Acoustical consultants and occupant well-being

While the acoustical performance of a space may not be horrible without the input of an expert, it will not be optimal. For example, ceilings could either be inadequate in acoustical performance (resulting in costly remedial actions) or over-designed for esthetics, squandering valuable budget dollars in building materials and installation time.

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Large-format, thin-body porcelain tile installation

Large-format, thin-body porcelain tiles require special installation techniques to prevent breakage during and after setup. Special equipment may also be required when placing and adjusting these large tiles. It is always recommended installers check with the thin-body porcelain tile manufacturer before selecting and installing them to ensure compliance with specific project requirements.

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High-density polyiso cover boards

High-density polyiso cover boards offer compressive strength that protects the low-slope commercial roof system from traffic, puncture, hail damage, and other impacts of weather. These easy-to-install, lightweight boards can also increase the roof system’s durability.

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Seismic retrofit of historic courthouse with precast concrete shear walls

The four-storey North Bay Courthouse building in Ontario was retrofitted with a new lateral force-resisting system (LFRS). The interior steel framing and slab connections were structurally strengthened to transfer seismic loading to 13 full-height, reinforced precast concrete shear walls around the building perimeter. Further, cracked masonry joints were repointed, damaged masonry units were replaced, and an elastomeric coating was applied over the entire wall surface.

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Managing the risks of efflorescence

The tile industry has experienced efflorescence for a long time. It occurs when mineral salt deposits that have leached or migrated from cement and masonry materials are carried to the surface. Although poor installation methods can cause it, building design and product selection also contribute to the problem in both interior and exterior applications.

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