Category: Educational Training

Steel Flitch Beams

A flitch beam is a composite beam made of steel plate(s), sandwiched between multiple plies of wood members, and then bolted together to create a single beam. Flitch beams are very versatile and can often be tacked onto the sides of an existing beam. These beams are often used in historic renovations projects to structurally… Read More »

The Benefits of Continuous Insulation

It’s so much fun to provide Architectural Engineering services and watching the industry gradually adopt new materials and methods.  Continuous Insulation has been one of my favorites for the past few years, and it’s really taking off. From our perspective, the number one reason for this trend is the popularity of spray foam insulation and the… Read More »

Lowering a Basement Floor

Have you ever considered making living space in your unfinished basement?  It’s a possibility if the ceiling height is high enough.  The International Residential Code requires a minimum 7 ft. ceiling clearance except under beams, girders and the like, which can be not less than 6 ft. 4 in.  What if your ceiling is currently… Read More »

Learning About Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)

The idea of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) dates back from after World War II when blocks of treated wood fibers mixed with cement were used in Switzerland. At about 14 years old, the Canadian Jean-Louis Béliveau was intrigued by the deterioration of the family house he helped his father to build four years prior. In… Read More »

Oyster River Middle School AIA Construction Tour

Three of our Team members participated in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) construction tours of the new Oyster River Middle School building in Durham NH over the last year. This building is a result of a massive design and construction effort, coordinated by Lavallee Brensinger Architects. What stands out most to us at Team… Read More »

Association Responsibilities for Building Maintenance

A benefit of living in a condominium community is that you don’t have to worry about property maintenance. Someone else mows the lawn, trims the shrubs, and paints the building. Ultimately, someone must be responsible for ensuring that these sorts of actions taken place for the multitude of property aspects such as the site, buildings,… Read More »

Residential Braced Wall Design

A few members of Team Engineering recently had the opportunity to attend a specialized training on braced wall requirements for residential buildings. This conference was held by the New Hampshire Home Builder’s association and allowed us, along with many local contractors, to expand our understanding of braced walls. Braced wall requirements are relatively newer to… Read More »