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Location, Location: How Environment Impacts the Work You Do

By Peter Kray posted 07-18-2019 15:05


Temperature, moisture, and altitude, are just a few of the environmental factors particular to the region in which you work. But how, specifically, do they impact the work that you do? 

Here are what some of your colleagues said when that question was posted on the CSI Community Connect page. 

High ambient temperatures and solar radiation that creates heat gain and UV damage are specific to my work in southern Arizona.

Both impact indoor environmental systems (HVAC), which, in turn, creates (surprisingly to some) flooring problems due to moisture transmission that is exacerbated by extensive air-conditioning use.

Solar radiation must be controlled when using glazing systems, and certain materials and finishes do not perform well with frequent exposure to sunlight.

Ronald Geren, FCSI Lifetime Member, CCS, CCCA, AIA, CSC, SCIP


Everything Ron said also applies in Southern Califonia. In addition, we have:

  • The CALGreen and CA Energy Codes, which make the majority of new buildings eligible for LEED certification.
  • Coastal areas where salt in the air must be accounted for (316 stainless, anyone?).
  • High seismic loads.

Dan Helphrey RA, CSI, CCS

Here in Arkansas, specifically Central Arkansas, the temperature, moisture and other environmental factors are in flux at all times. We have particularly hot and humid days that cause all kinds of issues with almost every operation, especially concrete pours and general construction. 

We counter this most days by starting early and finishing before 1pm in order to not create situations that will be a detriment to the materials or the personnel working on the structure. Other days, the temperature is more moderate and the job presses on. This year for instance, we have had an inordinate amount of rain, which has wreaked havoc on job schedules.

The winters for the last couple of years have been milder than normal which had not impacted the jobs much, but in the past and I am sure in the future, a cold and icy winter will also wreak havoc with not only schedules, but materials and manpower.

Billy Mathis FCSI, CDT

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