“Till Death Do Us Part”: Preventing a Facade and HVAC Divorce When It Comes to Air Barrier Performance

Avoid Catastrophic Mold and Moisture Problems in Hot, Humid Climates
Due to Air Barrier Standard Confusion

By George DuBose, CGC; Richard Scott, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; and Donald B. Snell, PE, Cert. Mech. Contractor, CIEC

Design and Construction Amnesia: We Have Lost our Minds and it is Causing Catastrophic Mold and Moisture Building Failures

September 6th, 2017|Categories: Building Envelope Failures, Building Failures, Case Study, Hidden Risks of Green Buildings, High Performance Buildings, Manuals, Mold and Moisture, Peer Reviews|Comments Off on Design and Construction Amnesia: We Have Lost our Minds and it is Causing Catastrophic Mold and Moisture Building Failures

Deja Vu All Over Again: Risks for Moisture and Mold Problems in Modular Construction

May 30th, 2017|Categories: Building Design, Building Failures, Building Products, Modular Construction, Peer Reviews, Projects Completed by Liberty, Wood Frame Construction|Comments Off on Deja Vu All Over Again: Risks for Moisture and Mold Problems in Modular Construction

Common Sense but Not Common Practice

December 13th, 2016|Categories: Building Design, Building Failures, Design Deficiencies, Engineering, Peer Reviews, Problem Avoidance|Comments Off on Common Sense but Not Common Practice

What is a Peer Review?

August 25th, 2016|Categories: Building Design, Peer Reviews|Comments Off on What is a Peer Review?

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 […]

Coming of Age: How to Keep Your Next Major Hotel Upgrade from Causing Major Moisture Problems

Hospitality owners and property managers across the country and around the world are approaching (or have already observed) a birthday many don’t want to celebrate.

Their buildings, typically 30-35 years old, are in need of undergoing what the industry refers to as “major upgrades” falling under the regularly planned work cycle. Examples include timely upgrades for building envelopes and HVAC infrastructure that are not part of the normal refresh cycle.

In the process, owners and managers are discovering that what may have been previously acceptable in terms of what constituted a successful building review is no longer considered acceptable because of building […]

How to Keep the Wave of Vacation Ownership Development from Becoming a Rip Tide

The timeshare industry is enjoying a significant wave of expansion as an entire generation of vacation ownership buildings reaches maturity. Many U.S. resorts now 30 to 35 years old must undergo serious renovation work to their infrastructure.

A huge number of modern resorts are also coming online globally to meet new and existing vacation ownership demand. Many resorts not historically used for vacation ownership are being converted from a traditional hotel structure into vacation ownership units.

While Florida-based LBFG is optimistic about the uptick in vacation ownership activity, it also extends a note of caution.

“Whenever we’ve seen similar waves in the hospitality […]

Construction Risk Managers Should Focus on Preventing Humidity Damage

Today’s healthy construction activity is a boon for an industry that’s waited years to recover, but Florida-based Liberty Building Forensics Group® (Liberty) warns that a risk manager’s biggest nightmare could come true if steps aren’t taken to prevent moisture damage in warm, humid climates.

Construction risk management experts acknowledge water to be a leading cause of damage at construction sites.

Historically, Liberty has found humidity-based building damage to be 100 times more costly than acute water damage (pipe breaks/storms/flooding). Ironically, comprehensive water prevention strategies rarely focus on humidity issues.

“While the average water damage claim is $147,000, we routinely see humidity-related claims of […]