High performance EIFS sheathing product passes critical fire protection testing

According to Building Enclosure Online: Texas-based Priest & Associates Consulting, LLC., through an engineering evaluation, determined that current code-evaluated exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) adhered to DensElement Barrier System are compliant with NFPA 285. According to their evaluation, it can safely replace exterior gypsum sheathing in current code-evaluated EIFS designs. Brent Paugh, President of … Continue reading High performance EIFS sheathing product passes critical fire protection testing

Was Grenfell’s disastrous fire due in part to an all-too-common risk transfer strategy?

Grenfell Tower, a UK public housing project that caught fire recently, was a true disaster that is most likely directly attributable to incompatible design specifications and implementation by established architecture, engineering and construction professionals.  I’ve been holding off publishing much about the event until there is more consensus from the forensic experts regarding root cause, … Continue reading Was Grenfell’s disastrous fire due in part to an all-too-common risk transfer strategy?

Blowing the Roof Off of a Rock N’ Roll Insurance Case

I met Peter Lattey at West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar in 2012. Over lunch a few months later, he told me the story of his involvement representing the respondent in Sequoia Insurance Company vs International Recording Corporation. As Peter’s story shows, there are no typical days for professionals working in architecture, engineering and construction … Continue reading Blowing the Roof Off of a Rock N’ Roll Insurance Case