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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio November 30, 2017

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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Using Architecture For a Bigger, Counter-depth Refrigerator

by evstudio October 30, 2017

Counter-depth refrigerators are popular for a polished, upscale look in kitchens.  However -  they are also considerably more expensive the traditional, full-depth refrigerators, and offer less storage room for the counter space taken up. Depending on your floor plan, manipulating the walls behind the fridge […]

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Selecting Packaged Rooftop Units

by evstudio October 30, 2017

Small packaged rooftop units usually have the following components; a DX cooling section (DX stands for Direct EXpansion and refers to the process of evaporation, or expansion of refrigerant to absorb heat from the air being cooled), a natural gas-fired heating section, a constant-volume supply […]

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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio October 12, 2017

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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LoHi Denver Apartments — Construction Update

by evstudio October 5, 2017
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EVstudio’s multi-family project in the LoHi Denver neighborhood is well into its first construction phase (see my post back in May, when the site consisted of a few piles of dirt). While I took the pictures below, the crew was in the process of pouring Building […]

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Typical Rafter Insulation Detail

by evstudio September 28, 2017

Here is a typical insulation detail for a rafter framed roof.  We’re showing a 1” polystyrene baffle to provide airspace between the roof sheathing and rigid insulation for required roof ventilation.  Under that is a 2” spray foam insulation with an R-6.9 per inch thermal […]

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Warning! Review Your Revit Warnings

by evstudio August 28, 2017

Surely you’ve noticed those little warnings that pop up as we’re working on our models notifying you of walls that overlap or lines that are slightly askew. Chances are you’ve ignored several of them and moved on, forgetting that they needed your attention. One surefire […]

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Separation of Top of Foundation Wall and Adjacent Exterior Grade

by evstudio August 28, 2017

One of the most commonly asked questions to the structural department involved the required distance between the top of a foundation wall and the adjacent exterior grade. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a minimum of 6 inches of separation where brick veneer is not […]

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Culture Forcing Design

by evstudio August 25, 2017

Have you ever noticed that you can determine the era in which a house was built based on the orientation of the garage? Obviously, this is a broad generalization, but the overwhelming trend in garage placement throughout the decades provides a brief glimpse of how […]

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Simpson Strong-Tie Will Replace Commonly Specified “AB” and “ABE” Standoff Post Bases with the “ABW” in 2012

by evstudio August 25, 2017
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New for 2012 is the Simpson Strong-Tie ABW standoff post base. It will be available in March of 2012 and will serve as the replacement to the similar AB and ABE products. The advantages of the ABW will be that it will provide a slightly […]

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EVstudio Contracted for Value Engineered Structural Revision to Custom Mountain Home

by evstudio August 3, 2017

EVstudio was recently asked to value engineer a proposed revision to the foundation of a custom home in Evergreen Colorado that we had previously provided structural design services for. This particular home was originally designed for a slab on grade lower level floor with an […]

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Determining Section Properties with AutoCAD

by evstudio August 3, 2017
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I know that all engineers loved taking Mechanics of Materials in college – where finding the mass moment of inertia, radius of gyration, and centroid were actually enjoyable problems to work out. However, AutoCAD has made our lives much easier by integrating a MASSPROP command […]

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