December 30, 2008

Moisture control design tips for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 3 of 6

Abstract: When discussing moisture-related problems in high-humidity buildings, natatoriums and museums typically come to mind as the most challenging building types. However, specific design requirements for temperature, relative humidity (RH),...

December 30, 2008

A Flood of Light: H.H. Richardson's Great Western Staircase at the New York State Capitol

By: Vigener, Niklas W., Jamieson J.

Abstract: After a catastrophic fire, fear of enemy attack during a world war, a major mid-century alteration, and years of darkness, intense research and restoration efforts return light and beauty to the New York State Capitol's Great...

December 30, 2008

Design guidelines for museums, archives, and art storage facilities|Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 2 of 6

By: O'Brien, Sean M.

Online content only|Abstract: Museums, archives, and art storage facilities require special design consideration for a number of reasons, most notably that the value of the building's contents often exceeds the value of the building itself....

November 29, 2008

Monitoring Building Response to Adjacent Construction

Abstract: New construction projects in congested urban settings commonly require demolition of an existing structure and deep excavation to accommodate several levels of below-grade parking or occupied space associated with the new building. The...

November 29, 2008

The need for a new masonry test standard

By: Stubblefield, Taryn N., Searls, Carolyn L.

Abstract: During a minor earthquake of magnitude 4.4, part of a newly constructed stone veneer wall at a home in Northern California collapsed. Based on records of nearby instruments, shaking at the site of the house was at most approximately 0....

October 30, 2008

Avoiding Window Condensation in High-Humidity Buildings

By: Pazera, Marcin, Cammalleri, Vince

Abstract: Buildings with high relative humidity interiors, including hospitals, laboratories, and indoor pools, frequently experience wintertime condensation along windowsills and other perimeter components. Uncontrolled condensation in exterior...

October 30, 2008

Diagnosing and Solving Moisture Problems in Natatoriums|Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 1 of 6

By: O'Brien, Sean M.

Online content only|Abstract: Natatoriums, particularly when located in cold climates, are among the most challenging building types for architects and engineers. Interior moisture levels are extremely high, with dew points ranging from 60°F...

October 30, 2008

Fire Fighters

By: Kuhn, Brian D.

Abstract: The use of intumescent materials to inhibit thermal transmission and flame passage is used to provide fire protection for exposed heavy steel and is a technique that is growing in popularity for firestops and joint systems. While the...

October 30, 2008

Structural Challenges of Brick Masonry Recladding Projects

By: Parker, Christina Terpeluk, Vigener, Niklas W., Russo, Charles J.

Abstract: Many commercial and multistory residential buildings constructed since 1960 are clad with brick masonry veneer. It is typically installed over steel stud or concrete masonry backup walls. After several decades in service, many of these...

October 30, 2008

How to Detect and Observe Hidden Window Leaks Using Infrared Thermography

By: LaTona, Raymond W., Vlagea, Octavian

Abstract: Water intrusion through residential window assemblies is one of the leading causes of damage to the interior. The source is frequently the result of failed seals at window frame jamb/sill intersections or incorrectly installed window...

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