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Under the Weather

Rain in the forecast? These new weather barriers keep moisture out
Providing protection in the best and worst weather conditions, the following weather barriers are outfitted with new materials and technologies.
DELTA-VENT SA Dörken Completely self-adhered, this airtight, permeable barrier is applied easily with no fasteners. The barrier helps commercial and residential buildings alike to retain air-tightness, be more energy efficient, and prevent haphazard leaking.
Securock ExoAir 430 Panel USG Corporation and Tremco Inc. Prevent spontaneous combustion and moisture buildup with a hybrid membrane composed of a gypsum core enveloped in a glass mat-faced membrane. The panels can be paired with other Tremco sealants and transition membranes to create the most absorbent insulation.
Zip System Sheathing Huber Engineered Woods As a complete four-part system, this structural roof and wall duo employs wood panels with taped seams to keep out moisture and reduce unwanted airflow. The tape allows for faster installation and withstands the harshest weather.
Sto RapidGuard Sto Corp. Sto RapidGuard's seamless air and water barrier can be installed in damp and even near-freezing conditions. The versatile insulation is perfect for waterproofing openings, seams, sheathing joints, cracks, and transitions in numerous wall construction applications.
ProfileVent Ventco Custom-cut for both commercial and residential roofs, the polyester fiber insulation rolls onto metal roofs to provide a non-wicking moisture barrier. Fitting even the highest pitched roofs, the seam won’t crack, rust, or dent.
Air-Bloc 16MR Henry Applied in liquid form, this weather barrier cures into a strapping, rubbery membrane. The mixture includes antimicrobial properties which help deter mold. It can be applied to most exterior materials, including gypsum boards, CMU, concrete, stone, wood, and metals.
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Toxic Shock

EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing
Fast Company recently reported on the potential comeback of one of the most infamous building materials of recent memory. Asbestos is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a serious of loopholes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Fast Company reported, on June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) that allowed the distribution of products containing asbestos on a case-by-case basis. According to Fast Company, the EPA's recently released report detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances states that the agency will "no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments."  This news comes after the EPA reviewed its first batch of 10 chemicals under the 2016 amendment to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which requires the agency to continually reevaluate hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals in lieu of removing them from the market or placing new restrictions on their use. The SNUR greenlights companies to use toxic chemicals like asbestos without consideration about how they will endanger people who are indirectly in contact with them.  Asbestos was widely used in building insulation up until it was completely banned in most countries in the 1970s. The U.S. severely restricted its use without completely outlawing it. As Fast Company covered, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) revealed in April that asbestos-related deaths now total nearly 40,000 annually, with lung cancer and mesothelioma being the most common illnesses in association with the toxin. Healthy Building Network (HBN), an environmental advocacy group, told Fast Company that the fibrous material poses a major health risk for everyone exposed to it, including those who mine it, those who handle it in industrial facilities, as well as people near or inside renovation and construction projects where it’s being used. HBN’s Board President Bill Walsh said that the chlor-alkali industry is the only industry in the country that still uses asbestos, reportedly importing about 480 tons of the carcinogen each year from Russia and Brazil.  Walsh pointed out to Fast Company that chlorine-based plastics are commonly found in building-product materials and that “virtually all” asbestos in the U.S. is used in the industrial process to make chlorine. This includes PVC and vinyl plastics, which is largely found in the creation of pipes, tiles, flooring, adhesives, paints, and roofing products.  Though the EPA is now easing its regulations against integrating the harmful toxin and others like it under the Trump administration, it will largely be the responsibility of local and state governments, as well as companies and informed consumers to counter these new federal moves. Walsh told Fast Company it’s up to sustainable building-product manufacturers and ultimately, architects to pressure the market.  “Architects really set the pace of design, in terms of aesthetics and materials that we like,” he told Fast Company. “If they start to incorporate health-based criteria into their palette, it could really have an influence on what the manufacturers produce.”  Earlier last month, The Washington Post noted that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the ADAO had discovered a controversial post on Russian asbestos exporter Uralasbest’s Facebook page showing photos of company pallets stamped with a seal of U.S. President Donald Trump’s face. As The Post covered, Trump has long been vocal about his skepticism about the harmful effects of asbestos, claiming in his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, that anti-asbestos efforts were “led by the mob.” The Post uncovered how in 2012, he tweeted that the World Trade Center might not have burned had the fire-retardant material not been removed from the towers. It’s estimated that 400 tons of asbestos fiber went into the structures before the developers stopped it from being used further in 1971.  The EPA told The Washington Post it will conduct further studies on the first 10 chemicals under the amended TSCA and final risk evaluations will published in December 2019.
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Do(n't) Throw Stones

Seven high-performance glass products to solve wicked problems

The proverb, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” need not apply to these performance solutions. Equipped with innovative materials and manufactured by clever new techniques, these glass products address structural, safety, thermal, and weather-related concerns.

