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Embracing Eco-Friendly Solutions in Commercial Stair Design

Ascending Sustainability

In the era of environmental consciousness, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt sustainable practices. One often overlooked area is commercial stair design, where eco-friendly choices can make a substantial impact on both the environment and the overall sustainability of a building. This blog post explores how commercial stairs can be transformed into eco-friendly elements, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

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Exploring Fire-Rated Floor and Access Doors Solutions

Bridging Safety Gaps

As early as 1897, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has been addressing fire life and safety concerns. Currently, NFPA 80 is the standard for fire doors and other opening protectives. Chapter 16 of NFPA 80 is designated for access doors in both horizontal and vertical applications in fire-rated walls, floors, and floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies (NFPA 2022). This article addresses common uses, styles and specification tips for fire-rated floor doors and access doors.  

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3-Step Guide to Effective Expansion Joint Planning

As manufacturers of Expansion Joint Systems, we frequently encounter common mistakes that lead to bidding confusion and ultimately, costly change orders in construction projects. In this article, we will shed light on some of the prevalent issues found in construction documents, along with a three-step design process to minimize errors and ensure successful project outcomes.

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A Look Back on Nystrom Day

Honoring Nystrom Building Products in Brooklyn Park on Nystrom Day, December 19, 2019

The holiday season in 2019 was a special time for Nystrom Building Products, a company that has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn Park, Minnesota community for many years. On December 19, 2019, the city came together to celebrate the company's contributions to the local economy, innovation, and community engagement. The event, aptly named "Nystrom Day," was held in the newly renovated East building of the Nystrom campus facility. This commemorative day was filled with meaningful moments, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, facility tours, and delightful cupcakes.

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What's the Difference? Smoke Vent Labeling

Fire Safety Certification Differences

In the realm of fire safety, the performance and reliability of smoke vents are critical. Two of the most recognized testing and certification standards for these products are UL 793 and FM 4430. While both standards aim to ensure the effectiveness of smoke venting systems, they have distinct differences that can impact the choice of products for commercial and industrial applications. In this blog, we'll explore these variations, shedding light on the distinctions between UL 793 and FM 4430 product labeling and what it means for your fire safety strategies.

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Don't Let Title 24 Trip You Up

Beyond Accessibility: Unpacking California's Title 24 and Visually Contrasting Nosings

In the intricate world of stair treads and nosings, one often hears a lot about Title 24 and its association with brightly colored nosings embedded into concrete stairs. This design choice serves a crucial purpose, making it easier for the visually impaired to identify the leading edge of a stair tread. However, there is a common misunderstanding that California Title 24 pertains solely to the accessibility aspect of the California Building Code. In reality, Title 24 encompasses a much broader spectrum, composed of 12 distinct "Parts," including the Administrative Code, Building Code, Mechanical Code, and Fire Code, among others. In essence, Title 24 represents the comprehensive California Building Standards Code, reaching far beyond accessibility considerations.

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The Silent Hero: Commercial Entrance Flooring

Unveiling the Multifaceted Benefits of Commercial Entrance Flooring

A commercial entrance is more than just a physical threshold, it's the gateway to your business. Every step taken across that entrance holds the potential to shape perceptions, enhance safety, and impact the indoor environment. In this blog, we'll explore how a well-designed commercial entrance flooring system goes beyond aesthetics to profoundly influence safety, create lasting first impressions, improve indoor air quality, and even trim building maintenance costs. Let's dive into the multifaceted impact of this often-overlooked element.

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4 Effective Ways to Enhance Fall Protection for Your Roof Hatch

Securing Safe Rooftop Access

When it comes to rooftop access, safety should always be a top priority. Your commercial roof hatch, while providing essential access, can also pose significant fall hazards if not adequately protected. Fortunately, there are several ways to enhance fall protection around your roof hatch, ensuring the safety of your personnel and complying with regulatory requirements. In this blog, we'll explore four effective methods to achieve this:

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Specifying Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

Designing for Safety: The Right Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

Fire safety is a critical concern for every building, whether it's a commercial office space, a residential complex, or an industrial facility. In the event of a fire emergency, quick and easy access to fire extinguishers can make all the difference. To ensure both safety and aesthetics, specifying the right fire extinguisher cabinets is essential. In this article, we'll delve into the key factors to consider when specifying fire extinguisher cabinets.

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Exploring the Advantages of Non-Drainable Floor Doors

Safeguarding Industrial Spaces

When it comes to access solutions in commercial and industrial settings, floor doors play a crucial role. They provide access to utility spaces, basements, and other concealed areas while ensuring safety and convenience. While many are familiar with traditional floor doors equipped with drainage channels, non-drainable floor doors have been gaining popularity for specific applications. In this blog, we'll dive into the world of non-drainable floor doors, exploring their advantages and where they are most effectively used.

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