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The Search for the Perfect Weather-Resistive Barrier

Don Best of Energy Design Update
Find out what improvements are being proposed in the specification, manufacture and evaluation of weather resistive barriers - commonly known as building papers, house wraps and air barriers. Read More

Local Government Takes Aim at Invasive Exotic Plants

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
The threats posed by Invasive exotic plants are becoming a mainstream issue with billion dollar economic implications for agriculture adding to traditional ecosystem preservation concerns. Read More

Architects Required To Use Written Contracts for Architectural Services

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
Photo by William S. Farrow CC-ND

Photo by William S. Farrow CC-ND

A summary of the California State Law requiring written contracts for architectural services. Read More

Vinyl Windows May Exacerbate Water Intrusion in Stucco Walls

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
Because of a very high coefficient of thermal expansion, vinyl window installation in stucco walls may result in large joints and water intrusion between the window and the stucco cladding. Read More

ICBO Reports Now Available On-line Free

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
How to obtain up to date ICBO and other evaluation agency reports instantly on line at no cost. Read More

WESTCON Roster Provides List of Bay Area Construction Consultants

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
WESTCON Construction Consultants Association website provides list of Bay Area construction industry consultants specializing in forensic, diagnostic, and repair services. Read More

What Is the California Building Code?

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
Many people involved in building design, construction, or even construction litigation are under the erroneous impression that the prevailing building code in California is the Uniform Building Code (UBC) and that it is adopted and amended by local cities and counties. Read More

ICBO Reports Now Available On-line Free

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
How to obtain up to date ICBO and other evaluation agency reports instantly on line at no cost. Read More

New Code Opinion Service Offered by ICBO

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
For the first time, the International Conference of Building Official (ICBO) is offering to the non-building official members of ICBO the opinion service that heretofore has been available only to member building officials of public agencies. Read More

Mold and Mildew – Emerging Public Health Concern

Thomas K. Butt, FAIA
Although fungi have always been here, they are only recently emerging as a public health and indoor air quality concern. Read More