Have You Gotten Close to Your Fire Door Lately?

by Ronald Ray 0 comments
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) first developed NFPA 80: Standard for Fire Doors and Other Openings Protectives in 1912 under the title Rules for Fire Protection Coverings for Openings in Walls and Partitions on the Interior of Buildings. NFPA 80 has been adopted into the International Building Code (IBC) since the IBC's inception in 2000, and it has also been adopted into NFPA 101: Life Safety Code.

Imprinted Asphalt

Imprinted asphalt (also called textured asphalt, stamped asphalt, or patterned paving) has been incorporated into the specifications of some state Departments of Transportation (DOTs). The state DOTs have found these systems to be exceptional for their aesthetics and durability.

Automatic Entrances - Know When to Fold 'Em

by Kristi Duce-Romero 1 comments
Automatic entrances are a great way to add convenience and accessibility to any type of facility. A folding automatic entrance is best used where there is not enough space available in front of a door opening for a swinging door, or where available side room is inadequate for a sliding door, and where the width of an opening is restricted to approximately six to eight feet and there is a desire to move traffic in both directions through a single opening.

Get a Grip on Stainless Steel Railing Finishes

by Ronald Ray 3 comments
Stainless steel is often used as a railing material, especially where corrosion resistance is a major concern. Stainless steel tube and pipe railings are not extruded as some would think, but rather are fabricated from stainless steel sheet material complying with ASTM A480/A480M - Specification for General Requirements for Flat-Rolled Stainless and Heat-Resisting Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip. Within ASTM A480/A480M are established finishes for stainless steel sheet and plate, with the most common architectural finishes being No. 4, No. 6, No. 7, and No. 8. Stainless steel sheet used in the fabrication of tubes and pipes for railings typically has a No. 2D - Cold-Rolled Dull Finish or a No. 2B - Cold-Rolled Bright Finish.

Designing Comfort: Tips for Specifying Fixed Audience Seating

by Tim Werbstein 0 comments
MasterSpec Section 126100 - Fixed-Audience Seating was revised and reissued with the third 2015 update. It specifies chair-type seating typically found in theatres, educational and commercial meeting spaces, and sports arenas. Worship seating, traditionally based on fixed wooden pews, has generally been replaced by this more comfortable seating. This blog post focuses on planning considerations for upholstered seating.

The MasterSpec Team is Working for You

by ARCOM 0 comments
The MasterSpec team continuously updates the specifications to ensure they are meeting specifier and industry needs. New libraries and sections are added as building industry demands change. In 2015, MasterSpec hit several milestones and set new records. Below are a few stats and insights that continue to make MasterSpec the leading specification choice of specifiers.

There's Water (Vapor) in the Air - Benefits and Considerations of Humidification

by Paula Gillette 1 comments
Low humidity dries hair, skin, eyes, and mucous membranes in respiratory systems. To avoid low humidity, humidifiers are used to add water vapor to the air. Water vapor can be added to the supply air distribution system serving spaces or to the occupied spaces directly. Here we'll review some common types of humidifiers.

In or Out - Security Windows vs. Detention Windows

by Kristi Duce-Romero 0 comments
While security windows and detention windows may seem to serve the same purpose, the major difference is: do you intend to keep the threat in or to keep the threat out? The answer to this simple question will influence how to correctly specify the right type of window for your facility.

ARCOM Introduces New MasterSpec Section 101423.13 - Room Identification Signage

by Tim Werbstein 0 comments
New MasterSpec Section 101423.13 - Room Identification Signage was released with the third quarter update. It specifies signs that are typically used for interior and exterior-access room identification and that may include wayfinding information.

ARCOM Introduces New MasterSpec Section 262653 - Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment

by Michael Heinsdorf 0 comments
ARCOM has worked with several electric vehicle charger manufacturers to develop MasterSpec's new Section 262653 – Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment – Level 1 and Level 2, which debuts with the second quarter 2015 update.