Reaching ambitious energy requirements in commercial building

HORIZONS
Brandon Tinianov, PhD, PE, LEED AP

In the United States, buildings account for nearly 40 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions—more than the transportation or industrial sectors—and commercial and residential buildings comprise more than 70 percent of electricity use.

Increasingly, sustainability regulations and energy codes are shaping the development of...

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One Thing Leads to Another…

FAILURES
Deborah Slaton, David S. Patterson, AIA, and Jeffrey N. Sutterlin, PE

During a visit to review curtain wall assemblies on a project under construction, we noticed something unrelated—brick ties supporting a cantilevered through-wall flashing drip plate at a window opening in the exterior masonry. This unusual condition...

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Caveat Emptor

FAILURES
Deborah Slaton, David S. Patterson, AIA, and Kenneth M. Itle

Condition assessments are conducted to evaluate existing conditions, identify distress, determine appropriate repairs, and assist property owners in understanding possible future repair and maintenance costs. In this case, a pre-purchase inspection was conducted for a new...

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Hidden risks with employee file-sharing practices

HORIZONS
Mika Javanainen

In today’s workplace, collaboration is no longer an option, but rather a requirement—particularly for the construction industry, where project information needs to be shared among internal colleagues and team members, contractors, and subcontractors. Information security is another must-have, with nearly every company having at least minimal safeguards...

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Reflecting on 25 years with CSI

INSIDE CSI
Chip O’Rear, CSI, CCPR, CTC, CCSMTT, LEED AP
This year marks my 25th anniversary with CSI. I originally joined the Los Angeles Chapter as a tile and stone manufacturer’s representative in 1991 after being transferred out to California from Georgia. Everyone, professional and industry members alike, were...

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Life safety testing to failure

FAILURES
David H. Nicastro, PE, F.ASTM

Suspended scaffolding is used for cleaning windows and performing exterior maintenance on multi-story buildings. This equipment tends to be rented when needed, but some taller buildings have built-in, permanent components for such access, such as:

building maintenance unit (BMU)—a powered platform that descends from...

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Understanding the importance of LEED signage

Green certifications deserve to be shown off

By Sam Wainer
When a building is certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) rating program, the owners want to tell the world. Communicating the certification not only promotes the organization’s commitment to...

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