Seven design trends in affordable housing

Design is a big factor in keeping affordable housing costs down. Shared housing, smaller units, modular construction, sustainability and adaptive reuse are just some of the ongoing trends that builders and architects are putting into play to reduce the costs associated with construction and building operation.


Adaptive reuse of commercial buildings is on the rise

adaptive reuse of commercial buildings

Aging buildings don’t always need to be torn down. Adaptive reuse – where an existing building is repurposed for a use other than its original design – can net huge benefits for cost savings and the environment, and also play a part in preserving heritage as historical elements of a building can stay intact.


Exploring the future of building materials

StoCoat Lotusan exterior coating

The StoCoat Lotusan exterior coating possesses a highly water-repellent surface similar to that of the lotus leaf. Its microstructure has been modeled on the lotus plant to minimize the contact area for water and dirt. The surface additionally offers enhanced hydrophobic properties.

With the commercial and residential building sector accounting for 39 per cent of CO2 emissions in the United States per year, building owners, occupants and the public are showing interest in building materials that are not only aesthetically pleasing but safe for the planet.


Discover the Inviting Sto Project Gallery

The Nike Headquarters in Oregon is one of the many projects featured in the Sto Gallery.

The Sto Project Gallery is a terrific visual resource for architects, developers and builders. Accessible via the Sto website, this library of portfolio images provides a snapshot of the company’s broad range of capabilities, showcasing finished projects that have utilized Sto products. Each profile illustrates how Sto building materials have solved technical challenges, improved efficiency, and enhanced aesthetic appeal,

 

The gallery can be cross-referenced by Building Type, Building Technology and Country.  Whether you’re looking to do restoration work or new construction, the site features case studies in 9 different building sectors – from medical facilities, to multi-family, and commercial office space.

The Forum in Barcelona, Spain is an entertainment complex featuring StoVentec Facade.

The projects in the gallery also highlight the company’s broad range of products — from air and moisture barriers to pre-fab panels and specialty finishes. After more than half a century showcasing the Sto brand, the global company has many milestones to share.

The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C. is a study in continuous insulation with StoTherm ci Essence.

An excellent reference point and inspiration for design, the Gallery is continually being updated.


Sto Products Showcased at CONSTRUCT Expo

Sto products and wall systems will be featured at the CONSTRUCT conference in Long Beach, California this week.

As the three-day CONSTRUCT Conference & Expo gets underway this week in Long Beach, California, Sto will be in the thick of it all at the convention center there, showcasing the company’s state-of-the-art building materials and systems to professionals from the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries.

The University of Florida Health Facility is one of Sto’s many projects where exterior insulation and finish systems were put to good use.

Sto’s new generation of Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS) will be featured, including wall systems with StoGuard air and moisture barriers, and StoTherm ci continuous insulation options. You can also experience Sto’s wide range of exterior finishes that can ensure a project looks as good as it performs.

The CONSTRUCT expo is a national show bringing professionals in the AEC industry together to gain real-world, practical knowledge for improved building success. It’s a great venue for staying up-to-date on the latest trends, for continuing education and for experiencing first- hand a wide range of building solutions and systems.

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in Oswego, Oregon is a study in Sto air and moisture barrier technology.

Come by and visit the Sto technical experts at CONSTRUCT this week – Booth #850 — at the Long Beach Convention Center. Learn how smarter building envelopes can boost a building’s performance or learn all about Sto’s robust Hurricane Impact Systems. Constructing a tighter, better building envelope can make a big difference. After more than 100 years of doing business worldwide, Sto knows.

Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, New Jersey, added two-floors to their acute care facility in “record” time thanks to Sto panel technology.

A global leader in integrated exterior wall systems, Sto offers a broad range of next-generation building envelope solutions and coating systems for building construction, maintenance and restoration. You can get to know them better at CONSTRUCT.