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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The Value in Standardizing Door Schedules

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by Melany Whalin, CSI
Horror stories abound among hardware consultants who have been called in at the last minute to create hardware specifications that were needed yesterday, only to be given incomplete or inaccurate door schedules on which to base their specifications.

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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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An Overview of Waterproofing Solutions

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Waterproofing failures are more easily overlooked than roofing problems, so design professionals tend to hear less about them. When compared with a reroofing project, however, a below-grade or interior rehabilitation can be far more disruptive and expensive. Whereas a roof leak can generally be identified with simple test probes, waterproofing breaches can be challenging to diagnose.

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Don’t Seal Your Fate: Considerations for parking garage surface treatments

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Parking decks must be protected from the harmful effects of moisture and chlorides, but there is a growing preconception installing a traffic-bearing membrane is a one-way ticket to the garage equivalent of immortality. While a traffic-bearing membrane may work in many situations, consideration is necessary to determine if this costly investment is the correct solution for the garage’s needs. Identifying product properties and applying appropriate selection criteria can help specifiers develop solutions that protect now, while considering treatment options for the future.

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