BSI-133: Covert Covid Thoughts…

My Spidey sense is tingling. Note that this is an “opinion column. Work with me on this: In response to COVID, the CDC and others are now recommending a room air change rate of 4 to 6 air changes per hour. Building Science Insights, Joe Lstiburek, July 15, 2022

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Construction Input Prices Are Up 21% from a Year Ago

Construction input prices rose 2.3% in May compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released June 14. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 2.3% for the month. Construction Dimensions Magazine, August 2022

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Low-tech skills architects need to keep in a high-tech world

As architects continue to lean into learning and mastering the latest technologies, let us not forget the foundational, fundamental skills that are still expected by clients. Building Design + Construction, RS&H National Design Director Philip Robbie April 26, 2022

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Sealant Performance and Compatibility: The Great Disconnect

Sealant compatibility with air barriers, moisture-resistive barriers and self-adhered modified bitumen wraps and flashings is most important to long-term adhesion. Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, Ben T. Hixon CCA CCS Hixon Consultants, July 23, 2020

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4 Ways to Prevent Common Building Envelope Failures

Builder shares a few helpful steps on how to create an envelope that will stand the test of time. Builder Magazine, Emily Newton October 21 2021

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Reducing Carbon Dioxide from Cement Production

Finland – Based Company Develops Technique to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Cement Production, Builder Magazine, Mary Salmonsen, October 15, 2021

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Is it an Air Barrier, WRB, Vapor Barrier or Coating of Peanut Butter?

Takeaways from the Air Barrier Symposium held at the Center for Architecture and Design, Philadelphia 2020. Bernardon, John Rock AIA, 2-10-20

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Understanding Walls

Wall assemblies should be designed and constructed for specific hygro-thermal regions, Building Science Corp., Joe Lstiburek, December 15, 2020

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Capillarity Sucks

One moisture transport mechanism that is often overlooked in building construction is capillarity or capillary suction. Building Science Corp., Joe Lstiburek, March 15, 2021

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Zero Energy Buildings growth driven by government policy, stringent codes, technologies

Restraints include high upfront cost, and lack of universal definition and approaches. Building Design + Construction. Codes and Standards, Peter Fabris, January 11, 2021

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