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FGIA updates two anchorage technical documents

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated two documents addressing fenestration anchorage. This is the first update to AAMA 2501-20, “Voluntary Guide for Engineering Analysis of Anchorage Systems for Fenestration Products” Included in NAFS, since it was originally written in 2006.

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Architectural zinc façade and wall cladding systems offer sustainable advantage

Zinc has a long and well-developed history as a building material. For more than 200 years it has been used to clad and roof buildings in Europe. During the last several decades, it has gained popularity on North American buildings for its sustainability, resiliency, recyclability and versatility. The benefits of architectural zinc products support criteria for several state and federal green building initiatives, and programs including BREEAM® certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Green Globes system and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system.

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Quebéc City eco-district 70-unit apartment employs green roof, structural thermal breaks

Un Toit Vert (“Green Roof”) is a 70-unit, six-story residential apartment building being built in the Écoquartier D’Estimauville of Québec City — an “eco-district” dedicated to sustainability. The innovative building offers affordable housing, underground parking, a sun-splashed courtyard, and a flora-filled rooftop. The residence acquired its name for two reasons: The ‘green’ rooftop features plants, landscaping and other greenery, while the entire structure is being built to ‘green’ standards, explains says Frédéric Allard, Vice President of Québec City-based Constructions Richard Arsenault and general contractor at Un Toit Vert. The builders are aiming for LEED Multifamily Midrise and Quebec’s Novoclimat certification.

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Architectural zinc façade and wall cladding systems offer sustainable advantage

Zinc has a long and well-developed history as a building material. For more than 200 years it has been used to clad and roof buildings in Europe. During the last several decades, it has gained popularity on North American buildings for its sustainability, resiliency, recyclability and versatility. The benefits of architectural zinc products support criteria for several state and federal green building initiatives, and programs including BREEAM® certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Green Globes system and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system.

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Making education safer

Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association, discusses how window films may cost-effectively address safety and health concerns that keep school leaders up at night. Window films from the International Window Film Association (IWFA) member manufacturers are rated for their performance by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) as are replacement windows. The IWFA is the largest nonprofit organization in the world with a mission of promoting the use of and educating the market about window films.

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Designing dynamic building enclosures with wind-driven kinetic façade systems

Wind-driven facade systems add dynamic movement to building enclosures and wall systems. Responding to air currents, the flapper-panel design creates the look of rolling waves across the wall. These systems are suitable for both small- and large-scale projects. Popular applications include transit and parking facilities, cultural institutions, entertainment venues, and artistic installations.

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Quebéc City eco-district 70-unit apartment employs green roof, structural thermal breaks

Un Toit Vert (“Green Roof”) is a 70-unit, six-story residential apartment building being built in the Écoquartier D'Estimauville of Québec City — an “eco-district” dedicated to sustainability. The innovative building offers affordable housing, underground parking, a sun-splashed courtyard, and a flora-filled rooftop. The residence acquired its name for two reasons: The ‘green’ rooftop features plants, landscaping and other greenery, while the entire structure is being built to ‘green’ standards, explains says Frédéric Allard, Vice President of Québec City-based Constructions Richard Arsenault and general contractor at Un Toit Vert. The builders are aiming for LEED Multifamily Midrise and Quebec’s Novoclimat certification.

Architectural zinc façade and wall cladding systems offer sustainable advantage

Zinc has a long and well-developed history as a building material. For more than 200 years it has been used to clad and roof buildings in Europe. During the last several decades, it has gained popularity on North American buildings for its sustainability, resiliency, recyclability and versatility. The benefits of architectural zinc products support criteria for several state and federal green building initiatives, and programs including BREEAM® certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Green Globes system and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system.

SVA Architects and Inland Empire Health Plan celebrate completion of campus transformation

SVA Architects joins Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) in celebrating the completion of IEHP’s reimagining of their Rancho Cucamonga campus in California. The transformation of the IEHP campus includes renovating an existing office building to feature the new Center for Learning and Development, as well as a large health and fitness center and ancillary office function.

