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Sep
Inherent Risks Associated...
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This is the seventeenth post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). The inherent risks associated with increased building exhaust as recommended in this LEED credit are numerous: It increases

9
Jul
Smart Air Syndrome
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This is the twelfth post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) of Cocoa, Florida called this condition the “Smart Air Syndrome” concept – that

This is the eleventh post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). Intent: Provide additional outdoor air ventilation to improve air quality for improved occupant comfort, well-being, and productivity. For

11
Jun
Aiming for Problem Avoida...
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This is the tenth post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). The use of new products mandates that the designer implement several additional steps to avoid problems: Better understand

28
May
The Envelope Design, HVAC...
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This is the ninth post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). It may be only a slight overstatement to state that there is no wall system which a creative

22
Apr
Liberty Building Forensic...
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Here is a press release we sent out recently. Orlando, Florida – 4/23/2014 – Florida-based Liberty Building Forensics Group® (Liberty), a leading building forensics firm that has solved some of the world’s largest and most complex building moisture and mold problems, has recently completed an expert moisture-related consulting project for a building project called Pegasus

3
Apr
Overview of LEED Credits...
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This is the fifth post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). LEED Credit Number Description Issue Comments Sustainable Sites (SS) Credit 7.2 Heat Island Effect: Roof Option of installing

This is the fourth post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). Through our evaluation of various LEED credit opportunities for designers, we hope to establish the fact that a

6
Feb
The Hidden Risks of Green...
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This is the first post in a series by J. David Odom (ASHRAE), Richard Scott (AIA/NCARB/LEED AP), and George H. DuBose (CGC). It was first published as a mini-monograph for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). “Most new products are experiments and most experiments fail.” ~ Quote from “How Buildings Learn: What Happens After

22
Jan
Air Barrier Testing at a...
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By Rick Scott, AIA This is part 4 of 4. Conclusions and Lessons Learned Test findings showed the difficulty of trying to achieve a very tight air barrier installation. While the resort specifications called for a very ambitious whole building air barrier performance target of 0.085 cfm/ft2 at 75 Pa, such numbers are almost meaningless

By Rick Scott, AIA This is part 3 of 4. Results of Air Barrier Testing After the test data was collected, it was analyzed to determine the air leakage rates in cubic feet of air (cfm) per square feet (ft2) of wall surface area. This analysis revealed that the building was leakier than predicted and

13
Dec
Air Barrier Testing at a...
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By Rick Scott, AIA This is part 2 of 4. Air barrier testing was also advocated to make sure the installation was meeting the building envelope air tightness goals set by the design team. One limitation of air barrier testing is that it needs to be performed when the building envelope is substantially complete, since

8
Aug
Looking at a Building’s...
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This post by David Odom is part 3 of 3. To the discerning eye, there are remarkable similarities between the biomed and construction fields. The medical community consistently looks for biomarkers in human DNA structure. This helps them to connect the dots between cause and effect. Even as early as the womb, they are able