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Sustainability

Sustainability


Achieve Sustainability Goals with Hollowcore Roof and Floor Systems

July 5, 2019

Achieve Sustainability Goals with Hollowcore Roof and Floor Systems

For architects and engineers, sustainable construction is no longer a buzz word – it makes sense. According to the National Precast Concrete Association, sustainable construction refers to meeting present day needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. Following sustainable construction practices reduces our environmental impact, improves air quality for communities, and can lower operating costs for buildings. In addition, sustainability focuses on building long lasting infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent report card gives America’s infrastructure a D+ grade.

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Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

June 17, 2019

Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

Almost every city in America has a historic building awaiting a rebirth. Whether it’s a 300-year-old church, a 19th century warehouse, or even a 1950’s gas station, there is potential for great new spaces in your community. Every year AIA’s Committee on the Environment recognizes ten innovative projects that integrate design excellence with environmental performance. Beyond rigorous sustainability and ecological criteria, special attention to community and wellness factors is critical for selected projects. This year’s COTE Top Ten featured more adaptive reuse projects than ever before, signifying that the social and health value of these properties is on the rise.

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Hotel X Toronto

May 27, 2019

Hotel X Toronto

High style and eco-conscious design are often perceived as mutually exclusive. Hotel X Toronto—the latest addition to the Library Hotel Collection’s portfolio of international boutique hotel properties—boldly challenges this assumption.

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What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

May 24, 2019

What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

Once overshadowed by high costs and low aesthetics, residential solar energy applications are now brightening the landscape, thanks to technological advances and financial incentives. From IKEA to Tesla, it seems like everyone is getting into the solar game. But is it better to invest in a solar roof, add panels to your existing roof, or replace your roof in tandem with a solar installation? Do you want to make the solar system a seamless addition to your home or bring it front and center to showcase your commitment to a sustainable future? Successfully integrating solar into a house calls for considerable knowledge and design skills. Consulting with an architect will make your decisions much easier.

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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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Thermal performance and energy savings with polycarbonate glazing systems

July 16, 2018

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

November 7, 2017

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

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

November 1, 2017

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

October 25, 2017

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

September 29, 2017

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

September 22, 2017

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

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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Mitigating Protests, Smart Mobs and Crime with Manual Revolving Doors

September 6, 2017

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

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

July 27, 2017

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

July 21, 2017

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

July 6, 2017

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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