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  Construction of a large luxury resort located in a warm, humid climate was coming to a close during the summer. Because the vinyl wall covering on the interior side of the exterior walls had an impermeable finish, it functioned as a vapor retarder (also referred to as a vapor barrier). The HVAC system consisted of a continuous toilet exhaust and packaged terminal air-conditioner (PTAC) units. The outside air exchange rate in each guest room…
  INTRODUCTION An alarming number of new buildings suffer from moisture and mold problems. The risk of failure is highest in—but not limited to—cold, temperate, warm-humid, and hot-humid climates. The debate on why some buildings fail and others do not, as well as who is responsible for these failures and how to fix them, rages on. Instead of being aired in architecture schools and at engineering society meetings, however, this debate goes on in courtrooms…
  There’s an assumption in the hotel industry that plaster walls are not susceptible to mold growth–but don’t let your guard down. Experts at Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG) helped guide a hotel renovation team that encountered an unsuspecting mold problem in the hotel’s plaster walls that could have cost millions of dollars in remediation and lost room revenue.   Mold growth is not seen as frequently on plaster walls as it is on gypsum…
While Legionnaires’ disease has been identified since 1976, it’s only come to the forefront for many facilities nationwide over the last couple of years. The increased attention began in earnest after the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) came out with Standard 188. Following up on that, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) came out with their edict that facilities currently receiving Medicare aid or payments needed to develop a…
Unique vital signs can help determine the health of a building as it relates to a mold and moisture problem, similar to measuring the health of a human body by taking vitals. This analogy is applicable to many different building types and construction phases. This kind of analysis can help locate the hidden risks of a mold and moisture problem and can also be beneficial when planning a renovation by bringing awareness to potential moisture-related…
Over the past few months, there have been tens of thousands of Google searches for PTAC units, using keyword phrases as simple as “what are PTAC units” and “consequences of using PTAC units.” While numerous results turn up for these kinds of searches, not many are backed by 30+ years of building forensics experience in the field.   At Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG), our building experts have 30+ years of experience in building forensics…
Over the past few months, there have been tens of thousands of Google searches for PTAC units, using keyword phrases as simple as “what are PTAC units” and “consequences of using PTAC units.” While numerous results turn up for these kinds of searches, not many are backed by 30+ years of building forensics experience in the field.   At Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG), our building experts have 30+ years of experience in building forensics…
Over the past few months, there have been tens of thousands of Google searches for PTAC units, using keyword phrases as simple as “what are PTAC units” and “consequences of using PTAC units.” While numerous results turn up for these kinds of searches, not many are backed by 30+ years of building forensics experience in the field.   At Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG), our building experts have 30+ years of experience in building forensics…
After over 25 years of figuring out why buildings end up as catastrophic mold and moisture building failures – there are some apparent truths that have remained seemingly unchanged.   JOIN OUR MAILING LIST! AND RECEIVE UPDATES ON WEBINARS, CASE STUDIES, AND BLOGS RELATED TO MOLD AND MOISTURE-RELATED PROBLEMS AND AVOIDANCES.   Buildings should not be designed in silos (but they still are). Despite advances in technical understanding and higher standards for building performance, like building…
Do You Know the Vital Signs for Avoiding Moisture & Mold Problems? Will Your Brand Standards Cause You Headaches? How Will You Recover Costs If You Do Get Into Trouble?   Sign up for our free July 10 webinar on “Hotel Renovations: More Than Just Minding the Dust”.   The time has come to perform that next renovation cycle for your hotel. You have successfully lined up your team of property staff, designers, and contractors.…