Metal Stud Deflection Track

What are the common types needed for virtually every commercial building? Metal stud deflection tracks accommodate movement, both vertical and lateral. Do you know what criteria govern the track selection? Do you know the questions to ask? Learn what..

Preservative Treated Wood

What are those Commodity Specifications referenced by the building codes? AWPA U1 referenced by the code specifies wood preservative treatments by application, exposure, and type of wood product. Know what the terms mean to be sure you get the intended..

Before Design Begins

An idea is formed. A new product or service is required. A need for a building emerges. What is the next step - a napkin concept sketch of a building form?

Solar Arrays and Net Zero Buildings

I attended a presentation on an office building designed to meet the Living Building Challenge. One of the design concepts was to achieve net zero energy (metered) for the completed design. This means that the metered power sent to the utility grid from..

Single-Ply Roofing Membranes

What are the common single-ply roofing membranes? What are the major differences between them? Selecting roofing membranes is a complex decision based on may project conditions. Understanding the available choices may help the decision process.

Linking BIM to Specifications

The promise of BIM (Building Information Modeling) is that project data can reside in the model and can be extracted by anyone in a form for every purpose. The reality is that useful data extraction is entirely dependent on valid data input.

Architectural Woodwork Plywood

Is your definition of plywood and the woodworker's definition the same? Why is it MDF or particleboard? The term plywood does not define a panel construction and performance. It is critical to understand the available cores and specify the right one to..

Wood Finishing Standards

What finishing product should I specify for casework? Wood flooring? There are so many choices. How do I know which product is best?

Why are Preliminary Project Descriptions (PPDs) Important?

Short Answer: PPDs document the architect's intended project quality.

Wood Door Veneer Faces

Avoid surprises! Is this what you expect doors to look like?

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