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How does airflow under a metal roof further enhance energy savings?

In cool or cold weather conditions, scientists confirmed that direct-nailed asphalt shingle roofs had significantly larger heat loss than attics with metal shakes and above-sheathing ventilation.

Jeff Alexander
Metal roof coatings with solar reflectance can help building owners save substantially in annual cooling costs....
The generalist architect vs. the specialist architect

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The corporate world today quite often insists on hiring specialists, but the generalists have an intrinsic quality to...
6 factors steering workplace design at financial services firms

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Grossly underutilized space and a lack of a mobility strategy are among the trends identified by HOK based on its...
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3D printing has people in the building and construction industry talking


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How can 3D printing affect the building design and construction industry?
Integrated Learning Neighborhoods: A solution for linking student housing with the typical student experience

The new College Avenue Commons at Arizona State University. Image © Bill Timmerman

Just as urban housing fits into the city as a whole, student housing can be integrated into the campus network as a...
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Reviewing Paint Warranties

All paint systems will chalk and fade over time as they weather. The warranty will explain how much chalk and fade is acceptable based on standard tests through the American Society of Testing Materials. Photo courtesy of The Soybean Checkoff/Flickr

Jeff Alexander
Warranties can appear to be the same, but as a starting point, you should find out what paint technology your warranty...
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Williams Scotsman provided 119,864 sf of space on time and on budget for the Firebag In-Situ Sands Project Camp in Alberta, Canada.

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If you work in the energy sector you’ve heard of Alberta’s oil sands. Located in Western Canada, Alberta is a province...
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The 4 leadership behaviors that really matter McKinsey & Company

Using a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits, McKinsey surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world.

Steven Burns
It includes seeking diverse perspectives and supporting others.
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Want greater energy savings? The answer is on your roof

A recent study compared the possible energy savings of metal vs. asphalt roofs by doing field testing on an asphalt shingle roof and a stone-coated metal shake roof.

Jeff Alexander
A recent study finds that metal roofs can cut energy costs.
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The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates the retrofit market for small commercial buildings at $35.6 billion. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

David Barista
The real opportunity for shrinking the nation’s energy footprint lies in the mundane world of small commercial...
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