Some Schools May Be Health Hazards

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School boards and parents are discovering that schools they labored hard to raise money to build in the last 10 years or so are subjecting their children to mold and indoor air quality problems. Many of these problems can be attributed to choices made in building materials. Some materials provide a ready food source for […]


Concrete Masonry Puts Kids First In Schools

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When building schools, some school boards are beginning to use a new concept called the “Kids First Approach.” This idea focuses on creating schools that are safe and provide a healthy environment so the students can focus on learning. Such school construction projects are designed with fire safety, building security, maintenance, durability, energy efficiency and […]


Unhealthy Air In Schools Building Materials Play A Role

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Many children are being subjected to indoor air quality problems in their schools. Oftentimes, these problems can be attributed to the materials used in constructing the schools, many of which provide a food source for mold. Even with the best building design, moisture likely will be present in all schools at some point, so the […]


Could Your Home Withstand A Fire

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In December 2004, a fire destroyed three townhouses and damaged a fourth in Lorton, Va., just south of the nation’s capital. Investigators later determined that faulty wiring had sparked the blaze. Raul Castillo, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, said that fire marshals digging through the rubble uncovered an anomaly in […]


Some School Buildings May Be Health Hazards

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School boards and parents are discovering that schools they labored hard to raise money to build in the last 10 years or so are subjecting their children to mold and indoor air quality problems. Many of these problems can be attributed to choices made in building materials. Some materials provide a ready food source for […]


Tornado Rips Building 150 Live To Tell The Story

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About 150 employees at Parsons Manufacturing Co. in Illinois were shocked to see their company’s building turned into a pile of mangled steel beams and other rubble as an F-4 tornado ripped through the area. But what’s even more shocking is that they were inside the building when the storm hit. Thanks to reinforced concrete […]


Design Award Of Excellence Goes To Minnesota Home

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The prestigious Residential Design Award of Excellence for 2004 has been given to a home built in Hugo, Minn. The competition, sponsored annually by the National Concrete Masonry Association, recognizes excellence in projects featuring the use of concrete masonry to build quality homes. The winning residence was designed by Villa Architects and is home to […]


Fireplace Design Ideas Types Of Fireplaces

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Types of fireplaces such as masonry, gas, electric, pre fabricated and woodstoves are available today. Fireplace design ideas depend on factors such as the area to be covered and the purpose that it needs to serve. While masonry fireplaces in which natural wood is burnt might be a common sight in old, large houses, gas […]