Discussion on cool roofing peak energy demand

In our February 2016 edition we published an article, "Results may vary: Reducing energy usage with cool roofs," by Craig Tyler. Kurt Shickman of Global Cool Cities Alliance, wrote in to comment on what he calls an "inaccurate down-portrayal of roof reflectivity and peak energy demand reductions." We shared...
+ Read More

In Memoriam: Richard (Dick) Eustis (1932−2016)

Richard (Dick) A. Eustis, PE, FCSI, CCCA, CSC, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 27, at a healthcare facility in Old Town, Maine, at the age of 83. Born on October 24, 1932, the CSI Distinguished Member, Fellow, and past-president made significant contributions at the Maine, Northeast Region, and...
+ Read More

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...
+ Read More

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...
+ Read More


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,...
+ Read More

Additional thoughts on the NAFS short-form specification

In the December 2014 issue of The Construction Specifier, Dean Lewis wrote about the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights’s (NAFS’) short-form specification. American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Window and Door Manufacturers Association/Canadian Standards Association (AAMA/WDMA/CSA) 101/I.S. 2/A440, serves as the basis for product certification as required by...
+ Read More

CONSTRUCT: Charmed by Baltimore

From September 9 through 12, CSI members convened in the Charm City for CONSTRUCT. Billed by its organizers, Hanley Wood, as “the only dedicated national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products,” the four-day event strives for the perfect blend...
+ Read More