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ASLA announces 2020 Professional and Student Award winners

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) last week announced the 2020 Professional and Student Award winners. Chosen from 567 submissions, this year's 31 Professional Award winners represent the best of landscape architecture in the General Design, Urban Design, Residential Design, Analysis & Planning, Communications, and Research categories.

AIA releases latest 2030 Commitment results

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today that architects and engineers participating in the AIA’s 2030 Commitment are reporting the greatest reduction in predicted energy use (pEUI) in the program’s 10-year history. The report—2030 by the Numbers: The 2019 Summary of the AIA 2030 Commitment—amalgamates predicted energy use data in buildings from 311 companies participating in the 2030 Commitment and analyzes design phase data from more than 20,300 projects.

Announcing the 2021 FGIA Virtual Annual Conference

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will hold its 2021 Annual Conference virtually due to the continued health concerns around the spread of COVID-19. This event, previously scheduled to be held at Omni Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida, will be hosted on Zoom for the convenience of participants. The event dates remain largely unchanged with the conference taking place Tuesday, February 23 through Thursday, February 25.

Sherwin-Williams unveils Urbane Bronze as 2021 color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams announces its 2021 Color of the Year: Urbane Bronze SW 7048. “Urbane Bronze is just one more way to bring in nature through design and is a great color to accentuate window trim, columns and accent walls in commercial spaces,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It works well with other elements of biophilic design, including large, light-filled spaces and indoor greenery.”

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Ferrara Candy Company in Chicago

Ferrara relocated its headquarters from the Chicago suburbs into the city, where they selected a space within the prestigious Old Main Post Office. NELSON Worldwide strategically elevated the original design of the long vacant historic Chicago location, while also creating a cohesive workplace design that is synonymous with the Ferrara brand and ambition.

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PPG announces ‘Be Well’ 2021 Palette of the Year

Emulating both the optimism felt in nature and soothing nostalgia, the PPG 2021 Palette of the Year “Be Well” was unveiled September 1, consisting of hues Transcend, Big Cypress and Misty Aqua. “With the world sheltering in place for the better half of the year, we have begun to crave human connection and embrace simple activities, including walking, hiking, baking and gardening,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, architectural and industrial coatings. “This organic and hopeful palette represents what we have been longing for after decades of overstimulation and overconsumption – simplicity and restfulness.”

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Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery in San Antonio

Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery celebrates cross-cultural southern cuisine and craft beer within the former historic Pearl Brewery, an 1890s-era building located in the heart of what is now dubbed the Pearl in San Antonio. Clayton & Little worked to bring the gritty magnificence of the brewhouse back to life while adapting it for contemporary needs. Together with Joel Mozersky Design, the team designed Southerleigh as a 7,600-square-foot restaurant, bar and brewery complex (including 5,000-square foot of combination restaurant and bar and 2,600-square-foot brewery) to reuse brewery equipment and enhance the historic structure.

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Benjamin Moore partners with National Trust for Historic Preservation on campaign celebrating women’s heritage

This year, as the nation marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, Benjamin Moore and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are celebrating this historic milestone with a new program focused on the preservation of sites in America where women from all walks of life have made history. Together, Benjamin Moore and the National Trust identified sites rooted in women’s history and will help restore these places to their former glory.

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Ainsworth & Dunn in Seattle

The historic Ainsworth & Dunn (A&D) Building was built in 1902 as a warehouse for the salmon packing company Ainsworth & Dunn. It embodies the historic relationship between industrial warehouses, their waterfront piers, and the railroad. When the building changed hands in 2015, its new owner sought to honor and preserve the warehouse while integrating it into a larger mixed-use development. The project included the adaptive re-use of, and third story addition to, the A&D Building, construction of a six-story mixed-use apartment building directly to its south, and pedestrian improvements on all sides.

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.

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