Answers . 09 January 2013   
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Quizzical Pursuit
—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.


Okay, got it? Now try this week's Puzzler:


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

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