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  • 18
    Mar

    Coronavirus pandemic; how to do structural design and MEP engineering remotely

    This is an article in the series adapting to the pandemic, where we intend to share useful tips for making it through these troublesome times. Social distancing is a critical response to the coronavirus outbreak. Everywhere, companies are encouraging their employees to work from home. However, the construction industry...

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  • 18
    Mar

    Is Your House Summer Ready?

    Summers are around the corner. Soaring temperatures, long days and short nights is something that everyone will have to prepare for. Due to the challenging change in the temperatures, it can be very difficult to make yourself comfortable during summers. However, certain ways can help you in making sure...

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  • 13
    Mar

    How to Remodel Your Property into a Smart Home

    Smart technology is on the rise, with homes becoming increasingly advanced across the world. New build homes across the globe tend to have more technology implemented than ever before and the higher-spec builds are boasting some impressive appliances and installations which are in tune with 21st-century living. Whether it...

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  • 12
    Mar

    Why is wood the preferred construction material in California?

    In California, most construction involves the use of wood as the main construction material. If you intentionally clicked on this post, chances are you are curious as to why most houses in California are made of wood. In Spite of the many disasters befalling wooden houses, most notably, November...

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  • 11
    Mar

    Energy Efficiency Upgrades: LED Lighting

    Investing in energy efficiency upgrades could be very beneficial to building owners. Reduction in gas and electricity bills together with an increase in the building’s value are some of the benefits. This way, homeowners can accumulate significant savings throughout the lifespan of the home and buildings up for rent...

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  • 04
    Mar

    Think about the heat load calculation as an investment in the future

    If you ever wonder what HVAC stands for, you need to know that it is an abbreviation of the words heat, ventilation and air conditioning. There are numerous disciplines involved in the engineering field called HVAC. You definitely need the assistance of an HVAC firm or professional in case...

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  • 04
    Mar

    The importance of as-built drawings for both contractors and future homeowners

    In order to visualize a project’s components, such as dimensions, location, and other important elements, owners usually request as-built drawings from the construction managers. All the important details regarding a future building are included in these as-built drawings. The elements presented include walls, HVAC system, electrical fixture, doors and...

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  • 27
    Feb

    Understanding the Energy Standards Required by California’s Title 24

    The regulations that govern the construction of residential and non-residential buildings in California are all included in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulation, which can also be found under the name of California Building Standards Code. The main purpose of this code was to reduce the state’s...

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  • 26
    Feb

    You are paying double the price of a construction, here is why

    The construction industry is unique in lagging. All other industries optimize their work and lower their costs while increasing quality – a typical example is the electronics industry where unit costs have continuously decreased while the value and quality have constantly increased. This revelation was brought forward by the...

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  • 20
    Feb

    How Can an HVAC Zoning System Help Your Home?

    A good HVAC system in your home would ensure the heating and or cooling of the whole house, together with the controlling of the whole system from a single thermostat. Installing an HVAC system in homes is to ensure maximum comfort. However, that is not always the case. Notably,...

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  • 18
    Feb

    Removing Load Bearing Walls: Facts you can’t ignore

    Removing load bearing walls and removing non-load bearing walls are two completely different tasks. The level of structural importance a load bearing wall offers is way more than that of a non-load bearing interior wall. Removing a load bearing wall is a very delicate task. It can lead to...

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  • 17
    Feb

    Deck vs. Patio – What is the best option for your needs?

    So you have finished building your house but don’t know what to choose between a deck and a patio for the outdoor space. In this article, you will discover information that will help you make the right choice for your home and expand your house with space for relaxing...

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  • 14
    Feb

    Main Benefits of Using LED Lights When Compared with Traditional Lighting

    When it comes to lighting, there are several advantages to using LED lights when you compare it to traditional lighting. Here is what you need to know. LED Lights Have Longer Lifespan One of the biggest differences with LED lights is they last longer when compared to regular lights....

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  • 13
    Feb

    What Building Materials are used in Construction?

    When it comes to structural design, and there are several different materials that are used in construction. Common materials include steel, concrete, masonry, and wood. These materials have different strengths, weight, cost, and durability. The material used will all depend upon the structure that is being constructed. Structural design services...

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  • 10
    Feb

    What is a Building Permit and why should I get one?

    As a homeowner or a contractor who plans to execute a construction or home transformation project, you will need a little time to consider the changes you want to be done on your structure which may include a unique style of preference or color. Whatever your choice might be,...

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  • 07
    Feb

    When do you need a Structural Engineer?

    If you are as inquisitive as I am, there might have been a time you wonder, why some buildings collapse and those around you don’t? it is because of the amount of dedication put in by a structural engineer. To ensure that a structure stands the test of time,...

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  • 04
    Feb

    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 to know several things. You’ll have to understand the properties of the soil, the...

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  • 03
    Feb

    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 soil with the minimum allowable settlement. Shallow foundations: Shallow foundations: Are foundations in which...

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  • 31
    Jan

    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 enforce building codes to the state and also to local governments. Traditionally, scientists and...

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  • 30
    Jan

    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 can be a great source of income, a number of challenges must be addressed...

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