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  • Expansion Joint Covers and the Need for Fire Rating
    October 1, 2016
    Life Safety Digest
    Expansion joints are a necessary evil in most buildings, and designers like for them to cause as little interruption to design as possible. One item that tends to get overlooked during design is the fire rating that may be needed at the joint openings. Read more on page 8.
    Read the full article here.
  • Safer Substitutes Show Growth Potential
    June 25, 2015
    The market for so-called ‘safer chemistry’ is set to outpace the overall global chemical market during the current decade. Companies are reducing their use and generation of hazardous substances, creating safer products and lowering the impact of processes on human health and the environment. The impetus comes from a combination of tightening regulations and demand from consumers for more sustainable products.
    Read the full article here.
  • Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
    September 5, 2014
    Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products prove beneficial for LEED v4 documentation. A recent edition of edc “the official magazine for the LEED® Professional” details the challenges Dallas-based HKS Inc. faced while working through the Materials & Resource credits in LEED v4.
    Read the full article here.
  • Helping those at the end of the supply chain: Why companies belong to joint NGO-industry groups like BizNGO
    May 13, 2014
    "A prevalent misconception within the media, among politicians and others, is that all industry finds chemical regulations ineffective, burdensome and a threat to their profits, when in fact many downstream chemical users...realise there is much to gain from increased transparency of information and better regulatory control over the production and use of chemicals." This article is reproduced by permission from Global Business Briefing www.chemicalwatch.com.
    Read the full article here.
  • Reducing a Building's Appetite for Energy, Water and Materials
    March 20, 2014
    Sustainable architecture is our industry's declaration that tomorrow shalll have a voice in what we do today. The extent to which we value and attend to that voice not only sets our course, but that of future generations as well. It's not so much that this heightens our responsibility - for certainly it does - but rather it raises our opportunity. As we answer the voice of tomorrow, opportunity extends from product manufacturers to building sites and into every community. These are the opening lines of an article in edc magazine authored by C/S' VP & General Manager, Howard Williams. The article appears on page 22; read on and be inspired.
    Read the full article here.
  • Resilient Design: Building Long-Term Care Facilities
    March 20, 2014
    Resiliency demonstrates the ability to recover or adapt to change — to withstand external influence and become healthy again after disaster strikes. A community's ability to be resilient is both its strength and its endurance in the face of an uncertain future. In a world experiencing increasing adverse weather conditions, we as manufacturers, designers, planners, and governmental entities designing products, buildings and cities must ask: how will this object survive the next Hurricane Sandy or Katrina? How can it reduce impact for the next drought? How can it prevent severe physical damage and extended chaos? How can it protect essential infrastructure? How can it keep people safe? Click the link below to read the full article written by C/S' Marketing Director, Curt Fessler.
    Read the full article here.
  • Construction Specialties is Our Pick for 'Best Green Booth Design' at Greenbuild 2013
    December 4, 2013
    One of the great ironies of Greenbuild is the disconnect between the myriad of “green” products and the anything-but-green booths in which companies show their wares. In relief to the candy-colored plastic and vinyl clad arrangements, Construction Specialties used a low-tech paper tower to show off their high-tech green chemistry. By putting the message of sustainability in materials first, CS gets our nod as the best booth at Greenbuild 2013.
    C/S Booth Chosen for Best Green Design at Greenbuild 2013
    Read the full article here.
  • You protect your walls, doors and fabrics why not your floors?
    September 11, 2013
    Just like a home, every building has a main entrance and this entrance handles a constant flow of people and deliveries. Entrances are where the battle begins for the maintenance crew to maintain a safe, slip-resistant and clean indoor environment. So, why not fight the battle at the source rather than letting dirt travel further inside the building? Not addressing the maintenance issue at the door allows the dirt and water to travel further inside the building, which takes extra effort from your skilled workforce to keep it clean. Who has the money for that? (Continue reading on page 16)
    The Flooring Magazine
    Read the full article here.
  • Disclosing toxic chemicals
    July 29, 2013
    We all take risks, but accurately assessing them doesn't come naturally to us. From the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the collapse of the financial sector, people have taken risks without fully understanding their potential impact. Toxic chemicals present another set of poorly understood risks that can have serious health and environmental consequences. Chemicals policy reform can help us deal with those risks.
    The Hill - Congress Blog
    Read the full article here.
  • It's Show and Tell Time for Building Product Manufacturers
    May 9, 2013
    “Architects have a greater ability to improve public health than medical professionals.” That provocative statement was made by a physician, Dr. Claudia Miller, an assistant dean at the University of Texas School of Medicine, on a panel I moderated on healthy building materials during our second annual firm-wide Green Week.
    Read the full article here.

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