GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 77: GCI Services

GCI Services

(Released on January 10th)

In this podcast, listen as GCI’s Alfonso Alzamora, PE, CGC, Vice President and Principal, and Jason Bondurant, PE, RRC, Senior Engineer and Principal, highlight GCI Consultants’ services.

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 76: What Are Storm Shelters and What are The Requirements for a Storm Shelter?

What Are Storm Shelters and What are The Requirements for a Storm Shelter?

(Released on December 15th)

In this podcast, listen as Dan Johnson, the senior consultant for GCI Consultants, and Jim Bell, the director of operations for the National Storm Shelter Association, discuss “What Are Storm Shelters and What are The Requirements for a Storm Shelter?”

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 75: World of Windows Part 2

World of Windows Part 2

(Released on November 30th)

In this podcast, Paul Beers and Dan Johnson at GCI Consultants continue the conversation about all things windows. Listen to this episode to learn how to take care of one of the most important pieces of your building envelope.

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 75: World of Windows Part 1

World of Windows Part 1

(Released on October 25th)

In this podcast, Paul Beers and Dan Johnson at GCI Consultants sit down to talk about all things windows. Listen to this episode to learn how to take care of one of the most important pieces of your building envelope.

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 74: Hurricane Preparedness: Documenting Structural Conditions

Hurricane Preparedness: Documenting Structural Conditions

(Released on September 19th)

In this episode, Chris Matthews, President and Principal for GCI Consultants, speaks with Vincent Decicco, owner of Full Frame Virtual Reality. They discuss hurricane preparedness, documentation of structure conditions prior to an event, and what people can do as policyholders to protect themselves and document their structures and their possessions.

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 73: Clean Energy and Affordable Clean Energy Systems

Clean Energy and Affordable Clean Energy Systems

(Released on July 21st)

In this episode, Clean Energy and Affordable Clean Energy Systems, Dan Johnson, senior consultant for GCI Consultants talks with Ron Kamen, with EarthKind Energy Consulting. They discuss, “Clean Energy and Affordable Clean Energy Systems.”

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 72: International Property Maintenance Codes

International Property Maintenance Codes

(Released on July 9th)

In this episode, Dan Johnson, Senior Consultant for GCI Consultants, talks with Dottie Mazzarella, the Vice President of Government Relations for the International Code Council. They discuss the international building code development and the International Property Maintenance Codes.

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 71: Weather and Scientific Evidence Around Various Disasters

Weather and Scientific Evidence Around Various Disasters

(Released on November 29th)

In this episode, listen as, Paul Beers, CEO and Managing Member for GCI Consultants speaks Howard Altschule, CEO, Certified Consulting Meteorologist at Forensic Weather Consultants, CE Instructor. They will discuss various weather disasters and their scientific evidence.

GCI Everything Builders Podcast: Episode 70: State of Stucco

The State of Stucco

(Released on September 16th)

In this episode, Bret Taylor, Professional Engineer, and Sr. Consultant for GCI Consultants talks Robert Koning Director of Contractors Institute, Stucco Institute, Building Officials Institute, and he’s also the developer of the Sealed Cladding System. They’ll discuss the state of stucco, the history of the Stucco industry, and the future that lies ahead for stucco.

GCI Podcast Episode 69 Exterior Building Performance During Hurricanes

FIU Wall of Wind Research Facility: Environmental Effects on Buildings

(Released on August 19th)

In this episode, Chris Matthews, President and Principal for GCI Consultants talks with staff members from FIU , starting with, Ioannis Zisis from FIU who is an Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environ. Engineering. They’ll discuss the Wall of Wind and research on curtain walls, and simulation of damage from water-ingress.

Episode 68 - Karen Schiffmiller, Navigating Hurricane Season Property Damage

Karen Schiffmiller, President of FAPIA

(Released on June 15th)

In this episode, Paul Beers, CEO and Managing Member for GCI Consultants talks with Karen Schiffmiller, President of FAPIA, the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, the largest public adjusting association in the country. They’ll break down the claims review process for hurricane property damage and how FAPIA helps their policyholders.

