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New podcast looks at window shade fabrics selection to balance aesthetics and performance

February 24, 2021

New podcast looks at window shade fabrics selection to balance aesthetics and performance

Is the selection of window shade fabrics purely about aesthetics and color? Not at all, and that’s a big misconception. Many factors influence these decisions. To discuss what those are and bring insights to listeners, host Tyler Kern talked everything fabrics with Jeff Miller, Director of Architectural Shading Solutions for Draper, and Colin Blackford, Director of Business Development for Mermet USA. Quantifying its performance, which includes many components, is key to choosing the right fabric.

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The Benefits of Plants in Your Office

January 22, 2021

The Benefits of Plants in Your Office

You’ve probably already heard of the benefits of having plants in your home, well, the same is true for your business. In fact, research shows that offices with thriving plants also thrive with enhanced performance and productivity. The truth is plants offer a number of benefits for you, your employees, and your office. Let’s find out more!

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Apartment Package Lockers - Improve resident satisfaction and staff efficiency with ease

December 25, 2020

Apartment Package Lockers - Improve resident satisfaction and staff efficiency with ease

With residents continuing to order more items online, the average community is receiving 75+ packages per day, meaning your staff is spending more time on package management than on property management. The Package Concierge® apartment package locker series is the perfect way to bring order to this chaos. Let your team get back to business while letting our smart lockers and package rooms obsess over keeping resident packages secure and available 24/7.

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eGlass Vision™ system inspires an impression of invisibility

December 21, 2020

eGlass Vision™ system inspires an impression of invisibility

This silver aluminum glass railing shines bright on this deck in San Francisco, CA. The eGlass Vision™ system inspires an impression of invisibility. Offering the least obstructed view, this frameless glass railing option replaces traditional horizontal rails with small clamps attached to aluminum posts. Designed to keep your focus on an uninterrupted view, eGlass Vision™ removes the top and bottom rails from your sightline, creating a view that is like having no railing at all.

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eGlass Element™ system reveals the beauty of your environment with an aluminum top rail that is nearly invisible

October 9, 2020

eGlass Element™ system reveals the beauty of your environment with an aluminum top rail that is nearly invisible

Offering the thinnest top rail and combined with full glass panels, this glass railing option focuses on a beautiful view while providing the safety and durability you expect from a railing system. Designed for minimal view obstruction, eGlass Element™ exposes the splendor of your surroundings, whether indoors or outdoors.

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Color of the Year 2021

September 23, 2020

Color of the Year 2021

Nature at its simplest inspires a feeling that’s grounded and serene. Announcing the 2021 Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze SW 7048 (245-C7). Let a color rooted in nature create calm and bring all you cherish together.

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How façade elements are increasing health, safety, and sustainability in school design

August 14, 2020

How façade elements are increasing health, safety, and sustainability in school design

Recognizing the occupant benefits of natural light, flexibility, and fresh air, architects are increasingly designing schools with ample amounts of glass and open, versatile layouts. Here’s a look at what’s driving trends in school design—and how the façade plays a crucial role.

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Heritage Collection™ Designer Concrete Brick Offers Value and Design Versatility for New Home Construction

May 25, 2020

Heritage Collection™ Designer Concrete Brick Offers Value and Design Versatility for New Home Construction

Heritage Collection™ Designer Concrete Brick from County Materials was specified for this Wrightstown, WI home because of its proven service life and added value when compared to alternative materials. Higher resale and property values are additional reasons why concrete masonry construction is an excellent investment. Read the Case Study today. 

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The Daylighting Difference: Natural Light and Workplace Productivity

May 4, 2020

The Daylighting Difference: Natural Light and Workplace Productivity

Employee compensation is often one of a company’s largest operational costs; and given the high percentage of revenue that it consumes, it is only sensible that an employer seeks to optimize that investment by improving staff productivity. An unengaged, unproductive staff member can cost a company thousands of dollars in lost time and revenue. Unfortunately, lack of productivity remains a common complaint among office workers with only 13 percent of respondents feeling engaged in their work according to Gallup statistics [1]. The good news, however, is that many of the causes behind a lack of productivity - including drowsiness, physical discomfort, and emotional distractions - can be mitigated with a daily dose of natural daylight in the workplace.

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5 Smart design bathroom design trends from the 2020 kitchen & bath industry show to rejuvenate your tired space

March 9, 2020

5 Smart design bathroom design trends from the 2020 kitchen & bath industry show to rejuvenate your tired space

Where can you go to see, touch, feel and hear about the hottest trends and products in bathrooms? It’s the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (AKA – KBIS) and the International Builders Show (IBS). Mike Foti shows you cool products and 5 smart bathroom design trends.

