A reader comments on fiber cement feature

In our September 2015 issue, we published the article, “Fiber Cement Panels as Rainscreens,” by Carolina Albano. One reader, Richard Keleher (RJKeleher Architect), wrote to offer his thoughts about the piece and the subject matter in general. We shared with the author, who thanked him for his comments, and present it here:

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Discussion on possibility of polystyrene bias

The April 2015 issue featured an article entitled “Selecting Polystyrene Foam Where Moisture Exposure Occurs.” The public relations manager at the EPS Industry Alliance wrote to the magazine, wanting to comment on what he called “several inaccuracies and omissions” he felt slanted the piece in favor of extruded polystyrene (XPS) at the expense of expanded polystyrene (EPS).

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Adhesive anchor requirements: ACI responds

Earlier this month, we ran an article entitled, “Specifiers Cautioned in Use of Adhesive Anchors,” by Gary Higbee, CSI, AIA, the director of industry development for the Steel Institute of New York (SINY) and former assistant director for technical services with New York State’s Building Codes Division. Soon after, we received a letter from John W. Nehasil, FACI, managing director of certification and chapters for the American Concrete Institute (ACI), who wanted to address what he considered misconceptions in that piece.

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