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Codification Efforts on the Climate-Resilient Design of Commercial Roofs and Wall Assemblies

September 01, 2019

By Dominique Lefebvre, Marianne Armstrong, Bas Baskaran, and Michael Lacasse Abstract This article highlights recent Canadian advancements towards codification efforts on the climate-resilient design of commercial roofs and wall assemblies. The roofing advancements on climate resilience have led to the drafting of a new standard—CSA A123.26, Performance Requirements for Climate Resilience of Low Slope Membrane […]

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Façade Stabilization: Expect the Unexpected

August 01, 2019

By Stefan Nespoli, PEng Setting the Stage of Uncertainty Consider a nine-story high-rise multi-unit residential property constructed circa 1990 with a failing concrete brick façade. Due to areas of brick cracking and walls out of plumb, the owner had originally engaged a contractor to perform retrofit helical brick tie installation. For a variety of reasons—including […]

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Evaluating the Adequacy of Siding Attachment

July 01, 2019

By John C. Wylie, REWC, PE; and Derek A. Hodgin, RBEC, PE, CDT, CCCA Introduction There are six sides to a building that engineers, architects, and consultants must consider during the design phase of a project. A key element is the design and installation of the exterior wall cladding on four of those six sides. […]

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Welcome to IIBEC Interface

April 01, 2019

You are now reading articles from the first issue of IIBEC Interface: the Journal of the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants. We have a new masthead, a new logo, and a new name. Our institute and our journal have come a long way. Originally incorporated in 1983 as the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), the […]

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Wind Uplift Pressures on Low-Slope Roofs, Fourth Edition (2018)

January 01, 2019

The fourth (2018) edition of this monograph, authored by Stephen Patterson, RRC, PE, of Roof Technical Services, Inc. and Madan Mehta, PE, PhD of the University of Texas at Arlington, is a publication of the RCI Foundation and is now for sale at RCI’s online storefront at The price is only $45 for members […]

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ABBAE Reports Condo Window Crack Caused by Exterior Impact

January 01, 2019

Allana Buick & Bers (ABBAE), an architectural engineering firm specializing in forensic investigation and engineering of curtainwalls, exterior façades, and other building envelope assemblies, was hired by the Millennium Tower Association to study a cracked window glass in Unit 36B of the San Francisco residential high-rise that some suspected of being caused by settling and […]

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