The future of spec writing

We live in an age of increasing complexity. It is frequently noted today’s cell phones are significantly more powerful than the computers employed to put the first man on the moon.
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E-commerce solutions for design professionals

More than half of today’s construction industry suppliers are slowly investing in e-commerce solutions, revolutionizing the way architects and specifiers interact with homeowners and project managers. The shift to this new technology will help design professionals offer better and faster service.
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Timber-concrete composite floor systems for tall buildings

Mass-timber construction, a growing industry in the United States, includes elements such as glued-laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT), and nail-laminated timber (NLT). These wooden elements have a natural resistance to fire through charring, similar to traditional heavy timber. The fire safety of mass-timber combined with high load-carrying capabilities...
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Why hire forensic architects?

A forensic architect can provide incredible value to a project and team members by helping to resolve problems, track down design and constructability issues, expose code violations, and provide valuable information with which to resolve conflicts unearthed during the building process. This can result in a lowered risk for...
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Employing PSA tapes in HVAC applications

Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape is actually a multifaceted and versatile product with usage going beyond its more understood “stickiness.” PSA tape technologies have properties for insulating a building from environmental events such as precipitation, vapor ingress, extreme cold and heat, as well as external noise.
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Selecting the right perimeter security solution

As a result of the recent rise in vehicle-ramming attacks, there is an increased interest in perimeter security for applications besides the traditional government and military operations. From large cities, small municipalities, and grade schools to universities, utility substations, and corporate offices, many organizations are contemplating how to provide...
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American Wood Council releases new manual

The American Wood Council’s (AWC’s) 2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for one- and two-family dwellings is a referenced standard for wood design in the International Code Council’s (ICC’s) 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). The publication equips designers and code officials with engineered...
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