Building & Construction Insight Bulletins

As part of our commitment to support and add value to our customers, Intertek regularly publishes and distributes important information about the Building & Construction industry in the form of our Insight Technical Bulletins. Direct from our engineers and industry experts, Insights provide updates on building standards and best practices for commercial, industrial, residential, and infrastructure projects. Each Insight includes detailed information to supply you with the knowledge and potential solutions for all of your building product and construction and infrastructure project needs.

 

Funding for Fire Prevention Programs Before Congress
Vol. 119 | 08 August 2017

Funding for Fire Prevention Programs Before Congress

In recent comments before a congressional committee, Chief Butch Browning, NASFM President and Louisiana State Fire Marshal, emphasized the need for continued support at all levels – Federal, state, and local – for fire prevention activities. These include, but are not limited to, More…

Building Enclosure Design Reveals Energy Efficiency
Vol. 118 | 31 July 2017

Building Enclosure Design Reveals Energy Efficiency

Recently, Intertek partnered with the USGBC Central Pennsylvania chapter in a unique demonstration project designed to illustrate the difference in the energy efficiency of two comparable structures – one built to the current 2009 building code and the other built to “passive house” standards, primarily focusing on the benefit of More…

NFRC Product Certification – FAQs
Vol. 117 | 20 July 2017

NFRC Product Certification – FAQs

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Product Certification Program was developed to create a standardized procedure for rating the performance of windows, doors, and skylights. Prior to the development of the NFRC program, there was no single standardized procedure for rating products which created confusion, resulted in inconsistencies More…

Smoke Variability and Implications of Laboratory Selection
Vol. 116 | 20 June 2017

Smoke Variability and Implications of Laboratory Selection

Since the first prototype Steiner Tunnel test apparatus was developed in 1922, and the evolution of flame and smoke tests, ASTM E84 has become one of the most common fire tests required for building materials. Recent feedback from our clients has suggested that an increase in the variability of More…

Intertek-PSI Rises to #17 on the ENR Top 500 Design Firms List for 2017
Vol. 115 | 30 May 2017

Intertek-PSI Rises to #17 on the ENR Top 500 Design Firms List for 2017

Intertek-PSI has risen to #17 on the Engineering News Record (ENR) list of the Top 500 Design Firms for 2017. Intertek-PSI continues to climb the list each year; up two spots since 2016 and up 34 spots since 2015. Moving up to #17, Intertek-PSI is among the top four percent of engineering firms in the U.S. More…

The Shock of Kickboxing Studios in Mixed-Use Developments
Vol. 114 | 30 May 2017

The Shock of Kickboxing Studios in Mixed-Use Developments

Kickboxing studios in mixed-use developments are creating problems for owners and developers. The low frequency vibration created from hitting a free-standing bag propagates through structural connections and can be felt in dwelling units. This leads to a decrease in quality of life for those unfortunate enough to More…

Working with Foreign Window Manufacturers – Tips for Success
Vol. 113 | 22 May 2017

Working with Foreign Window Manufacturers – Tips for Success

Architects and specifiers looking to tap into the global window and curtain wall manufacturing market as a source new products are understandably enticed by the buying power of the US Dollar in foreign markets, and the favorable price points on foreign-produced goods. For example, we recently reviewed bids from More…

New Software helps solve Slide Repair Challenge
Vol. 112 | 11 April 2017

New Software helps solve Slide Repair Challenge

Intertek-PSI Engineers in Columbus, Ohio recently completed one of the more challenging and rewarding projects involving a county road that experienced ongoing slide problems for many years. Engineers were brought in to explore the subsurface conditions of Ashland County Road 1027 and to provide an More…

How to Avoid Delays with Utility Backfill Testing
Vol. 111 | 23 March 2017

How to Avoid Delays with Utility Backfill Testing

Have you ever been on or had a project that required utility backfill density testing to only find out that at the end of the project that not enough density tests were taken? This may happen on a project where the testing lab has to submit a More…

Quality Control vs. Quality Assurance
Vol. 110 | 28 February 2017

Quality Control vs. Quality Assurance

Many professionals in the construction and AEC community frequently use the terms Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) interchangeably. Both are important, but they serve a different purpose and each has a different place. The first step in doing a project or task correctly is developing a quality control plan or process. More…

Large soil fills can often become a controlling geotechnical design factor
Vol. 109 | 08 February 2017

Large soil fills can often become a controlling geotechnical design factor

In a world of big box structures, strip malls and value engineering it may be interesting to know that when more than 8 feet of soil fill is placed on a typical single-story strip mall project, the load applied by the fill often becomes the controlling geotechnical design factor. More…

Vapor Intrusion and Its Impact on Real Estate Transactions
Vol. 108 | 24 January 2017

Vapor Intrusion and Its Impact on Real Estate Transactions

Vapor intrusion is an emerging issue that is creating increasing headaches for owners and developers of commercial real estate as well as lenders. Litigation regarding vapor intrusion is on the rise and appears to be on the marketing radar of many trial lawyers. More…

OSHA Turns up the Heat on Retailers
Vol. 107 | 13 January 2017

OSHA Turns up the Heat on Retailers

While retailers have generally experienced a very low rate of employee injuries, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stepped up inspections and enforcement against retailers in recent years for safety violations, and has issued six-plus figure fines to many retailers this year. More…