Everything Building Envelope Episode 67 - Chip Merlin

Chip Merlin, Founder and President of Merlin Law Group

(Released on May 31st)

In this episode, Paul Beers, CEO and Managing Member for GCI Consultants, talks with Chip Merlin about the representation and advocacy of insurance policyholders who are in disputes with their insurance carriers. They’ll break down the claims review process and help you understand when you need to hire an attorney.

Episode 66- Henry Lopez - Building an Entrepreneurial Company Culture Through Technology

Henry Lopez – Managing Partner of Levante Business Group

(Released on April 23rd)

In this episode, Chris Matthews, President and Principal for GCI Consultants, talks with Henry Lopez, managing partner at Levante Business Group, about how GCI has built a company culture through the values of entrepreneurship. Listen in as the two experts discuss how technology has played a part in building a sustainable company culture in the current climate of the building envelope industry.

Everything Building Envelope Podcast Episode 64

Adrian Lowenstein – National Business Development Manager for Skyline Windows

(Released on March 30th)

In this episode, Chris Matthews, President, and Principal for GCI Consultants talks with Adrian Lowenstein, National Business Development Manager for Skyline Windows, about the building envelope industry’s hot topics. Listen in as the two experts discuss energy code requirements, sustainability trends, and technology trends that Adrian is seeing in the Northeast where Skyline Windows is based.

Everything Building Envelope Podcast Episode 64

JB Snyder, Senior Technical Representative – Tremco Sealants

(Released on November 7th)

Listen to Chris Matthews, GCI Consultants CEO & Founder talk with JB Snyder, Senior Technical Representative of Tremco Sealants, about the COVID-19, common waterproofing building envelope issues, and technology in the field. Listen in as the two experts discuss the in and outs of the current state of the Building Envelope landscape.

Tara Stone, President – Stone Claims Group

(Released on September 3rd)

Listen to Paul Beers, GCI Consultants CEO & Founder talk with Tara Stone, president of Stone Claims Group, about catastrophe insurance claims, wind storms, and hurricanes amidst this year’s current hurricane season. The two experts discuss the in and outs of the insurance claim process and how building envelope experts work together with insurance adjusters to identify damage.

Alfonzo Alzamora & Jason Bondurant – GCI Consultants

(Released on August 21st)

Listen to GCI Consultant team members and industry experts, Alfonso Alzamora and Jason Bondurant discuss plaza deck and pool deck waterproofing. Learn about the typical components that we find in these types of systems and how they are installed.

Episode 61 with Chris Mathews and David Hansen

David Hansen, Consultant – GCI Consultants

(Released on July 10th)

Today’s podcast will focus our conversation with David Hansen on his extensive knowledge of products and wall systems, especially exterior glazing systems and how they are intended to function, how to get them installed correctly, and how to keep them functioning right. David is gonna talk to you about some of the things he’s learned in his 30 years in the industry, problems, and recommendations he can offer to you.

Episode 60 with Paul Beers and Jason Bondurant

Jason Bondurant, Senior Consultant – GCI Consultants

(Released on June 25th)
<p”>Jason Bondurant deals with forensic investigations, problems with existing buildings. The main purpose of Due Diligence of the Building Envelope is to assess the condition of the building envelope at a property, to identify any deficiencies which might require repair or replacement. The building envelope refers to the exterior skin of the building, the exterior wall systems which might be brick or stucco glazing systems like storefronts, curtain walls, sliding glass doors, waterproofing systems on balconies or plaza decks, and the roofing systems on the roof of the building.

Episode 59 with Paul Beers and Jesmany Jomarron

Jesmany Jomarron, Founding Partner – FPJL Trial Attorneys.

(Released on June 1st)

As hurricane season unfolds, we’re preparing for the possibility of tornadoes and thunderstorms that can cause storm damage to commercial properties and homes. Learn more about preparing your building for hurricane season from two industry experts; Jesmany Jomarron, the founding Partner at FPJL Trial Attorneys; and Paul Beers, a leading expert witness on hurricane damage and protection.

