Most wall systems today are built with absorptive claddings. Oftentimes manufactured stone, stucco, brick, wood and fiber cement siding are the claddings of choice. It is important to design these walls for moisture migration. Moisture will find a way into the wall. How will you minimize moisture’s negative impact within that wall system? Mortairvent® by Advanced Building Products is a drainage and ventilation mat that creates a capillary break, allowing moisture to drain, not remain trapped within the wall system. Mortairvent not only allows excess moisture to drain, but also permits drying in a convective fashion, which greatly minimizes the wall’s susceptibility to moisture-related issues.
With moisture-related problems in both new construction and older buildings equally prevalent in the news, there is no doubt that air and vapor barriers should be a well used and understood tool in a designer’s bag of tricks. However, depending on a number of factors – such as the climate of the given location, the building materials used in the project, building codes, and other key design issues – the type of barrier and the appropriate location within the system’s structure vary greatly.
It has been two years since the idea of Building Information Modeling – Masonry (BIM-M) was conceived, and what it means is still evolving. For many, BIM is 3D modeling taken to the extreme. For others, BIM is a process of designing, constructing and maintaining buildings that is all about information transfer and risk management. BIM-M is all of these applied to masonry buildings.
After a decade of planning and roughly three years of construction, a hospital consisting of 118,000 square feet of thin stone, 5,400 tons of steel, 19,700 yards of concrete, and 18 million feet of cable opened its state-of-the-art doors. Virtua Voorhees, “The Hospital of the Future” as it is known, is situated on 125 acres in Voorhees, a New Jersey suburb within the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.