Indianapolis Chapter CSI


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

October 2011

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The new month of the trade show is upon us.  Read about it and all the other happenings of the chapter below.

As always, please send comments, articles and suggestions to me as they may come up.


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 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor

October Event:
Trade Show
Trade Show Committee


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The 37th Annual installment of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show is upon us.  


The annual tradition is a great way for people in the construction industry to network with their colleagues and learn about new products and services at the same time.  


In association with the Trade Show, there will be an education seminar on the topic of Brownfield Redevelopment.  Details on that follow.



Upcoming Events


2011 Trade Show Seminar - Responsible Brownfield Redevelopment - Demolition or Building Reuse

Thursday October 20, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Riverwalk Banquet Center - Lodge


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

Thursday October 20, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Riverwalk Banquet Center



Upcoming Programs:




Active Fire Suppression


Our November Program will feature Mark Riffey, VP Business Development, Ryan Fire Protection with a presentation on issues relating to active fire suppression. This evening program will follow an Education Seminar earlier in the day at Ryan Fire Protection's Noblesville facility. Details to follow...




Annual Holiday Party. This will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Come join us for a festive and joyous time to spend with your fellow CSI friends! Details to follow...

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Pete Kerfoot, CSI, CDT



Those who attended last month's chapter meeting stayed glued to their seats during the presentation "Bid Day Happenings."  We all received valuable insight to what others go through on bid day.  Thanks to Randy Reifsnider from the Louisville CSI Chapter who moderated the event and kept all in good order.  And a big thank you to the six panelists who kept a professional demeanor during the difficult, but strategic questioning.  Everyone present was entertained and well informed.  Go CSI.  During the evening the Chapter was informed that CSI Indy won another "Outstanding Chapter Commendation."  Yours truly accepted the award for Indianapolis at Construct 2011 then presented to Phil McMullen, the Chapter President for the year awarded.  Our special thanks go to Robin Leising for assimilating all the data needed and presenting to Institute so the Chapter can be judged for its volunteer contributions and noticed on a national stage.


October is trade show month at CSI Indy at The Riverwalk Banquet Center in Broad Ripple.  On Thursday, the 20th the event starts off at noon with an educational seminar on "Responsible Brownfield Development."  The trade show begins at 3:00 and goes to 8:00.  The floor is packed and promises to be an exceptional show for those interested in commercial building products.  The student competition "Specification Scavenger Hunt" will have students mingling in the crowd gaining valuable information from the vendors to garner a first place prize.  There are many prizes handed out during the event to attendees, and with free appetizers at every corner, make sure this is one party you don't miss.


I want to mention that before our next Chapter Meeting in November we all have the opportunity to attend "A Day at the Races."  The Louisville Chapter of CSI has invited any and all who can attend to do so.  The original amount of tickets had sold out, but more have been allocated for CSI.  This is sure to be a spirited event with a full house so check our website the next few weeks to see how you can get your tickets.  Next month's regular Chapter Meeting will be held on the third Thursday at The Riverwalk Banquet Center with the presentation on Fire Suppression.  More info next month, and if you have any questions about events or committees just give me a call (317) 557-4057 or email


Concise is my favorite of CSI's three C's, so my articles will never be exceedingly wordy.  To see who was determined to make it to the end of this article I offer a Starbuck's $10 gift card for the first email to my address above with the subject heading 'Coffee'.  Congratulations to Blake Wagner who won in July, Phil McMullan in August, and I will award September's winner at the Trade Show.  It's going to be a fun year.  See you Thursday! 

Responsible Brownfield Redevelopment - Demolition, Deconstruction or Building Reuse
Trade Show Seminar


Common practice in preparing a site for redevelopment usually entails demolition of any on-site buildings or structures to clear the way for reuse of the land.  If plans don't include restoration or rehabilitation of on-site structures, then deconstruction should be considered as the next step to address on-site structures before demolition.  Building hierarchy - restore, preserve, adapt, deconstruct, demolish, demolish by neglect. Deconstruction can be an economically viable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional demolition.  The benefits of deconstruction include cost savings, job creation and environmental preservation.  Deconstruction may save as much as 30-50% when compared to traditional demolition costs. Labor costs for deconstruction are typically higher than for demolition.  However, landfill disposal fees are lower.  Combined cost savings exist with avoided disposal costs and recovered materials value. Because deconstruction is labor intensive, it can lead to the creation of jobs for the low-skilled workforce.  Deconstruction helps preserve natural resources by offsetting the need for virgin materials consumption since materials are reentering the market for reuse or recycling. A good deconstruction project requires good planning.  Identify knowledgeable and experienced demolition and salvage contractors. Identify markets for recycling, companies/non-profits for reusing materials or donation of materials. Site redevelopment, building renovation and building material reuse can be and should be perceived as one connected industry. 


