Paul Beers Quoted in Washington Post Article

Protective scaffolding surrounds a nine-story glass office building in downtown Bethesda where pieces of glass have fallen onto sidewalks. Montgomery County officials ordered that the scaffolding be installed in February to protect pedestrians from falling glass. (Katherine Shaver/The Washington Post) The owner of a nine-story office building in downtown Bethesda has agreed to replace [...]

By |2019-05-09T16:44:49+00:00May 9th, 2019|Building Codes, Building Envelope, Press Releases, Windows|Comments Off on Paul Beers Quoted in Washington Post Article

Cascadia Windows and Doors

Cascadia Takes Windows to the Limit Paul Beers welcomed Michael Bousfield, Technical Director of Cascadia Windows and Doors, to the studio for a recent episode of the "Everything Building Envelope" podcast to talk about innovations in window design. Cascadia Windows and Doors manufactures energy-efficient, high-quality windows and doors. Michael talked about Cascadia's development and the [...]

By |2017-11-29T20:40:53+00:00November 29th, 2017|Building Envelope, Waterproofing, Windows|Comments Off on Cascadia Windows and Doors

Hurricane Windows Meet Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Windows Meet Hurricane Irma The "Everything Building Envelope" podcast brought back guest Will Smith for a third time on a recent episode, this time for more discussion about the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Will Smith works alongside podcast host Paul Beers at GCI Consultants and has a vast store of knowledge about glazing systems [...]

By |2017-10-10T15:35:28+00:00October 10th, 2017|Building Envelope, Hurricanes, Windows|Comments Off on Hurricane Windows Meet Hurricane Irma

Bright Future Ahead for Dynamic Glass

Smart windows were the topic of a recent "Everything Building Envelope" podcast during which Paul Beers brought Jeff Riley of View Glass to the studio to find out more about the emerging technology of dynamic glass. Jeff Riley is a sales executive with View Glass -- the first company to mass produce dynamic glass for [...]

By |2017-08-14T16:12:59+00:00August 14th, 2017|Windows|Comments Off on Bright Future Ahead for Dynamic Glass

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.

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 |2017-01-24T05:11:23+00:00November 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

Why Should You Avoid Window Condensation?

Written by Mike Bowie Senior Consultant for GCI Thousands of people wonder and ask each year about the condensation on their windows and doors. If you research the subject, you will find many different answers. Most window manufactures publish great articles on their websites. However, often it is hard to get an overall understanding of [...]

By |2016-11-29T17:35:31+00:00November 29th, 2016|Building Envelope, Windows|Comments Off on Why Should You Avoid Window Condensation?

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 |2017-01-24T05:11:26+00:00August 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 |2017-01-24T05:11:26+00:00August 25th, 2015|Building Codes, Building Envelope, Building Maintenance, Windows|Comments Off on Glazing System Replacements

Wet Sealing Glazing Systems to Halt Water Intrusion

By Paul E. Beers Example of Bad Wet Seal I recently tried a Google search for the term “Wet Seal” and found it is a clothing chain for teenage girls that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January.   I did not find any information about what I was looking for, which is a [...]

By |2017-01-24T05:11:26+00:00April 28th, 2015|Building Envelope, Sealants, Windows|Comments Off on Wet Sealing Glazing Systems to Halt Water Intrusion