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An Empirical Review of Commercial Air Barrier Testing

An Empirical Review of Commercial Air Barrier Testing

June 15, 2018

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.

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ENVELOPE COMMISSIONING CRITICALS

Envelope Commissioning Criticals

December 10, 2015

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 failure.

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Fire Damage Claims

November 12, 2012

It is important for the insurance and restoration industries to understand the exact type of material damage that can occur to residential and commercial structures during fire and fire suppression events.

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Is This Structure Worth Saving?

October 29, 2012

Interpreting the requirements for structural building shell modifications based on ap- plicable building codes can be a challenging and sometimes frustrating endeavor.

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Air Barriers: Beneficial or Just Hot Air?

July 20, 2012

This article was featured in the May 2012 issue from EDC (Environmental Design + Construction) Summary: What to know regarding the form function and benefits of an air barrier in the design, engineering and construction market. The full article is available on EDC’s website here, but to find it you need to type in “55” […]

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Wood Roofing: Separating Cosmetic Damage From Performance-Reducing Damage

June 13, 2012

Article originally published by Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB). Reproduced by permission from PLRB Wood shingles and shakes comprise a small, but significant, portion of the steep-sloped roofing market. These wood roofing products seem to show up in more and more hail claims. The big question lies in what is performance-reducing damage and what is simply […]

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Winter Season Water Losses

June 12, 2012

It’s that time of year again – cold weather is upon us, and so are the inevitable claims and damages from frozen pipe water losses. The dollar amount of these claims can be significant, ranging from $5,000 to well over $100,000. A “passive” water loss failure is one that happens quietly, without the insured noticing […]

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Installing Exterior Stairs? Choose a Lasting Design

June 11, 2012

Exterior stairs should be designed and constructed such that the service life of the stair assembly is no less than the life expectancy of the building or structure to which they provide access, and are maintainable without non-visible damage occurring.  Increasing the ability of exterior stair assemblies to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture and other […]

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