The Basics of Air Barriers: What They Are and Why They Matter

March 14, 2023 | Cleveland

Photo Credit: TyvekAir barriers are one of the most essential components of a building’s envelope. The building envelope, which includes exterior cladding, insulation, and air barriers, plays a critical role in the thermal performance, energy efficiency, moisture control, and indoor air quality of a building. In this article, we will delve into the different aspects of air barriers, including how they work, types of materials used, installation techniques, testing methods, building codes, standards and their contribution to sustainable building design.If you’re looking for quick answers to questions you may have regarding air barriers, check out our FAQ below.Let’s get started.What is an Air Barrier?An air barrier is a material or system designed to prevent air leakage into or out of a building.What is air leakage, and why does it matter?Understanding Air Leakage in BuildingsAir leakage is a significant problem in buildings, which can cause wasted energy, increased utility bills, and reduced … Continued

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4 Best Practices for Commercial Construction Efficiency

February 14, 2023 | Commercial Buildings

Achieving commercial construction efficiency during projects is complex and challenging endeavor. Whether you’re a contractor, project manager, or owner, you know that the clock is always ticking on a construction site. Every delay, miscommunication, or unanticipated issue has the potential to impact your bottom line, not to mention your reputation. That’s why it’s so important to find ways to maximize efficiency, every step of the way.But let’s face it, efficiency is easier said than done. There are a multitude of challenges that can arise on a construction site. From weather and site conditions to labor shortages and unexpected setbacks, the list is endless. Despite these challenges, it’s still possible to achieve success by following best practices and utilizing technology to help.In this blog, we’ll be discussing the four key areas of commercial construction that impact efficiency the most, and how your team can make the most out of your time at … Continued

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What is Acoustic and Thermal Insulation?

February 7, 2023 | Commercial Buildings

Choosing how much acoustic and thermal building insulation you need is a critical component in commercial and residential construction, as it plays a significant role in maintaining the comfort and energy efficiency of a building. Proper insulation helps regulate the temperature and reduce noise levels, making a space more livable and usable. Additionally, using the blend of insulation helps to reduce energy costs, as it slows the transfer of heat from the inside to the outside of a building.In this blog, we’ll be going over what acoustic and thermal insulation is, and provide a detailed explanation of their real-world usage.We’ll also include extra resources at the end for more info on related topics. Acoustic and Thermal Insulation – A Brief OverviewWhat is acoustic and thermal insulation?Acoustic insulation is designed to reduce noise levels, while thermal insulation is designed to slow the transfer of heat. Both types of insulation have their own unique properties and … Continued

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8 Ways to Control Cost in Commercial Construction

January 26, 2023 | Commercial Construction

Cost control is an important consideration in any commercial construction project, as it can significantly impact the overall success of the project. In this blog, we’ll be discussing some tips for controlling costs in commercial construction.1. Establish a Clear Project BudgetBefore starting a project, it’s important to establish a clear budget and allocate funds appropriately. This includes setting aside money for contingencies and unexpected expenses.2. Choose Commercial Construction Materials WiselyThe cost of materials can quickly add up in a construction project, so it’s important to choose them wisely. Consider the long-term costs and benefits of different materials, and choose those that offer the best value for money.3. Work with a Reliable TeamPartnering with a team of experienced and reliable professionals can help to control costs in a construction project. This includes contractors, architects, engineers, and other specialized professionals.4. Use Cost-Effective Construction MethodsThere are various construction methods that can help to … Continued

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How Humidity Affects Drywall

January 16, 2023 | Drywall

Drywall, also known as plasterboard or gypsum board, is a widely used building material for constructing walls and ceilings. It is durable, relatively easy to install, and provides an effective and affordable solution for finishing interior surfaces. However, drywall can be sensitive to changes in humidity and may be damaged by high levels of moisture in the air.In this blog, we’ll be discussing how high levels of humidity can negatively affect drywall.Drywall DistortionOne of the main ways in which humidity can be harmful to drywall is by causing it to warp, bulge or even crack. When the moisture content of the drywall is not properly balanced, it can lead to swelling or shrinkage, which can cause these issues. This is especially important during the install of the drywall. If drywall is installed when it is humid, it will dry out and result in large cracks. This can be unsightly and … Continued

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4 Lesser-Known Facts about Metal Stud Framing

December 5, 2022 | Metal Studs

If you are considering a project for your commercial building, there are many reasons to consider metal stud framing. It is extremely durable and resistant to many issues that plague wooden studs. Despite all of the advantages, there are, however, some other things to consider when opting for metal studs. Continue reading to learn more from the team at Architectural Interior Restorations Inc.

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Project Highlight: Software Industry Leader Breaks into Retail Hardware Space

November 18, 2022 | Projects

Microsoft, a tech industry giant and household name, produces computer software, personal computers, and related services. Microsoft wanted to highlight their new surface devices, break into the consumer hardware market and provide customer support and training via retail locations similar to the Apple store. General contractor J.T. Magen enlisted AIR to help build a high-quality storefront for Microsoft they could use to compete in their target market.With a big emphasis on quality, building a sleek retail location requires a planned approach, high quality materials, and a solid finish. AIR provided drywall, stud, and framing work that was above and beyond their expectations. In fact, after seeing the results AIR delivered, we were hired to construct six other Microsoft stores across the United States by J.T. Magen, as well as a Nike and Footlocker location.Need help with retail construction? Contact us.

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4 Suspended Ceiling Benefits

October 6, 2022 | Ceiling

Often, during commercial construction, owners will consider the layout, colors, walls, and flooring, but may forget about another important aspect: the ceiling. Choosing the appropriate commercial ceiling installation process can make or break the comfort level of your building. Air quality, noise levels, temperature, and many other factors vary greatly by your choice of ceiling material and type. Continue reading to learn more from the team at Architectural Interior Restorations Inc.

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Types of Commercial Drywall for Installation

August 7, 2022 | Drywall

There are various types of commercial drywall that can be used during construction. Each one offers different benefits, so depending on the needs of your business, you can customize each room. Continue reading to learn more about each type of drywall from the team at Architectural Interior Restorations Inc.

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