Preventing Mold & Moisture Problems

– A Free Resource from Liberty Building Forensics Group

Keeping the Moisture Out: the Single Greatest Technique for Reducing Moisture and Mold Lawsuits

Moisture and Mold can cause serious building problems, resulting in major construction lawsuits. That is why Liberty is offering a free guide to the ABA Construction Forum and to your clients, Preventing Moisture and Mold Problems – Design and Construction Guidelines. This guide can help you avoid the detrimental issues that moisture and mold can create in the building process.

Liberty’s manual outlines proven techniques used successfully by both the largest theme park developer in the world and several hotel developers worldwide. It was the basis for an NCARB monograph manual that was used to train architects nationwide, and it was used by some of the largest general contractors on over 500 projects worldwide.

As experts in avoiding and solving building failures caused by moisture and mold, we would like to share what we have learned about keeping moisture out of projects in the U.S., Middle East, Southeast Asia, China, and Europe.

Critically Acclaimed Manuals by Liberty

Liberty Releases Third Industry Manual in 2010 following Critically Acclaimed Releases in 2003 and 2005.  

With the heralded success of its many publications for the building design and construction industry, Liberty has done it again. Liberty experts were key contributing authors to the new The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning published by ASHRAE in 2010.

Other publications by the firm principals include the Mold and Moisture Prevention Monograph published by NCARB and Preventing Moisture and Mold Problems in Hot, Humid Climates: Design and Construction Guidelines.

Below is a description of each manual.

Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning

Published by ASHRAE

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).

Mold and Moisture Prevention

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


  • 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 Hidden Risks Of Green Buildings: Avoiding Moisture & Mold Problems

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!