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

A Flash in the Pan: A Field Guide for Windows and Doors

By: Bateman, Robert

also published in RCI Interface, April 2010|Abstract: The latest standard for window and door installation, ASTM E2112-07, Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors, and Skylights, recommends sill pan flashing under all...

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...

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...

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...

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...