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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Revisiting GreenFormat

As product sustainability information becomes more important to design professionals, suppliers are under increasing pressure to communicate their products’ green features. To compound this challenge, since ‘sustainability’ means different things to different people, there is no single standard for measuring it.
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Making quality control a part of the design process

Once an exterior wall assembly mockup has passed performance testing—usually not without some adjustments—and the products (e.g. windows, curtain walls, and cladding panels) are released for fabrication and installation, the design/construction team faces a new challenge: ensuring modifications or improvements identified during this process are integrated into fabrication.
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CSI’s new look

Several weeks ago, I received a call from a middle-school student. He was supposed to interview someone in a career field in which he was interested—my ego swelled.
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What R-value are you getting?

In an ideal world, a continuous layer of R-10 insulation could be installed over the entire surface of a building, resulting in an enclosure with an effective insulating value of R-10. However, such a structure would be both aesthetically unacceptable and impractical to build.
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Why get certified?

The certification programs offered by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) offer high value in numerous ways, enabling participants to not only advance their own career goals, but also benefit the companies and clients with whom they work.
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