May 30, 2009

FRP Composites for Masonry Retrofitting - Review of Engineering Issues, Limitations, and Practical Applications

By: Tumialan, J. Gustavo, Vatovec, Milan, Kelley, Paul L.

Abstract: Recently, FRP systems have received attention from the repair and rehabilitation industry as a viable methodology that can be employed to address strength, damage, and deterioration issues in masonry. The emerging FRP industry, which...

May 30, 2009

Moisture control for indoor ski parks|Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 6 of 6

By: O'Brien, Sean M.

Online content only|Abstract: The five articles that precede this article discussed the unique design parameters associated with high humidity and low temperature buildings such as swimming pools and ice rinks. These buildings are much less...

May 30, 2009

Massachusetts State Building Code Structural Update

By: Zona, Joseph J.

Abstract: On 1 March 2009, the Seventh Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code (MSBC) went into full effect. The Seventh Edition is based on the 2003 version of the International Building Code (IBC). Many chapters have Massachusetts-only...

April 29, 2009

Compact Asphalt Shingle Roof Systems: Should They be Vented?

By: Nelson, Peter E., DerAnanian, Jason S.

Abstract: Traditional steep-slope roof systems for the residential buildings (single-family homes and multi-building apartment or condominium buildings) consist of asphalt glass-fiber shingles applied over vented or unvented attics. The long-term...

April 29, 2009

Scratching the surface with stucco control joints

By: Bowlsby, Jeffrey A.

Abstract: Portland cement plaster, also known as stucco, is a popular and common exterior wall cladding finish. One concern of this otherwise excellent material is its inherent cracking--not only causing visual blemish, but also leading to...

April 29, 2009

Moisture Problems in Aquatic Facilities: Strategies for Controlling Condensation

By: O'Brien, Sean M.

Abstract: Natatoriums, especially those in cold climates, are highly susceptible to moisture-related problems. Interior moisture levels in natatoriums are extreme, with dew points ranging from 15.5 to 21 C (60 to 70 F). At these elevated moisture...

April 29, 2009

That Hollow Feeling

By: Vatovec, Milan, Kelley, Paul L., Tumialan, J. Gustavo

Abstract: A city sidewalk might not be as simple as it appears - it depends on your perspective. Many pedestrians do not expect that the common sidewalk they walk on might be hollow. But hollow sidewalks are common in many older cities; the...

March 30, 2009

Turn Up the Heat! Construction Administration of a Hot-Fluid-Applied Rubberized-Asphalt Waterproofing Membrane

By: Piteo, Nicholas A., Parker, Christina Terpeluk

also published in RCI Interface, October 2009|Abstract: Fluid-applied rubberized-asphalt membranes have a long track record of performance in many roofing and waterproofing systems. These membranes can provide reliable waterproofing protection...

March 30, 2009

Paving Systems Over Plaza Waterproofing Membranes: The Importance of Membrane-Level Drainage

By: Doelp, Gregory R., Moser, Philip S.

Abstract: Subsurface drainage in any paving sys­tem is critical to its long-term performance, particularly in freeze-thaw climates. "Paving" is a broad term that includes both continuous (i.e., asphalt or Portland cement concrete)...

March 30, 2009

Designing Building Envelopes: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

By: Babaian, Peter M., Hopps, Emily R., Gabby, Brent A.

Abstract: The combination of ever-increasing owner program requirements, focus on energy-efficient buildings, and expanded architectural design options makes building construction more complicated every day. Architectural features, use of...