Day: August 13, 2018

Assembly Spaces that Require Automatic Sprinklers

The 2009 International Building Code requires automatic sprinkler systems for a variety of reasons. One of the places that we commonly see a sprinkler required is in assembly spaces. In Groups A-1, A-3 and A-4; assembly areas over 12,000 sf or with more than 300 occupants require an automatic sprinkler. In Groups A-2 that requirement …

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Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the slab to move without moving the structure.  I believe the …

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A/E Firms have an Advantage over Architects with Municipality Regulations

Municipalities are increasingly asking for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors to stamp drawings that could previously be stamped by architects. We see this a lot with small structural and civil pieces incidental to commercial projects. Municipalities are also adding new documents to their requirements that cannot be stamped by architects including grading permits and …

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How Does Your Gypsum Board Stack Up?

Paperless Gypsum Board vs. Mold Resistant vs. Standard We are currently working on a government contract that requires paperless gypsum board but it has brought up the question of the pros and cons of the various products available and the tradeoffs involved for each. Standard Gypsum Board is a fantastic product when installed and maintained …

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Buying Land to Build? You MUST Do These 8 Key Things Before You Close:

EVstudio has been involved in a great number of projects and a wide variety of situations involving our clients that for one reason or another didn’t quite fully complete their due diligence when purchasing their property. It’s an easy trap to fall in to – you fall in love with the site and make all …

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Review of New Weyerhaeuser iPhone Application

iPhoned individuals may be interested to know that Weyerhaeuser has released a productive alternative to Fruit Ninja in the form of a deck beam sizing application (available from the Apple App Store here). This application requires only three inputs from the user to size a beam as well as provide emailed PDF documentation of calculations …

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