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.Read More
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.Read More
Over the past few months, there have been tens of thousands of Google searches for PTAC units, using keyword phrases as simple as "what are PTAC units" and "consequences of using PTAC units." While numerous results turn up for these kinds of searches, not many are backed by 30+ years of building forensics experience in the field.Read More
Certain faulty beliefs surrounding building performance in warm, humid zones continue to persist in the design and construction industry - and the interaction between building envelopes and HVAC systems is no exception.Read More
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.Read More
Before too long, they were faced with a property management company’s worst nightmare: the entire complex had to undergo a $50M+ reconstruction after significant water intrusion was found to have deteriorated the building structure and after moisture and humidity from the HVAC/plumbing systems had resulted in large-scale hidden damage that included mold.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Some experts have described the green building movement as “the #1 mega-trend that will change the rules of global business.”
The great irony of building green in the Southeast is that the very concepts that are intended to enhance a building’s performance over its entire lifetime are many of the same practices that make a building highly susceptible to catastrophic moisture and mold problems during its first few summers of operation.
While LEED-certified buildings have many positive benefits, there is strong evidence to suggest a direct correlation between new products/innovative design and building failures — especially in Florida’s humid climate. Simply put, departing from the “tried and true” often means increasing the risk of building failure.
This article presents “must-know information” if you’re considering green buildings!Read More
After diagnosis of a post remediation recurrence, LBFG provided expert testimony and allocations of responsibility through mediation.Read More