Posts tagged Building Pressurization
Those Darn Ice Dams

You’re dreaming by the fire, as the ice dams conspire. Water drips on your head, and looking up with dread, you are faced I’m afraid, with a roof poorly made - so much for that winter wonderland.

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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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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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Air Barriers: Expectations vs. Reality
 -- Thawing a Frosty Relationship

When it comes to building performance, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Humidification to provide medical patient comfort is a good thing. Frost and ice damage due to that same humidification is not so good.

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Climate Considerations to Help You Avoid a Mold & Moisture Problem

Unique challenges presented in all different types of climates (especially hot and humid climates) are often overlooked by the design and construction community.

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Why Buildings Fail

The primary reason we are not coming to grips with this far-reaching problem is simple:  the design professionals entrusted with building performance are not receiving adequate feedback on the performance of their previous buildings.

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

Now fast forward to the first summer of operation. You get the dreaded call that your design has led to catastrophic mold and moisture problems that are keeping your client from being able to rent rooms and are resulting in unfavorable complaints about visible mold and deleterious mold odors being made on TripAdvisor.

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Lordy, I KNOW there is tape!

Most of the building trade knows how rainwater can damage buildings. Much less is understood about the role of air infiltration, especially in hot and humid climates. Even small amounts of moisture-laden air infiltration can quickly cause moisture and mold damage.

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Contemporary Resort Hotel

This 2,000+ guest room deluxe resort was originally constructed using modular construction. Liberty Building Forensics Group staff conducted the investigation, diagnosis, design and coordination, of the repair of condensation and humidity related 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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Medical Facility – Midwest U.S.

The medical facility was experiencing build-up of frost and ice in above-ceiling spaces and in clerestories during winter months two years after construction. The frost/ice eventually melted, causing damage and leaking into occupied rooms below.

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