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How to - Pro Polished Concrete Floor Systems

February 15, 2019

How to - Pro Polished Concrete Floor Systems

Polished Concrete Floors are extremely popular. Many property managers are replacing their VCT, Ceramic Tile, and Linoleum floor coverings with polished concrete flooring. Polishable concrete overlays add LEED points to a project making them appealing for architects and green builders. Architects also appreciate polished concrete’s reflectance because it decreases the need for artificial light.

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Material Highlight: High-Density Polyethylene

February 11, 2019

Material Highlight: High-Density Polyethylene

Maglin Site Furniture offers recycled High-Density Polyethylene in two textures: wood grain and orange peel. This creates a durable environmentally friendly alternative to traditional lumber that is perfect for most outdoor applications.

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Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Retail/Commercial Market

February 8, 2019

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Retail/Commercial Market

Introducing diffuse natural daylighting into a retail space has proven to increase sales and productivity. Full spectrum, glare-free daylight encourages consumers to spend more time shopping by creating a better mood and allowing products to be seen in sharper detail. The bottom line benefit extends to any commercial building: From reducing energy costs to increasing employee production, a space enhanced by diffuse natural daylighting increases in value per square foot. Here are five retail/commercial projects across the globe where Kalwall translucent sandwich panels have been used to provide a diffuse natural daylighting solution.

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Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

October 17, 2018

Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

As demographics and preferences across multifamily shift, AIA partner Kawneer explores how architects are adjusting their exterior designs.

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Facades+ features UW NanoES building with finishing by Linetec

October 15, 2018

Facades+ features UW NanoES building with finishing by Linetec

The University of Washington’s recently opened Nano Engineering and Sciences Building (UW NanoES) provides modern performance and visual continuity with the adjacent Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building (MolES). Demonstrating its energy-efficiency and daylight-focused design, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Daylight modeling services

September 10, 2018

Daylight modeling services

Daylight modeling brings science to the art of daylighting. Remove the design mystery and reveal patterns of daylight with complimentary modeling services.

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Varying perforation pattern technique provides sun shading system

April 30, 2018

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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A Gateway To A Translucent Space

December 15, 2017

A Gateway To A Translucent Space

The typical point of entry into an interior environment tends to be simple, boring, and often mediocre. The primary purpose is to allow access, paying no attention to any crucial design attributes Avanti Eclipse sliding glass doors are a collection of quality Sliding Glass Door Systems that provide a contemporary solution to applying design and seamless flexibility.

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Now from Armstrong ceilings: Tectum wall & ceiling panels

November 9, 2017

Now from Armstrong ceilings: Tectum wall & ceiling panels

From a natural factory finish or white, to integration with COLORATIONS colors (that’s 13 standard colors) or made-to-order Sherwin-Williams® colors, TECTUM panels can coordinate or complement your color palette with the sizes, shapes, and forms that make your designs happen.

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Kawneer Project Profile: Heifer International World Headquarters

November 2, 2017

Kawneer Project Profile: Heifer International World Headquarters

When Heifer needed a larger HQ that remained true to the earth's resources, we helped them create one.

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Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

October 30, 2017

Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

Gordon Parks Arts Hall at the U of Chicago Lab School's unique sloped facade called for a unique shading solution.

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Sustainable Single-Family House

October 5, 2017

Sustainable Single-Family House

Designed to use minimal energy through affordable, passive means, this 1,700-square-foot house in the Prescott, Kansas neighborhood, is just minutes from downtown Kansas City. To achieve its goal of a 90-percent reduction in heating and cooling costs, strategies including louvers, thermal mass, high-performance windows, super insulation, southern orientation and an airtight building envelope were employed. National Gypsum’s Gold Bond® BRAND eXP® Interior Extreme® Gypsum Panels are components of this project.

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How health factors into green building rating systems: LEED v4

September 13, 2017

How health factors into green building rating systems: LEED v4

If you're looking for a certification that focuses on user health and well-being; look to newer rating systems.

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Green: The Color that Became a Building Philosophy

September 5, 2017

Green: The Color that Became a Building Philosophy

Solar panel arrays. Reclaimed wood. Ultra low-flow toilets. Smart thermostats. Continuous insulation. Volatile organic compound (VOC)-free paint. Recyclable railings. The list of ways American home designers, developers, builders, and owners slash energy expense, promote household comfort and health, and embrace green building practices grows by the day. High on that list of sustainable features are the Feeney’s CableRail stainless steel cable infill and DesignRail® aluminum railing systems.

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SC Railing Company: Offering a View from the Top

July 31, 2017

SC Railing Company: Offering a View from the Top

SC Railing Company provided more than 8,000 combined linear feet of 2-line aluminum and glass balcony railing, along with balcony dividers and custom rooftop windscreen. Museum Tower marries a refined interior design aesthetic and floor-to-ceiling windows with glass balcony railings, for sweeping city views. Balcony railings were constructed using 3/8” clear tempered glass, and 1/4” tempered, double-sided acid etched balcony dividers for added privacy between residences.

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Auburn® custom & pre-engineered skylights

May 1, 2017

Auburn® custom & pre-engineered skylights

Auburn® skylights are designed and engineered for long-term performance, and make a great daylighting choice if you’re looking for the durability and longevity of glass, or simply enjoy dramatic views of the sky. They’re available in custom and pre-engineered configurations, and also offer mixed glazing options as they can also incorporate polycarbonate multi-wall and acrylic glazing as well as Guardian 275® translucent panels.

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KINETICWALL wins 2017 Architizer A+ Award

April 19, 2017

KINETICWALL wins 2017 Architizer A+ Award

EXTECH is incredibly honored to announce that the KINETICWALL dynamic facade system was chosen as the winner of the Architizer A+ Awards Jury prize! With entries from over 100 countries, the KINETICWALL was chosen as the best product in the Building Envelopes & Cladding category by a jury of designers, artists, architects, and business professionals.

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Use of louvers-between-glass can contribute up to 31 LEED certification credits

April 5, 2017

Use of louvers-between-glass can contribute up to 31 LEED certification credits

Unicel Architectural’s Vision Control® Integrated Louvers Contribute to LEED Green Building Certification. The leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today outlined how its Vision Control® integrated louvers can help attain multiple credits for high-performance green building certification through optimized energy performance, thermal comfort, acoustic performance, daylighting and more. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

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The Original Orange Elevator Smoke Curtain

March 28, 2017

The Original Orange Elevator Smoke Curtain

When it comes to elevator protectives, Smoke Guard is the “original orange smoke curtain”. With over 20 years of installed product, our transparent orange colored polyimide film is iconic. Our orange transparent fabric is unparalleled when it comes to providing the smoke protection you require with the ease of install that you have come to expect.

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Sun Control Sunshades

January 5, 2017

Sun Control Sunshades

Ruskin Sunshades offer energy savings by reducing solar heat gained through glazing. With a wide variety of available blade styles and configurations, they also provide aesthetic appeal to the building exterior.

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Ruskin’s Zone Control Solutions Brochure (October 5, 2016), Free Webinar Louver Selection & Application Using Ruskin's LEADS Software, 2nd Wednesday of every month (August 1, 2016), Green Building Tips: How To Create Eco-Friendly Landscaping (April 25, 2016), Earn LEED Points With Florence Mailboxes (November 18, 2015), LEED-ing The Way in Sustainable Building (November 6, 2015), Stadium Design Sustainability (November 4, 2015)