Structural silicone glazing

Structural silicone glazing (SSG) is a popular glass retention method for its aesthetic appeal and durability. Typically, SSG is shop fabricated but certain conditions require installation of SSG in the field, which introduces a variety of logistical, quality control, and quality assurance challenges.
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Understanding flooring moisture mitigation

While floor preparation and moisture testing (including ASTM F1869-16a, ASTM F2170-19a, and ASTM F710-19e1) have become standard practice, these critical steps can be overlooked due to tight timelines, limited budgets, inexperienced contractors, uninformed architects, designers, specifiers, or installation subcontractors who lack adequate knowledge or training.
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Rooftop skylight replacement considerations

Design professionals tasked with replacing rooftop skylights on commercial or institutional buildings have the opportunity to enhance the building appearance, upgrade energy conservation performance, and improve building occupant experience while remedying water penetration, air infiltration, and condensation problems common with older systems. Achieving these objectives is viable, but the...
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Staying in control with fabric cladding

The fabric building market remained stable, but also stagnant, for a long time. Most companies in the industry were content to stay in their lane, with advancement efforts mostly focused on providing a slightly modernized version of the same basic niche product that has existed for decades
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Glass fiber textile

Glass fabric-clad walls have numerous performance characteristics which make them an improvement over bare drywall, and they are available in a broad range of engaging aesthetic options. This method of wall finishing has been common in Europe for decades, but it has only recently emerged in the U.S.
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Fiberglass windows come of age

Fiberglass window frames are rapidly gaining popularity in commercial projects from multifamily to hospitality and new innovations in operating hardware make them attractive for senior livings. Offering flexible design and installation options, high-performance structural and thermal attributes, and sleek, contemporary sightlines, fiberglass windows make a great alternative to vinyl...
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