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Building Beyond-Code

The need to go above and beyond the minimum standards has become apparent in the devastation left by severe weather. While building codes should be the starting point, architects and builders must begin to consider and use products, materials, and systems that can weather storms while regularly delivering high performance.

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The Ultimate Building Enclosure Commissioning Guide: Part Two

In part one of this two-part series, we outlined how Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) is utilized to document ...

3 Reasons to Strengthen Your Relationship with Material Manufacturers

The success of any construction project relies on the collaborative efforts of the involved organizations, including ...

The Ultimate Building Enclosure Commissioning Guide: Part One

The building enclosure commissioning process (BECx) is often misunderstood and the scope of services can vary ...
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Under Pressure- Understanding Building Enclosure Testing

Wall assembly testing may seem like a daunting task for architects and contractors alike, but large test chambers, also ...
NFPA 285 Fire Test

NFPA 285: 4 Frequently Asked Questions

While nothing can predict a structure’s response to the elements or natural disasters with 100% accuracy, laboratory ...

The Benefits of Building Material Simulations using FEA

How can 3D modeling in the virtual world help the design and construction of actual buildings? As technology has ...
silicone sheet application

Tear Propagation of Silicone Sheets: The Importance of Knotty Tear

All precured silicone sheets are not the same. Despite similar appearances and chemistries, there are considerable ...
air barrier application with construction workers

Adhesion and Compatibility: How Both Affect Critical Connections

When choosing the appropriate sealant for any building application, it’s important to understand the compatibility and ...
nail sealability and penetrations in exterior wall

Testing Nail Sealability: Poking Holes in your Air Barrier

Air barrier membranes are punctured thousands of times when anchoring facades like stucco, metal panels, stone panels ...