• Advanced Exterior Cladding Systems: August San Francisco Chapter Meeting
    The demand for high performance, resilient, energy-efficient buildings has put a focus on “envelope first” design that incorporates greater amounts of combustible materials in cladding, insulation and weather resistive barriers. Understanding how to meet both sustainability goals while not only meeting but exceeding code requirements is a complex process. NFPA 285 has been the leading test methodology for several years, this presentation will focus on methods and fire codes in relation to various type of building envelope materials, with a specific theme around insulation, MCM and Metal panels.
  • No September Meeting for San Francisco CSI
    Are you going to CONSTRUCT? San Francisco CSI will not be meeting in September, because our normal meeting night is the first night of CSI's national show and convention, CONSTRUCT, in Providence, Rhode Island.
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  • Living Building Challenge - The Bullit Center

    A seminar by Steve Doub, Associate and Specifier with Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, WA, presented at the CSI NW & WEST Bi-Region Conference in Seattle on 18 May 2017.

    As reported by Wally Holmen, RA, FCSI, CDT, Member Emeritus

    The Bullit Center was built in Seattle 4 years ago as an automated, performance designed, 5-story, timber-framed office building with a 25-year life cycle component. Steve Doub focused his session on the “Living Building Challenge” – both through a post occupancy evaluation of the Bullit Center and also by design strategies that are currently being developed for a new LBC classroom and laboratory at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

  • John Regener obituary
    We are sad to report that John Roland Regener, Jr., CSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP passed away on May 31, 2017. John was a prominent specifications writer, former president of the Orange County chapter of CSI, and active in that chapter for many years. John was co-author of Construction Specifications Writing: Principles and Procedures, 6th Edition and an alumnus of UC Berkeley.
  • Small Brush with Fame - Sheldon Wolfe
    Sheldon Wolfe

    One of the most treasured awards I received from CSI is the Ben John Small Memorial Award. First presented in 1996, and limited to one per year, only eleven people have received this award.

    The award, originally intended "to honor those who have achieved outstanding stature and proficiency as specifiers," is named after Ben John Small, charter member and president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter. Ben was well known as an educator; he was a frequent lecturer at Columbia University, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He wrote columns for Pencil Points Magazine, which later became Progressive Architecture. He also wrote a number of books, including Architectural Practice, Building check list, and Streamlined specifications standards. (I have two of these books in my library.)

    A couple of years after receiving the award, I was at the CSI office in Alexandria for an Institute board meeting. I recalled seeing an article about Ben John Small in the Construction Specifier, but all I could remember was that his son worked at the Smithsonian. I had a little extra time before my flight, so I went to the Smithsonian in hopes of meeting him.

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