Maintaining critical road, rail, and bridge infrastructure

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A recent 60 Minutes episode, “Falling Apart,” noted America’s roads, bridges, airports, and rail lines are outdated, neglected, and need to be fixed. The segment goes on to state, “nearly 70,000 bridges in America—one out of every nine—is considered to be structurally deficient.” Indeed, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), “32 percent of the major roads in America are now in poor condition and in need of major repairs.”

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Masonry wall systems and insulation

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Today’s high-performance building market is driven by increasingly stringent energy codes and a growing demand for greater building efficiency, sustainability, and affordability—meaning specifying and building masonry cavity walls and adhered masonry walls with materials that work together as a functioning system is more critical than ever.

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Roof Coatings and Reroofing Projects

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Selecting the proper reroofing material for a given structure after an existing assembly has reached the end of its useful life can be a daunting decision. Affordability, among other technical and performance considerations, remains at the top of the list of most building owners’ concerns. In the pursuit of a healthy balance between cost and quality, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membranes and roof coatings are two categories that continue to gain market share.

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Fiber cement panels as rainscreens

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Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause building defects and health ailments for occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. There are several popular types of rainscreens that manage moisture infiltration in different ways. The two most common panelized systems are drained and back-ventilated, and pressure-equalized rainscreens.

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Durability of Water-resistive Barriers

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Many new water-resistive barrier (WRB) products are being introduced, including liquid-applied membranes. These new products join traditional wraps, self-adhered membranes, felts, and building paper, making for a crowded marketplace. A WRB will be concealed behind cladding, where it cannot be inspected, maintained, or replaced, so it must last for the design life of the building. However, will the new products be durable?

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