Until recently, cold Toronto winds interfered with Mt. Sinai Hospital’s healing environment due to heavy foot traffic in a three-entrance public corridor on the main floor. A revolving door system provided the solution
With today’s highly competitive, time-sensitive global economy, the demands on warehouses, distribution centres, and production facilities are more intense than ever before. Productivity and efficiency are at a premium, with the pace of operations at an all-time high.
For decades, fire-rated glass meant one thing—small, wired-glass lites. Common throughout Canada, these installations are usually windows within doors, or narrow sidelights or transoms. The crisscross wires give this glass a distinctive institutional appearance, as it is frequently used in schools, hospitals, and other public buildings.
Door openings are among the biggest sources of energy loss inside a building. Within large warehouses, manufacturing plants, or distribution centres, this problem is only amplified. When it comes to choosing the right door to control proper temperatures in different areas, the decision typically comes down to two factors: speed and insulation.
When it comes to specifying the doors for a loading dock project, safety statistics are a dramatic way to help people understand the important connection between choosing the right materials and equipment and the ultimate return on investment (ROI).
The award-winning Municipal Operations Centre in Newmarket, Ont., has achieved both form and function as an esthetically pleasing, energy-efficient facility featuring bi-fold lift-strap/auto-latch glass doors.
Useful standards for testing the physical performance of windows have been developed over many years, culminating in the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS). This standard was first published in 2005, with new editions available in 2008 and 2011.
Doorways have evolved from simple mechanical building components into high-tech access control platforms and life-safety portals. Fortunately, in the case of doorway security, ‘complex’ does not necessarily mean ‘difficult.’ Even with the rapid development of new products, electrified hardware systems, changing building codes, positive pressure, and heightened security requirements, the basic fundamentals for providing security remain unchanged—hang, secure, close, and protect the door.