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Engineering Advisor

Energy Audits

Energy audits are popular again. They were first offered in the ’70s and ’80s, but owners and consumers lost interest as fuel prices stayed low relative to income.

Chinese Drywall

So-called Chinese drywall refers to a product imported from China to be used in the construction of walls and ceilings of homes and other buildings.


Elevators make modern buildings possible.

Paying For Green

One cannot help but notice – every magazine and every professional publication these days has at least one article on green building technology.

Curtain Walls

Curtain walls are common today in commercial construction, adding simplicity and design options for buildings of all types.

How Long Will It Last?

Determining how long a building component will last before it requires repair or replacement is one of the primary tasks in performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).

How Big Is It?

When performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA), we are often asked to confirm building dimensions.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement building materials are being used more and more in new construction, primarily for siding. In fact, it is used by most large builders in about 20 percent of the new home market.

Facility Management and the Bottom Line

Corporate real estate owners and real estate investors have traditionally viewed Facility Management (FM) as an expense.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)

As of January 23, 2006, manufacturers of heating and air conditioning equipment can no longer manufacture single-phase central air conditioners and heat pumps with output of 65,000 BTUH (British th