On the "Everything Building Envelope" podcast, host Paul Beers and his guest James LaGreca discussed everything you need to know about that looming 40-year building recertification date, demystifying the process with some solid information and good advice. James LaGreca is Director of Operations for DSS Condo, a subdivision of Development Services Solutions, a leading construction management firm in Florida. James has a Master of Architecture degree and also teaches Structural Systems at Florida International University.
GCI Consultants Deploys Drones for Safer, Smarter Consulting in the Construction Industry “Air GCI has received its operating certificate from the FAA and is beginning flights….” Picture this: Before the workday begins at a construction site, a lightweight, nearly-silent inspection drone skims the outer walls and roof of the building. It quickly documents the potential [...]
By Shauna Sproul Field testing of building exteriors for water penetration, frequently simply called "water testing," is essential for identifying manufacturing and construction defects in windows, doors, skylights, and other openings in the building envelope. For example, a window might leak due to problems with installation of waterproofing and perimeter sealant details, or because of [...]
By Jason Bondurant Replacing windows or doors is no small task. Just ask any building owner or manager who has faced the challenge. What may seem simple at first becomes increasingly complex, once all the factors involved are considered and construction starts. It goes beyond material costs, building codes, and contractors. You also must take [...]
Nature has provided the construction industry with its own natural hurricane lab - Florida. Out of the destruction of hurricanes have come significant innovations in building materials and code improvements. GCI has been at the forefront of these improvements, lending their expertise to new construction, hurricane-ravaged buildings, and beachfront properties. These are some of the [...]
Building safety codes changed as a result of 9/11 http://bit.ly/pqQtxZ #aec #construction #september11 #911
LEED avoids class action, energy savings claim left untested: http://ow.ly/6m6Jv
Recent tornadoes call attention to wind load provisions http://ow.ly/6hbuO #aec #construction
Southeast's Top Green Contractors http://ow.ly/5GySN #green #construction #aec
What happens when building specifications conflict with the code, targeted building certification or owner’s wishes?
When specs conflict with code, building performance requirements, or the owner’s wishes, who is ultimately responsible for an incorrectly installed product? "Allocating responsibility involves balancing contract documents, applicable codes and good building practices," according to a recent Glass Magazine article written by Matt Johnson of The Gary Law Group. Read the rest of the article. If [...]