Got Mold, Got Problems

Buildings should not be designed in silos. Despite advances in technical understanding and higher standards for building performance, like building envelope air tightness, the design task for the building envelope is still being completed in a vacuum of other critical disciplines.

Consultants and designers do not communicate with each other. For example, a facade consultant does not know how their design interfaces with the overall building pressurization requirements established by the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) design.

After more than 25 years of expertise in understanding why buildings end up with catastrophic mold and moisture building failures, Liberty Building Forensics Group has laid out some facts about buildings.

  • Contractors may not realize at the time that they are creating something that will cause problems down the line. Damp buildings are more troublesome than wet buildings.
  • Damp buildings are a reflection of a chronic moisture problem. These kinds of problems may occur at a low frequency but the consequences are usually high. These kinds of projects tend to be catastrophic in damage, costs, loss of business, and maybe even your job.
  • In a mold and moisture building failure, the cost of said fix follows this same pattern. Ultimately, the cost of a fix can be multiples of the actual cost of the technical fix. These problems have a chance to be avoided.

Technology such as BIM (building information modeling) can have everyone involved collaborate and avoid these building failures.

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