First Do No Harm: Insights On Healthcare Construction Standard of Care While Serving As An Expert in a Negligent Death Claim

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Building Design, Building Failures, Codification, Hospitals, Indoor Air Quality, Projects Completed by Liberty|Comments Off on First Do No Harm: Insights On Healthcare Construction Standard of Care While Serving As An Expert in a Negligent Death Claim

Building Codes: The Worst Buildings that Can Legally Be Built

December 13th, 2016|Categories: Building Design, Codification, Engineering, Green Buildings, Hidden Risks of Green Buildings|Comments Off on Building Codes: The Worst Buildings that Can Legally Be Built

What Do You Do When Good Practice Collides with Building Codes?

December 12th, 2016|Categories: Building Design, Building Envelope Failures, Building Failures, Codification, Engineering, High Performance Buildings, Mold and Moisture, Problem Avoidance, Renovations|Comments Off on What Do You Do When Good Practice Collides with Building Codes?

Mr. DuBose co-authors multi-agency led IAQ Design Guide

September 13th, 2016|Categories: Building Design, Building Failures, Codification, High Performance Buildings, Hotels/Hospitality, Manuals, Mold and Moisture|Comments Off on Mr. DuBose co-authors multi-agency led IAQ Design Guide

Products have changed…see how they can be susceptible to mold problems.

August 30th, 2016|Categories: Building Design, Building Products, Codification|Comments Off on Products have changed…see how they can be susceptible to mold problems.

Performance Confusion

August 28th, 2016|Categories: Building Design, Building Envelope Failures, Building Failures, Codification, Design Deficiencies|Comments Off on Performance Confusion

New Webinar Addresses the Inherent Risk of Mold and Moisture Problems in High-Performance Buildings

The inevitable is about to happen: high-performance building objectives are emerging as the new normal across the country.

For some design and construction firms, this will mean business as usual. For others, however, the change will be cataclysmic, resulting in a much higher risk of mold and moisture-related building failures.

While high performance standards may not be fully adopted by all model building codes or jurisdictions, they will become the de facto standard of care. On the surface, this certainly has many redeeming aspects, such as mandating better-performing, more energy-efficient buildings. But it begs the question: will buildings actually get better or […]

Military Housing Washes Out on New Air Barrier Standards

It remains to be seen whether new building code requirements that contain stricter air tightness standards based on energy efficiency initiatives are actually attainable.

Buildings that passed former air tightness standards with flying colors just a few years ago would now fail dismally under more recent, aggressive standards in codes such as IgCC and IECC.

Innovation incentives and high performance requirements may be well-intentioned but can lead to significant confusion – not to mention unachievable benchmarks and possible building failures.

These codes and initiatives are often driven by empirical laboratory analysis, which does not always translate well to field applications. Codification is then […]

USGBC Officially Adopts Controversial LEED v4

It’s official – the controversial LEED v4, after three years and six public comment periods, has finally been adopted by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Despite quite a bit of resistance and discussion along the way, the new standard was actually approved in June 2013 by a landslide, with 86% of the voting body choosing to pass it.

So, what’s new in this version, you may be wondering? For the most part, it adds additional requirements for measurement and verification of building performance. Those who have been in an uproar are primarily representatives of large chemical manufacturers and lumber interests. […]

September 5th, 2013|Categories: Codification, Green Buildings|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on USGBC Officially Adopts Controversial LEED v4