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Vented-Roof Design Eliminates Wind Damage

Brian BrookheartFounding MemberVADA LLC, Olney, IL In commercial roofing, wind-uplift calculations are performed on every building to determine the wind-uplift pressures that will be exerted on the building during its service life.  Designers need to determine the uplift of the corners, perimeter, and field to properly design a roofing system. UL1897 and FM4474 uplift tests …

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2018 Architectural Photography Issue

Beautiful architecture should be shared. Sharing it requires a skilled photographer who knows how to use light, composition, and equipment to bring out the best in a design. Commercial Architecture’s editors are pleased to present a collection of excellent architectural images from 11 very talented photographers. Most of the photographers are members of the Association …

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NIBS, NBI Issue Guidance to Help Cities Meet Energy Goals

Many cities and states across the United States have begun to recognize that existing code-based mechanisms do not  help them achieve their building energy-performance goals. Codes largely focus on design requirements for a limited number of building characteristics, but do not require verification that the design results in actual, measurable energy savings. That is why …

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Svigals+Partners to Design University Collaboration Hub

Inspired and informal collaboration has emerged as a competitive edge in the tech sector. Soon, students at one university will have an academic building designed specifically to support this kind of collaboration. Svigals+Partners, New Haven, CT, nationally recognized for innovation in the design of higher-education facilities, has been selected to build the new Bergami Center for Science, Technology …

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New Urbanism Starts with Walkability

CNU 24.Detroit is the annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a non-profit organization established with the goal of transforming the built environment from ad-hoc suburban sprawl toward human-scale neighborhood development. The meeting is being held this week in the Motor City. As opening speaker, and CNU co-founder, Andres Duany, principal at DPZ …

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