Episode 58 with Paul Beers and Dan McCoy

Dan McCoy – Micro Enterprises LLC.

(Released on May 19th)

One of the best things any company can do is set up technology systems and processes that help prepare them to work under any circumstances. GCI was prepared for the current crisis and hasn’t had to make many (if any at all) adjustments to work remotely. We continue to deliver a rapid response to our clients now, and in the future beyond the current crisis. Here’s a look at some of the technologies and strategies we’ve been using with great success for the past decade.

Episode 57 with Paul Beers and Janice Hoffman from GCI Consultants talking about COVID-19 Protocols

Paul Beers and Janice Hoffman – GCI Consultants

(Released on May 12th)

The new normal for the construction industry is being defined right now. Keeping people safe is the name of the game. What has changed is that we’re implementing new COVID-19 safety protocols and training for all GCI personnel – this includes our inspectors who come onsite at your property.

Paul Del Vecchio – Owner TJDCCI  Construction Consultants

(Released on April 30th)

Understanding the current condition of your doors and windows and their possible vulnerabilities can protect your building from future damage, protect people from harm, and protect your investment for the long haul.

Will Smith – Is Your Expert Really An Expert?

(Released on March 20th)

  • Is your construction litigation expert really an expert?
  • Education vs. Experience
  • Proven Methodology
  • Investigation Standards
  • Strategies For Testifying

Stephen Smith – FieldChat

(Released on February 1st)

  • About Stephen Smith
  • What is Field Chat
  • Job Site Communication
  • FieldChat Platform
  • Text Messaging

Chris Matthews, Jason Bondurant & Bret Taylor – GCI Consultants

(Released on January 1st)

  • About Bret Taylor & Jason Bondurant
  • Barrier vs Drainage Wall Construction
  • Drainage Wall Systems
  • Cladding Systems
  • Barrier Wall Systems
  • Mass Wall Systems

Facade Investigation Services

Chris Matthews, Jason Bondurant & Shuana Serafini – GCI Consultants

(Released on December 5th)

  • About Shuana Serafini & Jason Bondurant
  • What is a Facade?
  • Facades & Waterproofing
  • Facade Performance
  • Facade Investigations
  • Identifying Problems
  • Due Diligence Work
  • Condition Assessments
  • Forensic Inspections & Reporting

Litigation Consulting and Expert Witness Services

Will Smith & Bret Taylor – GCI Consultants

(Released on November 10th)

  • Litigation Support and Consulting Services
  • Water Infiltration Testing
  • Forensic Testing of Buildings
  • Construction Defect Cases
  • Water Leakage Causation
  • Plaintiff and Burden of Proof
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Forensic Inspections & Reporting

Podcast - Hurricane Information and Recovery Procedures

Paul Beers – GCI Consultants

(Released on October 16th)

  • Hurricanes in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • GCI’s Prior Involvement with Claims
  • Maria Rivera & Paul Build a Team
  • Recent Hurricanes & Damages
  • Water Leakage & Remediation
  • Pre-Inspections of Buildings
  • Glazing Inspections & Reporting
  • Water Leakage Investigations
  • Litigation Consulting

Building Inspections, Cleaning and Restoration

Derek Segal & Ken Larsen – International Dry Standard Organization

(Released on October 1st)

  • About Ken Larsen
  • International Dry Standard Organization
  • The Restoration Industry
  • Building Restoration Contractors
  • Hurricane Michael Examples
  • Competent Standards of Care
  • F500 Standard of Care
  • Moisture Management, etc

Infrared Testing in the Construction Industry and Beyond

Paul Beers & Jason Bondurant – GCI Consultants

(Released on September 1st)

  • Forensic Investigations on Existing Buildings
  • Water Leakage, Water Intrusion & Water Damage
  • Insurance claims due to water infiltration
  • Structural ratings versus water intrusion
  • Laboratory tests versus tropical storms or hurricanes
  • etc

Infrared Testing in the Construction Industry and Beyond

Terry Malagoli & Ilsa McIntyre – Infrared Testing, Inc.

