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CertainTeed launches Ecophon® Hygiene Advance™ Wall

“The most important requirement of a sterile room is the ability to clean and disinfect the built environment,” explained Robert Marshall, Senior Technical Manager, CertainTeed. “In today’s challenging healthcare environments, cleaning has become more frequent and products that cannot stand up to routine maintenance will need to be replaced more often. That’s not the case with Ecophon Hygiene Advance Wall.”

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Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

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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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BIA fires up 2020 brick trends

As brick showrooms reopen around the country, fresh trends are emerging in residential and commercial applications. Brick Industry Association (BIA) member manufacturers report that monochromatic colors at both ends of the spectrum are the top new home and commercial trends—primarily whites, blacks, light and mid- to dark grays.

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Dunn-Edwards® unveils EXQUISITE™ Matte

Dunn-Edwards® unveils EXQUISITE™ Matte, a stain-resistant, washable interior matte paint. EXQUISITE is an ultra-low-VOC, 100%-acrylic, interior matte that incorporates the company’s proprietary ChromaStay™ Technology, making it durable and long lasting. The company says it is ideal for use on high-end, custom residential and upscale commercial projects — as well as homes, schools, hospitals, commercial spaces and other high-use areas where ultra-low-VOC products are desired.

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How to design sustainable public infrastructure in 2020 and beyond

"To begin, I believe we must start with and fully embrace the fact that the design process is not linear. It is circular. Good design must allow for questioning previous decisions and acknowledge that perhaps other ideas and methods can and should be incorporated. A circular design process enables exponential change and advancement. We must not start with just “thinking” about green building materials. The challenge really is: How do we question everything so that the design truly manifests into a sustainable project?" explains author Luis Vidal, President & Founding Partner of luis vidal + architects.

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Coatings

Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

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Canal Street in Seattle

The Canal Street project, designed by Heliotrope Architects, takes a narrow, commercially-zoned, urban-infill lot with a small, rundown 1950s-era house and transforms it into a new, forward-thinking, 5,233 square foot, commercial office building for Turnstyle (a graphic design firm) and Stoke (a branding firm). The 30-foot-wide x 100-foot-deep lot is situated along a shoreline greenbelt across the street from the ship canal in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

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YKK AP America hires architectural sales representative in the southwest region

YKK AP America announced last week that it has named Juan Hernandez as architectural sales representative for the southwest market. Hernandez will play an integral role in expanding the company’s efforts in Houston and the southwest region, providing sales support and resources for architects and glazing contractors. 

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Exterior paints and coatings

PPG DURANAR XL coatings add subtle elegance to Boston’s newest skyscraper

Designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven, 61-story One Dalton Place features PPG Duranar XL liquid and powder coatings in a metallic pewter tint that harmonizes with the building’s sleek glass exterior. The coatings were selected to finish the metal framing for the oversized windows, as well as the metal panels and capping used on the curtainwall.

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How to design sustainable public infrastructure in 2020 and beyond

"To begin, I believe we must start with and fully embrace the fact that the design process is not linear. It is circular. Good design must allow for questioning previous decisions and acknowledge that perhaps other ideas and methods can and should be incorporated. A circular design process enables exponential change and advancement. We must not start with just “thinking” about green building materials. The challenge really is: How do we question everything so that the design truly manifests into a sustainable project?" explains author Luis Vidal, President & Founding Partner of luis vidal + architects.

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Interior paints

ASID to celebrate top design talent during virtual spotlight event

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced its first virtual awards event, honoring the design professionals, projects, and organizations who exemplify the “design impacts lives” mission. Spotlight: Celebrating ASID Awards will run July 13-16, 2020 and is a live, online celebration of the inspirational design leaders that are pushing the design industry forward with a focus on outcome-based design, sustainability, and well-being.

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Canal Street in Seattle

The Canal Street project, designed by Heliotrope Architects, takes a narrow, commercially-zoned, urban-infill lot with a small, rundown 1950s-era house and transforms it into a new, forward-thinking, 5,233 square foot, commercial office building for Turnstyle (a graphic design firm) and Stoke (a branding firm). The 30-foot-wide x 100-foot-deep lot is situated along a shoreline greenbelt across the street from the ship canal in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

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The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn, an off-the-grid agricultural building for the 21st century

Located in the Templeton Gap area of West Paso Robles, California, the Clayton & Little-designed Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn rests at the toe of the 50-acre James Berry Vineyard and the adjacent winery sitting just over 800 feet away. This simple agricultural storage structure is completely self-sufficient and operates independently from the energy grid, maximizing the structure’s survivability and resilience.

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Outpost, Hood River, Oregon, a dynamic mixed-use building serves as catalyst for waterfront development

Skylab-designed Outpost is a phased, hybrid structure merging recreation, retail and work environments to foster and reinforce a sense of community in a developing section of Hood River. As part of the city’s new Waterfront Masterplan, Outpost will eventually become a 60,000-square-foot development—a neighborhood of buildings that will functionally connect the city with the Columbia River waterfront. The site, formerly home to an industrial wastewater treatment and processing facility, largely underutilized the waterfront but will now become a new paradigm for future development in the region.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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Cradle to Cradle Certified products

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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