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Fall Protection Systems 101

Posted by Art Valentz on January 17, 2018

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OSHA, or Occupational Safety and Health Standards, cites section 1926.501 as its most frequently cited violation of 2015.  In fact the essence of the standard requires a personal fall arrest system that has both adequate “strength and structural integrity” for construction workers who are exposed to vertical drops of 6 feet or more, to four feet in general industry, and to five feet in maritime scenarios and applies to all states in the USA, all US territories, and the District of Columbia.  (https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/construction/focus_four/falls/falls_ig.pdf) 

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

Roofing Cover Boards: Overview

Posted by Art Valentz on January 3, 2018

It is understood by many in the know in the building industry that roofing cover boards can often be the unsung hero of a given roof assembly.  Though seemingly mundane and inexpensive, they are also highly effective and promote the durability and longevity of a roof.  In short, they are worth the investment.  Their added durability protects against damage from hail, fire, wind uplift, and other kinds of unfavorable weather, all at a very reasonable upfront cost.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

Modular Construction - What You Need to Know

Posted by Art Valentz on December 7, 2017

Construction is a broad industry which encompasses many different types of building processes. Today, one of the growing construction categories is modular construction. Discover what modular development is, and some of the pros and cons, so you can determine if modularly constructed components may become part of your future growth.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

The Resilient Future of Our Built World

Posted by Art Valentz on November 16, 2017

As climate change and the rapid evolution of the caliber and quantity of earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes continues to develop, governments around the world are quickly making plans to face the future environmental challenges ahead.  Many have all seen recent proof of what is to come.  In the US, according to such respected organizations as National Geographic, World Bank, the National Hurricane Center, and indeed including the recent groundbreaking research conducted at MIT, the increased warmer conditions of the ocean almost certainly elevated wind speeds of the recent Hurricane Harvey in Texas by 45 miles per hour in its last 24 hours before landfall, causing what has now been deemed “catastrophic” flooding.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

All About Continuing Education Units for Architects and Engineers

Posted by Art Valentz on November 3, 2017

There are many different reasons to participate in continuing education activities if you are an Architect or Engineer. Of course the primary reason that most of us do it is that our licensure requires it. Being professionally licensed as an Architect or Engineer means you must obtain a certain number of hours of continuing education annually, from as little as 8 to as many as 30, depending on your state. Individuals must keep their own records of these efforts as they are done on good faith but open to the occasional audit.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

Update! The New Respirable Crystalline Silica Construction Standard is Here!

Posted by Art Valentz on October 18, 2017

Silicon is the second most abundant element in our Earth’s crust, making it a frequent component of many construction materials including soils, clays, sands, cements, mortars, stuccos, and stone. It is not inherently dangerous as pure silicon, however a particular molecule of silicon can be lethal when inhaled: silicon dioxide. Silicon dioxide, also called silica, or known as quartz, is the major constituent of sand and is highly toxic in dust form. Freely breathing in finely divided crystalline silica can in fact cause such fatal diseases as silicosis, lung cancer, and some autoimmune diseases in high enough concentrations. Three types of common construction practices, for example, including sandblasting, cementing, jackhammering and/or rock drilling all expose a construction worker to this unique breathable threat.

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Topics: Roof Safety, Construction

7 Tips for Making Your Commercial Roof Stand the Test of Time

Posted by Marion McKnight on October 5, 2017

Roofing professionals will tell you that roof lifespans are typically based on averages. This is a function of location. But some materials will outperform others in any given place. The following guidelines are designed to help you make your roof perform to the very best of its potential, no matter where it may be.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance, Roof Architecture, Construction

Blue Roofs vs Green Roofs: How to Choose

Posted by Marion McKnight on September 21, 2017

By now most of us in the building and design industry have heard of green roofs and know roughly what they are – a rooftop garden system (either extensive or intensive) and most of us have at least heard of blue roofs – a rooftop water storage system (either active or passive). But when considering both types, you may need to compare a blue roof to a green roof for your upcoming project.

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Topics: Roof Architecture, Construction

Saving Energy With Cool Roofing Materials Is Getting Easier

Posted by Marion McKnight on September 6, 2017

 Thanks to the rise of new cost-effective “cool” materials and “cool” techniques (cool = reflects more sunlight), the building industry finally has some scientifically sound ways proven to moderate energy use over the course of a new or even an existing building’s lifetime. Energy savings mean cost savings. According to the EPA, the costs of choosing a cool roof coating or membrane can be somewhat comparable to the upfront cost to a non-cool roof, but cool materials provide better payback through substantial net energy cost savings and longer life expectancy.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Roofing Management, Roof Architecture, Construction

5 Money Saving Tips for Your Roof Replacement

Posted by Heather Lomax on August 24, 2017

Roof replacement is sometimes a necessary expense for your business if your employees, customers, and products are in danger of being injured in a collapse. However, this service comes with a high price tag, so you want to make sure that you can save some money while still receiving a quality job. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to get the best deal on your roof replacement.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance, Construction

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