(Released on April 1st)

  • What is the role of infrared envelope inspections in building commissioning for verifying new construction and reducing liability?
  • How can infrared envelope testing add value to green initiatives and energy saving programs?
  • How does IR imaging detect failing window seals and faulty or missing insulation invisible to the naked eye?
  • How much can energy loss disrupt building heating and cooling distribution, and how much can it affect utility costs?
  • How can IR testing be used to evaluate current masonry conditions and control costs on repairs?

Meteorological Data, Storms, Wind, Rain, Intensity, Accuracy & Computer Models

Rocco Calaci – LRC Services

(Released on March 1st)

  • About Rocco & LRC Services
  • Meteorological Data
  • Federal Weather Databases
  • Repository of US Weather Radar
  • Weather Event Historical Data
  • Microscale to Synaptic Scale Data
  • Mesocyclones, Microbursts & Tornadoes

Paul Beers – GCI Consultants

(Released on February 20th)

  • Paul Interviewed on Newstalk 101 in Panama City
  • Intro to Tara Munoz & Paul Beers
  • Wind Damage to Windows, Visual & Discrete
  • Building Code Changes by Paul Beers After Andrew
  • Expert Testimony and Forensic Testing vs Insurance Claims
  • Wind Damage Characteristics
  • Insurance Company Obligations & Claim Denials
  • and much more…

Gina Lozier – Berger Singerman

(Released on February 1st)

  • About Gina Lozier
  • 2017 Hurricane Season Damages & Costs
  • Insurance Company Claim Mitigation Tactics
  • Why policy owners should have an expert on their side
  • When claims go to trial, etc.

Matt Leslie – Poseidon Sales

(Released on December 15th)

  • About Matt Leslie & the Roofing Industry
  • Wet Suit Membrane & its many uses
  • About Neptune Coatings
  • Wet Suit Durability
  • Building Envelope Applications

Jimmy Farach – President of FAPIA

(Released on September 1st)

  • About Jimmy Farach of FAPIA
  • What are some of the differences you see between the 0/4 0/5 hurricanes and Irma related to the way the claims process is going?
  • What types of damages are you seeing from Irma vs the storms of the 04 and 05 seasons?
  • Do you feel the involvement of a claim advocate such as yourself makes a difference in the way a claim is handled and the result?
  • How have you changed the way you approach claims, assess damages and investigate the loss for Irma?
  • If there were 3 or 4 critical points you could stress to a property owner now after Irma or for any future storm such as Irma, what would those be?
  • Do you see any differences in changes in weather patterns and storms over the past 10 years or so?

Jason Bondurant – GCI Consultants

(Released on May 1st)

  • Strategic Projects
  • Water Testing Methods
  • Hurricane Recovery
  • Water Penetration in Buildings
  • Results & Solutions
  • Consultants versus Contractors
  • Elimination of Problems

Paul Gary, ESQ – The Gary Law Group

(Released on April 1st)

  • About The Firm
  • Notice of Defect & What to do
  • Florida 558 Notices
  • Opportunity to Cure – Right of Repair
  • Documentation needed to avoid insurance issues
  • Product Warranties & Importance
  • Water Leakage Defects & Contractor Inspections

Derek Segal – GCI Consultants, LLC

(Released on March 1st)

  • Roof Consulting
  • Hurricane Preparation
  • Vendor Relationships
  • Investigations
  • Maintenance
  • Warranty & Insurance

Donald Kipnis – Development Service Solutions, LLC

(Released on January 1st)

  • Broken by design
  • Benefits to professional owner/Association representation and project management
  • Replacing a contractor
  • Bidding versus Best Value – is low bid the lowest cost???
  • Contractor Insurance & bonding

Brian Neumann – Neumann Sloat Arnold Architects

(Released on December 15th)

  • About Brian
  • Building Envelope Architecture
  • Materials Used
  • New Technologies
  • Building Systems

Kryton Smart Concrete Technology

Alain Lok – Kryton International Inc.

