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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?

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

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,

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

Donald B. Snell of LBFG E...
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The following press release was issued by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) in June 2015. Donald B. Snell has been awarded the Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) designation by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). This prestigious, board-awarded certification recognizes Snell’s knowledge and field experience in indoor environmental investigation and consulting. To

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

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

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

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

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