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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HIDDEN MOLD PROBLEMS DURING A PURCHASE OF A HOTEL

Don’t let inexperience and the absence of viewing the building as a whole unit fail to protect you during the buying process. Protect every step of your purchase transaction with tried and true building expertise.

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DON’T LET A SIMPLE BAND-AID FIX CAUSE A MOLD OUTBREAK IN YOUR HOTEL

Band-aid fixes are often applied to a hotel prior to selling to make the building more appealing. Catching these masked issues early on can prevent a catastrophic mold and moisture problem in your hotel.

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HOTEL RENOVATION FOR THE SUPER BOWL HALTED DUE TO MOLD OUTBREAK

The Super Bowl was right around the corner, and much was at stake for this hotel. It was  undergoing a room rehab with a hard deadline when an unforeseen mold and moisture problem brought work to a screeching halt..

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Hotel Renovation Threatened Due to Unexpected Mold on Plaster Walls

There’s an assumption in the hotel industry that plaster walls are not susceptible to mold growth--but don’t let your guard down. Experts at Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG) helped guide a hotel renovation team that encountered an unsuspecting mold problem in the hotel’s plaster walls that could have cost millions of dollars in remediation and lost room revenue.

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Preventing Modular Hotel Mold and Moisture Problems in the Warm and Humid Southeast

The emergence of modular construction as an option for new construction is becoming mainstream. While the reasons why have been reported on extensively, what has not been reported is that the modular construction industry has been plagued by mold and moisture problems, especially on projects located in warm and humid climates like the Southeast U.S. Both wood-frame and steel-frame modular construction units have experienced condensation problems in crawl spaces, within marriage walls, and within ceiling-to-floor cavities that have not only resulted in deterioration of the wood and corrosion of metal floor pans, but have also led to damaged wallboard and mold issues.

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Hot, humid climate makeup air conundrum: The moisture and mold risks that developers, designers and installers continue to take

But why?! Hasn’t there been enough lessons learned through moisture/mold construction litigation in the hospitality, multi-family apartment high rise, student and military housing sectors that show that dumping the make-up air to the corridor is a risky proposition. Apparently not?!

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The 3 Myths of PTAC Units

Even though there is strong evidence that PTAC units cannot consistently provide these stated (or implied) features, the astonishing truth is that the entire hotel industry (including owners, operators, developers, contractors, and designers) seems to believe that they can.

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The Incredible Predictability of Moisture Problems

Suppose there was a tool that could predict, before a single penny was spent on construction, the likelihood of whether your building would fail. Not only that, but this tool could also provide you with enough information to make significant design changes that would dramatically decrease any risk factors. Would you be interested? Of course you would.

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Has Coastal Zone Hotel Construction Become the Twilight Zone for Mold & Moisture Control?

Resorts, hotels, and vacation ownership properties that have operated for years without significant mold and moisture problems are suddenly becoming plagued with catastrophic and costly moisture-related issues after building renovations are complete.

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Stucco Myths: Myth #2 – Control joints are required every 13.5 m2 (144 sf)

In our work as forensic architects and engineers, we are regularly involved in litigation over stucco failures, including hotels and high-rise condo complexes. (For this article, ‘stucco’ refers to traditional portland cement plaster direct-applied to a masonry substrate, rather than using lath.)

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Stucco Myths: Myth #1 – Stucco on lath over CMU/concrete is superior to direct-applied

Myths abound around stucco cracking. In truth, it is not abnormal to have some cracking with stucco, much of which can be relatively harmless. The key is paying attention to the types of cracks, and minimizing any significant issues that might lead to actual failure, including debonding, water intrusion, and mold problems.

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Tropical Resort

The design team had set unrealistically high building envelope air barrier goals for an oceanfront tropical resort.

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