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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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The future of spec writing

We live in an age of increasing complexity. It is frequently noted today’s cell phones are significantly more powerful than the computers employed to put the first man on the moon.
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Metals and lumber prices hit double-digit increases

Construction costs continued to accelerate in May with double-digit increases for a range of building and road materials, including many that are subject to newly proposed tariffs that could drive prices even higher, reports the Associated General Contractors of America.
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AISI announces winners of research support

Five research proposals deemed impactful for the reliability, performance, and cost-competitiveness of cold-formed steel framing products have been selected by the American Iron and Steel Institute Standards Council for its 2018 Small Project Fellowship Program. + Read More

Managing design risks: 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. Andrew Mendelson, a long-standing leader on the AIA Documents Committee and senior vice-president/chief risk management officer for Berkley Design Professionals,...

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Environmental science building fittingly green

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is hailing Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management’s laboratory as one of 15 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified (LEED) projects built in the last 15 years.
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