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A healthy future for mass timber in medical facilities

Contributing author Lanny Flynn, Principal, Buildings Engineering at Stantec, takes a comprehensive look at the use of mass timber as a design element and as an advanced building material in the construction of medical facilities. Flynn shares his expertise citing research on positive health outcomes; the types and key elements of mass timber; benefits including infection control and ease of mass timber construction; safety concerns; and future changes in the International Building Code which will introduce three new construction types enabling the consideration of mass timber for larger facilities.

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ASSA ABLOY brands Ceco Door and Curries expand Fire Resistive offerings that keep flames, radiant heat, and hot gases from spreading

Steel door and frame brands Ceco Door and Curries introduce new offerings and expansion of existing E119 Fire Resistive products. Partnering with Vetrotech, a Saint-Gobain company, these ASSA ABLOY brands now offer window walls featuring corners and other angles without the need for vertical mullions to splice panels together. Other new features for these glazed frames include bullet resistance up to level 3 and sound ratings up to STC 49.

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Owens Corning Introduces First Formaldehyde-Free Perimeter Fire Containment System in North America

Owens Corning announced Thursday they have introduced the first and only formaldehyde-free perimeter fire containment system available in North America. This advanced solution made with Thermafiber® Firespan® and Safing™ mineral wool insulation delivers tested and proven fire resistance performance to help commercial architects, specifiers and contractors build safer and energy-efficient buildings.

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Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Greenlite Glass provide key element to Salesforce Transit Center: Daylight

Pelli Clark Pelli Architects designed the Salesforce Transit Center with “soaring light-filled spaces” to give “San Francisco a grand entrance that befits its status as one of the world’s great cities.” Inside the airy and spacious Grand Hall, sunshine is filtered more than 100 feet below the center’s above-street-level park by the Contraflam Liteflam XT-120 walkable fire-rated glass floor and skylight. More than 4,000 sheets of glass make up almost 300 panels, providing daylight for the Grand Hall. A second installation brings natural light down below street level.

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Specifiers’ Guide to Green Building Products

PRISM asked building materials manufacturers for information about some of their latest and/or most innovative sustainable products which architects might considering specifying for their next project. We asked manufacturers why an architect would specify their product and where an one could find more information. PRISM compiled this information in a guide, listing products by category types in alphabetical order. You can read the entire Specifiers’ Guide to Green Building Products or click on a category or company listed below for specific information.

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Carboline Breaks Ground on New Fire Protective Lab

Carboline has broken ground on a state-of-the-art full-scale passive fire protection testing facility at its Research, Development, & Innovation (RD&I) Center. This $4 million investment is scheduled to be complete by the end of the 2018 calendar year.

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AkzoNobel distributor partner opens new location in southeast Texas

AkzoNobel welcomes the news that distributor partner, REO Company, has opened a new location in Beaumont, Texas. Serving refinery and chemical plant owners, fabricators, and paint contractors in the oil and gas and industrial markets throughout the gulf coast, REO exclusively offers product lines including Ceilcote®, Enviroline® and Chartek® from AkzoNobel’s International® and Devoe® ranges of protective coatings and passive fire protection.   

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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

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Sto RapidGuard is a single-component, multi-use air barrier and waterproofing material that seals rough openings, seams, sheathing joints, cracks, penetrations, and transitions in above-grade wall construction.

Sto RapidGuard is a single-component, multi-use air barrier and waterproofing material that seals rough openings, seams, sheathing joints, cracks, penetrations, and transitions in above-grade wall construction.

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Curtain Walls – On Trend

These days, the word “trending” typically means that something is hot right now, but in a few days something cooler or better will come along and you will forget all about that original “something.” To those who operate within the world of architecture and façade systems, trendy things will come and go, but there will [...]

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