Thursday, April 2, 2020

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AWC_DCA3 Acoustical Values Added to AWC’s DCA 3

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released an updated version of Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) 3 – Fire-resistance Rated Wood-Frame Wall and Floor/Ceiling Assemblies, which now includes sound transmission characteristics of floor/ceiling assemblies. A free pdf version of DCA 3…

windows into solar panels This company wants to turn your windows into solar panels

What if every window in your house could generate electricity? One Redwood City, California-based startup thinks its technology can achieve that by transforming the way solar power is collected and harnessed. Ubiquitous Energy has developed transparent solar cells to create its…

us february construction spending US construction spending down 1.3% in February

As reported on ABC News, spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.3% in February with housing and nonresidential construction both showing weakness even before the coronavirus struck with force in the United States. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the February decline followed…

Fire floor test How fire causes office-building floors to collapse

Engineers and technicians at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) spent months meticulously recreating the long concrete floors supported by steel beams commonly found in high-rise office buildings, only to deliberately set the structures ablaze, destroying them in a…

Bird 100 Bird Construction marks 100 year legacy

Bird is proud to mark its centenary year of building Canada 100 years after commencing its first job on March 29, 1920. Hubert John Bird founded the company in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan with two partners, after returning from World War I…