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Western Specialty Contractors explains the benefits of rainscreen systems

Walls with rainscreen systems tend to be more durable and are less prone to costly repairs resulting from water damage. In addition to water infiltration, rainscreen systems are also effective at managing air infiltration, negative wind pressures, heat transfer and vapor transmission into and out of a building. The only real drawback to a rainscreen system is the added cost associated with its more complex design and installation, according to Michael Radigan, Western Specialty Contractors Building Facade – Rainscreen Division.

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Salt Lake City’s net-zero-energy Fire Station No. 14 earns LEED Gold

In April 2020, Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-efficient, environmentally responsible design and construction. When it opened in 2018, it was one of the first net-zero-energy (NZE) fire stations in the country, meaning it generates more energy than it consumes. Helping achieve the building’s performance goals, Tubelite Inc.’s triple-glazed thermal curtainwall, multi-pane storefront and interior framing systems were installed by Mollerup Glass Co.

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Stantec expanding commissioning and energy services

Marcus Myers has joined Stantec as director of commissioning and energy services for the Western US. Myers is based in Stantec’s Chandler, Arizona, office where he will lead the project management, business development, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services, and projects focused on envelope design, enclosure commissioning, and energy.

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IIBEC pivots to a virtual 2020 International Convention and Trade Show June 12-14; announces BES+ in November

Building enclosure professionals across North America will participate in the first-ever Virtual IIBEC Convention and Trade Show this coming June 12-14. The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) has pivoted to present the unprecedented virtual meeting as a response to the postponement of their annual convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arizona high school fieldhouse’s translucent EXTECH LIGHTWALL system glows like a gem

Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse in Bullhead City, Ariz., designed by Orcutt Winslow and constructed by Fleming West, features EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.’s LIGHTWALL 3440® interlocking wall system installed by Systems Contractors Inc. (SCI). The resulting translucent building envelope maximizes natural lighting during the day and creates a soft glowing appearance when lit from the inside at night. High light levels, solar control and durability were equally important attributes for the project.

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