Soon after a stone-tile floor is installed for a hotel lobby, an architect hears from the client: “In the early morning, the tile exhibits surface depressions and has a wavy appearance—not necessarily at joints between tiles, but randomly throughout the tile.
Modern technology has made its mark on stone design as well as fabrication. Today, project teams taking advantage of technology are experiencing increased freedom in control of the design concept, from development through to fabrication.
Using a mortar harder than adjacent stone or brick can affect the adjacent masonry, from localized spalls along the edges of the mortar joints to severely deteriorated masonry units surrounded by intact pointing mortar.
Sustainable, high-performance building continues to be the desired model for design, construction, and operations in both the public and private sector. Initially, the movement was a response to the 2005 Energy Policy Act.
Resilience is where the promise of sustainability and the real world meet. Unfortunately, this promise often goes unfulfilled as current industry trends favor cheap instead of durable. A first-cost mentality is simple, but when the wrong materials are specified, it can expose owners and occupants to higher risks.