The doors to life-saving measures

As a direct outgrowth of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms, and the International Code Council (ICC) 500, Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, rolling doors are one step in the battle...
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Plumbing with PEX

Crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing is widely used across plumbing and heating trades in residential applications, but many specifiers have yet to consider its use in commercial plumbing systems. Based on decades of successful installations and growing confidence in the trade, PEX is gaining ground as a high-performance, cost-effective alternative...
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Paintable acoustic panels allow design flexibility

Fabric-wrapped fiberglass panels are a common solution for interior acoustic treatment. The composition of these panels includes a heavy density fiberglass board that is then wrapped in a decorative, acoustically breathable fabric. The material selected can either compliment the design of a space or be matched to blend in...
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Next-generation precast insulated wall panels

Research is ongoing to advance precast concrete insulated wall panel technology by developing materials and design to double its thermal performance and reduce weight by half without increasing costs. The main goal of this project is to promote passive envelope technologies for improving energy efficiency in new construction.
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Fire resistance and prevention in wood buildings

Mass timber buildings are capable of providing a level of fire-resistance comparable to steel and concrete. Building code changes are allowing more projects to capitalize on the cost, schedule, and environmental advantages of wood construction. As the popularity of wood grows, construction safety practices are also receiving greater emphasis...
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