Spring 2012

Issue #6 

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eNews from CBI Consulting Inc.


Spring is finally here!  I'm sure we weren't the only ones who kept waiting for the huge snowstorms to bury us but I think it's safe to say we are in the clear...until next year.  The mild Winter allowed for more construction to take place without major breaks in between and now things are really starting to roll. 


In this issue of eNews from CBI you will find tips on cladding as well as recent projects highlighting new cladding to solve waterproofing, energy, and aesthetic issues.


If you have any comments or suggestions, please  reply to this email or give us a call.


Michael S. Teller, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Wayne R. Lawson, PE, SECB

Craig E. Barnes, PE, SECB

& all the Architects and Engineers on staff at CBI


Cladding Systems

Cladding systems can be selected for a variety of reasons including aesthetics, costs, durability, and maintenance.  When the cost of some traditional cladding systems become     excessive, alternatives that are lighter weight and equal, aesthetically, can be created to save cost.


We have been successful using GFRP (glass fiber reinforced

polyester) or "fiberglass" to replicate wood and terra-cotta material, for example, as alternatives to heavier and more costly...Find out more. 

Rainscreen Exterior Wall System

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is expanding their Worcester facility with a new five-story building utilizing a rainscreen exterior wall system.  With conventional exterior walls, the intent is to limit the amount of water allowed to pass through the outside face of  the cladding, be it brick, wood, EIFS or some other material.   


Wind driven water penetrates the conventional wall materials through small and unanticipated holes in the materials.  There is, or should be, a waterproofing membrane and through wall flashing system built into the wall system to...Find out more. 


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Cladding Tip 


When cladding a building with plastic cladding or insulation over two stories, check IBC Section 2603.5.5 regarding compliance and testing by the NFPA 285 Standard.



 Featured Project 


Grayson & Field House

UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA


As part of the campus's ongoing energy efficiency upgrades, CBI was commissioned to design the replacement of all of the windows and most of the exterior brick walls on two of the buildings in the complex, Grayson House, and Field House in a phased...Find out more.

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