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Sustainability

Sustainability


Thermal performance and energy savings with polycarbonate glazing systems

Thermal performance and energy savings with polycarbonate glazing systems

Q: Do Cellular Polycarbonate Glazing Systems Offer Thermal Performance and Energy Savings? One of the most prevalent complaints building owners and facility managers receive is that the occupants are too hot or too cold. This is especially true of tenants seated directly next to a window or other daylight opening. They want the daylight, but they also expect an ideal interior temperature. The high insulating and thermal performance of CPG (Cellular Polycarbonate Glazing) systems can accentuate the benefits of daylighting, improve occupants’ comfort, and contribute to owner’s energy savings and overall building value.

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Thermal breaks in aluminum framing: not just a cold-weather friend

Thermal breaks in aluminum framing: not just a cold-weather friend

Heat conduction, or the transfer of heat through a solid material at the molecular level, is a problem that occurs in aluminum framing. Providing a thermal break in the aluminum is the most common solution for disconnecting the exterior and interior of the aluminum frame. The frame is literally split into two components and must be connected by a structural material that is of significantly less conductivity as the aluminum. Simultaneously the thermal break material must bond the two components together.

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Kawneer Project Profile: Heifer International World Headquarters

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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Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

The 10-story, LEED® Gold certified, mixed-use, transit-oriented development known as Slate is helping revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area in Portland, Oregon. Formerly a vacant lot called Block 75, the new building features window, entrance, unitized curtainwall and panel systems finished by Linetec. Contributing to the building’s high energy-efficiency and sustainability goals, Linetec also provided the thermal improvement services for the glazing systems’ aluminum framing.

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Andamar Lifestyle Center uses revolving doors to combat wind, air infiltration

Andamar Lifestyle Center uses revolving doors to combat wind, air infiltration

The challenge: heat, humidity and sea breezes infiltrating the building. The solution: revolving doors.

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5 Innovative Public Square Design Ideas

5 Innovative Public Square Design Ideas

Innovative public square design can improve neighborhood morale, increase home values, generate more retail sales, plus so much more. TerraCast played a role in the development of all projects listed below. TerraCast durable planters were used to complete each picture-perfect public square.

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Achieving Sustainability and Luxury in a Multi-Family Project

Achieving Sustainability and Luxury in a Multi-Family Project

How one designer used Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex and color to help create a LEED-certified and gorgeous apartment complex.

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How health factors into green building rating systems: LEED v4

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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Mitigating Protests, Smart Mobs and Crime with Manual Revolving Doors

Mitigating Protests, Smart Mobs and Crime with Manual Revolving Doors

It is no secret that we’re living in a time of great unrest. The news is laden with headlines publicizing 'lives matter' and 'occupy Wall Street' movements, political protests, active shooter incidents… the list goes on. As a result, businesses are seeing an urgent need to protect their customers and staff from the impacts of these disruptive, destructive, and even deadly acts.

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Green: The Color that Became a Building Philosophy

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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Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

With the effects of global warming upon us, architects and building owners need to mitigate its impact in the built environment. This is not a new idea, but the necessity for design that protects against volatile weather, rising temperatures, and insect-borne diseases is now more pressing than ever. Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the Building Resilience website, a tool that connects community planners, home builders, architects, and engineers with building science, climate data, and community resilience resources. This is crucial information designers and building owners need if they want to confront the effects of climate change. As daylighting manufacturers, we have some thoughts on how daylighting can be used to reduce the impact of global warming on the built environment.

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What the New Urban Agenda means for architects

What the New Urban Agenda means for architects

How AIA's Strategic Council is encouraging communities to embrace sustainable urbanization.

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Maglin Moves Manhattan

Maglin Moves Manhattan

In June 2016, the Battery Conservancy of New York City proudly cut the ribbon and opened the Battery Oval; the revitalized grand lawn in The Battery (formerly Battery Park), one of Manhattan’s most historic public spaces. The Oval’s new signature outdoor furniture was also debuted. Formed into the shape of a blooming flower, hundreds of blue Battery Chairs filled the Oval that day...

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Durable skylight finishes by Linetec

Durable skylight finishes by Linetec

Commercial Architecture magazine’s June Portfolio section spotlights California’s Keyes Automotive’s European Mercedes-Benz Dealership featuring a 41-foot-diameter, custom, multi-slope dome skylight from Super Sky Products. The skylight’s durable finishes were applied by Linetec to the aluminum framing members. The finish’s resilient attributes combine with daylight, views and high thermal performance glass to support the dealership’s LEED® Silver certification.

