Daily Archives: September 3, 2013

Wind loads guide released

ASCE
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a new edition of Wind Loads, a guide focused on ASCE/SEI 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Written by Kishor C. Mehta and William L. Coulbourne, the revised text now includes six chapters dedicated to wind load provisions, rather than only one for both residential and commercial building. Aimed at an audience of structural engineers, it includes simplified calculation methods and cladding guidelines. The guide provides an overview of design features, wind map information, 14 case study examples, and frequently asked questions. Copies are available at www.asce.org.

UFAD technology resource published

ASHRAE
Published by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), UFAD Guide: Design, Construction and Operation of Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) Systems provides an overview of the increasingly popular technology. The book also includes design experiences from practicing UFAD users, studies, and additional manufacturer’s information. The system integrates a building’s heating and air-conditioning and uses less energy than ducted systems due to its decreased operating pressures. UFAD’s popularity is increasing due to space-conditioning concerns in North America, so this book also outlines the differences between it and traditional technologies. Visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore for ordering information.

Façade design elements guide available

Wiley
Published by Wiley, Sustainable Façades: Design Methods for High-performance Building Envelopes, provides design information regarding energy-efficient elements in building façades. Written by Ajla Aksamija, PhD, from Perkins+Will’s Tech Lab, the book discusses emerging technologies, digital design, and information modeling in relation to sustainable building façades. Additionally, climate, thermal comfort, and lighting and glare control elements are explored through case studies.

On the Road with the Academies

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Gregory Markling, FCSI, Lifetime Member, CCS, CCCA, and Salvatore Verrastro, FCSI, CCS, CCCA

CSI’s mission is to advance building information management and educate project teams to improve facility performance. Education is the most powerful means by which these goals can be realized and the Academies have been the institute’s premier education program. Continue reading

Rating the states on hurricane-ready codes

A destroyed beach house in the aftermath of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway, New York. The devastation of such storms can be mitigated through stringent building codes, but not all Gulf or Atlantic Coast states are equal in this regard. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Leonard Zhukovsky

A destroyed beach house in the aftermath of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway, New York. The devastation of such storms can be mitigated through stringent building codes, but not all Gulf or Atlantic Coast states are equal in this regard.
Photo © BigStockPhoto/Leonard Zhukovsky

Florida gets top marks, but North Carolina and Louisiana have taken steps backward when it comes to building codes and the threat of hurricanes, according to an Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) report. Continue reading