Practice Points

In 2006, APT introduced Practice Points in the APT Bulletin as a way to share best practices in the field.  Each column illustrates an existing or cutting-edge technology or technique in practice, shares original research in the history of building technology and materials, or presents recent case studies in which new technologies and techniques have been used successfully. Practice Points is designed to provide the most up-to-date, nuts-and-bolts information for practitioners and their clients.

APT invites members and non-members to submit manuscripts for Practice Points columns to the editor of the APT Bulletin. Like other articles in the Bulletin, Practice Points undergo peer review. Past topics for Practice Points columns have included analysis of historic wood framing, paint analysis, mortar analysis, and non-destructive evaluation of masonry.

Practice Points submissions should be 1,000 to 4,000 words in length and should be accompanied by 3 to 8 illustrations.  Please consult the Practice Points author guidelines for more information on acceptable formats for illustrations and editorial style.  

Current Article 

Classical Structural Analysis Methods for Historic Structures

Practice Points Archive

A Road Map to Structural Alterations in the International Existing Building Code

Assessment of Historic Concrete Structures

Architectural Terra Cotta

Wood Preservatives and Pressure-treated Wood: Considerations for Historic-preservation Projects

Data Interpretation and Early Corrosion Test Program for Historic Concrete Buildings

Conditions Glossaries as a Tool in the Survey Process: A Review of Several Glossaries 

Mortar Analysis Part 3: Buying the Right Services

Nondestructive Evaluation: Wood 

Nondestructive Evaluation: Structural Performance of Masonry

Using Dry Ice for Spray-Paint Removal on Weathering Steel 

Mortar Analysis Part 2: Analytical Methods 

Architectural Finishes: Research and Analysis 

Mortar Analysis Part 1: Mortar-Making Materials 

Through a Lens Clearly: Instrumental Analysis as Applied to Architectural Materials 

Basics of Wood Inspection: Considerations for Historic Preservation 

The Metropolitan Floor: Modern Analysis of an Archaic Structure 

Successful Preservation Implementation: A Planned Approach to Risk Management