Vacuum IG Guardian Glass

Pictured here in a retrofit at Sherzer Hall at Eastern Michigan University, Vacuum IG is paired with Guardian’s SunGuard coated glass to create a hybrid, low-e, vacuum-insulated glass that provides thermal insulation and minimizes the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light passing through without compromising visible light transmission.

Fireframes TimberLine TPG

FireFrames TimberLine has the aesthetic panache of wood with all the fire performance characteristics that steel brings. Pairing a burly steel frame with a real wood cap cover and Pilkington Pyrostop fire-rated glass, the system effectively works as a radiant and conductive heat barrier.

H3 FeelSafe Casement & Double Hung Sierra Pacific

What do you have to do before a hurricane? You board up the windows! Made from extruded aluminum, vinyl, and solid wood, these windows may not eliminate the need for that altogether, but they do withstand Zone III or IV hurricane-force winds and water damage.

GPX FireFloor Safti

Walk (safely) this way on a tempered, laminated surface supported by a structural steel frame. The fire-resistant flooring system is assembled with no air between the fire-rated glass and the laminated walking surface, alleviating concerns associated with condensation.

Attack-Resistant Openings School Guard Glass and Assa Abloy

Hardware manufacturer Assa Abloy and safety glass manufacturer School Guard Glass partnered to design an attack-resistant door for schools. When paired together, the Ceco Door with SG5 attack-resistant glazing survives the most brutal blows and even gunshots. Stronger and longer-lasting than a security film, the system is easy and affordable to retrofit into preexisting openings for increased security.

Krypton-enhanced glass MI Windows and Doors

Replacing commonly used argon, new krypton-insulated glass effectively decreases the flow of heat from the outside in. The gas lives between two panes of glass, separated by a warm edge spacer system. It is available with MI’s 1650 double-hung, 1650 fixed, and 1685 double-slider triple-pane windows.

NX-300 Kawneer Designed for historic window restorations, the NX-300 thermal window bestows an antiquated look that is updated to meet contemporary performance codes. It is available in a variety of casement outswing, awning, fixed, and fixed over awning configurations.
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A Window in Three Parts

A renovated Los Feliz bungalow brings the outside in with folding doors
Carlos Madrid III, a senior designer at the Los Angeles branch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has been lovingly renovating his white plaster bungalow-style home for the past two years. Originally built in 1912, the residence was the living quarters for migrant farm workers. With just 800 square feet, Madrid’s main objective was to make the home more usable and comfortable. “I wanted to capitalize on the Southern California lifestyle,” he said. To accomplish this, Madrid installed LaCantina’s aluminum 3-panel bi-fold doors. The doors flexibly swing inside and outside in multiple open and closed positions—anywhere along the spectrum from wide open to completely closed. The system is equipped with a concealed multi-sealed lock, giving the architect freedom to fully open their home and the security to thoroughly close it. In effect, Madrid made the space more usable by opening up the living areas to create the illusion of increased square footage. “This window system blurs the lines between the inside and out, while increasing the perceived size of the living and dining areas,” said Madrid. Location Los Angeles Architect Carlos Madrid III Contractor Steven Fiske Wall System Aluminum Bi-fold System by LaCantina
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Last Day!

