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As a contractor or architect, you understand why the building envelope is one of the most crucial aspects of an energy-efficient design. Not only does an adequately devised and constructed building envelope reduce costs and the consumption of energy, but it also allows for better control over the temperatures within the various spaces of the...

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The current demands of today’s energy codes and design requirements create constructional dilemmas that developers must overcome with each new project. Building an energy-efficient structure and thermal break are two of the significant difficulties in the commercial building industry. The ASHRAE 90.1 standard (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) has been a...

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Environmental Sustainability and Healthy Buildings Sustainability has become a large factor in most aspects of modern life, including the commercial building industry. It is important to understand the long-term effects and impact products and materials have on our environment. Intricately related to public health and safety, improving sustainability goals is more prevalent now than ever...

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In today’s world, more owners and developers are focused on energy efficiency than ever before. Continuous insulation is a great alternative to traditional building materials to achieve energy efficiency. Insulation within your building is the first place you should take a closer look when looking at your building’s thermal efficiency. Utilizing continuous insulation on your...

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When asking the question, what is continuous insulation, consider wrapping yourself in a blanket. The blanket creates a continuous barrier around you that prevents the thermal energy created by your body from flowing directly out into the atmosphere. Continuous insulation, also known as CI, performs the same function for buildings. A CI system is designed...

In the commercial building industry, z-girts have been used for centuries. Applications include providing lateral support, resisting wind loads, and connecting structural framing to cladding. Due to the increasing concern for thermal efficiency along with advancements in technology and design, we have seen several changes to the materials used in z-shaped girts. In addition to...

Advanced Architectural Products (A2P) the original creator of GreenGirt®,has released a new, next generation product. This new product is called the GreenGirt Adjustable. The original GreenGirt® product is a patented composite metal hybrid (CMH) simple Z-girt system. GreenGirt® is utilized in A2P’s SMARTci™ continuous insulation systems to provide a best practice solution to energy efficiency....

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