Energy codes mandating more efficient use of buildings—and, by extension, of building enclosures—are already being adopted by many states as a logical step in the reduction of energy consumption. On a national scale, the impetus to improve building energy performance
Behavioral health facility construction is experiencing a spike in the U.S., due in part to enhanced benefit provisions in the Affordable Care Act that have widened access to mental health treatment.
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For the reconstruction of a high school in the United Kingdom, the project team removed concrete spandrel panels and installed a new steel structure for added floor area and a unitized curtain wall of translucent fiber-reinforced polymer. This pumped more daylight into classrooms without unwanted gains to heating and cooling loads. Photo courtesy of Kalwall