(Released on December 1st)

  • About Kryton International
  • Krystol Technology
  • Krystol Internal Membrane
  • Crystalline Admixture
  • Waterproofing Concrete
  • Membrane Systems
  • Warranties
  • Product Explanations

Energy Efficient Fiberglass Windows & Doors

Michael Bousfield – Cascadia Windows and Doors

(Released on November 15th)

  • About Cascadia Windows and Doors
  • Cascadia’s Experience in the Building Envelope
  • Making Buildings more Energy Conserving
  • Heat Gain & Loss in the Window Assembly
  • Product Strength & Longevity
  • 3 Categories of Products
  • Read our Article Here

Hurricane Windows, Fact or Fiction

Jeff McGovern and Mike Buchholz – Tremco

(Released on November 1st)

  • What’s wrong with the traditional way of just cutting the head off a gasket and shooting a bead of silicone around the perimeter of the frame?
  • What is the value of using Tremco’s restoration wet seal approach?
  • Smearing silicone on the issue doesn’t solve the problem.
  • What’s the process if I wanted to do the leaky skylight job we just discussed?
  • Any idea of ballpark cost of using Tremco’s approach vs. putting in new windows or a skylight?
  • What’s the best way to determine what or how the Glazing system is leaking? Field Testing?
  • Why is it important to understand the glazing system before starting to repair it?
  • What usually is the failure mode for Glazing systems?

Hurricane Windows, Fact or Fiction

Eric Kuczynski – Signals Defense

(Released on October 15th)

  • You have a unique niche in the construction and envelope market. How did this begin, and where do you see the future of building shielding going?
  • Can you describe architectural shielding as it relates to RF energy?
  • RF energy is commonly understood by the general public, as it relates to our everyday lives, via cell phones and wifi. We also see growing security concerns over these and other devices in the news and elsewhere. What are some of the security concerns that most people aren’t aware of?
  • Your products and services seem to center around the glass and glazing, but that’s just one piece of the envelope. Can you discuss the other features of construction that might impact RF shielding?
  • It seems our government and others have taken this type of technology and security very seriously for many years. What other applications or customers do you see benefiting from this?

Will Smith – GCI Consultants

(Released on October 1st)

  • Talk about Irma and water leakage that occurred throughout Florida
  • What is a “hurricane window?”
  • How do the structural requirements for windows compare with water resistance?
  • Why can’t operable windows be made with higher water resistance?
  • What happens when severe windstorms such as a hurricane exceed the rating of a window or door for water leakage?
  • Is duration of the storm a factor?
  • Does this permanently damage the product?
  • What should be done in advance of a storm to lessen the amount of infiltration?
  • How can one tell the difference between a leak that was caused by conditions that exceed the rating of the product vs. construction or maintenance deficiencies?
  • How would you go about investigating and repairing water intrusion problems? (E2128, test, fix, test to confirm)

Check out our article about hurricane Recovery tips by clicking here.

Paul Beers – GCI Consultants

(Released on September 15th)

  • What to look for in Roof Assessments
  • Identifying Exterior Building Problems
  • Windows – Doors – Glass – Frames
  • Mitigate your damage tips
  • Flood Damage
  • What about the next storm

Check out our article about hurricane Recovery tips by clicking here.

Debbie Kotalic – GSky Plant Systems

(Released on September 1st)

  • What is GSky Plant Systems?
  • Whare are some benefits of Green Walls?
  • Whare are Trends you are seeing and experiencing in the greenwall industry?
  • What makes a green wall successfull?
  • What are some considertiond to keep in mind when planning a greenwall into a project?

Bret Taylor – GCI Consultants

(Released on August 15th)

  • New Technical Bulletin by the Florida Lath & Plaster Bureau
  • Codes, Standards and Guidelines that Apply
  • Complexities of the Building Envelope Around Window Openings
  • Responsible Parties
  • The Devil is in the Details
  • Florida Lath & Plaster Bureau Future Technical Bulletins

Read the Technical Bulletin – FLAPB – TB-ST-08-17

Jeff Riley – View Glass

(Released on August 1st)

  • What is View Glass?
  • What are the benefits to the occupants?
  • What are the benefits to the owners or developers?
  • What projects are the best fit?
  • What is the cost or ROI?
  • How do you see the future of View Glass?
  • If someone is interested, how can they contact you?

