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AAMA updates two specifications for static, dynamic test methods related to seismic drift

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated two documents for evaluating window wall, curtain wall and storefront systems when it comes to seismic drift. AAMA 501.4-18, “Recommended Static Test Method for Evaluating Window Wall, Curtain Wall and Storefront Systems Subjected to Seismic and Wind-Induced Inter-Story Drift,” and AAMA 501.6-18.”

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Sustainable Minds announces Transparency Catalog v2.0: Powerful MasterFormat® filtering and every Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) in North America

Sustainable Minds® (SM), recognized leaders in customer-centered product sustainability cloud solutions, today announced the availability of the Transparency Catalog v2.0, continuing the company’s commitment to deliver simple, easy to use and powerful tools. Flexible MasterFormat® number filtering, aligned with MasterSpec® sections, enables AECOs to find exactly the brands, products and transparency disclosures, in each division and section, to meet project and green building rating system requirements.

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In case you missed it: The Gypsum Association announced updated codes and design manual in December

In case you missed it: The Gypsum Association (GA) announced December 19, 2018, the release of “GA-600-2018 Fire Resistance and Sound Control Design Manual.” In a separate news item released December 5, the association announced that beginning in 2018 “GA-216 Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products” will be revised and released to coincide with the 2021 code revision cycle and to better align with the Association’s other code-referenced documents, namely “GA-600 Fire Resistance and Sound Control Design Manual” and “GA-253 Application of Gypsum Sheathing.”

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New toolkit helps architect achieve high-performance buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is releasing a new tool that can help architecture firms design high-performance building. The AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit presents curated, concise and effective strategies for achieving sustainable designs and provides criteria for evaluating a project after it is built.

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AIA and Avitru prepare future architects with free access to MasterSpec®

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is joining forces with Avitru to help members of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) obtain the specification skills they need to be successful in the workplace. Beginning today, AIA is providing AIAS members with a free license to the cutting-edge specification tool: MasterSpecⓇ. By using the technology, students will develop the critical specification skills they need to be practicing architects.

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American Concrete Institute announces new concrete repair specifications

ACI 563-18 Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildings is a reference specification that the Architect/Engineer can apply to any construction repair and rehabilitation project involving structural concrete by citing it in the Project Specifications. Mandatory requirements and optional requirements checklists are provided to assist the Architect/Engineer in supplementing the provisions of this Specification, as required or needed, by designating or specifying individual project requirements.

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The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

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