Designing a high-performance building envelope with air barriers

Controlling the movement of air between the conditioned interior environment of a building and the exterior is a core function of building science. However, if you ask someone the best method of doing this, you are likely to get dozens of different answers. The best route depends on several...
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Specifying intumescent coating film thicknesses

Intumescent coatings help building owners avoid catastrophic losses by providing fire resistance while responders work to contain a fire. They offer a theoretical amount of time the coated steel can resist fire before reaching its critical failure temperature, as proven within a furnace per criteria found in various test...
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Rubber flooring: Commuting with comfort

City authorities continue to seek out innovative ways to design public transportation systems that are not only comfortable for commuters, but are also durable and sustainable enough to stand up to the burgeoning ridership. Flooring systems are one way specifiers can bring comfort, sustainability, and high-impact design to public...
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Improving resilience with fiber-cement siding

Fiber cement can increase the resilience of homes and other structures in the face of environmental threats posed by the sun, precipitation, wind, and fire. In order to maximize the performance of fiber cement against the elements and to successfully install them, owners and builders must be aware of...
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Critical success factors for indoor green walls

The innate need of human beings to connect with nature is known as biophilia. In order To nurture this vital connection, biophilic design purposefully incorporates natural materials and light, plants, views of the outdoors, and other touchpoints with the outside world into the built environment.
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Ceiling systems: Overhead investments

Ceilings are one of the most visible architectural surfaces in many building interiors. Performance requirements for ceilings can be as complex as those required of walls, floors, and other finishes. Selecting the right product to use overhead should be seen as a wise investment in building performance.
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