTION

Meeting acoustic goals at UMass Boston’s academic hall

In spring 2016, an interdisciplinary academic building opened at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston. Previously called General Academic Building 1, University Hall was designed to earn Silver under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
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