Building & Construction Insight Bulletins - 2016

New materials and pavement rehabilitation techniques improve long-term performance of asphalt pavements
Vol. 106 | 19 December 2016

New materials and pavement rehabilitation techniques improve long-term performance of asphalt pavements

Recently, increased traffic levels, heavier trucks and higher tire pressures have aggravated the severity of the loading conditions upon the highway system resulting in rutting, raveling, fatigue cracking and reflective cracking. Using enhanced asphalt binder and pavement rehabilitation techniques have played an important role in More…

Concerns over lead-contaminated water highlights the importance of proactive testing
Vol. 105 | 02 December 2016

Concerns over lead-contaminated water highlights the importance of proactive testing

The recent issues in Flint, Mich. regarding lead and other contaminants in the public water supply, have rekindled an interest throughout the country to verify if their drinking water is safe. Lead is harmful to humans, and drinking water can be a significant source of exposure. More…

Post Installed Adhesive Anchors may soon require installation by trained-certified personnel and continuous checks
Vol. 104 | 17 November 2016

Post Installed Adhesive Anchors may soon require installation by trained-certified personnel and continuous checks

As states continue to adopt the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and 2014 American Concrete Institute (ACI) 318 in part or in total, Professional Engineers must stay informed. Part of the changes in the 2014 ACI 318 and the 2015 IBC is More…

New OSHA Standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposure
Vol. 103 | 27 October 2016

New OSHA Standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposure

In June, a new standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was put in effect regarding occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The standard is designed to reduce lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease More…

The Effect of Unintended Moisture Intrusion
Vol. 102 | 10 October 2016

The Effect of Unintended Moisture Intrusion

Moisture is not often thought of in terms of occupant health and safety. Yet the majority of indoor air quality professionals consider moisture the primary agent or pollutant that can have a significant impact on the occupants’ health. More…

The Evolving International Building Code: What You Need to Know
Vol. 101 | 21 September 2016

The Evolving International Building Code: What You Need to Know

With the globalization of the U.S. economy and the incorporation of designers working across state and national boundaries, it is often challenging for contractors and employers to stay up to date with today’s International Building Code (IBC) guidelines More…

New Steel Bridge Codes and Standards now available from AASHTO and NSBA
Vol. 100 | 09 September 2016

New Steel Bridge Codes and Standards now available from AASHTO and NSBA

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) recently partnered to unify the diverse requirements governing steel bridge construction. This joint effort is of particular note because it includes the policies, codes, standards and specifications from More…