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Building Envelopes in Education and Healthcare

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.



Making Zero Net Energy Buildings a Reality for California and Beyond

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.


Stainless Steel

How to Clean Stainless Steel

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.



Green Roofs: Planting More Than Just a Roof

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.



Rigid-Foam Insulation to Meet Fire Requirements for Safe Schools & Hospitals

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.


Value Engineering

Using Value Engineering for Flooring Selection

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.



When Hiring Millennials, the Big Pay Check May Not Be Enough

Attracting people to work for your company is not going to be as easy as it once was, especially if the main offering comes down to dollars and cents. Millennials (those who entered the workforce around the year 2000) are looking for attributes other than higher pay in the companies they work for.



Keeping a Facility Running During Expansion or Renovation

Completing a renovation or expansion to an existing facility while its operations remain ongoing is a difficult job. But by mixing creative choreography with ground rules, goals and expectations, owners and construction firms can team up make these hard jobs a little easier.



Reinventing Commercial Fire Detection

Protecting life, property, and reputation is now much easier for commercial facilities ranging from hospitals, universities and indoor football practice fields to museums, cultural heritage sites, airport terminals, metro-rail tunnels/stations, as advanced aspirating smoke detector technology becomes widely available.



Critical Considerations for Transformer Replacement

When power transformers fail, the effects on plant operations can be debilitating. The production gets interrupted, everything grinds to a halt and the effects on the bottom line can be immediate and devastating. This can put a lot of pressure on those in charge of getting operations back up to full-speed.