Marty Helly, CSI, CDT
November is a time of looking back and looking ahead. Looking back as the leaves fall and the calendar year comes to a close – giving thanks for all that’s been accomplished. Looking ahead to holidays and a new year with possibilities and optimism. This year as we try to do this normal activity, I think our heads are just spinning.
Looking back, I am thankful for this CSI community. The interactions among our members both on daily work pursuits and at chapter activities, while in no sense normal, have provided the usual benefits of participation. Despite often being behind a mask or through a zoom call instead of in person, the support for each other’s success is inspiring. Through sharing our knowledge with online and in person events, networking to find help on a project or just reaching out to check in with a friendly voice, members continue to help each other.
Looking ahead, it will continue to be challenging to get back to “normal”. Even when we no longer have to socially distance and limit contacts, there are an enormous number of people who have been displaced. Many of our supply chains have been disrupted and some businesses will just have disappeared. We’ll need each other and our networks to move forward.
Thanks to Len Anastasi of ExoTec for bringing us a great presentation on the four wetting potentials and barriers in the building envelope last month. I think even those with years of experience benefitted from the in depth analysis of how air and moisture move through wall systems.
This month we can benefit from listening to one of the most experienced building professionals in our state discussing controlled construction requirements from the inspector’s perspective – and providing insights on what the design community miss on a regular basis. I hope you can join us on the 17th.
If by chance we don’t cross paths before the end of the month – please know your continued support of Worcester CSI and our local construction community is greatly appreciated, even if it’s just taking the time to read this newsletter. I hope you and yours have a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.