Picture Perfect Rainscreen System Builds in Efficiency, Aesthetics and Long-Term Performance

When products leave the Acrytec Panel Industries facility in Ontario, Canada, they leave in perfect condition.  To Acrytec customers, this means more than just individual panels that meet ASTM specifications. Acrytec provides a rainscreen system that is visually perfect, down to the controlled joints between the panels. The goal is to provide the highest quality….

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R Value vs. U Value: Why these numbers alone are not sufficient to understand energy loss.

Did you know as R value increases, thermal performance improves? That is a simple concept to understand – bigger is better right?  Conversely, did you know that as U value decreases, thermal performance improves? These are fairly well understood realities, so it would not be surprising if your answer to both these questions is yes…..

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Fact or Fiction? Peel-and-Stick Membranes and Tapes are Effective Transitions

FICTION.  Peel-and-stick membranes and tapes are designed to be adhered to sound structural surfaces (non-moving). The material application requirements clearly state to not bridge across gaps and voids.  Using them at transitions in moving joints is counter to how they were designed to be used. Peel-and-stick membranes and tapes are commonly used as a rough….

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Managing Connections: Window-to-Wall

Connections throughout the building enclosure are key to the longevity of the structure and its structural components, energy consumption, indoor air quality and maintenance.   While there are many connections which are critical, window-to-wall connections are where most problems occur.  Just one small gap can lead to air and moisture infiltration. During construction, on-site conditions can….

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Are Manufacturers’ Reps Helping to Keep Your Company Masters Current?

In today’s construction environment, architects and specifiers face the challenge of keeping up-to-date on an ever-increasing array of building products, materials, equipment and expanding standards.  Building design and performance standards are extremely complex and continue to become more and more demanding.  Building products and processes are becoming more complex and sophisticated in response.  Keeping up….

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Innovative Technology making Curtain Wall Connections “Quicker, Easier and Cleaner”

The connections from a curtain wall to a block wall steel structure or wood structure used to be a multi-step process for Oakville Glass & Mirror Ltd. in Oakville, Ontario.  It required priming the wall and the peel-and-stick air barrier membrane before installation, adding time and labor to the project.  On wood structures, the movement….

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Restoring Airtightness and Weather Resistance to Window Systems Need Not be Cost-Prohibitive

Window and curtain wall systems will eventually need repair or replacement.  The glazing components used to seal and support the glass or metal panels have been engineered for long-term performance, but over time, exposure to environmental conditions, thermal movement, differential movement between the window and the structure as well as other factors will take their….

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Managing Connections: Dynamic Floor and Wall Joints (movement mayhem)

Some of the most demanding connections within a building design are joints within floors and walls that must allow for building movement.   These connections must be able to withstand maximum wind loads and building movement from thermal, seismic and moisture content changes, deflection, and creep. “Drift joints” are designed into projects to accommodate movement over….

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