The AIA New Product & Technology Center is sponsored by Building Design & Construction and the American Institute of Architects. All of the building materials, systems and finishes reviewed here will be on display at AIA Expo 2001, held May 17-19 in Denver. This special exhibit will be located outside the main convention hall. Make sure to look for this unique display at the show.
Claims for products described editorially on this and other pages are taken from statements of product manufacturers.
Ultra-quiet motor and built-in intelligence make adjustment of even the heaviest window shades quick and quiet. Simple wall controls allow easy adjustment with multiple preset points. Controls sunlight glare and darkens rooms for visual presentations. Wireless control system is available for commercial applications.
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New windows, classic looks
A classically designed, tilt-wash double-hung window is affordable and features simplified sash tilting and low-maintenance exterior cladding.
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A two-component coating serves as a barrier against moisture intrusion, bridging sheathing joints and protecting rough openings from moisture. An economical alternative to traditional EIFS drainage systems, the barrier can also be used as a simple barrier protection with any cladding or coating.
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Going down in history
Double-hung window has solid wood profiles that meet most historic restoration criteria. Wood interior that can be painted to match any décor replaces the typical thick vinyl jamb layer. Both sash tilt for cleaning. Extruded aluminum cladding has baked-on coating; available with low-e and argon gas options.
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In the swing of things
Inswinging casement and French casement models are available in wood or clad profile, with specifications similar to standard casement units except for 3 1/2-in. bottom rail height, and screen to the exterior. Sash are hung on 3 1/2-sq.-in. butt hinges. Hardware includes multipoint locking system.
Kolbe & Kolbe.
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Securing fresh air
Passive ventilation system is designed for high-security windows used in applications such as jails and psychiatric facilities. Thermally broken, it installs at the bottom of the window within the existing glazing area.
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Class A siding
Fiber-cement siding has a Class A fire rating, resists rotting and is impervious to wood-boring insects. Higher interlaminate bond strength provides superior freeze/thaw protection. Uses design molds created from real cedar and hand-troweled stucco.
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Unitized for your protection
Installer-friendly unitized curtainwall provides more pronounced sight lines, operating vents and aluminum panels. Panelized frames usually span from floor to floor, and reduce dependence on field weather seals as well as accommodate dynamic movements without placing undue stress on glass or sealants.
Wausau Window and Wall Systems.
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Liquid lock for EIFS
A direct-to-the-wall adhesive locks expanded polystyrene (EPS) board into place and provides one-step weather barrier without added expense for standard or drainage EIFS. The product eliminates the need for building paper or fasteners and the need to apply adhesive to the back of the EPS boards.
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Translucent glass, not plastic
Insulated translucent glazing uses glass instead of fiber-reinforced plastics as a face material, and is available in any architectural glass that is specified for functional reasons. U-values from 0.25 to 0.14 deliver light transmittance exceeding 70 percent. Glazing is an option for curtain-wall, sloped and skylight installations where aesthetics cannot be sacrificed for performance.
Advanced Glazings Inc.
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New addition to roof deck/ceiling product line has bold ribbed ceiling appearance, accommodating clear-span truss spacing from 10 feet to 30 feet. Wider truss spacing can make building design appear more spacious.
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Modules provide quick delivery of educational space that has the qualities of conventional construction. Modules are available in 8-ft., 10-ft. and 12-ft. sections with brick exterior finish and 9 feet of headroom.
Oldcastle Precast Modular Group.
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New equipment support bases are designed for sloped, tapered and flat roof systems. Mechanical fastener design is applicable for wood, metal or structural concrete decks. Seismic approval to Zone 4.
Portable Pipe Hangars.
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Consisting of two expanded polystyrene panels held together by plastic ties, the insulating concrete forming system is designed for maximum ease of installation. Forms are completely reversible.
Reward Wall Systems.
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Stone veneer in new eucalyptus color combines subtle khaki overtones and hints of moss and plum. Installed costs start at $7.50 per square foot, depending on the kind and size of project.
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On a pedestal
Pedestal system supports concrete pavers, grated flooring and wood decking up to 1,000 pounds per pedestal. The system allows for precise leveling, and supports elevations ranging from 3/4 inch to 24 inches.
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On good footing
Engineered footing form for construction tubes meets or exceeds building codes throughout North America. Fits construction tubes up to 12 inches for above-grade and below-grade applications.
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Accordion fire door is manually or electrically operated, and has a 3-hour fire rating. Some models provide emergency egress options.
McKeon Rolling Steel Door.
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Control-Blok is designed to prevent crack-induced water leakage in single-wythe walls. Available in a wide variety of split-face and smooth-face architectural units and standard grey CMU. The block's beveled edges provide efficient drainage at the bed joint area.
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Coarse but refined
New finishes for commercial applications of granite are achieved using water pressure to expose the natural beauty of granite crystals while creating a consistent, coarsely-textured surface.
Cold Spring Granite.
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Pressure-treated, fire-retardant cedar shakes and shingles meet weathering tests of the California wood roof law that became effective in January 2000.
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An alternative to slate or tile, roof product offers the bonus of a UL Class A fire rating. Made of 80 percent post-industrial materials, it qualifies as a sustainable building product.
