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By Mike Hannan, UL LLC How do I choose the right fire-rated design for a building's walls, beams, columns, floors or roof? Passive systems might not always fit your design parameters, but must be accordance with the test procedures set forth in ASTM E119 (The American Society for Testing Materials) or UL 263 (Underwriters Laboratories). Let us first define a passive fire resistance element.
Albina Yard, Portland OR: courtesy, Lever Architecture Mass timber is getting a lot of love these days. The strength, stability and design flexibility of products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) enable architects to specify building heights and spans that would have previously been thought achievable with only concrete, steel or masonry for structural support.
Small architecture firms often have a tendency to underinvest in the resources necessary to recruit top talent. Creating a solid recruitment strategy is essential to reducing employee turnover amd minimizing cost, but it can also build your firm's reputation as one that creates sustainable futures for its employees.
In 2018, a number of trends in technology and building materials will significantly impact the architecture business. Here are just some of the new tools and materials that can help to streamline workflow, resolve potential issues and create renderings and models that clients can better visualize.
The National Association of Home Builders recently talked with design experts about the common elements of good kitchen design and the latest trends. The response? An open floor plan, a living room vibe and lots of storage, among other preferences expressed by both millennials and active adults.
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