Final chance to enter Best of Products Awards
Time is almost up to enter the 2018 A|N Best of Products Awards. The final deadline to submit your latest products in tomorrow, July 13th, at midnight (Pacific Standard Time). This is your chance to be recognized by AN for excellence in the 12 product competition categories and be seen by over 1,000,000 of our readers and members of the A/E/C design community. Categories, like HVAC, Smart Home Systems, Interior Furnishings-Residential, and Textiles offer even more opportunities to win and have your designs featured in AN. Our esteemed jury will select 12 winners, gaining you the trust of the top tier of the AEC community, in addition to some serious bragging rights. AN offers multiple opportunities for visibility, including an announcement in the September issue, December’s annual Awards issue, and ongoing social media outreach, placing your product in front of more than 1,000,000 industry readers throughout the year. Pictured above are previous winners, many of whom submit products year after year due to the value and attention the Best of Products Awards has provided. Don’t miss your chance to join the winners’ circle and reap the benefits of being named a 2018 Best of Products winner! Enter your product before the July 13 deadline here.
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Enter by July 9

Seven forward-thinking designs from the 2017 Best of Products Awards
With the 2018 Best of Products Awards entry deadline just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of last year's winners. Here we highlight only a handful of the most riveting and forward-thinking winning products from seven categories in the 2017 Best of Products Awards. With groupings that span from HVAC to residential furniture, outdoor to textiles, and smart home systems to facades, there are many opportunities for great designs to be acknowledged. You'll find more information about the various categories and how to enter on the 2018 Best of Products Awards competition page. Good luck and don't wait too long; the deadline is July 9! OUTDOOR PUBLIC

MANGROVE REEF WALLS KVdR Design with Jessene Aquino-Thomas

Approximately half the world population lives in urban areas near coastlines, with coastal armoring reducing native habitats and enabling invasive species to thrive. Mangrove Reef Walls are integrally cast within seawalls to recreate tidal habitats along urbanized waterfronts. The digitally developed mangrove and oyster geometry maximizes surface area and texture variety promoting adherence, growth, and hiding areas for numerous species. Ultimately, these eco-friendly seawall panels may be tuned for a variety of local species.

HVAC

WHISPERRECESSED LED Panasonic

The WhisperRecessed LED is an 80 CFM exhaust fan that hides abaft an LED Recessed Light and disappears behind the ceiling. It is an attractive way to remove moist, polluted air from the home, and it helps to prevent mold and mildew. The architectural-grade recessed light fixture provides powerful yet quiet ventilation.

OPENINGS

PORTAPIVOT 6530 XL Portapivot

With their discreet joinery, these unique room dividers are designed to be mounted on an already finished floor and under a solid or reinforced ceiling surface, without any preinstalled mounting systems. The minimal aluminum frame is designed to be fitted with 6- or 8-millimeter-thick safety glass and is available in three anodized colors: silver, black, and bronze. The axis can be positioned at one-third or in the center, with a configurable swing capacity of 90, 180, or 360 degrees.

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION MAKERARM Makerarm A beautifully designed robotic arm that’s infinitely customizable, Makerarm is a factory on a desktop. It offers interchangeable tool heads that easily snap on and off, allowing instant conversion from a 3-D printer to a CNC mill to a laser engraver to a pick-and-place machine, among countless other functions, in a matter of seconds. Makerarm rotates 360 degrees and, at over 700 square inches, its work area is one of the largest of any 3-D printer or fabricator on the consumer market. BATH

FONTANE BIANCHE Salvatori + Fantini

A dialogue between circle and square runs through this entire collection from Fantini, created in collaboration with Italian stone company Salvatori. The washbasin is carved from a square marble block, from which a circular hemisphere is extracted. The Fontane Bianche line also includes faucets, showers, and handles.

FACADES

CORSO Innova Tile

This long-format brick presents a new emphasis on the horizontal lines of fine brick installations with its 19.70-inch unit length. The extended shape, the colors, the variations of textures, and the size and position of mortar joints work together to express the modernity of terra-cotta. The architectural ceramic method of production broadens the range of available colors.

RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR FURNISHINGS

MUSHROOM TABLE Yabu Pushelberg for Henge

Designed as complementary pairs, the Mushroom Tables have an unexpected lightness given their all-metal construction with softened, refined edges and rounded corners. The tables’ differences in height and scale are precisely considered, while the process of sand-casting is reflected in both form and finish, exhibiting a handwrought fluidity. The base of each table is more substantial than its top but is mirrored in its form; slender posts change in profile, from circular to square.

