Pie Global Articles

An Empirical Review of Commercial Air Barrier Testing

Excerpt from article published in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences: Pie Consulting and Engineering (PC&E) collaborated with the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, to develop an Air Barrier Testing Protocol for Commercial Buildings for the city’s Building Department. This case study provides a four-year review of […]

Envelope Commissioning Criticals

  Seven things to know about building envelope commissioning     Photo courtesy of ZGF Architects LLP Building envelope commissioning (BECx) is of growing interest to the building design industry because of increased focus and ambition on building energy performance, along with concerns about the quality and durability of building enclosure components due to enclosure […]

The use of Electronic Leak Detection on waterproofing membranes over concrete surfaces

Waterproofing membranes are a key element in building enclosure systems—a key element that ultimately gets covered up by a variety of finish materials including landscaping, green roofs, topping slabs, pavers, and so on. As most of us know, excavation to expose a failed waterproofing membrane for repairs can be prohibitively expensive, and in some cases, […]

Flooding Beer: A Fairytale or a Nightmare?

Current beer trends have resulted in an exponential increase in the number of breweries operating in the United States. The Brewers Association identified 89 domestic breweries in operation circa 1978 and as of January 2013, there are more than 2,300 domestic breweries currently in operation. The rising number of breweries is a result of the […]