Technical Resources

Technical Resources

Technical Resources

Design strategies for specifying & detailing aluminum wall systems with Ken Martinek and Brook Montelongo, CSI, CDT from Arcadia Wall Systems

The following is an outline for the 35 minute podcast with Arcadia wall systems. Please tune in for the detailed conversation or reach out to Brooke Montelongo ( or Ken Martinek ( for more information.

Aluminum Wall Systems
1. What information is required to define the vision?

Quick Tips from Jay Harris, Architectural Services Consultant, Allegion


Please check out the podcast to hear this in-depth interview

  1. What are the advantages in working with a manufacturers rep when managing a Division hardware 8 project spec?
  2. What type of design documents are consultants requiring to spec Division 8?
  3. How do you determine what “grade” of product to use for projects?  Is “grading” that important?
  4. What is the most challenging “type” of project to specify hardware?  Why?

1. What are the advantages in working with a manufacturers rep when managing a Division hardware 8 project spec?

Modular/Panelized Construction: Industry history of modular and panelized construction. Where is the industry headed?

CSI Phoenix, Technical Committee
Mike Barker, Regional Sales Manager with Tremco

Mike Barker, Regional Sales Manager with Tremco presents on modular/panelized construction. This is roughly a 25-30 minute presentation followed by open discussion amongst the CSI Phoenix Technical committee. If you have further questions or comments feel free to reach out to the technical committee chair Lisa Barnard,

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CSI Technical Committee, CalPortland Concrete quality control lab and batch plant tour

March 18, 2021: "We often times are so busy that we don't feel able to get away and see things from a different perspective. To be able to see and understand what goes into the developing and testing of concrete mix designs, the blending of mix at the batch plant and how it gets transported to the jobsite and all the QA that occurs in between was pretty eye-opening, even for someone like me who thought he knew a lot about concrete. I would encourage anyone in this industry to take the time at the next field trip opportunity to broaden your understanding (and appreciation) of the people and processes that make our work possible."

Mark Yarish CSI, NCARB, Senior Associate, orcutt | winslow

Technical Committee Meeting, Latest Industry Trends in Concrete

Feb 18, 2021, Technical Committee Meeting
Latest Industry Trends in Concrete presented by Lisa Barnard

Concrete is the material of choice for the tallest buildings in the world and infrastructure designed to last centuries. To meet demands for these cutting-edge projects, concrete must be stronger, more durable and more workable than ever before. During our meeting we explored how new products, manufacturing methods and research are developing innovative concretes to meet these new challenges. Bendable concrete, smog eating concrete and carbon capture are just a few examples of new technologies enhancing a product that is nearly 5,000 years in development.

We reviewed

Quality Assurance Field Testing Pitfalls, designing and installing fenestration products to meet design performance criteria

CSI Phoenix, Technical Committee
Mike Bourassa, Manager for Heitmann & Associates Southwest Region

Mike is Building Envelope Consultant specializing in building science waterproofing consulting, approaching (40) forty years in the construction industry. His building projects are on the forefront of current wall technology meeting today's challenging cost and performance outcomes. He is a leader his field with an emphasis on building design/performance; internal weatherproofing & air barrier integration with interfacing façade cladding systems. Mike is a CSI Phoenix member and member of the Technical committee. His contact number can be found on the presentation notes.

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.

 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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