—The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
Architecture Puzzler #572
What would you tell your client if you were asked how decorative thin-film intumescent fireproofing worked?
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.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2013, Dave Guadagni.
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.
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