Category Mold and Moisture

24
Nov
Fear Factor: Mold Returns...
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Here’s a building owner’s real fear factor: your building is found to have mold and moisture problems. Diagnostic tests lead to a complete rebricking of the exterior, only for the same mold problems to return the following summer. That’s scary. How could the repair have been so far off from what was actually the problem?

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

22
Jul
Waking the Dead: How to S...
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This is part 2 of 2. The building owners may get paid easily from their insurance companies after a failure occurs, but subrogation of the case by the insurance company often becomes a complicated, prolonged mess. This means the insurance company takes on the owners’ rights, assuming the difficult role of tracking down all players

8
Jul
Waking the Dead: How to S...
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This is part 1 of 2. There’s a new edge in risk management concerns for the building industry, says Florida-based Liberty Building Forensics Group® (LBFG), a leading building forensics firm that has solved some of the world’s largest and most complex building moisture and mold problems. Buildings with hidden flaws are experiencing acute massive failure

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

27
May
How to Make Your Next Air...
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This is part 2 of 2. “Building tightness is extremely important in increasing the drying potential of a wall,” said LBFG Vice-President Richard Scott, AIA. “A well-constructed building with a good air barrier helps the HVAC system pressurize the building with conditioned air, which increases its drying effectiveness. HVAC systems in warm, humid climates need

13
May
How to Make Your Next Air...
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This is part 1 of 2. After seeing numerous high-level examples of building failures due to air barrier defects, Florida-based Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG) is warning that air barrier goals set by architects aren’t always achievable by contractors and can even lead to disaster. Building moisture that leads to water damage and mold is

29
Apr
ACAC Benefits from Libert...
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Named to National Indoor Air Quality Certification Board Liberty Building Forensics Group® (LBFG) is pleased to announce that Senior PM Sean Fitzgerald has been accepted as a certifications board member for the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). Fitzgerald is uniquely qualified for this prestigious position due to his extensive background working on some of

15
Apr
Construction Risk Manager...
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Today’s healthy construction activity is a boon for an industry that’s waited years to recover, but Florida-based Liberty Building Forensics Group® (Liberty) warns that a risk manager’s biggest nightmare could come true if steps aren’t taken to prevent moisture damage in warm, humid climates. Construction risk management experts acknowledge water to be a leading cause

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