1 November 2017 — The school campus that comprises Mae Jemison High School and Ronald McNair Junior High School in Huntsville, Ala., is a study in contrasts: the traditional and the modern, the old and the new, the past and the future. But mostly this place is about the future and about the possibilities that the future holds.
Firestone Building Products LLC, announced that Bridgestone executive Taylor Cole has been named president, effective Aug. 14, 2017. Cole succeeds Tim Dunn, Firestone Building Products, who will retire Oct. 1 after more than 31 years with Firestone and its parent company, Bridgestone Americas. As president, Cole will lead the long-term growth strategy and planning for Firestone, overseeing all aspects of marketing, sales, technology and international business development.
Keene Building Products has hired Darren Keegan as director — Keene Manufacturing. Keegan graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. Throughout his career, Keegan excelled in a wide range of jobs, from an environmental, mechanical, and plant/applications engineer, to a general manager and vice president.
Dörken Systems Inc., a North-American manufacturer of air and moisture barriers, has launched the DELTA® Academy, a host of education programs for building professionals who strive to build to a higher standard. DELTA Academy gives building professionals, such as architects, specifiers and contractors, access to relevant and timely information addressing new research findings and industry standards, curated and presented by the industry’s key thought leaders. DELTA Academy is easy to access, convenient and simple to use.
Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. No, these are not random names. They are the hurricanes on record while we were preparing this issue of Masonry Design. Most, if not all, of you are familiar with Harvey and Irma, two large hurricanes which brought about incredible destruction in the Southeast United States in August and September — destruction to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in Houston, Texas, and all across the state of Florida.
It’s no secret that green building is growing in the United States — a practice where the structure and application of processes are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle. Specifically, the North American green roof industry experienced an estimated 10.3 percent increase in 2016 over 2015, recording 889 projects in 40 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces (2016 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey).
Lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) are the two largest uses of energy throughout the commercial building sector. In fact, lighting alone accounts for nearly 35–50 percent of total electricity consumption. Within the building envelope, however, lies the opportunity to reduce the energy being consumed and decrease a building’s overall carbon footprint. Achieving sustainability within the building envelope starts with specifying the right products. Choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t just ensure lower energy costs; it can enhance occupant health and reduce any negative impact on the building itself, as well as the environment.