Understanding the Code Evaluation Process

To be approved for use in building construction, products need to be tested and evaluated to the requirements of building codes by appropriate third-party entities. In the rapidly evolving market for building materials, a manufacturer’s ability to demonstrate its products are code-compliant is critical to gaining approval for use...
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No time to waste

Construction—especially demolition operations—can generate an enormous amount of waste. However, up to 80 percent of this waste may be diverted from landfills with a thorough construction waste management plan. As a result, this step is now a requirement of many municipalities and sustainable design standards.
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Hygienic Ceilings: Standards and guidelines

Various regulations and guidelines for constructing and maintaining ceilings in facilities with hygienic requirements. A complement to one of the magazine's feature articles, this short web piece looks at requirements and best practices for schools, laboratories, food preparation, healthcare, and other specialized spaces.
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Specifying HVAC equipment in critical environments

Cleanrooms present unique design challenges because they must meet specific requirements that go beyond what is encountered in a typical commercial space. When specifying HVAC equipment in a critical environment such as a cleanroom, engineers must consider the key issues of air filtration, humidity control, and pressurization.
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Low-slope roofing guarantees

Understanding and estimating the value of low-slope roofing manufacturers’ guarantees can be confusing. Part of the reason for this is even well-meaning industry sources can contribute to the plethora of inaccurate or misleading information FOUND in the market on the purposes and potential value of roof manufacturers’ guarantees.
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