October 30, 2006

Thermal Bridging in the Building Envelope - Maximizing Insulation Effectiveness through Careful Design

Abstract: The primary purpose of thermal insulation is to reduce conductive heat flow through the building envelope, thereby lowering heating and cooling costs while minimizing the potential of condensation on or within building components....

September 29, 2006

Small-Building Defense Against Terrorism

By: Werner Gumpertz, Lawless, J.M.

Abstract: Sophisticated methods for defense against terrorism have been devised, used, or planned to protect important and exposed facilities of the U.S. government and industry. This paper attempts to expose methods of protection for secondary...

September 29, 2006

The Effective Use of Commercial Computer Software for the Structural Design and Buildings

Abstract: The development and effective use of commercial design software by engineers for the structural design of buildings, is discussed. General computing tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, office networks, web data, and electronic...

August 30, 2006

The Four Barriers - Concepts for proper wall design and construction

By: Brent Gabby, Vince Cammalleri

Contemporary building enclosures generally consist of layers of light-weight construction materials designed to prevent water penetration and control condensation, heat flow, and vapor flow. These layers are material assemblies that serve as four...

August 30, 2006

Seismic Evaluation of Sweeping Bends

Abstract: This paper presents the results of analysis and evaluation of the seismic soil strains resulting from wave propagation or permanent ground deformation on sweeping bends in buried pipelines with bell and spigot joints. A finite element...

August 30, 2006

Predicting and Modeling the Effects of Wall Cladding Ventilation on Sun-Driven Condensation

By: Liyen Kan, Joseph P. Pinon

Abstract: Many wall systems in North America incorporate a drained and vented air cavity behind the cladding. The purpose of this air cavity is to help control the flow of moisture through the wall system. Providing ventilation airflow through...

June 29, 2006

Building History with a Modern Touch: Yale University's School of Medicine Extension

The $12 million extension of the Yale University School of Medicine's Sterling Hall of Medicine's B-Wing, located between the existing B-Wing and the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health (LEPH), filled a gap in a crescent-shaped...

June 29, 2006

5 [five] signs of facade problems

Just like in medicine, early detection provides the best chance of limiting losses when it comes to facade performance.  The top five tell-tale signs of problems are: cracking, displacement, leaks, material deterioration, and corrosion.

May 30, 2006

Preserving Richmond's Leigh Street Armory

Abstract: Built circa 1895 and listed on the state and national registers of historic buildings, the First Virginia Volunteers Battalion Armory, also known as the Leigh Street Armory, is the oldest armory building standing in Virginia. Simpson...

May 30, 2006

Reconstructing the Bernie King Pavilion

Abstract: The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), formerly the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), is charged with maintaining the Bernie King Pavilion. Built in the late nineteenth century, this open timber...

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