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Fabrics and textiles are used in architecture and interior design for upholstery, wall panels, and window treatments. This article discusses the various types of natural and synthetic fabric. We also cover selection criteria and specification concerns.

This guide covers architect fees: from how fees are structured, how to develop them, what is included in standard fees, things to consider when building a fee, and a discussion about typical fees.

There are a number of green building certification programs and rating systems. Some focus on energy reduction, some focus on occupant health, and others try to cover it all. We review the various rating systems for sustainability, resiliency, and health.

Membrane roofing is often used on commercial flat roofs. Common flat roof membranes discussed in this article include built-up asphalt (tar and gravel), modified bitumen, and single-ply membranes like EPDM, PVC, TPO, and KEE. We also cover spray applied foam and liquid roofing options.

Pressure treated wood (or another kind of treatment) should be used if wood is exposed to moisture so you can prevent wet-rot, dry-rot, and insect infestation. We discuss treatment options, specifications, and health hazards.

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Learn how to calculate slopes in degrees, percentage, and gradient. We also provide a table of slopes commonly used in architecture and construction, plus a table of roof slopes.

Architectural and engineering scale factors for use in Computer Aided Design.

A table of lumber sizes that includes the actual lumber dimensions as well as the nominal sizes. This includes softwood, hardwood, and glue laminated lumber.

Concrete masonry Unit (CMU) sizes for standard CMUs - includes both nominal and actual dimensions. Also covers the various CMU shapes and finishes as well as the common ASTM manufacturing standards.

Covers insulation R-values and R-factors for other common building materials. We also discuss U-Factors.