Select Page

Category: Standards

Building for a future of extreme weather events

Heather Bender, Strategic Marketing Manager, CornellCookson, discusses building guidelines and standards for storm shelters and safe rooms with which architects, designers and constructions pros should be familiar, especially during this time period of extreme weather events. “From doors to windows, building envelope systems to roofing material, the A&D community have powerful new tools in creating safe rooms and hurricane shelters. At the heart of this evolution are FEMA P-316 and ICC 500 standards, both of which were created to provide guidelines and requirements that promote life safety.”

Read More

UL/CLEB seminar breaks down Canadian CSA A500 Building Guards Standard

Principal engineer Robert Jutras (UL/CLEB) hosted a seminar called, “The Canadian CSA A500 Building Guards Standard, Explained” during the 2019 Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conference. The CSA A500 Building Guards Standard was developed in response to stakeholders who saw the need for a standard for materials, design, construction, testing and performance of building guards, said Jutras. The standard is important because these protective barriers prevent accidental falls from one level to another.

Read More

American Concrete Institute releases new ACI 562-19 Repair Code

“This third edition of ACI 562 provides all parties involved in a concrete repair project with a common and clearly defined set of requirements upon which to base its assessment, repair, and rehabilitation,” states Michael L. Tholen, ACI Managing Director, Engineering and Professional Development. “ACI 562-19 provides owners confidence that their repair projects will be designed to a common standard, engineers a uniform set of requirements specific to existing concrete structures, building officials a basis upon which to evaluate design and construction, and contractors clarification of responsibilities.”

Read More

AAMA releases updated standard for liquid applied flashing for exterior wall openings

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated specification establishing minimum performance requirements for liquid-applied flashing used to provide water-resistive seals around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products, such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. AAMA 714-19, “Voluntary Specification for Liquid Applied Flashing Used to Create a Water-Resistive Seal around Exterior Wall Openings in Buildings,” was last updated in 2015.

Read More

New AAMA document delivers design guidelines for exterior shading devices

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released a new technical information report providing design considerations for exterior shading devices such as aluminum sun shades, glass awnings, deep snap on covers and louvered shading devices with outriggers. AAMA TIR-A16-19, “Design of Exterior Shading Devices,” was developed to offer design considerations for manufacturers, architects and other members of the design team, as well as present important information for those responsible for facilities maintenance.

Read More

AAMA advocates on industry’s behalf at recent International Code Council Committee Action Hearings

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) worked on behalf of its members during International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings (CAH) April 28-May 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AAMA represented its members, working with other industry groups and interested individuals to take positive action on behalf of the fenestration industry.” AAMA was able to earn committee approval on a number of proposals which had failed to earn approval in previous code cycles,” said Kathy Krafka Harkema, AAMA Codes and Regulatory Affairs Manager. “Earning committee approval on code proposals is an important step in the ICC code development process. The next hurdle AAMA will work to clear is public comment hearing approval.”

Read More

AIA releases updated Interiors Contract Documents

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced last week that it is releasing six updated contract documents designed for interior construction projects. The new interior contract documents will allow architects to better understand risks and responsibilities associated with designing building interiors. Additionally, they support management of vendors—for furniture, fixtures and equipment—and contractors.

Read More

HPD Open Standard Version 2.2 released

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative has released HPD Open Standard Version 2.2, the latest update to its industry-leading open standard for transparency and reporting for building product contents and associated health information.  This update introduces a major new feature – the Supplier HPD, a specification and methodology for enabling standard-based ingredient reporting and transparency throughout the building product supply chain. Using the HPD Open Standard, manufacturers are able to provide accurate, reliable and consistent information to decision makers – architects, designers, building owners – to enable the selection of products featuring transparency and healthier building materials.

Read More

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities celebrates historic passing of The Climate Mobilization Act in New York City

“For the past two years Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been advocating for new measures to grow the green roof market in New York City, and we are very pleased with the passage of this new legislation”, said Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  “New York now joins cities like Denver, San Francisco, Toronto and Portland, Oregon in making green roofs a requirement.” he added. “Through direct lobbying efforts from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities members and other partners, New York City will quickly become a leader in reducing the effects of climate change from its buildings. Thanks to all of the individuals involved!” he added.

Read More

SPONSORED CONTENT

New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed are the first LEED-certified New York City Department of Sanitation facilities. Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The 2,600 custom perforated aluminum solar fins, “float” off the building masonry base and reduce the building’s solar heat. The louvers were protected with IFS Coatings’ IFS 500 FP, a Lumiflon-enriched product.  Read more

Subscribe to PRISM

Subscribe to PRISM

Subscribe to PRISM

Just out – March/April PRISM!

PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment

PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The YUW 750 TU is a thermally broken, unitized curtain wall that delivers a high level of design versatility and performance, regardless of climate or location. In addition to the fast, easy installation benefits of being unitized, it offers design freedom with options for a 2 1/2 inch captured frame or a 4-sided structural silicone glazed frame with zero sightline for a modern look. Sustainable performance is achieved with a U-value of 0.41 Btu/hr ft2 oF or less. Additionally, the YUW 750 TU easily interfaces with sun shades to yield greater performance. Visit ykkap.com to learn more.

The YUW 750 TU is a thermally broken, unitized curtain wall that delivers a high level of design versatility and performance, regardless of climate or location. In addition to the fast, easy installation benefits of being unitized, it offers design freedom with options for a 2 1/2 inch captured frame or a 4-sided structural silicone glazed frame with zero sightline for a modern look. Sustainable performance is achieved with a U-value of 0.41 Btu/hr ft2 oF or less. Additionally, the YUW 750 TU easily interfaces with sun shades to yield greater performance. Visit ykkap.com to learn more.

Upcoming Events

  1. The Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID

    July 18 - July 20
  2. Facades+AM Minneapolis

    July 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
  3. StormCon 2019

    August 18 - August 22
  4. Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo 2019

    Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo 2019

    September 17 - September 19
  5. GlassBuild America

    September 17 - September 19

Archives

Contributing Authors

SiteLock