Intelligent, connected buildings are no longer just a futuristic concept. From hospitals to schools to corporate headquarters, organizations around the world are undergoing digital transformations of their facilities to improve outcomes and drive value for building owners and occupants.
Flooring adhesive manufacturers have been chasing the moisture-resistance levels that were possible with black cut-back adhesives for north of 35 years. We now have water-based adhesive technologies coming out that are meeting the level of moisture resistance, adhesion and quality comparable to the old black cut-back adhesives.
Two months after opening, the W.E.B Du Bois library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began spalling, a phenomenon where a building sheds brick chips. There are various urban legends about why this happened but the most realistic is that the architect involved did not account for the weight of the books in his design.
A growing number of K-12 schools, colleges and universities are transforming their classroom, lecture hall, auditorium, hallway and dorm room walls into vibrant, multipurpose, functional surfaces by installing unique fabric wall covering systems. By adding these wall systems, they are improving the learning environment while eliminating a major source of maintenance.
When looking to build either educational or healthcare buildings, it is critical to construct a functional, durable but visually appealing curtain wall system to attract and comfortably hold many people. One of the biggest trends in building enclosures right now which possesses these requirements is using custom curtain walls with glass.
In the same way California implemented the nation’s most rigorous vehicle emissions standards, the Golden State has in place what arguably is the most stringent energy efficiency requirements for buildings. The state’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require all new commercial construction to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2030.
Both indoor and outdoor stainless steel products require regular cleaning to preserve corrosion resistance and maintain a shiny appearance. Indoor stainless steel products typically have less damage and wear since they are not exposed to harsh outdoor elements while outdoor stainless steel products require extra attention for ongoing maintenance and protection against rust and oxidation.
After becoming popular in Europe, green rooftops have made their way across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S. as an attractive, sustainable solution for commercial buildings. Commercial building owners and property managers are discovering there are many benefits to choosing a green roof over a conventional system.
Some design professionals are responsible for a particularly important task: properly specifying rigid-foam insulation that meets fire requirements for safe school and hospital facilities. With these facilities at risk of slow evacuation, it is crucial that the proper fire and life safety measure are implemented to minimize the spread of flames, and to allow sufficient time for the fire service to arrive.
As the popularity of commercial renovations and retrofits flourishes, so does the need to find practical, cost-effective ways to restore buildings back to their original grandeur. Unlike new construction, renovations require additional planning to determine the most efficient and cost-effective ways to design, source and build.