RCI Manual of Practice Goes Digital

RCI Inc. announced that the RCI Manual of Practice is now available exclusively as an interactive PDF. According to the association, users can jump to various sections from the table of contents, search the document, and access it from any screen. The Manual of Practice Task Force is currently working on a revision of the 2010 manual.

The RCI Manual of Practice is designed to be a standard for practitioners performing roof, exterior wall, and waterproofing consulting and quality assurance functions. The manual is intended to provide a peer-reviewed structure for the practice of consulting in the construction of the building envelope, according to RCI. In simple terms, it describes what a professional consultant does and how the consultant does it.

For more information, visit www.rci-online.org.

Abstracts for RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Due April 13

RCI Inc. is now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium. The symposium will take place September 13-14, 2018, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario.

Abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be received at RCI headquarters by April 13, 2018. The RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium Committee will review abstracts, and authors will be notified regarding acceptance of abstracts by April 20, 2018. If accepted, papers should be received by May 25, 2018, for peer review.

Potential authors should contact Tina Hughes at RCI headquarters via email at thughes@rci-online.org for a copy of the Abstract Submittal Form and RCI Guidelines for Presentations, complete directions on formatting, and acceptable formats for abstracts and papers. A topic description must be provided addressing the speaker’s subject knowledge and the level of knowledge that will be presented to the attendee (i.e., beginner, intermediate or advanced). Six RCI CEHs will be granted for an accepted paper. Additionally, presenters will earn triple credit for the length of the program (one presentation hour yields three CEHs).

Suggested topics include:

  • Innovative Technologies & Practices
  • Façade Systems & Technologies
  • Unique Façade Design Solutions
  • The Building Envelope as a Design Statement
  • Energy Conservation Design
  • Designing Façades That Will Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Economics & Life Cycle Analysis
  • Panelized Stone or Masonry Systems
  • Sealants – Design & Selection / Appropriate Specifications/Quality Assurance
  • Hygrothermal Analysis in Façade Designs
  • Façades Designed to Achieve Sustainability
  • Unique Detail Design Work
  • Curtainwalls
  • Double-Wall Façades
  • Roofing
  • Brick Masonry
  • Stone Masonry
  • Waterproofing
  • Stucco
  • EIFS
  • Metal Wall Panels
  • Air-Barrier Systems
  • Testing Wall Systems
  • Construction Processes
  • For more information, download the 2018 RCI CBES Call for Abstracts PDF and visit http://rci-online.org.

    RCI Inc. Names New Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

    RCI Inc. announced the appointment of Lionel van der Walt as its new executive vice president and chief executive officer. Van der Walt succeeds James Birdsong, who will retire at the end of 2017 after nearly 17 years at the helm.

    An organizational strategy and analysis expert, van der Walt brings to RCI more than 20 years of international executive leadership and association experience. He spent the early part of his career as an officer in the South African Air Force and, subsequently, over a decade with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He was most recently President of the Cargo Network Services (CNS) and a member of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Board of Directors.

    “Lionel’s management style and leadership skills really stood out among a great group of candidates,” said RCI President Michael L. Williams. “His ability to team with other organizations for the benefit of all will surely lead to RCI being recognized as the group leading the building envelope design and consulting industry.”

    Van der Walt’s immediate task will be to enhance the recognition and influence of RCI in the industry. He will further strengthen RCI’s mission through continued improvement of the association’s ongoing education and accreditation programs and its publications, which include RCI Interface technical journal, textbooks, and reference guides. As CEO, he will lead the 2018 33rd RCI International Convention & Trade Show to be held March 22-27, 2018, in Houston.

    “I will be doing a great deal of listening to employees, board members, committee heads, and members to better understand what works and where we might have opportunities to improve,” said van der Walt. “I look forward to some honest and frank feedback that will help us to shape the future direction of the organization, with a strong emphasis on helping our members to secure a healthy, profitable, and sustainable future for the building envelope consultants industry globally.”

    Formed in 1983, RCI now boasts over 3,500 members across the United States, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit http://rci-online.org.

    RCI Announces Speakers for October Building Envelope Technology Symposium

    Raleigh, N.C.-based RCI Inc. has assembled a panel of expert speakers to discuss methods for designing sound building exteriors. More than 300 building designers and construction professionals are expected to be in attendance at the association’s annual Building Envelope Technology Symposium, which will be held Oct. 17-18 at the Westin Galleria Houston, Texas.

    The program features 12 educational sessions presented by leading building envelope designers. Speakers offer their experience-based insight for specification of sound, durable exterior enve- lopes. Most programs focus on repair and/or sustainable design methods for strengthening and improving existing structures.

    Attendees can earn up to 12 continuing-education credits from RCI and the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. An evening reception after the close of the first day’s meeting will allow those in attendance to network and mingle with fellow professionals.

    This year’s topics and speakers include:

    The Performance of Weather-Resistant Barriers in Stucco Assemblies
    Karim P. Allana, RRC, RWC, P.E. | Allana Buick & Bers Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.

    Aluminum Windowsill Anchors and Supplemental Waterproof Flashing Design Practices
    Rocco Romero, AIA | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Seattle

    The Ideal Third-party Warranty: A Risk-managed Approach
    Lorne Ricketts, P.Eng. | RDH Building Science Inc., Vancouver

    Playing Against a Stacked Deck: Restoration of a Stone Fin Façade
    Matthew C. Farmer, P.E. | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Fairfax, Va.

    Everyone Loves a Pool, But What’s Lurking Beneath the Surface?
    Rob Holmer, P.E., GE | Terracon Consulting Engineers, Sacramento, Calif.
    Michael Phifer | Terracon Consulting Engineers, Sacramento

    Design Principles for Tower and Steeple Restoration
    Robert L. Fulmer | Fulmer Associates Building Exterior Consultants LLC, North Conway, N.H.

    When the Numbers Don’t Work: Engineering Judgement Tips for Historical Buildings
    Rachel L. Will, P.E. | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Chicago
    Edward A. Gerns, RA, LEED AP | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Chicago

    Air Barrier Integration: Don’t Entangle Yourself with These Common Pitfalls
    Timothy A. Mills, P.E., LEED AP, CIT | TAM Consultants Inc., Williamsburg, Va.

    Upgrading the Performance of Heritage Windows to Suit Modern Design Conditions
    Scott Tomlinson, P.Eng. | Morrison Hershfield, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Design Considerations for Renewing Podium Waterproofing
    Bereket Alazar, RRO, LEED AP BD+C | Morrison Hershfield, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Stéphane P. Hoffman, P.E. | Morrison Hershfield, Seattle

    Fully Soldered Metal Roofing: More Complicated Than You Think
    Nicholas T. Floyd, P.E., LEED AP | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, Mass.

    A Case History of ETFE on Today’s Projects
    Lee Durston | Morrison Hershfield, St. Paul, Minn.
    Shawn Robinson | Morrison Hershfield, Atlanta

    For more information, visit RCI’s website, or call (800) 828-1902.