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DEVIL'S DETAIL 13: INTERIOR GLASS GUIDE SPECS

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The latest tool to simplify specification writing is the new AGI GUIDE SPECIFICATION for interior glazing. Produced in conjunction with specifications consulting firm, Conspectus, Inc., the guide specification is intended to be edited for specific project requirements. Compatible with styles used in ARCOM MasterSpec® the guide can be easily reformatted to the user's preferences. Devil's Detail 13 provides more information about the guide specification and how to get a copy.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL 12: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF GLASS

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From skyscrapers to storefronts, glazing assemblies are part of most building projects. Glazing presents opportunities and challenges. Devil's Detail 12 addresses Design Assist and methods for early collaboration with glazing contractors. Follow the journey of glass from concept and shop drawing development to fabrication and installation, identifying and understanding the matrix of issues along the way to avoid problems and ensure project success.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL 11: SAFETY

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Glazing products and assemblies are being used more extensively and creatively throughout the world. To meet the growing demand and associated challenges of glass work, glazing contractors and installers must consider a myriad of factors as they prepare for and approach each project. Devil's Detail 11 describes issues related to elevated work, fall protection, and other hazards and the considerations to ensure success in safety.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL 10: STICK-BUILT VS. UNITIZED GLAZING

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Delivery method can be a critical factor in project success, impacting schedule and budget. Early discussions about a building’s glazing system should assess whether stick-built or unitized glazing will be more appropriate to meet design intent and project goals. But what’s the difference? Devil's Detail 10 outlines the differences, considerations, and pros and cons of stick-built and unitized glazing systems.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL: HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENVELOPES

HIGH-PERFORMANCE GLASS ENVELOPES

Most successful glazing systems are the result of a team effort, where the architect, engineer, contractor, and fabricator pool their knowledge and creativity to produce a functionally and aesthetically successful design. Using example drawings and construction detail photos, Devil's Detail 09 illustrates the process of designing and building evocative building envelopes that achieve high performance standards.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL: SPONTANEOUS BREAKAGE

SPONTANEOUS BREAKAGE

Minor edge damage during glass handling, a scratch or nick during installation, a design flaw, or a natural imperfection in the glass could all result in spontaneous breakage - the seemingly unprompted shattering of glass. For design and construction professionals, understanding how and why glass breaks can be key to prevention.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL: BUILDING ENCLOSURE COMMISSIONING (BECx)

BUILDING ENCLOSURE COMMISSIONING (BECx)

BECx emphasizes functional performance testing, expanding beyond air and water testing of individual façade components - such as curtainwall or windows - and instead addresses whole building performance by holistically examining building enclosure assemblies.

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DEVIL'S DETAIL: HISTORIC WINDOW REPLACEMENT

HISTORIC WINDOW REPLACEMENT

Historic window replacement projects must balance the needs and expectations of the building owner and occupants with current codes, historic commission requirements, and the physical properties of different window systems, all while maintaining the historic building’s fabric, character, and architectural integrity. Learn the considerations, parameters, and complexities of historic replacement.

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INTERIOR GLASS

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL GLASS

The growing popularity of interior glass - and tax implications of demountable partitions - have dramatically increased the use of glazing in commercial interiors. Learn the basics of demountable interior glass, from system and glass types to door styles, hardware options, and acoustic properties.

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ALL ABOUT ALUMINUM

ALL ABOUT ALUMINUM

Most commercial architectural glazing products installed today are made up of a combination of aluminum extrusions. Devil's Detail 4 Aluminum - From Alloys to Zinc describes the properties of aluminum, differences between anodizing and other coatings, coating concerns related to weather and adjacent materials, and the complex design possibilities available.

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GLASS EVOLUTION

GLASS EVOLUTION

Devil's Detail 3 delves into the history, evolution, and performance of glass to illustrate how the complex components of a glazing system combine to perform as an assembly. It defines the thermal characteristics and specific terminology - from U-Factor to Visible Transmittance - to offer a "clearer" understanding.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF DETAILING

THE IMPORTANCE OF DETAILING

The first Devil's Detail introduced the differences between curtain wall and window wall systems, and how to properly address inherent issues of weather tightness. In Devil's Detail 2, the focus is on design and detailing, both of which are of critical importance to any curtain wall, window wall, or storefront glass because of the component nature of the systems. Attention to detail ensures considerations for structural integrity, movement, and weather tightness.

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INTRODUCTION TO CURTAIN & WINDOW WALLS

INTRODUCTION TO CURTAIN & WINDOW WALLS

Although most contemporary exterior wall systems that are suspended from the building are technically considered curtain walls, the design community has accepted this term to mean any multi-story glazed system. This discussion will concentrate on two particular product types: curtain wall and window wall.

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