ORLANDO, Fla., May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After over 25 years of expertise in understanding why buildings end up with catastrophic mold and moisture building failures - Liberty Building Forensics Group has sounded the alarm about some apparent truths that have remained seemingly unchanged.
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. On a recent project the facade consultant was asked how their design interfaced with the overall building pressurization requirements established by the HVAC design. The answer: "We don't consider that in our design. They do their thing and we do ours."
Damp buildings are more troublesome than wet buildings. While wet buildings get a lot of focus in our business, damp buildings are the "bad hombres." 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.
The cost of the fix has a lot to do with if the building occupants trust in it (and you). Dr. Peter Sandman, famed expert in risk perception and outrage factors, has developed the equation:
Hazard = Risk + Outrage.
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. The difference is the level of trust the customer has in the fix and in you. Another way to put it:
The cost of the fix = The cost of technical fix + The level of distrust.
LBFG has provided mold and moisture diagnosis and solutions for buildings to owners, contractors and developers worldwide and has project experience in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe.
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