Waterproofing testing: A new industry standard set

Several decades ago, GCP Applied Technologies (GCP) modified the ASTM D 5385 test method to test the hydrostatic pressure resistance performance of a pre-applied waterproofing membrane with a breach in the membrane. This test method has become an industry standard and is called the ‘lateral water migration resistance test’.
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How to waterproof in-floor door operators

Inserting an in-floor door operator, with its motorized rotating spindle and conduits for power, into the waterproofing interface increases the degree of difficulty, given tight and small spaces involved and the need to seal all penetrations made in the waterproofing to anchor, drain, and power the closer long-term watertight.
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Reframing and repurposing daylight through adaptive reuse

“Adaptive reuse,” alternatively known as building reuse, is a remarkable approach that injects vitality and purpose into vacant structures, which is different from the design they were intended for. By preserving and repurposing these structures, adaptive reuse projects contribute to preserving local culture, fostering a sense of continuity and...
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Unlocking BHMA’s updated standards

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) set forth standards that are used by specifiers, architects, and other key players in the construction world. These standards apply to a diverse array of hardware and are updated every five years as required by ANSI.
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Celebrating CSI’s 75th anniversary

This year, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) reached an important milestone—it has been bridging the divide between various sectors of the building industry for seven decades now. In its bid to bring the “Four Cs” (i.e. clear, concise, correct, and complete) to project documentation and delivery, it has spent...
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Identifying and fixing concrete flooring challenges

Concrete floors are popular choices in certain spaces in a variety of finishes as they are long-lasting and extremely durable if the contractor has installed, cured, and finished them properly. However, issues can arise during or after installation, and construction professionals must know how to diagnose and fix these...
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Maximizing student safety with rolling doors and grilles

For architects and designers specializing in institutional design, keeping children safe is an increasingly difficult task which can weigh heavy on one’s heart and mind. By balancing design and safety, along with incorporating better access controls, such as advanced rolling closures, architects can help prevent and defend against shooting...
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