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"Details Forum"

  • 1.  "Details Forum"

    Posted 9 days ago
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    The "Details Forum" is a major project in 2019 of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BP-KC).

    The objective is to provide online information that shares good details among architects via a web location within the BP-KC site.  Another focus is to provide a vehicle for publicizing the activities of technically-oriented architects.

    A draft detail of a Parapet has been prepared as a test case for implementing a first draft of the "Details Forum."
    See the attachment.

    Stay tuned for this first draft to be published soon.

    Project participants are:
    Brad Gellert (lead)
    Stephen Katz
    Drake Wauters


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    Joseph Deringer AIA
    Institute for Sustainable Performance of Buildings
    Berkeley CA
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  • 2.  RE: "Details Forum"

    Posted 7 days ago

    Thanks for the message about the start of the Details Forum. What a great idea. And an excellent example as the inaugural article about parapet thermal performance. Thanks to Payette for sharing their research and analysis. Very thoughtful way to address a common issue. We have had concerns about building a parapet on top insulation, perhaps crushing the insulation material and reducing its effectiveness. However, the simple approach of inserting insulation within the framing at the level of the roof insulation is a good approach. Thanks, again.

    Sherman Aronson

     
     
    Sherman C. Aronson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Senior Associate
     
        
       
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  • 3.  RE: "Details Forum"

    Posted 6 days ago
    I have a retail client interested in trying frost protected shallow foundations for their stores.  Can anyone tell me of someone who does them regularly so we can learn from them and develop some confidence?
    William J. DeVos
    APD Engineering and Architecture
    237 Rockingham Street
    Rochester, NY   14620
    (585) 435-0364
    <rflbilldevos@gmail.com>





  • 4.  RE: "Details Forum"

    Posted 4 days ago
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    We have done them. The American Society of Civil Engineers has a "Design and Construction of Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations". See attached. Your air freezing index is probably similar to mine. I recommend a civil or structural engineer for the foundation design.

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    Mike Sealander AIA
    Sealander Studio
    Brooklin ME
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    ShallowFndn.pdf   1.67MB 1 version


  • 5.  RE: "Details Forum"

    Posted 4 days ago
    Wow Mike, Thank you.  i was doubtful i'd get a response.  I am familiar with the ASCE guide, but it's great to see your marked up copy!  Would it be possible we could talk sometime more about your experience and what engineers you've used?  i have two geotechs who have had only a little experience and less with structural and civil.


    William J. DeVos
    APD Engineering & Architecture
    237 Rockingham Street
    Rochester, NY   14620
    (585) 435-0364
    <rflbilldevos@gmail.com>





  • 6.  RE: "Details Forum"

    Posted 2 days ago
    ​I did this one time for an exterior application that needed frost protection but had too many buried utilities on the site. It worked. It is a very interesting concept that should work.

    Our neighbors to the north are the experts in this area I believe. Perhaps it would be useful to contact the Canadians.

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    Paul Johnson FAIA
    SmithGroup
    Detroit MI
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  • 7.  RE: "Details Forum"

    Posted 2 days ago
    Thank you Paul, it's good to hear of your success too and that's a really good idea to look to the Canadians.  I'll see what i can learn.

    Thank you, Bill.
    William J.  DeVos, AIA
    Senior Architect
    APD Engineering & Architecture, PLLC
    615 Fishers Run, Victor, New York 14564
    T:  585.484.1302
    ǀ M:  585.435.0364 

    <rflbilldevos@gmail.com> <wdevos@apd.com>