The importance of substrate surface water absorptivity

Often referred to as substrate “porosity,” substrate surface water absorptivity refers to the ability of a flooring substrate surface to absorb liquid relatively quickly. The coalescence of an impermeable floorcovering material and a non-porous concrete surface not only reduces moisture from coming in, but also from escaping.
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In pursuit of acoustical equity

To achieve ‘better acoustics’ and fulfill the objective of designing with the occupant in mind, one must turn their attention to the sound present in the space and look at it through the lens of both architectural acoustics and psychoacoustics.
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Door closer hinges: A new approach

It would be a mistake to assume closer hinges will replace overhead closers in all locations. However, closer hinges have proven their utility for many entrance conditions, and may even prove to be the preferred solution for many ordinary doorways.
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NFPA 285 engineering judgments

The IBC is recognized as the model building code for commercial construction, which is then adopted by state and local jurisdictions. Through NFPA 285, increasing use of energy efficient continuous insulation (ci) and innovative wall assemblies places a greater emphasis on fire performance of exterior walls.
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