The conversation about the health benefits of daylighting in the United States has truly reached the forefront. Articles detailing research, data, and discussions about the ramifications of lack of sunlight from the built environment are now appearing in mainstream press and dominate educational seminar schedules.
Schools, hospitals, and government buildings share essential characteristics; they house sensitive information, are designed to be used for long periods, and have public responsibilities. Specifiers and building managers must ensure safety and security needs are met by selecting the appropriate door hardware.
With growing emphasis on environmental regulatory compliance, specifiers are discovering less is more when it comes to meeting requirements on volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Over the past decade, VOC content in waterborne and high-solids coatings has dramatically decreased while performance and durability of the solvent-based coatings they replace has remained.