Winter 2011                                                                                                            Issue #1
eNews from CBI Consulting Inc.


Since our founding in 1984, we're frequently asked, "What have you been up to lately?"  To help answer that question and communicate more regularly with our colleagues, clients and friends, we've decided to introduce CBI's quarterly eNewsletter.  We believe this publication will give you a better understanding of who we are, the projects we're working on, and the services we provide.


eNews from CBI Consulting will be published quarterly.  If you have any comments or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.


Michael S. Teller, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Wayne R. Lawson, PE, SECB

Craig E. Barnes, PE, SECB


MSBC 8th Ed. New Structural Requirements for Roof/Snow Loads 

Snowfall in New England this year is challenging the all-time record for one winter.  Even after you dig yourself and your car out of the latest storm you are left to worry about the heavy snow accumulating on your flat roofs and the load it is adding to the structure.  In code speak, depths of 18 inches will trigger a concern.  However, considering wet snow can be very heavy, lesser amounts warrant a concern.  CBI engineers recommend checking your roof structure if you are in doubt. 


One of the major changes in the new Massachusetts State Building Code (MSBC) affects roof structures; the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) 2009 will replace the custom Massachusetts Chapter 34 for existing buildings.  Massachusetts does include in the 8th Edition a number of edits to the IEBC and one must be careful to check the MSBC for deletions and additions when performing a code review.

The new code has some notable structural changes for re-roofing projects.  Re-roofing projects are considered... Find out more.

Thermal Imaging/Infrared Surveying 

Does your building feel drafty?  Is there a chill in the air of your office during the colder months?  Does your roof still leak after being "repaired" numerous times?

It could be something obvious such as a drafty window, or a hole in the roof causing these issues or it could be something concealed, such as a lack of insulation or faulty construction.

Thermal imaging can reveal what the eye cannot see; it can discover areas of heat loss around windows; it can discover areas of missing or insufficient insulation and it can discover areas of faulty construction.  Additionally, it can discover areas of moisture underneath roof membrane in an effort to trace the source of a leak.  

Thermography/infrared light is: "...the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to..." Find out more.

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 Featured Project 



Chatham Railroad Station Museum


CBI performed a complete restoration for Chatham's Railroad Station Museum, built in 1887, which is listed on the Nation Register of Historical Places.


The museum is composed of a central rectangular portion with a gable roof and a hexagonal tower projecting through the roof that was designed to...Find out more. 




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