December 5, 2017

What Warranties Do (and Don’t) Cover for Below-Grade Waterproofing Systems

By: Matthew Normandeau, Paul Sujka, Alexander Kosis

Matthew Normandeau, Paul Sujka, and Alex Kosis published an article in Building Enclosure magazine article that explores below-grade waterproofing warranties. In “Below-Grade Waterproofing Warranties: The Common Misperception,” the...

December 5, 2017

Building Facades: San Francisco Inspection Requirements

​Damaged and deteriorated building facades are a serious public safety concern. The damage also affects the appearance and structure of buildings playing significant roles in San Francisco’s culture and history. When facade elements fail, there is a chance the component could fall — putting people and property at risk. As a result, many cities, including Boston, Chicago, and New York, have adopted facade ordinances.
November 20, 2017

EIFS - Principles and Considerations

exterior insulation and finish systemExterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) is a non‑load‑bearing cladding...

November 20, 2017

Emergent Syntax: Machine Learning for the Curation of Design Solution Space

By: Christian Sjoberg, Christopher Beorkrem, Jefferson Ellinger

The expanding role of computational models in the process of design is producing exponential growth in parameter spaces. As designers, we must create and implement new methods for searching these parameter spaces, considering not only...

November 13, 2017

Window Walls: Blurring the Line between Glazing Products

Philip Frederick, Brian Rose, and Brad Carpenter recently published an article in Construction Specifier magazine that explores the questions: What is a window wall, and what do I need to know for my project? 

In “Window Walls...

November 13, 2017

Towards Force-aware Robot Collectives for On-site Construction

By: Paul Kassabian, Nathan Melenbrink, Achim Menges, Justin Werfel

Due to the irregular and variable environments in which most construction projects take place, the topic of on-site automation has previously been largely neglected in favor of off-site prefabrication. While prefabrication has certain obvious...

November 8, 2017

Some ABCs of Smoke Control

By: Brian Kuhn, Qianru Guo

The biggest threat in a building fire is often the spread of smoke, which can incapacitate victims and prevent them from reaching otherwise accessible exits. This article discusses the various design methods available for smoke control systems,...

October 30, 2017

Considerations for the 9th Edition Massachusetts State Building Code

By: David Bliss, Erik Farrington, Andrew Jeffrey, Brian Kuhn, Philip Moser

On 20 October 2017, the ninth edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code (MSBC, 780 CMR) went into...

October 23, 2017

Infrared Technology Application in Building Envelopes in the United States: Applications, ASTM Standards, and Limitations

This presentation and associated paper describe the three most popular referenced ASTM standard tests, the purpose of the tests, common challenges of building-envelope-related infrared work, and methods that can provide additional accuracy...

October 17, 2017

Guide to Flanged Windows: Tips for Navigating the Design and Installation Challenges of Finned Window Systems

Megan Toumanios and Anthony Nicastro recently published an article in Glass Magazine, the official magazine of the National Glass Association. The article, “Guide to Flanged Windows: Tips for Navigating the Design and...