Applying the right barrier in the appropriate place can help building professionals protect their designs well into the future and improve the overall performance as well as the appearance of a structure.
Beecher’s firm, Utah-based Beecher Walker, designed the $80-million Hale Centre Theatre, which opened in November 2017. A critical element of the solution for Beecher and his team was the installation of 20 acoustical smoke vents to guard against noise intrusion.
Intumescent coatings help building owners avoid catastrophic losses by providing fire resistance while responders work to contain a fire. They offer a theoretical amount of time the coated steel can resist fire before reaching its critical failure temperature, as proven within a furnace per criteria found in various test standards.
Fiber cement can increase the resilience of homes and other structures in the face of environmental threats posed by the sun, precipitation, wind, and fire. In order to maximize the performance of fiber cement against the elements and to successfully install them, owners and builders must be aware of clearances, flashing, placement of joints, proper installation tools, and other requirements provided by manufacturers.
The magazine’s series of sponsored e-books continues with an analysis of available flood mitigation strategies—from regulations and floodplain management basics to the role of standards in improving buildings’ resiliency in the face of potential disaster.