Test Your Mettle at Construction Research Lab

Mark Meshulam is a construction consultant, glass consultant and expert witness located in Chicago, IL, USA This article, originally written in 2006 is being reprinted here in very fond memory of my friend A.A. Sakhnovsky, lovingly known as “Sak”, who passed away on Fathers Day, June 19, 2011. He was about 85 years old.   The Construction Research Laboratory is an amazing, one-of-a-kind place located in a…

Choosing a Window Consultant or Exterior Building Consultant

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for building exteriors. These days you can pretty much find a consultant for anything. Without trying very hard, you can find: So it stands to reason that you can find a consultant to assist you with your windows or the exterior of your building. As it happens, there are quite a few of us providing construction consultation…

2009 Web Statistics Revealed!

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for window, glazing and building exteriors. Sometimes the story behind the story is as interesting as the story itself. Today’s article, our last for 2009, tells the story of ChicagoWindowExpert.com’s growth from nothing on February 1, 2009, to a well-read authority site today. Since its inception, ChicagoWindowExpert.com has had: 7,387 Unique Visits 30,617 Page views 4.14 Pages/Visit…

Chicago Energy Conservation Code for Dummies

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glazing and building exteriors. Reading code books is arguably one of the more arduous and boring parts of the construction process. One reason is that the building codes are legal documents, and so they carry a certain ponderous barrier of legalese which can repel the uninitiated. Another reason is that they are documents of governments,…

Keying for Window Leak Survey

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking windows. Surveying field conditions requires on-the-fly creativity. First, you must be experienced enough to recognize a new field condition, then you must quickly assign it a meaningful name. Sometimes, it can also be very helpful to assign the condition a unique graphical key, or symbol, which will make the viewing of your survey sheet more…

Creating a Leak Survey Form

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking windows. In my last post, your trusty Chicago Window Expert explained that it is important to notify all building residents that a window consultant will come to view their window leak, and to seek as much information as possible about how the window leak presents itself. I also listed this deceptively simple task: “Create a…

Welcome to Chicago Window Expert

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glass and building exteriors. This is the very first posting of Chicago Window Expert… welcome! Windows (the building kind, not the Bill Gates kind), have become an increasingly pivotal element of almost every building, whether new or existing. Windows provide a great view, one of the most important selling points of any property. The outside…

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