Mike Buchholz – Tremco

(Released on July 15th)

  • We’ve had other manufacturers on our podcast and it seems the latest buzz is “single source”. What makes Tremco different?
  • What do you mean, “test them”?
  • Are the test bays only for internal testing?
  • If someone listening is interested in that how would they go about setting it up?
  • Is there a fee for using the lab?
  • What else is Tremco doing to change the game?
  • Earlier you mentioned that Tremco is prime in the glazing industry. Dow has historically been strong in Florida in this segment, why would a contractor or fabricator choose Tremco?
  • Well, that about wraps it up. Do you have anything else you would like to add?

John Melvin – JM Engineering

(Released on July 1st)

  • The importance of integrating building envelope and mechanical system design.
  • Design – What should the interaction be between design of the building envelope and mechanical systems?
  • Commissioning during design – common for mechanical systems, not so much for envelopes
  • Construction – Where the rubber meets the road.
  • Best practices and common mistakes during construction
  • Maintenance and operation mechanical systems
  • Maintenance of the building envelope

David Gehlbach

(Released on June 15th)

  • Give us a little history of your experience in hurricane investigations.
  • What have you and your peers learned from these investigations?
  • How has the construction industry responded to these findings?
  • Have these changes been effective?
  • What recommendations do you have for consumers?

Will Smith
GCI Consultants

(Released on June 1st)

  • Give us a little history of your experience in hurricane investigations.
  • What have you and your peers learned from these investigations?
  • How has the construction industry responded to these findings?
  • Have these changes been effective?
  • What recommendations do you have for consumers?

Dr. Mittie Cannon
Amec Foster Wheeler

(Released on May 15th)

  • How is the younger generation being recruited?
  • How are they being trained?
  • How can industry and trade associations impact on younger generation entering construction?
  • What are you doing as a contractor to recruit and train the younger generation? As an association?
  • Is it critical that industry and education form a relationship?
  • What role, if any, does parental involvement have on younger generation entering construction?
  • What has been your experience working with the younger generation?
  • Check out this article about this podcast. Click Here.

Russell Levi

(Released on May 1st)

  • Advantages and limitations of PRMA/IRMA (inverted) design configurations for roof covering systems, and waterproofing systems on plaza decks, terraces, and protected balconies.
  • Possible consequences of the typical disconnection between design, installation, performance, & building code requirements associated with flashing and drainage systems in exterior walls.

Tom Madigan
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

(Released on April 15th)

  • In our last podcast we talked about risk allocation and risk management tools. So, now, despite having employed all of those measures, there are performance issues with the building envelope that lead to litigation. How can the parties resolve their dispute quickly and cost-effectively?
  • So, what are some strategies for resolving building envelope performance litigation early and cost-effectively?
  • Isn’t that done as a matter of course in every case? Doesn’t every party go out and get an expert to work up a theory of what went wrong and who is responsible?
  • By every one agreeing to use a single independent expert?
  • Why isn’t that done in every case?
  • How do you overcome the reluctance to do an early evaluation?
  • Let’s say you weigh the risks and get agreement to do early testing and forensic examination. What kinds of things are you trying to determine.
  • Okay, you do the testing and forensic examination and you arrive at some degree of consensus as to what the extent and cause of the problem is. Then what?
  • What are the keys to getting to a remediation plan that all parties accept?
  • Let’s say you fashion a remediation plan that gets everyone’s buy in; how do you build a settlement around it?
  • That sounds like it would be in all of the parties’ interests. When isn’t remediating the problem the best solution and what are some of the obstacles that can get in the way even when it is?
  • How do you get over those obstacles?

