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PROTECT YOUR ROOF FROM STORM DAMAGE

Whether you are facing wind, rain or snow it is always important to have a plan in place and make sure that your building’s roof is prepared for extreme weather. Successfully handling the problems that may arise due to severe weather take preparation, emergency response and damage assessment. These steps will help you prepare and handle any situation that may rise due to extreme conditions.

Plan for the Worst Possible Outcome

We know this does not sound very optimistic, but when you prepare for the ‘what-if’s‘ it sets up a system that can be put into place should the worst possible outcome occur. The first place you want to examine in this step is the condition of your roof. A good evaluation of the roof can come from a skilled, in-house employee or an outside roofing company. The best way to prepare is to maintain. You want to look for obvious signs of defect and wear and tear.
 
Look closely at penetrations, flashings and joints. Verify that drains and screens are clear and functional. These are all areas that are especially vulnerable during winter weather because they pose the threat of moisture infiltration and offer an entry point for air.
 
By doing these inspections of your building’s roof, it may reveal that the in-house maintenance is not fully prepared for a roofing emergency. If this is the case, you want to make sure that

a plan is created with instructions on what to do in the event of an emergency. It is also important to make sure you are up-to-date on what the manufacturer’s warranties cover in the event of an emergency or damages.

Quick Response Time 

After a snowstorm it is important to remove the snow in a timely manner. This will prevent clogging of any drains or melting and leaking into the assembly. Even extreme cold without any precipitation can cause a threat. If a roof gets extremely cold and the cold period stretches over several months, it can get to the point of contracting and eventually cracking. When the cold weather dissipates and rain moves in, those cracks will fill with water and the roof is likely to split open. Reacting to small problems more often will help you to avoid dealing with bigger, more costly problems down the road.

Assess and Repair the Damage in a Timely Manner

After a storm, many areas of the roof system could be damaged or at least affected in some way. These areas might include the thermal performance, fire resistance, load and equipment carrying capacity, ability to drain and store water properly and the aesthetics of the roof. You want to make sure to assess the damage. Is the damage greater than the intensity of the storm? Should the roof have performed better in the storm? Is it likely that some of the damage is in part to an ongoing problem like poor drainage or inadequate ventilation and the storm simply made the condition worse? By assessing these questions it will help you when dealing warranty and insurance claims.

A building’s roof endures a brutal impact from the elements on a daily basis. It is important that you do not neglect it. It may seem like it is out of sight, out of mind but when it fails it can be very expensive to repair. You can avoid this by doing your due diligence in preparation, response and assessment. Be proactive with your roof and maintenance, understand the weather conditions in your area, and what kind of weather  you can expect.

When it comes to building creation and design, the techniques are becoming more advanced, more environmentally friendly and more aesthetically pleasing. As each year passes, new trends become more prominent in the commercial and residential building industry. We are going to share  a few of the trends you probably are already seeing or will begin to see as the years go on.

Green Building– This trend continues to be a driving force on the commercial and residential front! We have spoke a lot on this topic as this is a way that we like to build here at Dublin Building Systems. Other businesses and companies are jumping on board with this idea as it is environmentally friendly therefore helping to reduce their carbon footprint AND it is energy efficient (i.e, it saves them money!)

Creating more collaborative spaces– In previous decades the work space in office buildings and other commercial buildings has been sectioned off and seperated. In this new era of building, we are seeing commercial buildings being designed with more flexible, open work spaces. This is due to the fact that much of the work being done is with mobile technology allowing  groups more choices when it comes to how and where they want to meet. This design also allows for more of a creative flow of ideas and promotes healthy communication throughout the company.

Warmer and more upbeat color palettes being used– This year’s pantone color of the year is Marsala, a wine-red hue that conveys “sophisticated, natural earthiness,” according to Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman. In commercial spaces we are seeing colors such as Marsala being paired with warmer neutrals to give the space a feeling brightness, fun and energy.

Sharing spaces– Another commercial building trend is the mixed use of space. Staying along the lines of energy efficiency, many companies are building spaces that can be used for multiple functions. Company headquarters are now being replaced with shared corporate spaces and corporate campuses seem to be merging therefore giving way to single buildings with more of an open, flexible interior.

Bold flooring options– Long live the days of boring commercial flooring that seems to blend in with the background. Today the trend is leaning towards brighter, bolder patterns and designs. This conveys a sense of fun and energy and brightens up a rather ‘corporate’ feeling building. Carpet tiles and luxury vinyl are becoming popular because of the flexibilty and ability to replace damaged areas.

Technology– This trend not only applies to the commercial building itself, but also the commercial builder. With everything moving towards technology builders are using more technology in the field when it comes to planning and communicating with their clients. In regards to the building, we are seeing more technology in the way of charging stations, and other tech spots where employees are able to get their work done by mobile devices.

The advancements in commercial building, both aesthetically and structurally, have come a long way. More time is being taken to build a building that will appeal to our clients in multiple ways whether through energy efficiency or design. If you are looking to build a one-of-a-kind building for your company and would like to set up a consultation contact us here! We look forward to speaking with you.

Commercial Building Location Selection

Have you ever drove by a commercial building that was being built and thought about all of the details that go into the creation of that building? Probably not! You probably think to yourself, “Hey, there is a new store going in over there!”. You are probably not thinking about the site infrastructure, zoning, or the optimal soil conditions that is required to make that building come to life. There are many details that go into building a large commercial building  and we are going to share those “behind-the-scenes” details with you today!

What Goes Into Site Selection?

Before ground can be broken for any building there are some initial steps that must be covered so the process goes smoothly.

