Technical Resources

Technical Resources

Technical Resources

Attachment of Cold Formed Steel to Concrete Structures

Submitted by Jim Nisted, Dryvit Systems, Inc. for publication by CSI 9/23/2016
Originally published on Technical Services Information Bureau in October, 2008.

Code requirements for bracing, resistance to transfer loads and seismic considerations of non-load bearing partitions are based on ASCE and ASTM standards. Many of the allowable options for bracing of these non-load bearing partitions are covered in TSIB Technical Bulletin 20.100.

Attachment of floor and ceiling tracks (top and sill) to concrete and/or metal pan decking shall comply with ASTM C 754. Attachment of track to non-load bearing partitions to concrete substrates may be attached using power driven/actuated fasteners (see detail).

Acoustical Lay-in Type Ceilings (Per IBC – Seismic Design Category D, E&F)

Submitted by Jim Nisted, Dryvit Systems, Inc. for publication by CSI 4/13/2016
Originally published on Technical Services Information Bureau in August, 2009.

This document covers the installation practices recognized by the Technical Services Information Bureau (TSIB) for installation of a suspension system for a lay-in acoustical tile ceiling compliant with the 2009 International Building Code (IBC). The practices listed herein are for ceilings in Seismic Design Categories D, E or F. Refer to TSIB Technical Bulletin 40.100 for Seismic Design Categories.

What Causes Efflorescence and How do You Remove it?

Submitted by Dennis Keane, Stego Industries, LLC
Written by Joe Nasvik
Originally published on Concrete Construction in December, 2005.

Efflorescence occurs with all concrete and is the most frequent problem that concrete contractors face with colored concrete. Owners don't care about “plain” concrete, but colored concrete is another matter. They complain that their contractor didn't give them the color they ordered, and sometimes they withhold payment.

Hot & Cold Stucco Walls

Submitted by Jim Nisted, DryVit Systems Inc.

Written by Mike Griffin, The Quikrete Companies

Originally published in Walls & Ceilings Magazine in August, 2013. Reproduced courtesay of BNP Media LLC.


Weather has a significant effect on the application requirements and nuances of plaster/stucco seasonally and it can sometimes be daily. Contributing factors are: temperature, humidity, wind and the exposure of the sun.

Every plasterer knows that plaster/stucco sets faster in the summer and slower in the winter. In this article the goal is to offer some helpful hints for the placement of plaster/stucco materials in both hot and cold conditions.

The Hygrothermal Performance of Exterior Wall Systems

This article was submitted by Jim Nisted, Dryvit Systems Inc.

The Hygrothermal Performance of Exterior Wall Systems:

Key Points of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory NET Facilities Research Project

Study Goals: The primary goals of the study are:

¢ To validate the moisture and thermal performance of EIFS wall systems

¢ To quantify the performance of EIFS over other types of exterior claddings

¢ To develop and calibrate a hygrothermal (moisture and temperature) computer model with the unique features of EIFS that will validate the computer model for all climatic regions

Read the full study!

 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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