By: Yelena Straight, P.E Senior Researcher
For anyone who has felt an earthquake first-hand, they can attest that even the smallest of tremors can be jarring. Although we have no control over seismic activity, we do have control in the adoption and enforcement of up-to-date building codes and proper material installation.
In the past, seismic force levels were only considered in certain earthquake-prone locations like California and Alaska. But major revisionsRead More
Product Marketing Manager
Structural Solutions, USG
As building systems become more complex and technology drives product innovation, construction systems have evolved to protect building occupants, owners and communities from the devastating effects of fire.
Although the fire and life safety benefits gained from noncombustible construction systems shouldn’t be overlooked, these methods often present contractors with a myriad of challenges and limitatiRead More
A new school’s building plans called for a barrel vault ceiling. There was a basic architectural design, but not a specified plan for its design and construction. The contractors needed a plan and support.
You need to select a wallboard panel for a high-traffic area that is prone to scraping, bumping and damage. There are different levels of resistance to these issues, but you’re unsure which is right for your space.
It is crucial to understand the difference in performance between abuse- and impact-resistant gypsum panels in order to specify the correct product to minimize damage. When specified and installed in accordance wRead More
Brush up on your skyscraper knowledge with these flashcard-style pages, featuring essential and fun facts about the tallest buildings in the world!
Paul Shipp is a mechanical engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in building energy conservation, moisture management, fire safety and acoustics. He is a Principal Research Associate in the Building Science and Technology Commercialization Laboratory at USG’s Corporate Innovation Center in Libertyville, Illinois.
People live, work and play in buildings the majority of their lives. Whether in a home, the workplace, a school, or in other buildings, people are spending less and less time outside. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends nearly 90% of his or her time indoors in a building; and that exposure to indoor air pollutants may be two to five times higher than the levels usually found in outdoor air. The kinds of indoor air pollutants typically foundRead More
By: Erin Dugan
Have you ever been in a meeting where you can hear every single word from the office next door? Or have you waited to see the doctor and hear the diagnosis for the patient in the next room? There are a lot of factors that could cause this lack of privacy, such as wall construction and sound flanking through outlets and ductwork. However, the ceiling may also be the culprit. This is especially important for offRead More
By Linda McGovern
Senior Vice President Marketing
In last week’s post we talked about increasing demands for jobs and business along with key industry themes we’ve observed. This week, we’d like to share how USG can help you keep on target and highlight some of the new products we’ve launched.
In 2015, we introduced several new communication tools to help you keep abreast of industry trendRead More
By Linda McGovern, Senior Vice President Marketing
This soccer field was built on the third floor of a building. Learn about the construction, and more, in this week’s round up of building and construction industry news.
Have you ever worked on a job with no money to do anything exceptional? Or worse, the "really exceptional" parts of your design have been value engineered away? Did you ever get stuck with repetitive, low budget, "bread and butter" jobs that have become more tedious than challenging?
Don’t lose interest and fall into the dungeons of "design lethargy"!
Take a fresh look at what you DO have to work with, and then attack your pRead More
When you think of a supply chain for a manufacturer, you typically think of the process of sourcing raw materials, transporting them to the manufacturing location, making the products, packaging and finally transporting to the consumer. Looking at the entire value chain, this could be extended to include raw material extraction and end of life; typically, disposal in a landfill. Historically, manufacturers thought of the production process as being linear in natuRead More
In our last Marketing 101 post, we talked about the importance of using online marketing to connect with your customers. In this post, we’ll focus on social media — a convenient and highly effective way to connect with customers.
1. Put “Social” into Perspective
Sometimes a business creates a Twitter or a Facebook account (read more about choosing social platforms) and only posts about their own products and servRead More
Marketing is a key component of any successful business. As a business owner, it is very easy to overlook the critical elements of a solid marketing campaign by getting caught up in the busywork of the day -- finances, scheduling jobs, managing logistics and employees, all while ensuring the business is running smoothly. It is quite a balancing act! In the meantime, owners must not ignore the critical elements of actually doing the work to ensure the business remains healthy. One of the businRead More
By: Fred Mazurski
Director of Energy, USG
As the cost of energy continues to rise, many organizations are looking for ways to reduce that financial burden and do it in a way that is better for the environment. From windmills and biomass, to geothermal and solar PV – there are several options that may meet your specific project needs.
But where do you start? In order to make an informed decision about using an alternative form of energy, and specifically which type, yoRead More