Nystrom introduces a new webinar CE course on building joints

Selecting, designing, detailing and specifying building joints is a complex task which can be simplified by following a logical process to first determine joint requirements, location and type. Those who are interested in learning more while earning one hour AIA HSW credit can register for an upcoming course.

Enhance building design specifications by learning principles gained through attending our free CEU course, hosted by Brad Fish, Sales Director and Tom Ray, Product Engineer. Select your date below:

If a webinar doesn’t fit your schedule, watch a narrated on-demand CEU presentation at any time. A brief test is administered before receiving credit.


About Nystrom

Since 1948 Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

19 States That Should Be Specifying Florida-Approved Roof Hatches

Hurricanes Are A Key Consideration

June marked the start of hurricane season that typically includes 12 tropical storms and 6 hurricanes. While Florida is most prone, these damaging and costly storms routinely affect 18 other states, which are listed below. Is your state included? Your building roof is susceptible to hurricane damage.

The information below is a list of costliest Atlantic hurricanes. The most expensive tropical cyclone on record in the Atlantic is held jointly by hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, both of which resulted in approximately $125 billion in property damage during the year they occurred. A majority of the costliest Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history have peaked as major hurricanes. However, weaker tropical storms can still cause widespread damage. Tropical storms Alberto in 1994, Allison in 2001, Lee in 2011 and Imelda in 2019 caused more than a billion dollars in damage. Wind damage encompasses a large portion of storm damage as well, evidenced by Andrew, Irma and Michael.

Hurricane Andrew Leads to Code Changes

Due to the destructive, wide-sweeping damage of Hurricane Andrew, Floridians took a hard look at why their buildings failed. In 1996, the Florida Building Codes Study Commission was created. During their 16-month study, the commission found a complex and confusing patchwork of codes and regulations that had been developed, amended, administered and enforced differently by more than 400 local jurisdictions and state agencies with building code responsibilities. In the case of Hurricane Andrew, the problem was not weakness in the codes themselves that contributed to the extensive storm damage. Rather, it was the inability to enforce and comply with the confusing system of multiple codes and administrative processes. It had become clear that Florida needed a single, statewide building code system.

Building Products Impact

Due to these improvements to the building codes, manufacturers that sell into Florida must obtain approval through the Florida Product Approval process or the Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance. To be certified, manufacturers must pass these High Velocity Hurricane Zones test protocols:

TAS 201-94 – Impact Test. During this test several 8-foot-long 2 by 4’s are shot from an air cannon to simulate large missile impact on strategic points on the product.

TAS 202-94 – (Static) Air Pressure & Water Penetration Test. This test is designed to test structural overload with both positive and negative pressure. The testing of the design is performed at +/- 50%, +/- 100% and finally +/- 150% of static air. Additionally, a stream of water is blasted at the product at 15% of the testing load. To pass, the product must withstand these static forces, with no failure, for 30 seconds.

TAS 203-94 – Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading Test. This is a pulsating series assessment designed to test wind pressure loading. During this test there are 671 – 1 to 3 second cycles at 50%, + 50% and 120% of the testing load.

Experts recommend specifying hurricane-tested roof hatches that are both Florida Product Approved and Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) products – not only in Florida, but in all hurricane-affected regions throughout the US. 


About Nystrom

Since 1948 Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom Introduces New Course Offering AIA HSW Learning Units

One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability” Offered Via Live Webinars

Nystrom, a leading manufacturer of specialty building products, has introduced a new online course aimed at design professionals that examines how stair nosing products improve building safety and offer new sustainable materials.

The course, titled “One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability,” offers design professionals stair design, product, code and installation information to use stair tread and stair nosing products in commercial building designs to increase pedestrian safety. 

“Pedestrian falls on stairs are preventable with planning,” said Brad Fish, director of sales at Nystrom and a 30-year veteran of the stair nosing industry. “The first stair nosings in the 1800s were cast iron and used to prevent slips by passengers getting on and off street cars.” Fish adds that the basic stair nosing design is largely unchanged, but that today’s products are improved to meet modern building designs and codes. Stair treads are made of lightweight, durable extruded aluminum and the slip-resistant surface is made of recycled materials.

The stair nosing products offered by Nystrom feature EcoTread™, a 90% recycled rubber material that is non-slip, fade and wear resistant, replaceable and easy to maintain and clean. 

One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability” is approved by the American Institute of Architects and provides architects, specifiers and designers one learning unit and one hour of Health Safety and Welfare credit. The free course is offered weekly as a live webinar. To register visit https://www.nystrom.com/resources/learning

About Nystrom

For nearly 75 years, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products. Nystrom offers hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Health Product Declarations for LEED V4, 3-Part specifications and AIA Continuing Educating courses. Nystrom offers a wide range of roof, floor, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings.

How SunLit™ Roof Hatches and Smoke Vents Influence Indoor Air Quality

SunLit Roof HatchNystrom has long been an industry leader in manufacturing roof hatches and smoke vents. Over the past two decades the installation of glazed roof hatches and smoke vents has grown in popularity. This is due in part to green efforts Continue reading

Fire-Rated Floor Doors and Access Doors

Equipment Room FireAs 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, 2019, pg. 36). This article addresses common uses, styles and specification tips for fire-rated floor doors and access doors.   Continue reading

Specifying Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

6c8e95a9feefa98ae7cf295fb763In the event of a fire, a missing, empty or tampered fire extinguisher can lead to catastrophic loss. It is this reason that the installation of fire extinguisher cabinets is necessary. Fire extinguisher cabinets are designed to keep fire extinguishers, hoses and blankets secure while still providing accessibility in the event of a fire emergency. Although there are many options for fire extinguisher cabinets, we will cover the top three commercial uses.

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3-Steps To Design Effective Joints

Picture1As a manufacturer of Expansion Joint Systems, we see a lot of mistakes on expansion joints that cause biding confusion and the inevitable change order. Some of the most common problems Continue reading