Building Management Hawaii - October/November 2012 - (Page 20)
Contractors are often an overlooked resource. But things are changing.
By Anthony D. Darkangelo
oday’s building designs are more complex and complicated than ever. We are constantly adding new variables to the mix. Some project specifications can look like a complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, making it difficult for any one professional to know everything. Now mix that in with selecting the lowest bidder, and your recipe may not taste so good. Astronaut Alan Shepard put it simply, It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract. Sometimes it seems the complexity of today’s building materials and systems are approaching the sophistication level of a space rocket. Even seemingly easy architectural
finishes such painting, wall coverings, architectural glass and floor coverings have evolved into complex systems. While aesthetics usually sway our decisions on architectural finishes, there is much to consider when the finishes also involve sound transmission, water and thermal resistance, low maintenance, durability and cost. Thermal resistance, for example, offers great value but in order to ensure lasting results, the right questions need to be asked: Where do the dew points occur? When and where is condensation created and how should it be handled? How does thermal bridging contribute to the formation of mold with these
design systems? To my point above, we don’t have to be experts at everything. We just need to have a community of resources that allows us to get the information we need. Getting the correct information in today’s industry is key. There’s an old
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii - October/November 2012
New Digs in Kalihi
The Making of an RM
Just Plug In
Air It Out
Short On Cash?
Movers & Shakers
On Site: Finding Balance
Building Management Hawaii - October/November 2012