Technical Resources

Technical Resources

Technical Resources

The Move Toward Embodied Carbon Targets for Building Materials

CSI Phoenix, Technical Committee
Lisa Barnard, CSI, LEED AP O+M, WELL AP. Account Manager, Concrete & Verifi

Extreme weather events around the world are spurring more communities to become concerned about the growing consequences of climate change. This is driving an increased focus on reducing embodied carbon, which represents a large part of the emissions produced in the building industry. The carbon footprint of a building consists of the embodied carbon from construction and the energy the structure consumes once it's completed. In the case of concrete, the embodied carbon is what is emitted by taking the raw materials out of the ground, processing them, and delivering them.

Information from Technical Services Information Bureau (TSIB)

The Technical Services Information Bureau (TSIB) which is the technical department for the Western Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association (WWCCA). The TSIB provides education and technical support to the design community, code officials, and the signatory union contractors for the wall and ceiling industry.

TSIB Mission Statement:

To serve and improve the wall and ceiling industry in the southwestern United States. Support the fundamental core that apprenticeship and training of craft workers is a benefit to everyone. To provide unbiased information to designers, code authorities and honest evaluation of materials, systems and workmanship. To be a leader in establishing best practices for the wall and ceiling industry.

Concrete, admixtures and sustainability

CSI Phoenix, Technical Committee
Lisa Barnard, CSI, LEED AP O+M, WELL AP. Account Manager, Concrete & Verifi

Environmentally friendly concrete is a topic that has come up quite often on projects with questions ranging across the AEC value chain from ready mix producers to designers and specifiers. Given those questions and the fact that Oct 30, 2019 is our Phoenix Chapter US Green Building Council’s 8th Annual State Conference I wanted to share a couple resources on measuring sustainability and how admixtures aid in sustainable concrete design.

https://usgbc-la.org/blog/environmental-product-declarations-101/

2018 Phoenix Building Construction Code Adoption Presentation

Tom Wandrie, Deputy Director Planning and Development Department Inspections Division, discusses the adoption process that the City of Phoenix uses including how the new codes are implemented and communicated to the development community, what new codes were adopted including code requirements and amendments that are specific to Phoenix.

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The Prefab Package - Modular EIFS construction offers benefits to today’s busy jobsites.

By Roland Serino, P.E., Dryvit Systems Inc. for publication by CSI 7/30/2018.

There has always been a need for a more efficient way to build in large cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles or other central business districts. The tight quarters on construction sites in such places put operating and materials storage space at a premium.

When limited operating space, weather considerations or the need for a faster construction schedule are a concern, prefabricated panel construction offer a solution.

Permeation, Crack Isolation and How They Impact Waterproofing Choices

By Dean Moilanen, Director of Architectural Services, Noble Company for publication by CSI 7/21/2018.

I call Las Vegas the Petri dish of waterproofing because Las Vegas has more hotel rooms (over 160K) than any city in the country. With demanding, fast-track construction schedules and streaks of stubborn "wild west" independence, what winds up in shower pans and wet areas sometimes can resemble a lab experiment gone awry.

 Applying the Building Code

Applying the Building Code: Step-by-Step Guidance for Design and Building Professionals (Building Codes Illustrated)

No other resource—not even the building code—presents the exact code information you need, when you need it at design stage

The International Building Code (IBC) is a model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). The IBC and its complementary codes provide design and construction professionals with a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention regulations in order to safeguard the public health and general welfare of the occupants of new and existing buildings and structures. Adopted throughout most of the United States and its territories, it is referenced by federal agencies, such as the General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of Defense. For architects and other design and construction professionals, it is particularly important that they understand how to apply the IBC and how code officials view buildings, so that they integrate code-required provisions in the earliest design stages of any project.

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