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Hurricane Resistant Windows & Doors

After our experience with Hurricane Matthew, many on the east coast were relieved at the end of the 2016 hurricane season.  Matthew was primarily a water event as opposed to a wind event, but nevertheless, uncertainty forced homeowners and businesses to invest thousands upon thousands of hours installing plywood covers, storm panels, and other types [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|Building Codes, Hurricanes, Waterproofing|Comments Off on Hurricane Resistant Windows & Doors

40-Year Building Recertifications

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.

By | June 7th, 2017|Building Codes, Building Envelope, Building Glazing Inspection, Building Maintenance, Construction, Construction Law, Engineering, Quality Control, Roofing, Windows|Comments Off on 40-Year Building Recertifications

Drones for Construction Consulting Saves Money for Clients

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 | November 30th, 2016|Building Codes, Building Envelope, Building Glazing Inspection, Building Maintenance, Claims Analysis, Quality Control, Roofing, Waterproofing, Windows|Comments Off on Drones for Construction Consulting Saves Money for Clients

Water Penetration Testing

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 | August 25th, 2015|Building Codes, Building Envelope, Construction, Quality Control, Windows|Comments Off on Water Penetration Testing

Glazing System Replacements

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 [...]

By | August 25th, 2015|Building Codes, Building Envelope, Building Maintenance, Windows|Comments Off on Glazing System Replacements

Manufacturers Innovate to Create Better Storm-Resistant Construction Materials

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 [...]

By | July 25th, 2014|Building Codes, Construction, Hurricanes|Comments Off on Manufacturers Innovate to Create Better Storm-Resistant Construction Materials