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Domino Sugar Factory Reimagined

New Design by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism to Be Presented Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission 11 October 2017 — Plans to transform the Domino Sugar refinery building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into offices are taking a new turn: Beyer Blinder Belle’s design for the project has been scrapped, and developer Two Trees Management has now brought…

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Taylor Cole Dubbed President of Firestone Building Products

Firestone Building Products LLC, announced that Bridgestone executive Taylor Cole has been named president, effective Aug. 14, 2017. Cole succeeds Tim Dunn, Firestone Building Products, who will retire Oct. 1 after more than 31 years with Firestone and its parent company, Bridgestone Americas. As president, Cole will lead the long-term growth strategy and planning for Firestone, overseeing all aspects of marketing, sales, technology and international business development.…

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Keene Building Products Announces New Director

Keene Building Products has hired Darren Keegan as director — Keene Manufacturing. Keegan graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. Throughout his career, Keegan excelled in a wide range of jobs, from an environmental, mechanical, and plant/applications engineer, to a general manager and vice president.…

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Dörken Systems Inc. Launches the DELTA® Academy

Dörken Systems Inc., a North-American manufacturer of air and moisture barriers, has launched the DELTA® Academy, a host of education programs for building professionals who strive to build to a higher standard. DELTA Academy gives building professionals, such as architects, specifiers and contractors, access to relevant and timely information addressing new research findings and industry standards, curated and presented by the industry’s key thought leaders. DELTA Academy is easy to access, convenient and simple to use.…

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From the Editor: After the Storms

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. No, these are not random names. They are the hurricanes on record while we were preparing this issue of Masonry Design. Most, if not all, of you are familiar with Harvey and Irma, two large hurricanes which brought about incredible destruction in the Southeast United States in August and September — destruction to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in Houston, Texas, and all across the state of Florida.…

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Industry Outlook: New Software Aids in Green Building and Roofing Practices

It’s no secret that green building is growing in the United States — a practice where the structure and application of processes are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle. Specifically, the North American green roof industry experienced an estimated 10.3 percent increase in 2016 over 2015, recording 889 projects in 40 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces (2016 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey).…

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Reducing the Impact of Building Envelopes

Lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) are the two largest uses of energy throughout the commercial building sector. In fact, lighting alone accounts for nearly 35–50 percent of total electricity consumption. Within the building envelope, however, lies the opportunity to reduce the energy being consumed and decrease a building’s overall carbon footprint. Achieving sustainability within the building envelope starts with specifying the right products. Choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t just ensure lower energy costs; it can enhance occupant health and reduce any negative impact on the building itself, as well as the environment. …

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The Greenest Buildings: What Architects Should Know About Masonry Restoration and Preservation

Nothing says sustainability more than preserving, restoring and repurposing existing buildings. The greenest buildings today are those already built. Masonry is a sustainable, resilient material that can survive floods and fires. It is the oldest and most permanent building material, exuding a sense of permanence, longevity, quality, reliability and familiarity, yet it is forgiving and flexible. Many brick buildings that were built more than 100 years ago are continuing to fulfill their original purposes, while others have been adapted for new purposes.…

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Seismic Retrofitting of Masonry Buildings: Why It’s Needed

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand, started to shake. Ten seconds are all it took to change the landscape and the lives of residents: 185 dead, several thousand injured, and 45 percent of buildings deemed unsafe to enter. While many of the deaths in the earthquake occurred in a small number of building collapses, unreinforced masonry (URM) construction suffered widespread damage. However, while the Royal Commission Report identified that 97 percent of the unstrengthened URM buildings in the Central Business District were either seriously damaged or collapsed, only 20 percent of buildings that had been retrofit to a high level experienced serious damage.…

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Call for Entries: 2017 Beyond Green™ Award

Designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others often go beyond the status quo to achieve high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. The National Institute of Building Sciences offers a way to show off advancements and gain recognition for those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and…

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