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Residential Landscape Inspiration Catalog

February 12, 2020

Residential Landscape Inspiration Catalog

Outdoor living spaces are particularly sentimental areas of the home. For dozens of years, the County Materials team has crafted long-lasting concrete landscape products that are used and loved by families across the country. Our 2020 Residential Landscape Inspiration Catalog showcases our products and provides everything you need for designing your next project. Get a digital download here.

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Creative Option: Energize your next daylighting design with Spectra-Grid™

February 7, 2020

Creative Option: Energize your next daylighting design with Spectra-Grid™

Incorporating colored insulation into your daylighting design can illuminate a space with bright, vibrant hues as the sun shines through! This Spectra-Grid™ application is perfect for creating a stained glass look or showcasing school or company colors. Click HERE for more information on this eye-catching visual effect!

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Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

January 29, 2020

Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

No matter how you look at it – or through it – glass is a clear choice among today’s commercial architects and designers. From sports arenas and shopping malls to hotels and healthcare facilities, savvy specifiers are increasingly looking to incorporate glass into their project designs, presenting a huge growth opportunity for contract glaziers. However, taking on projects involving glass railing can be challenging due to lack of familiarity with the products or concerns related to engineering.

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Varying Perforation Pattern Technique Provides Sun Shading System

January 20, 2020

Varying Perforation Pattern Technique Provides Sun Shading System

The Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB Krone) opened in 2015. It was built with the intention of creating a space where Georgia Tech engineers and scientists can work together on new medical technologies and curing diseases. Much like bees - or Yellow Jackets - the mascot of Georgia Tech, work together in a hive. It is possible that design architect, Lake Flato, and local architect Cooper Carry considered this when creating the building design.

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Daylighting Design Guide: Athletic Facilities

November 29, 2019

Daylighting Design Guide: Athletic Facilities

Belief in the sun’s power to influence physical performance dates back to the first Olympic athletes of ancient Greece who were required to routinely bathe in the sunlight in preparation for competition; and as more studies on the subject emerge, it is becoming increasingly evident how based in fact this belief really is. Recent research has now confirmed the sun’s role in everything from reducing the risk of sports-related injuries and regulating the release of muscle-building hormones like testosterone to developing healthy sleep habits and improving reflexes. And as more athletic competitions move to indoor gymnasiums, arenas, and practice facilities, it is more important than ever that athletes have access to the abundant advantages of natural daylight during indoor workouts as well.

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Aluminum Cable Railing

November 11, 2019

Aluminum Cable Railing

Sporting a stark black-and-white color scheme and eye-catching tile designs, this interior certainly makes a statement. Our black aluminum cable railing is the perfect accent. Black aluminum cable railing looks amazing against the intricate design of these tiles.

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6 Discrete Designs Using Accuride Slides

October 19, 2019

6 Discrete Designs Using Accuride Slides

In this blog post, we want to inspire you with projects that offer more than meets the eye: secret drawers and surprise compartments, to name a few. Whether you’re looking to increase security or expand storage space in your home, Accuride has a solution for your needs. Here are six hidden designs that transform everyday furniture into extraordinary opportunities for extra space. What might you spy with your little eye?

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The Daylighting Difference: Biophilic Design

October 4, 2019

The Daylighting Difference: Biophilic Design

In an urban age when most waking hours are spent indoors, Biophilic design strives to satisfy the innate human tendency to hunt for and associate with the natural ingredients for human health and survival. People have evolved to instinctively associate with the natural features and processes that, though no longer as relevant to survival, contribute to their livelihood and well-being – and few things were and continue to be as integral to human health as the sun. The sun a source of both light and warmth, we have become biologically encoded to seek out its rays; and more than that, our body also relies on the sun to stimulate Vitamin D production and regulate the body’s daily rhythms.

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Techstyle® Ceilings: redefining what's possible

September 18, 2019

Techstyle® Ceilings: redefining what's possible

One panel structure with thousands of design possibilities. There’s more to Techstyle than typical wall-to-wall grid installations. A full range of trim products enables the same basic panel structure to take on countless creative forms.

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Floor access doors for finished flooring

July 30, 2019

Floor access doors for finished flooring

BILCO offers a complete line of floor doors that are designed to accept flooring and paving materials, making them virtually hidden in finished flooring areas. Products are available to receive composition tile, carpeting, or architectural flooring materials up to 1" (25 mm) in thickness.

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