Engineered to Perform
I’m old enough to recall, as an engineering student, being critiqued on line quality of drafting. Should you use an HB pencil or 2H or 2B? Did you keep your instruments clean to prevent smudges and a”dirty” drawing?
Meanwhile……. our Doulton Dr Mississauga project is being closed in so fine finishing work can continue inside this luxury home through the cold months. Part of building a long lasting, tight building “envelope” is making sure the details are carefully engineered, reviewed and implemented. Although this custom home isn’t entered in the NET ZERO program, it none-the-less is engineered to an ENERGY STAR standard and has a well thought through energy and water management design. Window details are very important to ensure that the shell is tight and no drafts or water can get in. Working with fenestration engineers the flashing and continuous membrane system needs to be carefully considered and designed for heavy wind and rain loads. So now back to my original comments…
Covid has pushed many of us forward to utilize tools like Zoom or Teams to collaborate on project engineering. I was reminded and astounded when discussing the window details we were zooming to Europe and watching one of the project engineers flipping the images in 3D before our eyes. I guess I’m showing my age but sharing screens across thousands of miles to discuss critical details in real time gets everyone on the same page and all the stakeholders can contribute for the best High performance solution.
A 50 pascal pressure test with a blower door simulates an approx 25KM/HR wind. The windows on our project are engineered for 300 Pascals – 6 times that of a standard test. This technology is still amazing to me as my first recollection when growing up was a black and white TV and of going to the neighbour’s to use a telephone!!