Category: Interface Highlight

Cool Roofs for a Warming World

March 01, 2021

Why We Need Cool Roofs and What to Consider When Planning to Install Them By Kurt Shickman Rising temperatures are fast becoming the key challenge for our cities and urbanized areas. The effects of heat have negative outcomes for people’s health and well-being, social equity, energy use and peak demand, resilience of health, transportation and […]

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Amazon’s Arlington Headquarters to Highlight Helix

March 01, 2021

Plans designed by architecture firm NBBJ have been submitted for Amazon’s new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, near the United States Capitol. One of the four buildings will be shaped like a double helix and offer two walkable paths of landscaped terrain. The 350-ft.-tall tower, dubbed “The Helix,” will be the centerpiece of the PenPlace campus, […]

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NWiR Forms Canadian Council

March 01, 2021

The National Women in Roofing (NWiR) organization has partnered with Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) to establish a Canadian Council of the NWiR. Technical Manager Wendy Fraser, PEng, of CRCA, will join the board of directors for NWiR’s Canadian Council and serve as its membership chair. Lillianne Dunstall will chair the NWiR Canadian Council. Dunstall […]

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Trouble in the Sky

March 01, 2021

The supertall tower at 432 Park Avenue, New York City, was the tallest residential building in the world when it was built in 2015. Extremely tall, narrow “pencil” towers have been popping up in Manhattan’s skyline. According to The New York Times, more than 20 buildings that are more than 1,000 ft. tall have been […]

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AI Could ID Construction Defects Early

March 01, 2021

An AI program is being developed that, when combined with footage from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), could be used to conduct automated investigations of building enclosures, possibly identifying problems earlier. Thornton Tomasetti Damage Detector (T2D2) is a machine-based learning system that uses an image-analysis algorithm to search for and identify damage to building façades and […]

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solar panels in front of Keck dome

Solar Panels at High Altitude on Hawaii’s Big Island

February 01, 2021

In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and in line with their desire to be “good stewards of the planet,” the W. M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii’s Big Island now has 332 solar panels. The panels will provide 259.1 MWh of power annually, or about 10-15% of the observatory’s energy requirements. Duke Energy’s REC […]

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Roofing Fatalities Up 15% in 2019

February 01, 2021

A report released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in December of 2020 shows that the number of roofing fatalities reported in 2019 was up 15% from 2018. The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report showed that roofers accounted for 111 of 5,333 fatal on-the-job injuries in 2019. This rise is […]

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