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Enter Now

The Best of Products Awards deadline is approaching!
Want to have your product recognized by The Architect’s Newspaper, the publication that architects, designers, and engineers say they trust the most to deliver the best architecture news in the United States? Applicants have until July 9 to submit their products to the 2018 AN Best of Product Awards, and this is our biggest year yet: there are 12 categories (Facades, Smart Home Systems, Kitchens and Baths, Interior Furnishings, and others) offering even more opportunities to win and have your innovative designs featured in AN. Our jury of architecture and design professionals will select 12 winners, gaining you the trust of the top tier of the AEC community (in addition to some serious bragging rights). AN offers multiple opportunities for visibility, including an editorial announcement in the September issue, December’s Annual Awards issue, and ongoing social media outreach, placing your product in front of more than 1 million industry readers throughout the year. Pictured above are previous winners, many of whom submit products year after year due to the value and attention the Best of Products Awards has provided. Don’t miss your chance to join the winners’ circle and reap the benefits of being named a 2018 Best of Products winner! Enter your product before the July 9th deadline by clicking here.
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JULY 9 DEADLINE

The 2018 Best of Products Awards is shaping up to be our best yet!
With 12 wide-ranging categories, The Architect’s Newspaper’s fourth annual Best of Products Awards is our busiest to date. With a reputation for a smart, informed perspective on architecture and design, The Architect’s Newspaper applies the same high standards to our awards. Our jury is composed of renowned talents, curators, and journalists: Souda founder and principal designer Shaun Kasperbauer, Colony founder and curator Jean Lin, August Journal Editor-in-Chief Dung Ngo, as well as Products Editor Gabrielle Golenda and Editor-in-Chief William Menking. The Architect’s Newspaper’s Best of Products Awards is a much-anticipated event in the AEC community—you won’t want to miss it. Independent designers and manufacturers are invited to submit new products for review by July 9. Products are selected for their innovation, aesthetics, and performance. Winners will not only be featured in our September issue, but will also be published in our end-of-the-year Best of Design Awards special issue that is circulated to all subscribers. In addition, they will be highlighted on our online and social media channels. Winners will be announced in the September issue—the deadline is July 9.
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Extreme Conditions

New eco-friendly weather and air barriers help to lower energy costs

Even the highest performing facades can be undone by gaps or by under-utilizing insulation. Weather and air barriers have expanded to fill a variety of niches, from eco-friendly insulation to ready-to-install sealant.

Rizza Partition Closure System Balco

This compression seal is perfect for vertical junctures and joints between the ends of partitions, curtain walls, and glazing. It measures 100 feet in length, reducing multiple splicing, and is made from 100 percent silicone—making it an effective solution for sound/vibration transmission, thermal transfer, and dirt/dust infiltration.

Spectrem Restoration Overlay Tremco

Sloped glazing can be difficult to maintain, but this UV-resistant overlay provides superior protection against air and water leakages. Instead of having to completely replace degraded sealant, this gasket system is easy to install, has a high tolerance for temperatures, and can be color-matched.

AFB evo ROCKWOOL

Available in thicknesses of 1 to 6 inches, AFB evo meets all of the same specifications of the original ROCKWOOL AFB, while also conforming to sustainability standards such as LEEDv4. This light-weight batt insulation contains no added formaldehyde and is a great choice for schools and hospitals.

Air-Bloc 16MR Henry

A fire-resistant air and vapor barrier applied as a liquid, Air-Bloc includes anti-microbial properties to create a mold-resistant membrane when set. Once cured, Air-Bloc forms a tough, rubber-like barrier without any seams, and can be applied in temperatures as low as 2o℉.

   

[SPONSORED] Humanscale Coming soon from Humanscale Design Studio: Summa – a new movement in conference seating.

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mise en scene

Six dazzling decorative lighting fixtures

Below, you'll find six fixtures that add atmospheric lighting and character to any space. These illuminating releases recently debuted at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, MAISON&OBJET in Paris, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, and Light + Building in Frankfurt.

Tripp-Mini Pendant Pelle

This small-scale iteration of the popular 2014 triangular fixture makes it usable in new compositions and spaces; its welded metal forms illuminate a triangular outline where the joinery is left exposed.

Kuu Elina Ulvio

Kuu, the pendant named after the Finnish for moon, was designed for both direct and indirect light via its rotating inner circle. Made of plywood and acrylic, the obsidian light source is fitted with a wireless connection, allowing it to endlessly revolve within its oval enclosure.

