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MAR 2018

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COATINGSPRO MARCH 2018 27 assumed that the architect designs, the contractor builds, and the owner relies on the architect to act as a third party to review the work as it progresses and to channel information to and from the contractor. In 1911, the number of consult- ing engineers and specialty fields was very limited. Likewise, the contractor's stable of sub-trades and specialty subcontractors was extremely limited. For example, there was an early curtain wall but no curtain wall design-build subcontractor 100 years ago, or Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) commu- nication professionals prior to 1984. To compare, for a recent large office building under design at our firm, the architect had 11 consultants and engineers, and the general contractor had 11 major sub-contractors for this large but unexceptional office building. How does the architect manage the information necessary to communicate intelligently to even the wide range of her own consultants? How does the contractor manage hers? Another change is how codes have accumulated. e building code and documents, referenced by the building code, measured by the crude technique of stacking them up on top of each other, is the equivalent of the 1927 Uniform Building Code (UBC), a single 5 by 8 by 5/8-inch-thick (12.7 x 20.3 x 1.6 cm) book, next to the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), along with a stack of books in an 8-1/2 by 11-inch (21.6 x 27.9 cm) format. e result is over 2 feet (0.6 m) high. And this larger stack does not include the multitude of association standards and references needed to actually specify or build. As another piece of anecdotal evidence, the variety of commercial building materials available to the architect or contractor in 1900 proba- bly numbered fewer than 100. Looking more closely, in 1950 there was one type of building wrap or paper: #15 felt underlayment, or as we said in the old days, "tar paper." e first kraft paper-based air barrier was intro- duced in 1951. ere are now more than 100 such products provided by 70+ manufacturers. at curve, when plotted, strongly resembles the curve of a natural log. at logarithmic curve represents only one product, which in modern commercial buildings is one of 150-odd architectural specification sections. (is does not include all the consulting engineer's sections.) W hen we think of the interactions between materials and systems, the Specifying Success REVOLUTIONARY CERAMIC EPOXIES FAST DRYING. SELF-HEALING. EASY TO APPLY. BETTER FROM THE INSIDE OUT For complete product specifications and test data on our entire line of Induron's ceramic epoxy coatings, call your rep today! P.O. Box 2371 Birmingham, Alabama 35201-2371 (800) 324-9584 | Re ad e r In qui r y at co ati n g sp ro m a m /i n q0318

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