Implementing a Successful Roof Asset Management Plan

Roof Asset Management

Understanding the performance and remaining service life of facility assets can be challenging. This is especially true if you own multiple buildings or facilities across different geographies. Knowing a building’s assets can provide a benchmark to optimize life cycle costs and improve reliability of facility assets across an organization’s entire portfolio. By establishing a roof asset management program, information pertaining to facilities components, such as roofs, enables owners to make better decisions and more complete budget forecasts with greater accuracy around decisions for repair or replacement/capital expenditures. One of the most important parts of an asset management program is turning...

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Slip Resistance Test: BOT-3000 Measuring the Dynamic Coefficient of Friction for Flooring Materials

Slip Resistance Test

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Every employer is concerned about preventing slips and falls and the general safety of their employees and any customers or clients who visit their workplace. What many people do not know is the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) made a significant change in what is required for certain flooring conditions and materials when it comes to slip and fall resistance. Shockingly, according to safety statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 15% of all accidental deaths are related to slips and falls, second only behind auto accidents. To add to the confusion,...

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Braun Intertec expands building sciences practice to Kansas City with new addition Richard McGuire, PE

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Richard McGuire, PE has joined our Kansas City office. McGuire joins Braun Intertec as a senior engineer in the Building Sciences group and brings 40 years of engineering experience in consulting and the construction industry, including structural forensics, restoration engineering and property condition surveys. McGuire also brings an extensive business background with him to Braun Intertec, positioning him as a building sciences and business consultant who will support the strategic goals of our clients. “We are thrilled to welcome Rich to...

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Firestopping Special Inspections

firestopping

Building code and fire inspection officials recently began strict enforcement of code requirements for firestopping inspections.The International Building Code (IBC) 2012, Section 1705.16 states that firestop inspections shall be included as part of the mandatory special inspections for high-risk facilities. But what is firestopping and is my building considered high-risk? Fill out the form below to watch a recorded version of our firestopping webinar....

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Is Your Building’s Insulation all it’s Cracked up to be?

Building Insulation

If a building lacks appropriate insulation, simply adding more can create problems for material durability as it causes exterior walls to go through more freeze-thaw cycles. To further complicate matters, if humidity levels are elevated on the interior of a building due to the activities going on inside, the walls and roof will soon exhibit staining, damage, and deterioration. It’s important to understand the dynamics between walls, existing insulation, and new insulation, as these can all cause a dew point to occur. In order to appropriately prevent condensation, mold and deterioration of wood and steel, insulation and a strategically placed...

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Vapor Intrusion: How a Building Works and Breathes

Vapor Intrusion Webinar

Watch a recording of our vapor intrusion webinar. Our webinar will strengthen your knowledge on building sciences with a focus on ventilation systems, design and operation that impacts the environmental vapor potential in a building. Our presentation topics include: Understanding how building air movement works What can effect the movement of vapor through a building  How air moves through a building  Considerations when designing ventilation and vapor mitigation systems Different forces that affect air movement Click Here to Watch...

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Braun Intertec Welcomes Steven Biegel

Steven Biegel

Braun Intertec, a premier engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout Texas, is pleased to announce the hire of Senior Architect, Steven Biegel, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. As a seasoned architect, Biegel brings decades of experience in existing conditions assessments, building diagnostics, building envelope systems, moisture migration, indoor air quality and energy conservation. In his role as Senior Architect, he will lead technical investigations of existing building conditions and oversee activities for the firm’s Building Sciences group in both the Austin and Houston metropolitan areas. “I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Steven to the team. He has a reputation for...

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Vapor Intrusion: How a Building Works and Breathes

vapor intrusion mitigation system

Vapor intrusion is a common issue that both environmental consultants and building scientists deal with every day. From an environmental perspective, vapor intrusion can come from old dry-cleaning chemical spills, various solvents, gasoline and diesel materials and much more. As a building scientist, I mainly deal with vapor intrusion in the form of water vapor. The principles are roughly the same, but it’s important to understand how a building lives and breathes throughout its lifetime, to help prevent harmful vapors from entering buildings. There are some natural occurrences, such as the physics of air movement, height and weather that can...

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Steve Flaten and Jack Rasmussen Speaking at AIA Minnesota Convention

Selecting proper fenestration systems for various project types is important to the success of building operation and performance. Join Steve Flaten and Jack Rasmussen at the AIA Minnesota Convention on November 9th to hear about their shared experience on evaluating and testing of window systems to reduce project costs.  The presentation will discuss the proper selection of U factors, AAMA classes and what type of windows are suitable to various projects. To view a copy of the presentation, click here....

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Do You See What I See: Leveraging Infrared Technology

Aquatic Center

What's Infrared Imaging? People use infrared imaging to examine buildings for a number of different reasons, but it's most common use is to help identify the need for preventive maintenance. For example, infrared images reveal temperature differences in electrical panels, wires and breakers, and can help to identify hot spots or overloaded circuits. What Can You Use It For? Now that you know the basics, let’s look at some other uses for infrared imaging: Water Damage to Roofs—To find moisture damage under an existing roof membrane, infrared imaging indicates areas where water has absorbed. Window or Roof Leaks—Infrared imaging is also useful in identifying...

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