Businesses should prepare for cybersecurity threats
Cybersecurity threats are a concern for all businesses, but small companies especially are vulnerable, according to uschamber.com.
Following are three cybersecurity threats companies should prepare for now.
NRCA now offers a comprehensive cyber liability insurance program. For information, contact NRCA Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management and Executive Education Tom Shanahan at email@example.com.
ASTM International approves standard for below-grade waterproofing systems
ASTM International’s Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing has approved a new standard that provides guidelines and limitations for below-grade foundation waterproofing systems.
Standard D8425 specifically covers applications of needle-punched sodium bentonite geotextile waterproofing systems.
According to ASTM International member Stacy Byrd, the standard provides general installation instructions for architects and consulting engineers to consider when developing project drawings and specifications. Until now, there have been no ASTM International standards covering these types of below-ground waterproofing systems.
“It has been important to draft and finalize a standard for needle-punched sodium bentonite geotextile waterproofing systems because they have been in commercial use for 30 years and there are now multiple manufacturers that produce and market this material type of waterproofing,” Byrd says. “The new standard will aid users with general installation, application, material limitations and site conditions to consider when specifying this type of waterproofing.”
Standard D8425 is available at astm.org/d8425-22.html.
PIMA issues new and updated polyisocyanurate technical resources
The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association has issued several new technical and performance bulletins, as well as updated versions of previously issued bulletins. PIMA publishes bulletins to increase the building industry’s understanding of polyisocyanurate insulation, its applications and benefits.
One new resource, Technical Bulletin 204, Comparing Fire Performance of Polyiso and Competitive Board Insulation Products, compares certain fire performance advantages for polyisocyanurate, mineral wool board, XPS and EPS insulations. A new performance bulletin, Comparing the GWP of Common Exterior Wall Insulation Materials: An Overview of Global Warming Potential, assesses the global warming potential effect of polyisocyanurate wall insulation versus other common insulation products used for exterior walls across the products’ full life cycles.
Technical Bulletin 112, Moisture Generated During Construction, and Technical Bulletin 108, Tapered Insulation Systems, have been updated. Technical Bulletin 112 highlights how moisture generated during construction can affect roof systems and construction practices that can be implemented to reduce problems associated with moisture in systems. Technical Bulletin 108 offers performance details about polyisocyanurate tapered roof insulation products and systems, why tapered insulation is used and design considerations for installing tapered insulation systems.
“PIMA strives to be a go-to resource for the roofing, building envelope and general construction industries for technical information on the performance of polyisocyanurate insulation products,” says PIMA Technical Director Marcin Pazera. “Maintaining a current library of bulletins is a key part of our strategy to serve the industry and its stakeholders.”