Temporary Protection of Cold Weather Construction

by F. Lawrence Bennett, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Head; Dept. of Engrg. and Sci. Management, Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 3, Pg. 437-451

Document Type: Journal Paper


The literature of cold weather construction documents the importance of providing temporary protection of projects during the winter in northern regions. A survey of Alaskan contractors regarding the temperatures below which certain types of work cannot be performed confirms the need to provide heating and enclosures under such conditions. A case study of a typical Alaskan building construction project is described, with particular reference to the use of polyethylene sheeting, lumber, unit heaters, and a steam heating system to maintain temperatures at reasonable levels. A computer program for use in estimating the costs of temporary protection is presented, its use on a typical project is shown, and a successful program validation effort is summarized.

Subject Headings: Temperature effects | Weather conditions | Cold region construction | Case studies | HVAC | Cold regions | Winter | Surveys (non-geomatic)

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