Flanking Paths – Acoustics

They have become the façade of choice across the globe, however, lightweight aluminium curtain walling systems can present specifiers with a host of internal sound transmission issues that need to be addressed to ensure the well-being, happiness and productivity of building occupants. Mike Carrick

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Post Breakage Strength Testing for Point-fixed Laminated Glass

Design and structural performance of laminated glass in over-head glazing applications like canopies and skylights is very critical as it has an impact on the safety of occupants of a building and its maintenance workers. For such applications, post breakage strength of laminated glass construction

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How do ventilated façade systems work?

Innowood Australia Pty Ltd Ventilated Facade system also known as double-skin façades or rain-screens, can also assist in protecting buildings against the combined action of wind and rain by counterbalancing the effects of water beating on walls and keeping the building dry. At its most basic,

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Optimising Façade Designs for Wind Loads

A façade typically represents 30 per cent of the total development cost. The taller and more complex the building becomes, the figures escalate. A key component of the cost is the thickness of glass, framing members and size of brackets – all which are largely dictated by the wind loads that the

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Integrated Façades for Energy Conservation and Daylighting

‘Integrative’ is the most popular word of this era on a sustainable platform. Be it in any process, function, application, etc., everything is said to be integrative. Owed on a large scale to the construction industry, this is currently a necessity. The participation of people from various secto

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Perimeter Protection is Mandatory

It was February 12, 2005, when an electrical fault on the 21st floor of the Windsor building in Madrid started a small fie. The building was unoccupied and the fie was undetected for quite some time before the city’s fie officials were notified. By the time they arrived, the magnificent 32-story s

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Energy Considerations in Rear Ventilated Façades

With the advent of Global Warming, energy efficiency and conservation have become paramount factors when designing a building. A typical building contributes to 40 percent of the total power consumption today. As an interface between indoors and outdoors, the façade plays a significant role in the

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Analytics of Façades for High Performance Buildings

With rapid urbanization in developing countries, need to reduce environmental impact and building energy costs have never been greater. Indian construction industry is at a critical juncture wherein it has to balance the demand of low cost construction but simultaneously comply with the stringent en

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Sound Attenuation with Laminated Safety Glass

In densely populated areas, noise is almost omnipresent. Noise is also caused by production plants and building work on houses and bridges. Even music from radios and concert halls or blaring television sets can often be annoying and even cause illness. All noise disturbs our concentration and is c

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Design for Daylight

Today, as we are progressively spending, close to 90 per cent of our time indoors – working or at leisure, the need to feel connected with the outdoors, the natural world is also growing. A key factor catering to this need is exposure to daylight. It is more than just vitamin D, the pull of the na

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