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FAILURES

Considering IRA with brick masonry

Apart from aesthetics, when brick is selected for new construction, test data provided by the manufacturer is often reviewed for strength, saturation coefficients, and perhaps efflorescence. Unfortunately, another important characteristic—the initial rate of absorption...

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INSIDE CSI

Risks of labor shortage in the United States: A CSI Academy preview

Sharpen your skills in construction risk identification, assessment, mitigation, and monitoring by joining your peers at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Academy in Chicago on April 26 and 27. Corey Zussman, quality assurance director for Pepper Construction Group, will be one of the CSI Academy’s featured speakers, discussing potential...

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FORM + FUNCTION

Woven metal mesh gives an artistic look to a Long Beach courthouse

A new courthouse in Long Beach, California, is the country’s first social infrastructure project procured under performance-based infrastructure (PBI) contracting. The cost and risk of the Governor George Deukmejian courthouse were transferred from the public sector to a private-sector team.
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FEATURE

Using ICFs and IFAs to enhance energy efficiency

The Academy at Nola Dunn is a K–5 elementary school in Texas’ Burleson Independent School District (ISD). Completed in 2010, the 9940-m2 (107,000-sf) building has an external envelope consisting of insulated concrete form (ICF) walls and integrated framing assembly (IFA) door and window frames. + Read More
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