Predicting façade failures

Building façades are often constructed with materials of variable strength that are constantly exposed to weather and attached with hundreds or thousands of concealed connections that cannot be easily inspected or maintained.
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Using CSI formats effectively

The role of formats in modern construction documentation is central to CSI’s vision and purpose; they enable the structured presentation and organization of construction project information. CSI has developed many formats for the design and construction industry.
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Poems for product reps

I’m thinking about producing a line of cards for architects and specifiers to send to product representatives. We could establish “Recognize Your Golden Reps Day” on the calendar, and take a day to appreciate those who make a design professional’s job easier.
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Academies, retreats, and conferences

One of the four core values in CSI’s strategic plan is advancing education. Helping our members understand building information and communicating this data clearly, concisely, correctly, and completely is at the center of CSI’s efforts.
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Looking at CSI membership

The CSI Board of Directors’ mandate to the national Membership Committee is succinct and straightforward: increase the recruitment of new members and the retention rate for existing ones. The directive to the Membership Committees at CSI’s 10 regions and 130 chapters is much the same.
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A question of exposure

In winter, we become especially aware of the effects of exposure on everything around us. Cyclic wetting and drying, freezing and thawing, dramatic changes in temperature, wind, and cold all contribute to weathering and deterioration of the built environment’s elements (and, sometimes, its occupants).
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