There is no blanket approach to weathertightness warranties. In fact, the "standard warranty" of years gone by could end up leaving the warranted individual in the lurch. It is imperative that architects understand that with a manufacturer's standard 20-year weathertightness warranty, manufacturers are not responsible for ensuring proper installation. If one wants to do everything within his or her control to ensure the roof gets installed properly, specifying a "Day One" (also known as a "Single Source") warranty will be more beneficial.
This paper will examine some of the basic differences between the two main types of weathertightness warranties and will identify some of the key caveats for architects to consider when specifying this critical piece of the building plan.
Sponsored | Multifamily Housing | May 8, 2022
Choosing the right paver system for rooftop amenity spaces
This AIA course by Hoffmann Architects offers best practices for choosing the right paver system for rooftop amenity spaces in multifamily buildings.
Sponsored | BD+C University Course | May 3, 2022
New ideas in glass curtain walls, window walls, and storefronts
Driven by two distinct influences, a new generation of glass building enclosures now has a unique trajectory—toward higher performance and sustainability. One of those forces is the work by building teams who effortlessly blend design analysis with the creation of novel system solutions.
Sponsored | BD+C University Course | May 2, 2022
Bigger windows, more glass: Creating efficient, safe, and inspiring spaces
Thanks to data and analytics used routinely today to model and predict building performance, new and remarkably subtle approaches are being used to create facades and interior glass assemblies that allow more visible light transmission while reducing undesirable heating by direct sunlight.
Sponsored | BD+C University Course | Apr 19, 2022
Multi-story building systems and selection criteria
This course outlines the attributes, functions, benefits, limits, and acoustic qualities of composite deck slabs. It reviews the three primary types of composite systems that represent the full range of long-span composite floor systems and examines the criteria for their selection, design, and engineering.
Sponsored | BD+C University Course | Mar 18, 2022
Design strategies for metal wall and roof systems
Versatility, reliable performance, and relatively low installed-costs make prefabricated metal panel wall and roof systems attractive for sophisticated building applications. Owners and architects often collaborate to use these products in distinctive and aesthetically innovative design solutions. Manufacturers, recognizing an opportunity, have expanded their product lines with the aim of amplifying product use across a range of building types. Of course, no building enclosure system is without design challenges and considerations.
Sponsored | BD+C University Course | Mar 9, 2022
26 ways to prevent cracks in brickwork
This continuing education course describes numerous ways designers, mason, and contractors can prevent cracks in brickwork due primarily to elastic deformation of the brick.
Sponsored | BD+C University Course | Jan 12, 2022
Total steel project performance
This instructor-led video course discusses actual project scenarios where collaborative steel joist and deck design have reduced total-project costs. In an era when incomplete structural drawings are a growing concern for our industry, the course reveals hidden costs and risks that can be avoided.
Sponsored | BD+C University Course | Jan 9, 2022
Mastering the higher ed campus building envelope
Building envelope choices for campus, cultural, and infrastructure projects are shaped by particular conditions. Today, institutions place greater value on how buildings relate to their ensemble: how historic buildings fit next to new ones, how massing forms fit with their neighbors, and how a building cladding contributes to the campus context. Concurrently, enclosure assemblies and construction methods have undergone changes due to values of sustainability, science, durability, and maintenance. In this context, mastering the building envelope on college and university campuses requires addressing both cultural concerns and technical performance, honoring traditional buildings while exploring the potential of new materials and forms.
Sponsored | Glass and Glazing | Mar 2, 2020
Restoration and Replacement of Glazed Curtain Wall Assemblies