As the focal point of high-visibility structures, expansive glazing areas and large insulating glass units (IGUs) take more space on curtain walls, storefronts, and interior building components than ever before. Despite the numerous appearance and performance advantages, glass has a breaking point.
Architects often use the phrase ‘20-minute smoke door,’ and it is common to see a door schedule calling for these products. To properly specify doors, frames, and hardware for fire door and smoke door assemblies, it is critical the proper terminology is used and the correct code requirements are referenced.
Revolving doors are now becoming more integrated with a building’s emergency and security systems than ever before, and this means installers at the very least have to know more about how these systems tie into the door.
Motorized window treatments (MWTs) can be configured to regulate the amount of light coming into a workspace. This ensures adequate sunlight for illumination, while minimizing glare in a workspace, as well as helps save heating/cooling costs.
Specifiers can use the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA’s) standards as a guide to select the proper finish for architectural aluminum to meet a project’s performance and durability requirements.