CSI Austin May 20th 2015 Chapter Meeting / The Durability Lab / Building Diagnostics, Inc.

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Dates: 5/20/2015, 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM CST
Location: AIA Austin/801 West 12th Street/Austin, TX 78701
Type: Meeting

 Please join the Austin Chapter as David H. Nicastro, P.E. presents on The Durability Lab 

From design to construction to maintenance, ignorance about product performance leads to countless premature failures; therefore, durability is a central factor in construction litigation.  In many cases, there are unrealistic expectations of how long a product should serve its intended purpose - its design life.  On the other side, mistakes shorten the product's functional performance - its service life.  To bridge this knowledge gap, this presentation will synthesize a practical understanding of durability based on theoretical behavior, observations from numerous failure, case studies, and research and test results from The Durability Lab.  Improving durability is also closely related to sustainability; preventing premature failure keeps building materials our of the landfill longer. 

David H. Nicastro, P.E., F.ASTM, Chief  Executive Officer with Building Diagnostics, Inc. is a licensed professional engineer specializing in the durability of building materials.  He analyzes existing buildings and designs remedies.  He is the founder of Building Diagnostics, Engineering Diagnostics, and The Durability Lab, a testing center  housed at The University of Texas at Austin to study the durability of building components, identifying factors causing premature failure.  Mr. Nicastro is the past chairman of ASTM Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants, and has published over 50 articles and books on durability and failure of building materials. 

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