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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
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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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
SUPPLEMENT: Specifiers’ Guide to Green Building Products
THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA
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
by PRISM | Jun 13, 2018
“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.”Read More
by PRISM | Jun 11, 2018
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.Read More
by PRISM | May 22, 2018
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.Read More
Jun 15, 2018
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.Read More
Jun 8, 2018
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.Read More
Jun 7, 2018
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.”Read More
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