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How to Prevent Your Worst Building Assembly Fears from Coming True

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 30, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Paula Melton last modified Oct 29, 2012

Author name:  Paula Melton Blog Category:  BuildingGreen Sounds Off Expensive callbacks and lawsuits can result when you don’t attend to the assembly details. Directional drying is designed into high-performance buildings, and all three control layers must continuously manage water, air, and heat. Note how the air barrier is primarily accomplished at the interior and how difficult it is to prevent thermal bridging at structural framing if exterior rigid insulation is not used. Photo Credit: Steve Baczek, Architect We’ve all heard the nightmare scenarios: water leaks that mar the finest architectural features of a new building; air leaks that cause hidden mold or rot inside the walls; thermal bridges that compromise occupant comfort and energy performance. Money on the line These scenarios have two things in common: first, they could all land you in court. Second, they are all preventable if you’re giving each building assembly detail the time and attention it deserves. During a recession, most firms are already working with knifeblade-thin margins, so it can be tempting to cut corners. While the “extra” work required to get the details right might seem expensive in the short term, it’s a good long-term investment. In this month’s EBN feature article , Peter Yost and I take a look at how industry leaders are changing the way they practice architecture in response to the increasing complexity of—and increasing demands on—our buildings and building assemblies. read more






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