Q: Is There Really a Skills and Experience Gap Causing Failures in Today's Construction Marketplace?
A: No. Learn how recent hotel mold and moisture failures tell us what the real issues are.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 1:15 - 2:15 PM EST
The workforce shortage problem related to skilled and experienced personnel in today's construction marketplace is a well-known issue. But is that shortage a primary factor in increasing risk of building problems like catastrophic mold and moisture failure? Perhaps not. Other aspects of the design and construction (D&C) process put projects at higher risk for mold and moisture failures.
Our experience diagnosing recent failures in new hotels points to issues occurring during the design phase as being the main culprits. These issues include the selection of the building envelope components and HVAC systems, a lack of understanding the unique aspects of a particular climate, an over-reliance on building envelope testing as a catch-all, and a misled reliance on manufacturer claims for product and material performance. Here are some common scenarios:
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