Rooftop avalanches cause hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and even death each year. Proper, job-specific design of a qualified snow retention system reduces building owner/designer liability when sliding snow presents a hazard.
Prefabricated wall panel systems have the potential to accelerate building enclosure construction schedules, provide better quality control of the wall components, and reduce construction costs. However, these advantages can diminish if not used on the ideal type of building.
The goals of building fire safety and energy efficiency are compatible when industry stakeholders work together to ensure proper assemblies are designed, the correct materials are specified, and installers have the experience to combine the design and materials properly in the field.
Failure to properly insulate below-grade can be a costly misstep for the design-build sector. Materials like expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid foam insulation are a cost-effective solution, affording proven moisture resistance, long-term thermal performance, and compressive strength.