Category Building Failures - Page 2

This is part 1 of 3. 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 a warning for unsuspecting hotel design and construction teams. Rigid adherence to brand standards without factoring in specific regional and climatic

This is part 2 of 2. Liberty Vice President George DuBose explained that the average building age of a prolific generation of hotels in the United States is currently 25 or 30 years. “This means the statute of limitations for original designers and contractors is long gone,” he said. “As a result, the last recourse

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Dec
Hotel Management Beware:...
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This is part 1 of 2. 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 begun providing hotel management firms with building assessments and remediation plans to help mitigate the risk involved in a transfer of

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Dec
OWNER Caution! – Why Ar...
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This is the last of four posts in a CPVC piping failures series by Donald B. Snell, PE. Recommendations The next time CPVC piping is considered for installation or replacement, building owners, designers, and installers should be aware of the need for CPVC to be compatible with other products and materials in order to minimize risk

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Nov
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This is the third of four posts in a CPVC piping failures series by Donald B. Snell, PE. Potential Contaminants on the Inside of the Pipe The use of metal piping in domestic water, condensate drain piping, and fire sprinkler applications has given way to plastic composition piping for the previously mentioned advantages. Applications may be

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Nov
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This is the second of four posts in a CPVC piping failures series by Donald B. Snell, PE. Causes of CPVC Failures When CPVC failures do occur, most frequently they are due to contamination issues and minor stresses imparted on the pipe. (See article by Duanne Priddy on Why Do PVC & CPVC Pipes Occasionally Fail?.) Contamination issues

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Oct
OWNER Caution! – Why Ar...
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This is the first of four posts in a CPVC piping failures series by Donald B. Snell, PE. CPVC Advantages There are many advantages of using Chlorinated Poly (Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC) piping (such as domestic water, condensate drain piping, and fire sprinkler piping) in building systems. These advantages include: Lower cost Ease of installation Physical

This is the nineteenth and final 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). To summarize our recommendations, we believe that the following should occur in an effort to enhance

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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

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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

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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

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

This is the third 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). After reviewing the designs of hundreds of new buildings over the past 20 years and observing the failures

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Feb
Ensuring the Moisture Int...
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This is the second 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). Yesterday’s seal of approval for new products was “It was developed by NASA.” Today the seal of approval