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Research Project I: Research Project I is the study of sulfate attack on concrete in the field. The performance of concrete foundations of houses 35 to 40 years old in a sulfate soils environment will be made by coring, followed by strict protocol laboratory testing. Petrographic analysis and scanning electron microscope analysis will be performed.
Research Project II: Research Project II is the study of molds and spores as a human pathogen. While molds are found everywhere, they can become concentrated in today's tightly built houses. Although numerous health claims have been made recently, there are no federal or state standards to determine harmful exposure to mold spores and their micotoxins. The research will involve a comprehensive literature search and published clinical results.
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In multi-family residential construction, involving fire-rated assemblies stress relief in the fire-rated assemblies is important, but often overlooked.
The 2015 Gypsum Association Fire Resistance Design Manual (the 21st Edition or GA-600-2015) addresses perimeter relief and control joints in fire rated gypsum panel assemblies in Section II on page 18. It is specifically noted that these control and strain relief designs do not affect the fire rating of any rated assembly.
Since the 2009 version or the 20th edition of the Gypsum Association Fire Resistance Design Manual is a Standard Reference in the 2016 CBC (Chapter 35), this Standard Reference has the same standing as the Code for the 2016 Code Cycle. The 2015 FRDM is not adopted in the 2016 CBC, but why not use the design recommendations in the most current version of this Standard Reference?
A number of Strain Relief designs are listed in the 2015 Gypsum Association Fire Resistance Design Manual on pages 279 to 301 and include walls, ceilings, shafts, and head wall conditions.
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The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) recently announced that they would support a series of executive orders established by the Governer's Administration that outlines a series of "green building programs" for state-owned buildings and the commercial sector.
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