Tom Madigan
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

(Released on April 1st)

  • What is the difference between risk management and risk allocation?
  • I think we all understand why risk management is important, but why is risk allocation important?
  • I thought the designer was always responsible for the design and the contractor always responsible for construction?
  • What are some of the performance risks that need to be allocated between the architect and contractor, with respect to the design of the building envelope?
  • So what are some things that should be taken into consideration when deciding the best way to allocate risk in the design and construction contracts?
  • What are some best practices in allocating risk between the design and construction contracts when it relates to the building envelope?
  • Let’s shift to Risk Management. What are some examples where failure to properly manage the design and construction process can increase risk of non-performance?
  • Even when all of these best practices are employed, things still go wrong. What about contractual remedies and guarantees?

Anirban Basu
The Associated Builders and Contractors

(Released on March 15th)

  • Where do interest rates head from here?
  • Is the U.S. economy poised to grow 3 percent in 2017?
  • What impact will a Trump presidency have on construction?
  • What are the construction segments that appear poised for the fastest growth?
  • Should we be worried about inflation this year?

Rick Chitwood
Trump Group Development

(Released on March 1st)

  • What is your background in the construction industry in South Florida?
  • What role do you foresee developer’s playing in the South Florida Building Code?
  • What are developers doing to mitigate the natural disasters that occur in South Florida?
  • What are the main changes you see forthcoming in the construction industry?

John Babun
Sika Corporation

(Released on February 15th)

  • What are the largest challenges you see right now pertaining to window and door flashings?
  • What are the benefits of liquid applied flashings?
  • What are the benefits of a cementitious waterproofing for windows and doors?
  • Is one flashing appropriate for all applications?

Bob Ford
Representing Eastman Chemical Company

(Released on February 1st)

  • The Advanced Materials Division within Eastman Chemical
  • Laminated Glass and it’s Applications
  • What is laminated glass?
  • How is laminated glass made?
  • Architectural & Automotive Applications
  • Security, Safety, Sound, Solar, Storm, and Style

James LaGreca
Representing DSS Condo

(Released on January 15th)

  • Who is required to obtain a 40-Year Recertification?
  • What does the 40-Year Recertification consist of?
  • What gets inspected?
  • When does an owner need to perform the recertification?
  • When is the report due?
  • Where does an owner obtain 40-year Recertification information in order to start the process?
  • Where do we find a qualified Architect/Engineer?
  • Why do we need to perform these inspections?
  • How do we get the 40-Year Recertification done?

Frank Thomas and David Westbrook
Representing Landmark Restorations

(Released on January 1st)

  • About Landmark Restorations.
  • What sets Landmark Restorations apart from its competitors.
  • What drives most of your work—from a client standpoint?
  • What are the challenges in this business?
  • How has the market/clients changes over time?
  • What do you see as the future of Landmark Restorations?

Pre-Glazed, Unitized, Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors – Ray Crawford – Crawford-Tracey

(Released on December 15th)

  • Advantages of the unitized systems over the traditional stick-built glazing systems
  • Crawford-Tracey’s Pro-Tech line of pre-glazed systems have a water rating of 100psf; the industry average is 12 to 15 psf. What is the significance of having such a higher water rating?
  • The Pro-Tech system uses a single seal as a moisture barrier. The benefit of using a single seal versus a dual seal. Is the single seal adequate?
  • How the updated FL Building Code affected requirements for exterior glazing systems. Has it changed how your systems are manufactured?

Industrial and Custom Structural Skylights – Paul Simony

(Released on December 1st)

  • Why are skylights a must have for large buildings?
  • What kind of skylights are available?
  • How has the industrial skylight evolved over the years?
  • ICC-ES Listings and why they are important
  • Photovoltaic, BIPV Systems

Jon Kimberlain – Silicone Sealants for Weatherproofing and Glazing

(Released on November 15th)

  • Give a brief history of silicone sealants used in both weatherproofing and structural glazing applications.
  • What is the benefit of using silicone sealants in those types of applications?
  • How long do these materials last (sustainability) in those applications?
  • What are the upcoming innovations using silicone based materials?

