Shelter from the storm

This year is shaping up to be a record-breaking one for tornadoes and severe weather. In just the first nine months, nearly 1300 tornadoes swept across the country. Since 2009, the International Building Code (IBC) has included standards for tornado shelters. However, not until the 2015 edition did it...
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Design guidance for building safe rooms

Safe rooms are specially designed structures that offer an enclosed space for people to seek refuge in the event of extreme weather, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. These structures are designed to provide what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) considers to be “near-absolute protection”—a term describing the level...
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Seeing the benefits of engineered wood

Since the introduction of plywood and glued-laminated timber (glulam) beams more than a century ago, engineered wood has continuously progressed to provide greater strength, versatility, consistency, and many other attributes. Today, the engineered wood category encompasses oriented strand board (OSB), strand and fiber siding, laminated strand lumber (LSL) I-joists,...
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Supporting functional fitness from underfoot

To ensure athletics facilities in hotels meet the high expectations of fitness enthusiasts, architects and specifiers should opt for flooring that positively influences safety, ergonomics, and acoustics to provide users with force reduction and energy restitution throughout each workout.
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Providing safer spaces with rubber flooring

Three flooring-related issues impact fall prevention: slip resistance, glare, and light reflectance value. This article, a complementary piece to a feature in the October 2017 issue of the magazine, explores how premium rubber flooring assemblies can help in healthcare environments.
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The passive path to zero energy

Scientific research, best practice guidelines, and certification systems can help design/construction professionals sidestep building failures while delivering high-performance buildings. When inexpensive solar panels are added to the mix, buildings that produce as much energy as they use are actually within reach.
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