Tag: Interface

#metoo

The #Metoo Movement – How #Youtoo Can Mitigate Your Risk

November 01, 2018

By Trent Cotney and Marci Britt Beginning in October 2017, when dozens of women in the entertainment industry came forward with allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed or assaulted them, the #MeToo Movement was launched, and soon a tidal wave of similar allegations flooded in against a long list of other prominent, […]

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drugs

Opioid Use and Abuse in Construction

November 01, 2018

Due to jobsite hazards and strenuous activity, pain afflicts construction workers, making them more susceptible than many other workers to substance abuse in the form of opioid misuse. Construction inflicts particular stress on backs, knees, shoulders, and other joints. The highly addictive drugs have caused 2.5 million Americans to become addicted. An estimated 15% of […]

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tall wood building

Oregon Approves Tall Timber Buildings

November 01, 2018

Oregon has become the first U.S. state to provide code approval for construction of tall-timber buildings (over six stories) via a hybrid approach. Crosslaminated timber and other mass timber products are allowed if the vertical elements of the seismic force-resisting system are concrete, steel, or masonry. It provided new classifications of “Type IV” or “heavy […]

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NWIR Meeting

NWIR: The Idea That Grew Into an Industry Movement

November 01, 2018

By Sarah Harweth-De Marco It is hard to believe that National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a volunteer-based organization that supports and advances the careers of female roofing professionals, just officially launched at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) as recently as 2016. The idea, whose genesis was a conversation on a break at an industry meeting […]

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construction litigation issues

RCI Interface Featured Article: Construction Litigation Issues: An Update

September 01, 2018

By Derek Hodgin, PE, RBEC, CCCA Over the past 25 years, I have investigated numerous issues that have been the subject of construction litigation. Some of the issues have been related to product failures, while others are associated more with a construction type and/or process. This paper is intended to provide an update on past […]

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3D Printed Houses

First 3-D-printed Housing Project Planned in Netherlands

September 01, 2018

The city of Eindhoven, Netherlands, will be the site of what developers are claiming will be the first 3-D printed concrete homes. Project partners are the municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix, and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos. The first, a single-floor house, is […]

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upside down house

Which Side of the Envelope Does One Open? Upside-Down House Disorients

September 01, 2018

This upside-down house in Szymbark, Poland, was designed by Polish businessman and philanthropist Daniel Czapiewski and was originally created as art, meant to represent the communist era in Poland. The structure, completed in 2007, took about five times longer to build than a conventional home, as tradesmen became disoriented while working inside it. Tourists also […]

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code of ethics

AIA to Vote on Addition to Code of Ethics Banning Sexual Harassment

September 01, 2018

A resolution calling for an amendment to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) code of ethics would include a provision requiring members to ensure that their workplaces are “environments of mutual respect and equitable treatment, free of abusive behavior and harassment,” according to ENR. Delegates at AIA’s annual meeting in June passed the resolution by […]

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RCI Interface Featured Article: Nails: Let’s Get to the Point

August 01, 2018

By Rick Allen Nails are an integral part of modern wood frame construction structural connections such as framing, floors, walls, and roofs. These are the building blocks needed for a structure prior to completing a proper building envelope. For many, important information regarding nails and their use may need refreshing and updating. What is a […]

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Roof Shingles Reducing Smog?

August 01, 2018

A newly released specialized coating, when applied to a roof shingle, is said to reduce air pollution. The 3M Industrial Mineral Products Division has launched 3M Smog-reducing Granules to help remove nitrogen oxides (NOx) when applied to roofing shingles. Integrated throughout the shingle’s surface, the granules are designed with a specialized photocatalytic coating applied to […]

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