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February 4, 2020
Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls: Is it Mandatory to Get a Permit?

Understanding Retaining Walls  Retaining walls are relatively rigid walls used for supporting soil laterally so that it can be retained at different levels on the two sides. Before you build any retaining walls, you’ll need […]
February 3, 2020
Foundations

The Foundations and their types – Shallow and Deep Foundations

What is the meaning of foundations? Foundation is the part of a building which is in direct contact with the ground to transmit and spread the loads from the building over a sufficient area of […]
January 31, 2020
Code Adoption Cycles

Code Adoption Cycles: What We Can Learn from the Past and What to Prepare for in 2020

Introduction Most jurisdictions around the world have put building codes and standards in place to protect their citizens’ health, safety, and welfare. For example, the constitution of the united states severely delegates the authority to […]
January 30, 2020
Build an ADU

10 Things to Consider Before You Build an ADU

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (or ADU) has many names: backyard cottage, in-law unit, or granny flat.ADUs are essentially tiny homes, mostly built for the purpose of renting to family members at lower-than-market rates. While ADUs […]
January 27, 2020
Custom Home

4 Tips to consider to build a Custom Home

There are many advantages for which you can opt for a custom home instead of an existing home when searching to buy a home. There are no major differences in terms of prices between a […]
January 23, 2020
Insulated Concrete Forms in Building

Benefits of Insulated Concrete Forms (I.C.F.)

With the need for green structures increasing by the day, there are several green materials to consider to achieve such buildings. However, do these materials offer the full benefits of a green building? It would […]
January 22, 2020
Prevent Earthquake Damage

10 Ways to Prevent Earthquake Damage Before It’s Too Late

In most seismic zones like California, earthquakes are a major concern. With experts predicting an increase in magnitude with every passing year, is your home ready? The best and only advisable way to answer this […]
January 14, 2020
Earthquake

Which Building will Survive an Earthquake? Low Rise or High Rise

There have been so many questions on low rise and high-rise buildings, as to which is more likely to fail in the event of an earthquake, with most people thinking low rise buildings more likely to […]
January 13, 2020
Insulated Concrete Forms

What are Insulated Concrete Forms?

Insulated concrete forms or ICFs are lasting forms of concrete created by pouring concrete between two layers of insulation. Currently, the use of insulated concrete forms for residential and commercial wall construction has become prevalent. […]
January 12, 2020
construction management

A New Era of Construction Management

The Construction industry is experiencing consistent pressure to change profoundly its conventional method to oversee construction projects, as the market needs a construction system that can deliver projects with higher quality, lower cost, and in […]
January 12, 2020
Beams

What are Beams and Columns in Structural Engineering?

The System of Columns and Beams have been used in so many ancient civilizations such as Ancient Egypt (3100BC) and the Roman Empire (30 BC) Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Nowadays, Slab-beam-column System is used widely […]
January 11, 2020
Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) – The Future of Construction

With the emergence of Building Information Modeling, it is hard to remember an era where CAD 3D was the holy grail of construction design and planning. BIM has taken the construction industry by storm, providing […]
January 11, 2020
Sustainable Construction

Understanding Sustainable Construction

The global need for sustainable construction increases as a result of the increase in environmental conditions and greenhouse emissions. However, sustainable construction is not only about designing an environmentally friendly building; it involves improving the […]
January 11, 2020
Light Gauge Steel or Lumber

Light Gauge Steel or Lumber – Which is the Better Framing Option in Residential Construction?

Conventional framing options for most residential buildings in the United States are lumber framing. However, Light gauge steel (LGS), is slowly coming to light as an option for framing residential buildings. Some of its noticeable […]
January 8, 2020
structural design

6 Basic Procedures of Structural Design

For a structural Engineer, the main purpose of structural design and analysis is to design safe structures, capable of withstanding all possible loads (applied and lateral loads) throughout its lifespan. It is common knowledge that […]
January 6, 2020
Steel Structure

Possible types of failures in a Steel Structure

For a structural engineer, designing a structure entails, ensuring that the structure resists all possible forces. Some of the forces a structure needs to resist include: The mass of the contents of the structure including […]
January 2, 2020
passive house

What Is a “Passive House” and Why Should you Care?

You may be losing a lot of money if you don’t understand what passive house design means. We tend to use the words passive house just as much as the word “green” when it comes […]
December 30, 2019
Structural design Guideline - Phases of an Engineering and Design Process

Structural design Guidelines: Phases of an Engineering and Design Process

Structural engineering or structural design is a process that you go through to complete a construction project. There are three main phases, which include the planning phase, design, and construction phase. Planning Phase During the […]
December 17, 2019
HVAC system design - modern office spaces

HVAC System Design: Simple tips for Modern Office Spaces

There is a continual transformation going on in modern office spaces. From the traditional point of view, these spaces included a specific number of private offices surrounding the perimeter of the space, with specific forms […]
December 11, 2019
Construction methods-Structural Design

Do you know your options when it comes to construction methods?

Choosing the right construction methods to build a home can be challenging due to the variety of options. Stick-built homes that are created entirely from wood, traditional earthen-block construction and light gauge steel-framing are just […]
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