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Event Report

CONSTRUCT 2011, Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL   September 14-16th, 2011


As I was working one of the product manufacturers booth that we represent I was unable to take advantage of the many educational sessions that were offered at this year's show but for those that took advantage of the educational sessions on the trade show floor there was much to see and take advantage of. Of the nearly 200 booth spaces represented by over 180 manufacturers it appeared that many manufacturers were represented but not as "lavishly" as in years past. The economy appears to still press hard on many of the vendors that typically show in a big way. The largest booths were 20' X 20' with 4-5 vendors having that size space but most vendors had simple 10' X 10' with a few 10' X 20' interspersed.


There were two educational sessions delivered on the floor by Dow Building Solutions and Knight Wall Systems on their combined Thermax Wall System and Knight Wall Rain Screen leveling system for various substrates. This was a 45 minute presentation that was more of a demonstration of the application of their Thermax "continuous insulation" to steel stud walls, taping the joints with butyl based flashing tape and applying Spray Polyurethane Foam to the inside of the steel stud cavity providing an ASTM E-2357 Rated Air Barrier. This was followed by the application of 18 GA, AZ 50 Galvalume, vertical and horizontal girts and rails, rain screen system. This is the basis of the Knight Wall System that Dow Building Solutions has entered into a Co-Marketing agreement for a total wall system offering. Dow-Knight CI-System provides a complete thermally efficient, rain screen solution that offers maximum energy efficiency and excellent moisture management. The CI-System, featuring the patent pending THERMAX Wall System from Dow, delivers continuous insulation across all structural members, while reducing thermal bridging to isolated fasteners and service openings. This unique drop-in, all-in-one design meets or exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 requirements and can save time and money by reducing labor and assembly costs. The DOW-KNIGHT CI-System eliminates the need for any furring that penetrates the thermal barrier and disrupts the drainage plane in an effort to significantly minimize thermal shorts. This system provides superior thermal performance, moisture management and air barrier properties, while simplifying the wall assembly and meeting or exceeding today's energy standards.


Henry Company also presented an Educational session on Green Roofs. Henry has been a major source of technical design and waterproofing systems for Green Roof applications in Canada for over 30 years and in the US for nearly 25 with major projects in the Midwest area including Millennium Park in Chicago. They presented their Green Roofing Waterproofing components as well as the various offerings for extensive and intensive plant offerings. Other presentations included full Structural Masonry mock ups constructed by the International Masonry Institute illustrating all wall components including Structural CMU back up, flashings, reinforcement, drainage, Extruded Polystyrene Insulations, Brick. They also illustrated Brick Veneer over Steel Stud wall back up as well. All of the displays, presentations and demonstrations were very professionally delivered.


Pete Baker, CSI, CCPR

Indianapolis Chapter CSI

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Residential Alternative Power Sources


When it comes to providing some or all of your own energy sources you have options, and the viability of these will vary according to where you live and the local restrictions. If you live out on the plains you're a good candidate for windmill type power using a residential wind turbine. If you live in the sun belt, solar power is a good choice for you. And no matter where you live you can tap into the power of the earth below grade. Ideally, you can use a some of any or all of these to meet your energy demands.


You can generate electricity with a wind turbine. Wind is a great energy source because it's almost always in motion to some extent. And once you've got those big propellers set up and spinning, you're money ahead. This kind of power is generated using blades, like a fan, mounted on a pole and incorporated with a wind turbine. The rotational power turns the turbine and converts this energy into electricity.


Solar energy is an even more predictable source of energy than wind. Even in the dog-dead, still days of summer the sun shines, and even in the winter when the mercury drops, light energy is still light energy. Solar panels used to capture the sun's energy offer a smaller footprint than wind turbines. They can either be mounted on a pole outside your home or simply laid on the roof of your home.


