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The Importance of Garage Door Wind Load

In advance of hurricane season, there’s often a lot of questions about hurricane proof doors and how to protect buildings from damage. It’s no surprise that rolling doors are often areas of great concern, as any opening or hole in the building is a natural pressure point that must be able to withstand great wind forces in a hurricane. That’s where the term “wind load” comes in, and it comes in two flavors – “Design” and “Test.” Let’s take a closer look.

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Rethinking details with Passive House

University of Northern British Columbia’s Wood Innovation Research Laboratory will soon be the first certified Passive House higher education building in Canada – a particularly impressive feat due to the cold climate in Prince George. The facility features a wood structure and has been conceived as a modest building inspired by passive design principles and wood innovation.

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gb&d is Now Accepting Nominees for the Most Powerful Women in Sustainability

​gb&d ​magazine is now accepting nominations for the ​Fifth Annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA)​. Now more than ever, conversations around leadership in sustainability are of utmost importance. At a time when some aim to downplay the need for green, ​gb&d ​is thrilled to offer a way to showcase and congratulate those doing sustainability’s best championing as part of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. WSLA is gb&d’s top annual accolade, recognizing the most powerful women making a difference in the world through sustainability.

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The Importance of Garage Door Wind Load

The Importance of Garage Door Wind Load

by Heather Bender, Strategic Marketing Manager, CornellCookson | Jun 15, 2018

In advance of hurricane season, there’s often a lot of questions about hurricane proof doors and how to protect buildings from damage. It’s no surprise that rolling doors are often areas of great concern, as any opening or hole in the building is a natural pressure point that must be able to withstand great wind forces in a hurricane. That’s where the term “wind load” comes in, and it comes in two flavors – “Design” and “Test.” Let’s take a closer look.

When hurricane garage doors are closed, all loads are transferred to the overhead door guides (the channels at the sides of the door) and wall angles (how the guides are attached to the wall). One must worry about two kinds of loads here – “dead” and “live”. Dead load is the total rolling door hang weight and is constant. Live load is wind pressure forces and is not constant.  Read more

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Kansas City Fire Department. Photo courtesy of Hoefer Wyscoki

Kansas City Fire Department. Photo courtesy of Hoefer Wyscoki

Decontaminate Your Fire Station Design

by Ken Henton, AIA, LEED AP, Partner – Hoefer Wysocki | May 21, 2018

Designing safer fire stations to help prevent cancer in firefighters

Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population, according to a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Respiratory (lung, mesothelioma), GI (oral cavity, esophageal, large intestine), and kidney cancers account for much of the higher risk.

According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, some fire departments are addressing higher than average occupational cancer rates. For example, 32 percent of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s (MDFR) active members were diagnosed with cancer or receiving treatment between 2008 and 2010.

In 2016, cancer caused 70% of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths, according International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). While firefighters used to be diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses, they are now at a 129% increased risk of dying from cancers like mesothelioma than the public.

The higher incidence of cancer among firefighters is due in part to the contents commonly found in our homes and businesses. More specifically, the raw materials used to manufacture furnishings, flooring, wall coverings, and even packaging for the food in our cupboards, are made of synthetic chemicals and plastics, which, when burned, emit fine particulates that become airborne.  Read more

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How to Design Zero Energy Buildings for School Projects

Recently, many K-12 school facilities have been designed and constructed to achieve zero energy building goals. Investing in zero energy buildings for school developments is a logical approach, as school districts typically own and operate the facility for a long period of time. While there is a premium initial cost related to achieve the target, the long-term life cycle benefits can offset the initial investment. Life cycle cost and return on investment analysis shall be part of the design process starting on day one to achieve optimal value within the project budget.

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The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, New York

Architects specify rainscreen systems to fulfill two primary functions: the first is to keep moisture from entering a building; the second is to prevent heat from escaping. Thanks to a collaboration between Morphosis Architects, A. Zahner Company and PPG, the rainscreen system on The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech does more than serve those purposes – it also works as a color-shifting wall of art.

