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.Read More
Those involved in the development of most sustainable green buildings typically use innovative products and implement new design and construction approaches. The intent of these new materials and procedures is to achieve a structure with reduced negative environmental impact, both during construction and throughout the building’s life.Read More
Not all buildings are created equal. In fact, some fail at alarming rates, often soon after being commissioned. Some building failures occur at a high rate of frequency but result in minor consequences, while others are infrequent but lead to catastrophic results, such as significant mold and moisture problems.Read More
As the building and construction industry continues to come out of the hibernation that has been the norm since 2009, it unfortunately appears that it’s déjà vu all over again when it comes to water-related building failures. As new buildings are being constructed, the same design and construction deficiencies of the past are being repeated, leading to (often catastrophic) mold and moisture problems.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
Over 15,000 architects attended the recent AIA 2017 National Conference on Architecture (A’17) in Orlando, Florida. What did they learn that you missed?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
Three major changes will impact the success of construction in Florida over the next decade. These changes began as trends during the last decade and have now evolved into requirements for construction professionals.Read More
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.)Read More
Moisture related ductwork corrosion and mold problems related to the use of water-based green product. This resulted in a letter of show from the Government and cost that were over $7 million dollars.Read More
Architects seeking LEED® Platinum certification used innovative features in their building design, failing to consider that the LEED® rating system has not been adapted for warm, humid climates.Read More