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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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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 the International Building Code (IBC).

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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 of networking, technical education, and association business. In Baltimore, those aspects took place in the seminar rooms, on the show floor at exhibitor booths, and at special events ranging from ‘game-changer’ presentations and annual general meetings to impromptu lunches and Inner Harbor dinner cruises.

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