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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Identification of Constructability and Longer Term Performance

Today’s buildings and owner requirements are more complex than ever making mock-ups and pre-construction meetings critical to the success of any project.  Greater control and efficiency during the construction process is imperative to avoid longer term performance problems resulting from incompatibility issues when products from a variety of manufacturers are mixed and matched by the….

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Existing Technologies Play Significant Role in Reducing Energy Consumption

According to ENERGY STAR® data, commercial buildings alone use 20 percent of our energy and cause 17 percent of the annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in North America.  Residential and commercial buildings together account for almost 39 percent of total U.S. energy consumption and 38 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions[1] or more than….

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Partnering Provides Turnkey Solutions in Components-Driven Industry

Improving performance of the building enclosure is critical.  Performance standards for buildings are being developed and implemented with higher standards for allowed air leakage, thermal performance and moisture protection, all of which are critical to the energy performance of our buildings, their operating costs and their longevity.  Each enclosure, however, is a functional system of….

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The Successful Game Plan

The ultimate game day strategy – the game plan. It doesn’t matter if you’re a starting pitcher reviewing scouting reports of the opposing team’s line-up, a basketball coach outlining a strategy to shut down the game’s biggest scorer, or a the quarterback eyeing the weak corner, it all starts with a game plan. So, why….

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