Category Design Deficiencies

28
Oct
Has Coastal Zone Hotel Co...
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Just months after completing refurbishment on a 300+ room resort, the owner of the luxury coastal vacation resort began to wonder if he had entered into the twilight zone when mold and moisture problems suddenly emerged in numerous guestrooms. He was perplexed that this problem was only now cropping up despite the fact that he

1
Oct
Military Housing Washes O...
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It remains to be seen whether new building code requirements that contain stricter air tightness standards based on energy efficiency initiatives are actually attainable. Buildings that passed former air tightness standards with flying colors just a few years ago would now fail dismally under more recent, aggressive standards in codes such as IgCC and IECC.

16
Sep
Strange Bedfellows: Commo...
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Airbag maker Takata made headlines recently as a seventh airbag-related fatality forced the Japanese company to announce the largest auto recall in history. Takata had initially recalled faulty airbags in 18 million vehicles, believing the malfunctions to be linked to cars in hot, humid climates. Although the airbags were failing in other climates as well,

2
Sep
Coming of Age: How to Kee...
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Hospitality owners and property managers across the country and around the world are approaching (or have already observed) a birthday many don’t want to celebrate. Their buildings, typically 30-35 years old, are in need of undergoing what the industry refers to as “major upgrades” falling under the regularly planned work cycle. Examples include timely upgrades

This is part 2 of 2. LBFG recently worked with a midwestern medical facility experiencing buildup of frost and ice in above-ceiling spaces and clerestories during winter months two years after construction. The frost/ice eventually melted, causing damage and leaking into occupied rooms below. LBFG discovered the causes to be an improperly designed air barrier

10
Jun
“The Iceman Cometh”:...
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This is part 1 of 2. The 1940’s play “The Iceman Cometh” examines the dangers of an illusory life. Fortunately, when it comes to building science, there’s no need to live under illusory pretensions about whether a building will fail or thrive. Florida-based Liberty Building Forensics Group® (LBFG), a leading building forensics firm that has

18
Mar
Liberty Building Forensic...
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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 Landings. An affiliated student-housing complex for the University of Central Florida, Pegasus Landings had

This is part 3 of 3. The solution to the clash between brand standards and regional best practices is threefold: 1) Design professionals and contractors need to assert that specific requirements for hotels in certain climates cannot be violated if hotels are to avoid mold and moisture problems. 2) The brand must accept that certain

This is part 2 of 3. The inherent flaw in the situation is that brands claim their standards are only guidelines. They believe the designer or contractor on site is ultimately responsible for interpreting how the regional climate might impact brand standards. Ideally, the design and construction teams who are responsible for making sure everything

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

24
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

10
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

26
Nov
OWNER Caution! – Why Ar...
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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