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Software allows building team members to view, discuss and mark up virtually any data file — including CAD drawings, 3-D models, digital images and text documents — in real time via the Internet with-out having to upload files to a Web site or FTP server. Host initiates a conference by sending a view-only copy of the document to participants. Only the host can save the document and annotations.
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3-D: Plain and simple
Unlike many 3-D programs that have a large number of inherent commands and complex concepts, SketchUp utilizes object-based modeling to simplify work.
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Construction cost-estimating tool requires users to input only minimal data to create cost estimates.
Talisman Partners Ltd.
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Containing articles by 50 experienced professionals, this handbook covers the latest in marketing research and planning, sales and business development, winning work, public relations and promotion, and management.
Society for Marketing Professional Services.
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Lock and load
Recessed lighting fixture features a lock-and-aim feature that allows the lamp to be elevated up to 35 degrees and rotated up to 360 degrees, and then locked in place at chosen angle.
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Perimeter raceway system conceals two channels for power and data cabling under a curved cover surface. Integral, hinged subcovers separate wiring channels from device channels and snap open to facilitate lay-in or pull-through. A corner-drop feature allows cables to be dropped from the ceiling without penetrating partitions.
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When lightning strikes
Expanded line of lightning-protection air terminals and accessories now includes blunt air terminals, round-tipped rods and rods fitted with solid metal ball-tips and bullet-shaped covers.
East Coast Lighting Equipment Inc.
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Direct or indirect
Suitable for offices, schools, airports and retail stores, this low-profile, T5 surface-mounted fluorescent fixture can be used in both direct and indirect lighting environments. Features heavy-gauge steel housing with transparent internal supports that allow illumination of the fixture's wings.
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Recommended for commercial or hospitality applications, this new line of stainless-steel washbasins is available in one, two-, three- or four-basin configurations. Meridian washbasins feature a backsplash faucet assembly and ADA-compliant pushbuttons.
Acorn Engineering Co.
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Weather- and vandal-resistant luminaire can be wall- or ceiling-mounted and features a clear polycarbonate lens with an interior prism pattern to spread light evenly. A silicone adhesive gasket seals Terrapin's lens and housing from water infiltration, while UV coating on the lens protects against solar rays.
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No more gridlock
New truss and utility grid system is an alternative to access flooring and bar joists — which can have long installation lead times — for support of utilities such as cabling, data, power, electrical and mechanical systems.
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This 27-in.-diameter, semi-indirect chandelier, named Park Avenue, is an exact replica of bowl-shade chandeliers installed in many historic public buildings built between 1910 and 1930. Lamp options include 13- or 28-watt fluorescent or incandescent.
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Consisting of luminaires with built-in processing and memory and a wall control station, digital lighting system allows remote control of lighting intensity levels and group fixtures. Users can program up to 12 zones and 12 scenes with fades.
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Up or down.
Versatile wall-mounted luminaire can be mounted for upwash or downwash with no modifications to housing. Reflective illumination provides both forward and side-to-side lighting for walkway and parking lot applications. An optional wall-grazing optic configuration accents the texture and definition of wall surfaces.
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Curved deflection walls are easier to build with new stud-track systems, available to designers and contractors, that can accommodate vertical deflection in curved walls.
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Wall-protection handrails, crash rails and corner guards are available in vinyl and acrylic, or wood and stainless-steel combinations. Other available finishes in the product line include "chameleon patterns," solid wood and metallized finishes.
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Red pine flooring offers grain pattern, knots and golden-orange hue associated with the old-growth timber used in Colonial New England. Wide-plank, tongue-and-groove profiles are offered in lengths up to 16 feet.
Carlisle Restoration Lumber.
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Unique composite lumber is made with a patent-pending material combining weatherable polymers and recycled natural fibers. The splinter-resistant surface is Ideal for outdoor decks, railings, pool and recreation areas.
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Wired for sound
Novel ceiling system with embedded antennas allows the integration of wireless communications and sound systems. The drop-in tiles are designed for sound masking, paging and ambient music functions, while improving wireless telephone service.
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Just out of the prototyping phase, this door/hardware system offers abuse-resistant metal hinges and latch stiles to protect its wood veneer, as well as concealed electromagnetic door holders. A mortised closer meets aesthetic needs, ADA requirements, fire-protection concerns and multistory air-handling conditions. Incorporates cam design, not rack-and-pinion.
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Entrance flooring system enhances design flexibility and dirt removal with a three-zone system approach and 100 color combinations.
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Solid-teak elevated seating for patio, poolside, bar or breakfast nook is crafted for a lifetime of use, and comes with a 75-year warranty.
Smith & Hawken.
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Sustainable and permanent
Acoustical ceiling panels offer warranted performance against microorganism growth, dimensional sag and fuel contribution, thanks to 100-percent recyclable perlite content. Called Eurostone, the tiles are available in textured, striated, geometric and scored patterns.
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Can an elegant, traditional hardwood chair actually be stackable, too? Apparently so. These chairs in Chippendale and Arts and Crafts styles are also said to resist abuse, because of a patented joint system of concealed steel rods and "space-age epoxies." A number of the chairs in the so-called Bartlett Hall style were recently purchased by the University of Chicago. The furniture was used as part of a renovation of a neo-Gothic dining hall on campus.
Eustis Chair Mfg.
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