Liberty’s assessment of High-performance buildings: Are buildings getting better or are lawyers getting richer?

When you increase the influence of a particular driver in a building you increase the risk of failure. High-performance buildings increase drivers for both HVAC systems and Building Envelopes and this means more risk of failure for designers, contractors, and owners.

Liberty has found these drivers that will influence future risks for moisture control in buildings:

  • More energy efficiency compromises dehumidification
  • Energy recovery techniques increase risk of building pressure problems
  • Increased thermal efficiency increase the likelihood of condensation
  • Increased complexity of the envelope increases risk of water intrusion entry points
  • Increased use of new products means your next project is an experiment in the making

(Source: FSEC study of 70 buildings in Florida and influence of airflow drivers on building performance.)