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Building with Timber: A Sustainable and Effective Alternative to Traditional Building Materials

Timber construction offers several advantages to the building industry, including: sustainability – timber is a renewable and naturally regenerating resource; structural versatility – timber offers strength and durability; and visual appeal – timber delivers an aesthetically pleasing, natural beauty. Two commonly found types of prefabricated, engineered wood products are glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.

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"The Economics of Biophilia" is a six-part, republication of “The Economics of Biophilic Design" by Terrapin Bright Green. Each part explores economic indicators as they relate to biophilic design in six sectors: workplace, health care, education, retail, hospitality, and community.

The Economics of Biophilia: Introduction

Humans have traditionally improved the places in which we live and work to increase our comfort and productivity. These improvements have often been based on technological advancements that enhanced the health and welfare of building occupants, but have paid little attention to our more subtle physiological needs. Recent advancement in our understanding of natural systems, coupled with a growing awareness of the subtle neurological and physiological functions associated with contact with nature, have increased our ability to identify appropriate strategies for increasing economic gains, improving productivity, and strengthening the social fabric of communities.  Read more

The Economics of Biophilia: Workplace

In the last twenty years, studies examining the human attraction to nature have yielded convincing evidence that link interactions with nature with positive gains in productivity, increased healing rates, and even enhanced learning comprehension. These investments in health and productivity may affect more sectors than initially anticipated. The monetary gains from providing people access to biophilic design range from increased retail sales and improved cognitive development in students, to savings associated with safer urban communities. Read more



Frick Environmental Center Achieves Prestigious Living Building Challenge Certification

On Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh invites the public to attend the announcement of Living Building Challenge Certification for the Frick Environmental Center. After more than a year of extensive sustainability work the shared project between the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, received the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Certification, the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard by the International Living Future Institute. The Frick Environmental Center is the first Living Building in the U.S. that is municipally owned and free and open to the public.

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Greentown Labs Opens Global Center for Cleantech Innovation with Support from Saint-Gobain

Greentown Labs, the largest clean technology incubator in the United States, officially opened its expansion site, the Global Center for Cleantech Innovation. Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, contributed building science expertise and building products from its family of companies to renovate a historic building that is now the home to 80 cleantech startup companies that are working to solve climate challenges with their hardware-focused innovations.

The Importance of Garage Door Wind Load

In advance of hurricane season, there’s often a lot of questions about hurricane proof doors and how to protect buildings from damage. It’s no surprise that rolling doors are often areas of great concern, as any opening or hole in the building is a natural pressure point that must be able to withstand great wind forces in a hurricane. That’s where the term “wind load” comes in, and it comes in two flavors – “Design” and “Test.” Let’s take a closer look.

New York’s The Forge showcases distinctive, copper anodized, aluminum wall panel system

Opened this spring, The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island, New York, features a façade of copper-colored anodized aluminum cladding. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced, exterior is composed of Dri-Design's aluminum wall panel system finished by Linetec. The project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

PPG brand brings the outside in with 2019 Color of the Year: Night Watch

“Night Watch’s ability to invoke a deep connection to nature is universal, which allows the hue to be versatile for a variety of spaces and design segments – from healthcare to commercial and residential design,” adds Schlotter. “The color can be incorporated into interiors as a focal accent wall in a bedroom or dining room, and it pairs nicely with gold or brass accents and décor. It can be especially impactful in places without any view or tie to the outdoors, like the end of a windowless hallway of a hospital. For exteriors, Night Watch is a gorgeous alternative to the trending black or deepest blue-black, and it works well as an accent on doors and shutters.”

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Visualizing the Future of Color: Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color Trends Reflect Human Touch

Sherwin-Williams announces its 10th annual Colormix® Color Forecast, with a single master palette to inspire and help professionals and DIYers select the right color scheme for any project. This year’s 42-color palette can be divided into six themes, or color journals: Shapeshifter, Wanderer, Aficionado, Enthusiast, Naturalist and Raconteur. Together, the journals are fresh, fluid swipes of color that are key for 2019 color and design trends.

