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The International Spy Museum blends acoustics and color to capture a better experience

Every inch of Washington, D.C.-based International Spy Museum was designed and constructed to capture the essence of espionage, secrecy and intrigue. Designed by London-based lead architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in collaboration with Hickok Cole of Washington, D.C., the 140,000-square-foot building quickly has become recognizable for its distinct and dynamic identity. Rockfon products help contribute to the intensive, quiet and focused feeling that permeates the space.

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Do you need a NFPA 285 tested wall assembly for a project?

“Do you need a NFPA 285 tested wall assembly for a project?” authored by Bill Egan. “NFPA 285 is a fire test method that determines the fire propagation attributes of exterior wall assemblies with combustible materials and components. Apart from some exceptions and conditions set forth in the International Building Code (IBC), NFPA 285 testing is triggered when the wall assembly contains certain combustible components and the building is Type I, II, III, or IV construction.”

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ICF Industries Inc. and GigaCrete Inc. sign strategic distribution agreement for new CannaBlock products

As part of this strategic distribution agreement, GigaCrete has agreed to white label and manufacture its  high-performance coatings, energy-efficient wall systems and advanced security building systems that are purchased by ICF Industries under ICF’s “CannaBlock” brand name. PlasterMax™ is a versatile abuse-resistant interior veneer plaster for architectural and industrial applications requiring extreme abrasion and water resistance.

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APA publishes updated Engineered Wood Construction Guide

APA – The Engineered Wood Association announced in January that the updated APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30, is now available on APA’s website. The 100-page guide features information on engineered wood products and recommendations for their use in a wide range of applications in residential and commercial construction. It includes illustrations and information on typical specifications for engineered wood products and design recommendations for floor, wall and roof systems, diaphragms, shear walls, fire-rated systems and finishing methods.

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Rory Moss appointed as President of ROCKWOOL North America 

ROCKWOOL Group announced today that Trent Ogilvie, President of ROCKWOOL North America, has elected to retire after 25 years of successful leadership.  The company is pleased to share that Rory Moss, who currently serves as Managing Director, ROCKWOOL Nordics, will step into the role of President, ROCKWOOL North America effective April 1, 2020. 

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A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps

In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). WoodWorks’ “A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps” will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth in March.

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A sound solution for a school’s building envelope

Hutteball + Oremus Architecture of nearby Kirkland, Washington, was awarded the contract to design the new Des Moines Elementary School, with architect Ingrida Sanders acting as designer and project manager. “This is the first time we’ve designed a project to meet strict noise standards,” Sanders explained. “All the products we specified for the building envelope, from sheathing to glazing to roof board, had to meet certain Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings to comply with health department administrative code and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.”

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New FELTWorks™ Blades from Armstrong redefine ceiling plane with soft visual that quiets interior spaces

Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions announces new FELTWorks™ Blades, which enable architects and designers to redefine the ceiling plane with a soft, linear visual that adds quiet and warmth to interior spaces. Made from up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled PET fibers, panels absorb up to 70 percent of the sound that strikes them, states the company.

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Vertically expanded Philadelphia office renovation re-clad in glass and aluminum with wood grain finishes by Linetec

The new design of Philadelphia’s 2400 Market Street property was conceived by architecture firm Gensler, with Varenhorst serving as the executive architect. The renovated and expanded building was re-clad in a modern, high-performance façade. Its fresh exterior showcases Viracon’s glass within Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ aluminum-framed window wall system finished by Linetec.

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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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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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