Category Archives: Resources

Productivity resource published

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released Productivity Improvement for Construction and Engineering by J.K. Yates, a book focused on implementing productivity improvement programs from engineering and construction perspectives. The text includes case studies outlining how productivity improvement programs are implemented. Contemporary approaches are summarized and readers are provided a step-by-step guide from investigation, data analysis, evaluation of alternatives, and project management. Information on building information modeling (BIM), computer simulation modeling, and sustainability …

Read More

American Wood Council publishes new workbook

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released Design of Wood Frame Buildings for High Wind, Snow, and Seismic Loads. The workbook includes design examples and checklists for wood-frame structures in compliance with 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-family Dwellings. Included in the resource are plans from two-story residences as the foundation for designs that resist high wind, seismic, and snow loads. The evaluated example demonstrates the WFCM range of applicability. The …

Read More

Firestop education manual released

The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) has developed a comprehensive Firestop Containment Worker Education Program (FSCW-EP). The organization is focused on promoting knowledge regarding firestopping and effective compartmentation, as well as educating workers and building owners on compartmentation performance. The training program is offered in two parts of the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice: Firestop Containment Worker Edition (FSCW-M) and the Firestop Containment Worker Instructor Edition, which is the complete Education Program (FSCW-IE). The manual …

Read More

Green building standard now available

The 2014 edition of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), contains new requirements on reducing the energy and environmental impacts of buildings. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-performance, Green Buildings Except Low-rise Residential Buildings, addresses sustainability, water-use efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and a structure’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources. New elements to this version …

Read More

Marina construction guide available

The 2014 edition of the Southern Forest Products Association’s (SFPA’s) Marine Construction Guide includes information regarding the specifications and use of Southern Pine for assemblies such as docks, piers, bulkheads, pedestrian walkways, and light-vehicular bridges. Specific information for fresh water, brackish, and water environments are also explained. New to this edition is a marine construction terminology glossary and an updated listing of sources for treated wood products. Geared toward design professionals and marine contractors, the …

Read More

Environmental control systems resource published

The updated fourth edition of Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects is now available from Wiley. Written by Norbert Lechner, the text is geared toward architects. It provides guidance on how to minimize mechanical systems and energy use throughout the life of a building. Some of the techniques examined are siting, design, and landscaping for maximizing natural heating, cooling, and lighting. The updated version includes new integrated design strategy information, case studies, checklists, …

Read More