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Field Nation Moves into Custom-Designed Office in Recently Renovated Baker Building

Designed by Minneapolis-based Studio BV, the new office pays homage to Field Nation’s work in tech with bold colors, modern furnishings and design elements that incorporate key tenets of the company’s mission and brand. As Field Nation’s product platform connects people to opportunities and empowers success, the space encourages collaboration and creativity with an open-floor plan and numerous conference and meeting rooms. The designated work areas throughout the office are also open, with executives positioned amongst the teams they oversee.

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Architects stand ready to respond during hurricane season

Since 1972, AIA’s Disaster Assistance Program has provided volunteer and professional services to communities—both nationally and internationally—before and after disasters. As part of the program, AIA trains architects to assess the habitability of structures impacted by a disaster. AIA responds to disasters when the need overwhelms authorities having jurisdiction and they request AIA's assistance. By inviting architects to assist local authorities, those affected can return to their homes and businesses more efficiently to begin the recovery process. Additionally, architects assist with other building and planning mitigation efforts.

Avitru and Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) Solidify Strategic Partnership

Avitru, the developer of MasterSpecⓇ, May 31 announced a partnership with the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP), an international organization that assists building professionals acquire professionally-written construction specifications from independent specifiers. “Accurate and well-written specifications are a critical building block of a thriving construction industry,” said Jim Contardi, Chief Executive Officer of Avitru. “Through this new partnership with SCIP, which engages their members around the world, we can advance the entire profession.”

AAMA market study results and industry forecast discussed at AAMA Summer Conference

Ducker performs market research in several industries, including building and construction. Limb noted that the most recent AAMA study showed what many suspected: The economy is currently strong and stable, including in the fenestration industry. Limb said to expect to see that continue for the next three years, at least.

Sustainable Designs at Three Freehold Communities Are Finalists in 2018 Gold Nugget Awards

Freehold Communities, has received five Awards of Merit (the top vote recipients) by 2018 Gold Nugget Awards for three masterplans that include major sustainable components. PCBC’s Gold Nugget Awards are presented annually to innovators in design, planning and development. The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally.

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Rust Belt Town on Lake Erie Wins National Main Street Title

Independent We Stand is pleased to recognize Bridge Street Ashtabula in Ashtabula, Ohio as the $25,000 winner of “America’s Main Streets” contest. As a top ten finalist two years in a row, voters rallied this year to push Ashtabula — population 18,311 — to the top of 303 entrants. More than 200,000 total votes were cast by the public nationwide in the third annual contest.

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Small-Lot Homes Expand to Larger Uses with KTGY’s Space-Efficient Design

As the small-lot concept grows in popularity, Scales envisions more commercial sites taking this form: “Most small-lots are developed on one to three residential parcels so we’re going larger here. And this scale helps attract the larger builders accustomed to building large-scale neighborhoods.  As these developments grow in size they begin to create new neighborhoods, as opposed to just being part of an existing neighborhood.”

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Ashley McGraw Architects Designs New MacArthur Elementary School in Binghamton, NY

In 2011, the existing MacArthur Elementary School was destroyed when the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers flooded due to Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. The school was the heart of a vibrant city neighborhood and served an ethnically, socioeconomically and racially diverse student population. Ashley McGraw Architects aimed to redefine what an urban elementary school could be, restore and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and create a deeply sustainable and resilient building and site.

Six Major Projects to Launch Phase Two of Development in The District Detroit

Olympia Development of Michigan announced six projects in The District Detroit, including the restoration of three vacant historic buildings and the construction of three new mixed-use buildings near the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena. These projects will launch phase two of development in The District Detroit while creating hundreds of new jobs, continuing the momentum of the city’s resurgence and extending the Ilitch organization’s decades-long commitment to development in Detroit.

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Sound Transit recently broke ground on its new Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) East, which will service and house light rail vehicles for the growing fleet in the Puget Sound area. Courtesy of Stantec

Sound Transit recently broke ground on its new Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) East, which will service and house light rail vehicles for the growing fleet in the Puget Sound area. Courtesy of Stantec

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