Got Water? Let’s Find Out the Source!

Leaks and water damage are a common headache for building occupants, building managers, and property owners and a frequent query for Architects and Engineers, who are often hired to locate where leaks are occurring. Each leak is different, with some being straightforward and others being more difficult to ascertain the location of the water infiltration. It can be much more...

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Henson Intern Dispatch #3

The climate crisis is more tangible than ever. Recent floods in Europe destroyed homes, and the heatwave in New York broke a 50-year record. The only way to reverse climate change is to stop emitting greenhouse gas. Given that over 70 percent of New York's greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, architects bear a heavy responsibility. Retrofitting is one method...

Does Your Roof Need A Checkup?: Electrical Capacitance Surveys Essential for Roof Assembly Performance Testing

Assessing water tightness, or lack thereof, on the roof of a building is incredibly important in maintaining overall building performance. Most obviously, leaks can cause deterioration of interior spaces, building materials, structure, interruption of occupants’ lives, and damage to personal property. In addition to the deterioration mentioned above, wet insulation can also ruin the thermal performance of the roof assembly....

Henson Intern Dispatch #2

Detailing is an art. How windows are sealed, connectors fastened, railings bent, or corners shaved are elements that make a good building not only stand out but last. The first step in understanding details is to draw them. Through the process of drawing, one starts to understand the relationships between different materials, in what order construction occurs, how buildings get built,...