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What is a Brownfield Site? 6 Contaminated Sites Waiting to Go Green

Redevelopment Can Start With an Effective Vapor Mitigation System

Brownfields historically have been some of the most daunting development projects on the construction landscape. As that landscape expanded, it was much easier to simply move to new areas of development and ignore sites that involved some level of liability, contamination, assessment, cleanup, government regulators, and more. For generations, brownfields have been not just literally – but figuratively – toxic to communities.

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Top 5 Economic Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment

The challenges may seem overwhelming, but the financial, social and environmental benefits to redeveloping brownfields are immense.

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A Pro’s Guide for Below-Slab Vapor Barrier Installation

5 Tips and Tricks for Sealing the Terminating Edges of the Vapor Barrier

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STEGO IQ | Below-Slab Vapor Barriers: What Does a Perm Rating Mean?

 

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10 Critical Reasons Why You Need a Below-Slab Vapor Barrier

Photo courtesy of Chavez Concrete Contractors, Inc.

Despite its cost being measured in mere cents per square foot, project designers, contractors and building owners often disregard a high-performance under-slab vapor barrier. Yet, failing to use this vital material may be the best illustration in the construction industry of “a penny wise and a pound foolish” – unnecessarily risking costly consequences and potentially years of legal squabbling over liability.

Here are 10 critical reasons why you should always use a high-performance vapor barrier, no matter the project:

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Radon Gas Mitigation in New Construction – A Chance to Get it Right

We have all probably heard of or endured a personal connection to a familiar story: the victim of lung cancer who “never smoked a day in their life.”

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Contractor Trusts Beast Screed System to Deliver Leveler, Faster Concrete Slabs

Floating Cow Patties Are a Thing of the Past for W&N Development

The Challenge

The Vander Linden brothers just have to glance up the street to see how the pour is going. Are the concrete trucks stacking up? Are the concrete trucks rotating in-and-out every 10 minutes? 

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What Makes a Vapor Barrier Different than a Vapor Retarder?

“Vapor retarder” is the term used to describe materials of varying types and classifications which impede the infiltration of water vapor into a structure. Often the term “vapor barrier” will be used interchangeably with the term “vapor retarder,” with no repercussions. But for under-slab applications, it is important to understand the distinctions between the two terms to avoid negative impacts on your project.

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What Is ASTM E1643? Summarizing Standards for Vapor Barrier Installation

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

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