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.Read More
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.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
Published by NCARB
“An alarming number of buildings suffer from moisture and mold problems. No single document can address all the issues related to moisture intrusion and mold growth. However, we believe this monograph addresses a significant proportion of the problems that architects will encounter in the design and construction of a typical commercial building.”
— J. David Odom, as quoted on NCARB.org
This manual looks at the key issues that can help owners, designers, and contractors work together to improve decision-making. Design professionals will discover what they need to do in order to develop good building performance.
The end of the schematic design and design development chapters have sections outlining documents, steps, and criteria that should be completed before the next phase in the process is begun.
The final design chapter has a peer review section that includes a checklist to provide designers and builders with independent design reviews and technical guidance to promote technically sound, budget-conscious designs.
The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning is a publication intended to assist building professionals in their efforts to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by providing practical guidance on best practices for IAQ in all phases of building design and construction, including those that affect operation and maintenance.
Partnering with ASHRAE in the development of this design guide are the AIA (American Institute of Architects), USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association), SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of North America), and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).Read More