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    Quizzical Pursuit
    —The Architecture Puzzler

    Created by Dave Guadagni

    Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
    Architecture Puzzler #572

    Question

    What would you tell your client if you were asked how decorative thin-film intumescent fireproofing worked?

    Answer

    This fireproofing is applied like paint to exposed structural steel members to achieve a desired fire rating. When exposed to flame, the coating softens, expands, and bubbles to form a thick insulating layer.
     


     

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    Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects

    Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2013, Dave Guadagni.

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    A different kind of thin-film material was used for the cladding of Team Germany's surPLUShome from the 2009 Solar Decathlon: copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) panels.
    Photo: Courtesy America.gov

     
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