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Case Study: “Value-Engineered” Waterproofing Errors

In theory, “value engineering” should embody a multidisciplinary application of technical knowledge, specialized expertise, and common sense directed at identifying and

Position Paper: Uses and Misuse of Wheel Stops at Parking Spaces in California

ADACalifornia Building CodeConsulting   |   Jan 15, 2018

As documented in the following photographs, wheel stops are physical barriers installed at parking spaces to deter potentially problematic vehicle movement.

Case Study: Improper Use of Self-Drilling Tapping Screws in Stucco Cladding

Consider a large wood-framed stucco-clad school building constructed circa-2009 in a small coastal town in Northern California. The structure is highly exposed to storm winds

A Brief History of Code-Required “Fireblocking” at Concealed Spaces

On January 28, 2015, a deadly four-alarm fire at a three-story, wood-framed, mixed-used building (Photo 1) located at the corner of Mission Street and 22nd Street in

An Abridged History of San Francisco’s Bureau of Building Inspection: 1944 to 1992

A chance examination of an archived Annual Report from the Department of Public Works (DPW) of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) sparked the research

An Abridged History of San Francisco’s Bureau of Building Inspection: Part II

In January 2016, this writer published a 78-page report (“An Abridged History of San Francisco’s Bureau of Building Inspection: 1944 to 1992”) that summarized

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