Fenestration Condensation

 

Do your windows perform like this frosty opening? Photo: Courtesy of EFCO

Building and Science are Fun!

Green slime entertained 3 year old Blair for nearly 4 hours

Studs and Piping

Metal stud cut for plumbing piping is structurally useless.

Yankee Ingenuity

No detectable leak, now!

Exterior Walls and NFPA 285

NFPA 285 Test Configuration image courtesy Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing

Metal Stud Deflection Track

What are the common types needed for virtually every commercial building? Metal stud deflection tracks accommodate movement, both vertical and lateral. Do you know what criteria govern the track selection? Do you know the questions to ask? Learn what..

Preservative Treated Wood

What are those Commodity Specifications referenced by the building codes? AWPA U1 referenced by the code specifies wood preservative treatments by application, exposure, and type of wood product. Know what the terms mean to be sure you get the intended..

Solar Arrays and Net Zero Buildings

I attended a presentation on an office building designed to meet the Living Building Challenge. One of the design concepts was to achieve net zero energy (metered) for the completed design. This means that the metered power sent to the utility grid from..

Single-Ply Roofing Membranes

What are the common single-ply roofing membranes? What are the major differences between them? Selecting roofing membranes is a complex decision based on may project conditions. Understanding the available choices may help the decision process.

Architectural Woodwork Plywood

Is your definition of plywood and the woodworker's definition the same? Why is it MDF or particleboard? The term plywood does not define a panel construction and performance. It is critical to understand the available cores and specify the right one to..

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