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Swedish hospital 'takes a chance' on Howe Green

Swedish hospital 'takes a chance' on Howe Green

The New Karolinska Solna University Hospital (NKS) in Stockholm has been hitting the headlines for over a decade. The original Karolinska University Hospital was founded in 1930. Since the 1930's the hospital campus has expanded to cover a vast area with an estate of over 40 separate buildings.

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Designed for resiliency and acoustic performance

Designed for resiliency and acoustic performance

The University of Iowa (UI) School of Music in Iowa City celebrated its 110th anniversary with a new home – Voxman Music Building. Designed for durability, sustainability and the highest acoustic performance, the 190,000-square-foot project features energy-efficient window and curtainwall systems, finished and thermally improved by Linetec.

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EXTECH offers LIGHTWALL 3440 translucent wall system with three new glazing options

EXTECH offers LIGHTWALL 3440 translucent wall system with three new glazing options

Three new polycarbonate glazing options are available for the LIGHTWALL 3440® interlocking translucent wall panel system from Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH): Anti-Reflective, Infrared-Blocking and Anti-Graffiti.

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2017 COTE Top Ten - Setting the standard in design and sustainability

2017 COTE Top Ten - Setting the standard in design and sustainability

AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) announce this year’s recipients of the COTE Top Ten Awards, the industry’s premier program celebrating sustainable design excellence. Now in their 21st year, the Top Ten Awards highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance. Submissions are required to demonstrate how the project aligns with COTE’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value.

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New Design Tools to Meet Green Guidelines

New Design Tools to Meet Green Guidelines

These new and enhanced tools will help you meet green guidelines in sustainability and healthy-home focused projects.

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Waterproofing One of London’s New iconic Buildings

Waterproofing One of London’s New iconic Buildings

Moorgate Exchange is one of the first buildings in the UK to achieve both BREEAM Excellent and LEED Platinum ratings, and is an excellent example of how Xypex Admix can be used to simplify the production process of waterproofing and concreting.

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Railing Infill Face-Off: Cable vs. Glass (March 10, 2017), Choosing the right finish for coastal projects (February 24, 2017), Despite economic uncertainties, healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction market (February 3, 2017), Is polycarbonate the future of architecture? (February 2, 2017), Louvers Play Key Role in Passive Air Management (December 14, 2016), An Introduction to Access Covers (December 12, 2016), Architects empowered to drive positive change at SXSW Eco (December 5, 2016), Kalwall Featured in Major Award-Winning College Project (November 28, 2016), 8 Questions You Need Answered Before Buying Commercial Grade Outdoor Furniture (October 24, 2016), New Unicel white paper provides guidance for specifying privacy and shading solutions (October 19, 2016), The future of insulated wall panels has arrived (September 28, 2016), AIA and Autodesk Introduce New Feature to Automate 2030 Commitment Reporting Data (August 15, 2016), Evolution Of Revolving Door Security: Teaching Old Doors New Tricks (July 4, 2016), Continuous Insulation (ci) Systems (June 27, 2016), Architects create tactical urbanism with AIA Design Competition (June 1, 2016), Slip Resistant Aluminum Grating Utilized on ASLA Green Roof (May 23, 2016), Cochran Expands and Enhances Landscape Forms Lifestyle Furniture for Terrace Life (April 29, 2016), Green Building Tips: How To Create Eco-Friendly Landscaping (April 25, 2016), Premium Ballistic Frames Offer Huge Boosts in Sustainability and Multi-Threat Risk Mitigation (April 12, 2016), High Performance Coatings (March 7, 2016), Maglin has collaborated with Philips Lumec to offer a design-integrated line of sustainable site furniture (February 17, 2016), Partnering with Architects to Make BulletProof Beautiful (February 3, 2016), Amager Resource Center (January 13, 2016), Kalwall Featured: Guide Dogs for the Blind New Student Residence (December 30, 2015), 3 buildings that balance aesthetics and performance (December 16, 2015), 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), Data Center HVAC Design Considerations (October 26, 2015), Linetec mimics terra cotta’s look and feel in new painted finish (October 21, 2015), They're here! Glass countertops from Innovate Building Solutions (October 14, 2015), Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life (September 21, 2015), Building Sustainability: The World’s 7 Best Green Buildings (September 16, 2015), MultipliCITY wins a 2015 IDEA Goldaward (August 25, 2015), Case Study: Sustainability without Sacrificing Beauty - the Linstroth Residence (July 22, 2015), The FGP Collection by Francisco Gomez Paz (July 6, 2015), Composite, Synthetic Decking and Deck Railing Materials (June 1, 2015), Architects turn to prefab materials (May 1, 2015)