By: Benjamin Jelin PhD, MPH, Sr. Industrial Hygienist Note: Implementation of this regulation may be affected by guidance to agencies in the “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum (January 20, 2017). Compliance Date Approaching! What is Crystalline Silica? Crystalline silica (SiO2) is a naturally occurring compound commonly found in soil, sand, rock and other materials in … Continue reading OSHA’s Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction
The Role of Engineers in Design-Build World By Dave Harrison, PE, LEED AP Unless you’re working in the remotest parts of the world, you’ve likely seen or been part of a design-build project. The design-build delivery methodology has been around for thousands of years… think of the ancient master builders who conceived and constructed the … Continue reading Where’s the Engineer in Your Design-Build Delivery?
Connected for Life, Connected for Building Life By Sandeep Kulkarni In our 21st century, technology-driven environment, the status quo is simply no longer a viable solution for the AEC world. Industry professionals today have to embrace emerging design breakthroughs to fabricate a more capable built environment. Today, we must become the masters of effecting radical … Continue reading How the Internet of Things is Shifting AEC Culture
By Eli Baumgardner, PE, CPMP, LEED AP Whether discussing new or renovated building systems, owners often ask me “Why should I pay a commissioning agent to perform additional verification on my systems? What’s the ROI?” These are valid questions. Many owners think the verification of building systems operations is the responsibility of the engineers and … Continue reading Commissioning: Don’t I Pay the Engineers/Contractors to Do That?
By Alex Gonzales, PE, CxA, LEED AP In today’s world of ever more complex “intelligent buildings,” owners increasingly rely on collaborative project delivery methods to achieve greater efficiency and meet schedule requirements while minimizing risk. That’s also why progressive owners are looking to their commissioning authority (CxA) as third-party owner representatives/subject matter experts. With specialized … Continue reading As Owner Representatives, Commissioning Authorities Enhance Integrated Project Delivery and Lifecycle Operations