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

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...

September 29, 2008

Winning The War Against Moisture

By: O'Brien, Sean M.

Abstract: Most architects, contractors, and building owners know a primary cause of building damage is exposure to water, and that as long as materials and systems are kept dry, the risk of damage is relatively low. However, there are several...

September 29, 2008

High-Performance Cement Plaster (Stucco) Systems

By: Bern, Del L., Grant, Frederic F.

Abstract: To obtain stucco that performs its intended function, go beyond the industry standard by implementing high-performance solutions. 1) Follow the lead of other industries by working to standardize quality control test procedures for the...

Keywords:Stucco
September 29, 2008

What Went Wrong

By: Condren, Stephen J., Gumpertz, Werner H.

Abstract: Artificial slate and shakes fall into the common category of shingle products in that they are steep-slope roofing products overlapped to shed water to the edges of a building.|There are many demands on shingles. To function...

Keywords:Roofing
September 29, 2008

Window Performance Testing: What You Need to Know when Selecting Windows

By: Buchberg, Brandon S., Louis, Michael J.

Abstract: Whether you are selecting windows for a residential house or for a large commercial project, you need to know a few things before you make your selection. Do you know what you are really getting with a window having a particular...

August 30, 2008

In-situ evaluation of two concrete slab systems, I : Load determination and loading procedure

By: Gustavo Tumialan, Galati, Nestore, Nanni, Antonio, Ziehl, Paul H.

Abstract: The primary objective of in-situ load testing is to assess the safety and serviceability of an existing structural system with respect to a particular load effect. At this time, the most appropriate loading level and procedure, as well...

August 30, 2008

In-situ evaluation of two concrete slab systems, II : Evaluation criteria and outcomes

By: Gustavo Tumialan, Galati, Nestore, Nanni, Antonio, Ziehl, Paul H.

Abstract: The primary objective of in-situ load testing is to evaluate the safety and serviceability of an existing structural system with respect to a particular load condition and effect. In light of technological advances in construction...

August 30, 2008

Assessment and Evaluation of Existing Structures by Means of In-Situ Load Testing and Structural Monitoring [Editorial]

The primary goals of any structural investigation are to establish the existing condition of the structure; identify issues affecting the structural performance; and develop and implement any remedial actions required.  When conducting a...

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