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AAMA Releases New Curtain Wall Manual

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has developed a new manual providing guidelines for the design of curtain walls. Publication of AAMA CWM-19, Curtain Wall Manual, marks the culmination of efforts by volunteers from AAMA Curtain Wall/Storefront Council member companies to update and enhance the former AAMA MCWM1-89, Metal Curtain Wall Manual. It also incorporates content from several other related AAMA publications for ease of access.“New curtain wall guide specifications are expected to be of particular interest,” said Steve Fronek (Wausau Window and Wall Systems), a leader...

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Case Study: Municipality Brings Natural Light into New Ashburn, VA Firehouse

Located about 20 miles outside of Washington D.C. in Ashburn, Virginia, an old firehouse served a heavily populated geographical area. Next to this original 65-year-old, 13,000-square-foot station, the fire company built an entirely new, 35,000-squarefoot, two-story building. Around 5,000 square feet of the original building was retrofitted to house a social hall.

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Case Study: Natural Interior Delight Brings Light to Berkeley West Library

The West Branch Library in Berkeley, CA is a completely new building, designed to comply with the city's 2009 Climate Action Plan, in which every new building Berkeley constructs needs to be a Zero Net Energy building. The city's plan sets the goal of reducing local greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and envisions a city where new and existing buildings achieve Zero Net Energy consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

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