  1. What is the size of the site and where are the boundaries? – You need to determine the overall size of the site and the length of the property as this will help to determine the appropriate size of the building. You also have to make sure that the size of the property meets the goals of the project.
  2. Jurisdiction over the site– Is the site located within city limits, does that city have certain building codes that must be followed?
  3. What are the soil conditions at the site? Not all soil is created equal. There are certain types of soil that are not capable of being built on, or withstanding the building’s size. The soil must be tested to determine its strength and condition. This is a huge factor when determining a future location for a  building because replacing soil can be costly.
  4. Site terrain– The terrain must be analyzed when determining if a site is ideal for building. If the site is located on a steep slope then building on it will require more groundwork and construction expenses. This will increase time/money spent on the project.
  5. Checking for environmental road blocks– Is the site in question home to an endangered species of animal or plant? If so, you may not be able to build on that site so it is important that this is researched before building. Also there can be a hefty price tag associated with removing a high density of trees. Its possible for there to be local regulations that impose their own set of fees.
  6. Does the current zone match with the future building use?– If a building site was zoned residential than a commercial building could not be built on that site.
  7. Material requirements– Building in certain areas requires the use of certain materials/ external design so to maintain a cohesive feel among the city buildings. Examples include: stone or brick to name a few.
  8. Size/Height restrictions– If there are any regulations that prevent buildings under or over a certain size,  you might be forced to alter the original size of the building or choose a new location.
  9. Parking regulations– Typically zoning rules place a limit on the certain number of vehicles that can park at the establishment. If this is not considered it could be a huge cause for concern, especially if you are building a retail establishment.
  10. Suitable access point to main roadways– This is very important if you are building a retail establishment or a large office building as you will want your employees and/or customers to be able to access the building with ease.

As with any building and site selection, there is permitting that must be done.  Permits are to be obtained from the site’s city and/or county (in some cases, even districts too). These can take up to 12 months (some longer in certain cases) so its important to begin the process early.

As part of Dublin Building Systems commitment to high quality service from start to finish, we offer the assistance in site selection/location, feasibility analysis, zoning assistance, budgeting, financing, design services, engineering, construction, and cost control. If you want to know more about how you can build your next project with Dublin Building Systems please contact us for more details!

With all the talk about sustainability these days it is important, as a builder, to start with proper site selection. The reason for this is because the location of the building site affects a large range of environmental factors as well as security, accessibility and energy consumption just to name a few. When you address the site selection early in the project development phase you can ensure that issues such as solar access and proximity to public transportation are considered.  When working with our clients we help them to understand this very principle. We want to make sure that our client understands sustainable site design and how it impacts the overall energy performance.

It is important to understand the importance of sustainable site planning and what it seeks to do:

  • Sustainable site planning helps to minimize the development of open space through selection of disturbed land, the re-use of brownfield sites, and retrofitting existing buildings.
  • Provide and maintain areas where wildlife is still able to exist if possible.
  • Consider energy implications and carbon emissions in the site selection and building orientation.
  • Control and minimize erosion through improved grading and landscaping methods.
  • Reduce heat islands through specific building design methods.
  • Minimize the disturbance to the habitat surround the building site.
  • Reduce, control and treat surface runoff.
  • Incorporate transportation solutions along with site planning that acknowledge a need for bicycle parking, carpool staging and accessibility to mass transit. This encourages alternatives to traditional commuting.
  • Consider site security and the location to access roads, parking, vehicle barriers, perimeter lighting and other security measures.

The process of building a sustainable building doesn’t begin once the ground is broken. It starts at the planning and implementation stage. Here at Dublin Building Systems we understand how important this is not only for you, the client, but for your future employees, customers and the environment. If you are interested in learning more about how we can help with your next building project you can contact us here, we look forward to speaking with you!

The term LEED building is one that many builders are familiar with.  LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes the best-in-class building strategies and practices. In order to receive LEED certification a building project must satisfy prerequisites and earn “points” to achieve different levels of the certification. Since there are many different levels a builder usually chooses the best level, or fit, for their specific project.

There are several different areas of building and construction where LEED certification can be recognized. These areas are building design and construction, interior design and construction,  building operations and maintenance, neighborhood development, and residential homes. In order to receive a higher number of points these projects must incorporate several different categories within the entire project from start to finish. These categories are as follows,

  • Integrative Process– promote reaching across disciplines to incorporate diverse team members during the pre-design period.
  • Location & Transportation -reward projects within relatively dense areas, near diverse uses, with access to a variety of transportation options, or on sites with development constraints.
  • Materials & Resources– encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste. Indoor environmental quality credits promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.
  • Water Efficiency– promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption.
  • Energy & Atmosphere– promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies.
  • Sustainable Sites– encourage strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality– promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.
  • Innovation– address sustainable building expertise as well as design measures not covered under the five LEED credit categories.
  • Regional Priority Credits– address regional environmental priorities for buildings in different geographic regions.
  • Smart Location & Linkage– promote walk-able neighborhoods with efficient transportation options and open space.
  • Neighborhood Pattern & Design– emphasize compact, walk-able, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to nearby communities.
  • Green Infrastructure & Buildings– reduce the environmental consequences of the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.

Within these categories there are a  number of points a building project can earn and that determines the level of certification that is awarded. The levels are as follows, 40-49 points is certified LEED, 50-59 is Silver certified, 60-79 is Gold certified, and 80+ points is Platinum certified.

If you are interested in knowing more about LEED certification or how Dublin Building Systems can build an energy efficient building for your next project contact us here for more details!

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