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December 01, 2020 | BD+C Editors

Sherwin-Williams' Emerald Rain Refresh and James Hardie's Aspyre Collection are among the 23 ne...

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NRCA survey of roofing contractors on COVID-19 impact on business

An NRCA survey of roofing contractors found that the majority of respondents (52%) said their businesses had been significantly or very significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


NRCA survey shows 52% of roofing contractor said COVID-19 pandemic was having a significant or...

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Top Window and Door Products for 2019
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Pella’s Rolscreen retractable screen and NanaWall’s HSW single-track sliding glass wall are among...

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101 Top Products for 2019
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Building Design+Construction readers and editors select their top building products for...

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Top Glass and Glazing Products for 2019 101 Top Products Building Design+Construction
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

SageGlass's Harmony dynamic glass and Vitro Architectural Glass's Acuity low-iron glass are among...

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Sto StoColor Dryonic, 101 Top Products for 2019
December 12, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Sto's beetle-inspired exterior coating and Dörken Systems' UV-resistant vapor-permeable barrier a...

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| October 22, 2018 |

The building envelope plays a crucial in protecting projects from excess moisture, mold, and rot....

Shear cracks riddle the exterior wall of this urban parking structure. Courtesy Hoffmann Architects

Shear cracks riddle the exterior wall of this urban parking structure. Courtesy Hoffmann Architects

May 24, 2018 | Richard P. Kadlubowski, AIA, and Christopher DeRosa, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

We may think of the building envelope as an inanimate object, but in reality its components can b...

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Meeting the demand for high-efficiency façades [AIA course]

At the top level of this energy-efficient building, an adhered air barrier provides the primary weather protection for a metal panel cladding system, to be installed. Photo courtesy Hoffmann Architects

April 12, 2018 | Russell M. Sanders, AIA, and Craig A. Hargrove, AIA, LEED AP, Hoffmann Architects

On a national scale, the impetus to improve building energy performance is manifest in the latest...

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March 21, 2018 | BD+C Staff

Among the best building envelope products included in BD+C's Top 101 Products report are Eldorado...

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Hospital interior

Healthcare buildings need optimum building enclosures for efficiency and sustainability.

| February 28, 2018 | Powered by Owens Corning

Sustainable healthcare facilities will need energy-efficient building enclosures from the outset....

December 20, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The silyl-terminated polyether (STPE) liquid-applied air barrier does not wash off when exposed t...

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Facilities professional inspects a roof railing system.

As building codes change, existing railings may need to be updated or replaced. Courtesy Hoffmann Architects

July 26, 2017 | John P. Graz, AIA, and Rachel C. Palisin, PE, LEED AP, Hoffmann Architects

Lacking familiarity with current requirements, some owners or managers complete a roof or balcony...

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Courtesy Dow Corning

December 12, 2016 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Should institutional and commercial buildings be built to last 100 years? Why not? There are plen...

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Photo: Pixabay.

April 12, 2016 | Sean M. O’Brien and Matthew Vong, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

This course will describe how to select vapor retarders to control moisture migration and prevent...

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Installation of a facade panel system that uses a rainscreen approach to control
January 28, 2016 | Bradley Carmichael, PE, Project Engineer, Hoffmann Architects

Building envelope expert Bradley Carmichael of Hoffmann Architects explains how rainscreen wall s...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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The expert’s guide to insulation materials

Photo: Tracey Nicholls, CSIRO via Wikimedia Commons

October 19, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Even the best-designed envelopes can be undermined by thermal bridging in areas where insulation...

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Deriving value from coordinated building enclosure shop drawings

All images and charts courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

August 11, 2015 | John N. Karras and Jeffrey D. Kerr, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Building enclosure shop drawings play a critical role in guarding against common performance, cos...

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Japan announces new plan for Olympic Stadium

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons

July 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The country moves on from Zaha Hadid Architects, creators of the original stadium design scrapped...

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Fire Rated Curtain Wall Performance in Dramatic Weather Conditions

Combined transparent high performance low-e glass panels and opaque decorative panels in a clear anodized aluminum curtain wall frame.

| July 20, 2015 | SaftiFirst

Materials selected for the building envelope had to protect occupants from Wisconsin's weather, a...

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New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

The ruling comes after a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. Photo: Rgkleit via Wikimedia Commons

March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...

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The Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. Photo credit: The Emerging Objects Corporation. 

February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. The bricks absorb water, which cools t...

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October 14, 2014 | Erin L. Aichler & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This course provides step-by-step prescriptive advice to architects, engineers, and contractors o...

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To naturally heat the perimeter at Solarluxs new administration building in the
September 07, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

When it comes to cost, performance, and aesthetics—not to mention maintenance and long-term resil...

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Narrow fire-rated aluminum framing system
| August 17, 2014 | Technical Glass Products Sponsored Content

The precision engineering of TGP’s Fireframes Aluminum Series creates narrow profiles and crisp s...

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July 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Urban Green Council addresses a concern that many "green" buildings in the U.S. have: poor in...

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The panels have rectangular dimensions, with shades of red and gray to mirror th
| June 04, 2014 | Nichiha

The design team for the Third North apartment complex specified Nichiha’s Illumination Series arc...

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May 20, 2014 | Arup

The book, co-authored by Arup's Russell Fortmeyer, illustrates the various ways architects, consu...

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