Podium deck waterproofing systems and surface finishes are intended to protect the underlying structure. If the systems are neglected, moisture ingress into the structure can lead to costly deterioration.
Rainscreens as external cladding have been around for decades, but advancements in technology have made them increasingly popular. This is due to two key factors—their ability to deliver optimal performance metrics, and the flexibility they provide when it comes to design options.
When it comes to fire safety and security, windows and spacious glass entryways may seem like a clear egress point for disaster, and the truth is, they can be. Despite new installation and renovations that can withstand fires, massive explosions, and targeted attacks, these products have a major weakness: improper installation.
Curtain wall systems provide excellent access to daylight and views that are desired by the building owners and occupants for health and productivity. However, the increasing stringency of building codes has created a conflict with delivering highly glazed buildings because the glazed areas are less thermally efficient than opaque walls.
Growing awareness of the role buildings and infrastructure plays in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions profile is driving important discussions about low-carbon design and materials, as well as the role of various construction industry actors in reducing emissions from the built environment.
The demand for multipurpose venues has increased over the last two decades. From an acoustics standpoint, this can pose significant challenges. Therefore, it is important to design a versatile space that can support various needs.
Taking into consideration Articles 22.214.171.124, “Doorways and Doors,” and 126.96.36.199, “Transparent Doors and Panels,” of the 2015 National Building Code (NBC), this article will give a sneak preview of the proposed changes to the code’s 2020 edition.
Building codes, product standards, and regulatory requirements are changing the insulation market. Learn about the changes and how they can affect a project, and spray foam solutions that can help make projects more energy efficient and ‘greener.’
Using an overhead high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan’s bi-directional airflow and elevated air speed is a powerful way to improve ventilation, thereby reducing the concentration of airborne pathogens through dilution. Occupant comfort can be assured in applications ranging from non-conditioned industrial spaces to commercial buildings.