Grid Pablo Designs

Imagined as a 3-D plane on a grid, this louvered framework emits glare-free lighting through translucent slats. The fixtures come as 18.5-by-18.5-inch squares or 18.5-by-46.3-inch rectangles and can be finished in ash wood as well as frosted and bronze acrylic.

Amisol Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan

Like the reflectors used in a photography studio, this fixture projects a powerful source of light onto a large disk that diffuses and reflects light beams. With an unfixed base, the light-capturing membrane is easily adjusted; it is available in translucent white film or with an amber metallic finish.

Blush Morten & Jonas for Northern

Norwegian design duo Morten & Jonas envisioned a pretty wall lamp shaped with subtle contours that guide ergonomic indicators, including a soft, bendable arm and rimmed rotating switch. The lamp is available in black and pink.

Mondo Floor Lamp Antonio Facco for Oblure

Made from 3-D laser-cut steel, this opal glass orb is enveloped in graphic black lines. The kinetic, sculptural metal shades rotate and overlap each other to form various patterns.

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Light Reading

Here are 5 new fixtures that solve common lighting problems

These new architectural fixtures answer the specific needs of a space across myriad typologies—including a system that is adaptable for multiuse spaces,  a projector that emits both diffused and direct light, and an LED bulb that supports circadian rhythms.

Vektor Linea Light Group

Linea Light Group installed Vektor in the exhibition rooms at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (shown above). Vektor’s light beam becomes progressively softer toward the artworks’ borders and frames, creating the effect that the objects are emerging from the shadows.

Riff Olle Lundberg for ateljé Lyktan

Resembling a hockey puck, this fixture is outfitted with an interchangeable cast aluminum screen. Both wall and ceiling fixtures are available in black and white.

Sharp Recessed Carlotta de Bevilacqua for Artemide

Sharp was designed for precision with an optical system that creates highly uniform light. The fixture pairs polynomial LEDs with a geometric screen, a combination that prevents multiple shadows and diffused spotlights.

Cielo-Terra Studiocharlie for De Padova

This thin adjustable pole is outfitted with two light sources that can be operated separately. A single linear fixture can illuminate intimate spaces or be used in multiple for larger areas.

Good Day LED Bulb Lighting Science

Using technology developed in collaboration with NASA, Lighting Science created a light source that supports circadian rhythms. The LED bulbs create the effect of direct natural light in environments where it might otherwise be limited or, worse, completely unavailable.

    [SPONSORED] Maglin Add color to your Spring collection. Energize your indoor or outdoor space with a splash of color
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Au Naturale

Five wallcoverings inspired by the natural world
These wall coverings conjure visions of fanciful landscapes, including neutral hues, florals, abstract organic forms, and materials that emulate naturally occurring aggregates.
Airbloom Abstracta Inspired by how forms in nature change through shifting seasons, Swedish designer Stefan Borselius abstracted botany and devised floating, full-bloomed flowers. The hanging felt acoustic partitions diffuse distracting sounds and create dynamic visual spaces.
Albemarle by Paul Smith Maharam This textile is inspired by the cast-iron facade of Paul Smith’s No. 9 Albemarle Street shop in London. The store, designed with 6a Architects, is an interpretation of Georgian architecture found in the city’s Mayfair district. The same motif of interlocking ellipses that wraps the storefront is etched in three color variations on tightly woven cotton.
Déchirer XL by Patricia Urquiola Mutina Déchirer pairs the rough, tactile surface of concrete with the delicate patterns associated with ceramics. The new XL size combines textures from different materials, marrying porcelain and 80 percent recycled glass mosaic with the grout for the joints. The barely perceptible relief can be used in both floor and wall coverings and is available in three stone-hued colorways. Twisted by Docey Lewis Maya Romanoff The illustrious weaver teamed up with the Chicago-based wallcovering manufacturer to design a wallpaper made from simple materials—in a pleasantly unexpected way. The wallcovering is composed of hand-painted paper stripes that are twined and then woven on a wooden loom. It is available in eight neutral colors. Herbario Aimée Wilder Finnish artist and filmmaker Paola Suhonen pressed wild mountain flowers in a book for an entire year. These colorful compositions were reworked from the pages into an anthology of 12 whimsical wallpapers.   [SPONSORED] EZ Wire Systems by Gyford Standoff Systems