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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.

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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,

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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

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Aug
How to Keep the Wave of V...
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The timeshare industry is enjoying a significant wave of expansion as an entire generation of vacation ownership buildings reaches maturity. Many U.S. resorts now 30 to 35 years old must undergo serious renovation work to their infrastructure. A huge number of modern resorts are also coming online globally to meet new and existing vacation ownership

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

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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

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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

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Apr
Is Big Data in Constructi...
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Massive construction projects often create major building forensic issues, requiring big data collection that quickly becomes a liability if not managed properly. If a quarter million data sets are to be used by a 40-member team, the data needs to be organized so as to efficiently accomplish goals and achieve solutions amidst large construction project

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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 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 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

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

This is the eighteenth 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 green design movement is transforming the design and construction marketplace like no other innovation in the lifetime