As with anything, there are going to be start-up costs, and periodic maintenance costs. For example the cost for the pole, blade assembly, and mechanical turbine varies widely. You can anticipate the cost being from $6,000 to $22,000, depending on manufacturer, self or professional installation, etc. The average life-span is about 20 years and it'll pay for itself in between 5 and 15 years. If you are considering harvesting the sun's energy, this is currently a very competitive and evolving market.


A Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system can be installed in a residential structure of any size, anywhere, whether it is single-family or multi-family. GSHPs can be installed on almost any size lot: under lawns, landscaped areas, driveways, or under the house itself. An existing house can be retrofitted with a GSHP using the ductwork that is already there. Your dealer/installer will be able to determine ductwork requirements and if any minor modifications are needed.


GSHPs have many great benefits. They can be a combination heating/cooling and hot water heating system. Somecan save you up to 50 percent on your water-heating bill by preheating tank water. Units are about the same size as a traditional heating/cooling unit. Most pipes carry up to a 50-year warranty. The system can cut energy consumption by 20 to 50 percent and reduce maintenance costs. It keeps the air warmer in the winter and at a more consistent temperature throughout the home. There is no open flame, flammable fuel or potentially dangerous fuel storage tanks.GSHPs are one of the most efficient residential heating/cooling systems available on the market today. The system has a heating efficiencies 50 to 70 percent higher than other heating systems, and cooling efficiencies 20 to 40 percent higher than available air conditioners. Your investments can be recouped in only a few years.


GSHPs are environmentally friendly and conserving natural resources by providing climate control efficiently and thus lowering emissions. It uses underground loops to transfer heat, with no external venting and no air pollution.All of these alternative power sources have federal and local incentives for tax breaks. In addition, utilities will often offer their customers rebates or incentives for changing to one of these more efficient alternative power sources.
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster


1.  Disadvantages of Proprietary Specifications include:


a.  Elimination or narrowing of competition

b.  Requiring of products with which the bidder has perhaps had

little or bad experience

c.  Favoring of certain products and manufacturers over others.

d.  All of the above.


2.  What question should the A/E ask about the performance history of a particular product?


a. Where has it been used and under what conditions?

b.  How long has it been on the market?

c.  Has it been properly engineered and researched?

d.  What was its' maintenance record?

e.  All of the above


3.  The bid form may include all of the following EXCEPT:


a.  Blanks of information needed for adjusting allowances

b.  Blanks for quantities associated with unit prices

c.  Blanks for quantities associated with allowances

d.  Identification of alternates associated blanks for prices

e.  Unit Prices - Section 01 22 00


4.  A method of opening Proprietary Specifications to alternate products:


a.  Request alternate proposal in specifications

b.  Permit bidder to submit requests for substitutions

c.  Define the procedures for contrilled substitutions in Division 01 of the project Manual

d.  All of the above


5.  According to the UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) a full warranty includes:


a.  Full refund of the cost of the product or replacement of the product.

b.  Labor to repair or replace the product.

c. Consequential or incidental damages due to failure of the product.

d.  All of the above.


Answers located at the end of this newsletter....


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Chapter Photos
October 2011




We hope you have enjoyed seeing these previews of the latest images from our events.  To view more, visit our online photo album.
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Call for Help!
Technical Committee 


The Product Representation Practice Guide Task Team needs authors for the following modules:

  • Project Delivery
  • Design Phase
  • Construction Phase
  • Green Building

 The Facility Management  Practice Guide Task Team is also looking for authors to work on its volume.


We have members with the expertise to assist in these volumes.  It's an opportunity to work with some of the most knowledgeable and respected CSI members.  The Task Team will provide resources and assistance to authors, including previous versions of the PRM and current Practice Guide versions for comparison.  If you have the time and desire to bring together state-of-the art knowledge in these areas, CSI needs your help.  You have the opportunity to guide CSI's message, guide the industry,  and get your name in a published book.


Contact Paul Sternberg with questions!

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August 2011 


Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read here.  Please contact the president with any comments or questions.


Quiz ANSWERS:  1. - d; 2. - e; 3. - e; 4. - d; 5. - d 
In This Issue
Meeting Innformation

October 20, 2011

Riverwalk Banquet Center

Everyone: Free



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