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Lochinvar® introduces the Strato-Therm+ Solar Thermal Storage Tank, a space-saving unit that also serves as an indirect water heater and a hydronic buffer tank. It takes advantage of the natural buoyancy of heated water to efficiently stratify hydronic heating water. Solar thermal energy is introduced to the storage tank via the adjacent copper-tube spherical heat exchanger. Potable water is drawn through the corrugated stainless steel coil in the tank, where it is indirectly heated on demand for domestic use. ...  Sponsored section.

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PRESS RELEASE — ANTI-SLIP ACID-ETCHED GLASS

Walker Glass just released a new White Paper about the anti-slip acid-etched glass titled "What Specifiers Should Know About Acid-etched Glass for Walkways".

This White Paper will be beneficial to inform architects, designers and structural engineers on the properties of anti-slip acid-etched glass. The White Paper discusses issues such as surface finish consistency, surface hardness, durability, and strength of the anti-slip glass which are critical in creating the desired design and to appropriately assess constructability. ...  Sponsored section.

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CREATIVE CONCRETE

When we think of sustainability, images of solar panels, thick insulation, and rainwater cisterns might come to mind. But Canadian architect and researcher Mark West is rethinking the bones of concrete structures to find ways to make them as efficient as possible.

West is director of the University of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST), where the research revolves around fabric-formed concrete. The process uses pliable fabric to make innovative, efficient structural shapes.   Published 2012.0328

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SUSTAINABLE BY BIM: TWO CASE STUDIES

This pair of case studies explores the use of building information modeling (BIM) in small-scale sustainable design projects. —Editor

Ross Street House, Madison, Wisconsin, designed by Richard Wittschiebe Hand
Hadlow College Rural Regeneration Centre, Tonbridge, England, designed by Eurobuild

  Published 2012.0229

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The ArchitectureWeek Download Center provides direct access to dozens of free architectural downloads, from software to white papers.  Sponsored section.

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Our comprehensive, inspiring online guide to thousands of architectural and construction products, and hundreds of leading building product manufacturers, is provided in ArchitectureWeek as a joint production with DesignGuide. The Products Guide is continuously updated.  Sponsored section.

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