Omar Sheikh

The AEC Industry and Bluebeam Revu

(Released on November 1st)

  • What is Bluebeam Revu and what can it do?
  • How has the AEC industry adopted technology like Bluebeam Revu?
  • What challenges has the AEC industry faced in terms of technology adoption?
  • How do you see technology influencing the industry today and in the future?
  • How has the GCI team adopted Revu and continued to evolve its use?

Tim Salerno – Prefabricated Exterior Wall Panels

Episode 9 Tim Salerno & Paul Beers

(Released on October 1st)

  • What’s taking place in the current construction market place that is helping drive the prefab business?
  • What are some concerns & solutions of prefab? Ex, panel to panel joints, etc.
  • What type of cladding options are available for owners & design professionals to choose from, for claddings that can be prefabricated in a climate controlled facility?
  • Does prefab walls for the exterior envelope offer the ability to meet code requirements for air barriers, c.i., and in the case of Florida or other high velocity wind zones, hurricane impact requirements?

Diana Darling – The Architects Newspaper

Episode 8: Paul Beers & Diana Darling

(Released on September 15th)


EVE Episode 7

Paul Beers: Field Water Infiltration Testing

Episode 7: Paul Beers & Will Smith

(Released on September 1st)

  • How to use field testing for:
    • New Construction
    • Forensic Investigation
  • ASTM Standards
  • AAMA Standard
  • Improper testing and how it affects litigation cases
EVE Episode 6

Paul Beers discusses Building Envelope Hotspots

Episode 6: Paul Beers

(Released on August 1, 2016)

  • Below Grade Waterproofing
  • Amenity Decks
  • Planters
  • Rooftop Pedestrian Areas
  • Water Features
  • Balconies
  • Stucco Systems

Architectural Glass, Technologies and Trends.

Episode 5: Paul Beers and Jeff Rigot

(Released on July 1, 2016)

  • Guest Jeff Rigot talks about his employer Viracon, the industry, its business, product lines and the markets it serves
  • Paul and Jeff discuss the 2014 provisions for Commercial and Residential building facades and fenestration technologies being used today to meet hurricane standards
  • Commercial/Residential Energy Code changes to the glazing market in Florida
  • Architectural and current fenestration design trends and technologies for building facades
  • Perspective on current business climate for new commercial construction in Florida and predictions for the next 2-3 years.
EVE Episode 4-200

Hurricane Glazing Systems Can Do So Much More

Episode 4: Paul Beers

(Released on June 1, 2016)

1. History of Hurricane Glazing, how it came about and how it developed into a cottage industry in Florida and beyond
2. The many uses for hurricane glazing and beyond hurricanes such as: Bomb blasts, tornado’s seismic, security and acoustics
3. Evolution of hurricane glazing codes and standards. The SBCCI and ASTM efforts
4. Where systems are today

EVE Episode 3b

Waterproofing Systems from ground to roof

Episode 3: Paul Beers and Senior Consultant Peter Craig

(Released on May 1, 2016)

1. Background expertise of Peter Craig
2. Trends and waterproofing
3. Below grade is the starting point
4. Options that are good – better – best
5. Amenity Decks
6. Roofing trends
7. Why to use a third party for quality control

EVE Episode 2b

Waterproofing Exterior walls

Episode 2: Paul Beers and V.P. Senior Consultant Chris Matthews

(Released on April 1, 2016)

1. Background of Chris Matthews
2. Different approaches to prevent water infiltration
3. Importance and value of waterproof testing
4. Keeping water out
5. Sequence of events crucial for best results

Everything Building Envelope - Podcast Episode 1

Premier episode introduction to Podcast series

Episode 1: CEO of GCI Consultants Paul Beers

(Released March 1, 2016)

1. Background of host Paul Beers
2. The impact of hurricanes and GCI’s involvement in establishing new building codes
3. Who is GCI and the services we offer
4. Goal: To discuss topics related to the exterior building envelope.
Best Practices, Emerging trends, Hazards