A 1920s neo-Classical building’s ornamental plaster ceilings were a source of wonder and pride to the office workers who passed through the corridors each day. However, one morning, cracks were noticed in the ceiling, so the corridor was roped off.
Despite efforts at coordination during design and construction, lack of accommodation or understanding of the accumulative effect of dimensional tolerances during the installation of one or more cladding components continues to occur.
Planning for weather, despite its unpredictability, is an important part of scheduling construction activities. Certain building materials can only be applied during specific temperature and humidity/moisture conditions.
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).