Curing, Drying, and Compatibility

February 15, 2018 | 1:15 - 2:15 PM EST

How Common Construction Materials and Methods Can Lead to Mold and Moisture Disasters

What do a newly constructed 52-story condominium, a 1.2 million-square-foot hospital, and a wood-framed multi-family apartment complex have in common? They were the victims of major water and mold damage totaling $50M+ in damages and causing months in construction delays. The cause? Common construction materials that did not adequately dry or were incompatible with adjacent materials.

These are the hush-hush green product horror stories that no one wants to talk about. Green products intended to yield sustainable buildings are failing, and in a big way. Liquid-applied materials are not allowed to fully dry. Products typically intended to be installed together utilizing common methods can be incompatible.

The critically important 21st-century goal of constructing sustainable buildings has driven the evolution of construction materials and methods to be greener and more eco-friendly. Liquid-applied materials, including many solvent-based products, used to set by curing; now they are more water-based and set by drying. Unfortunately, the use of some green materials and methods, as well as other market drivers, has resulted in the unintended consequences of mold and moisture disasters.

If you are a designer, contractor or building owner and you miss this webinar, you could be putting your next project at risk of a failure from the green products you use and the methods of their installation. This webinar will allow you to:

1. Target the 3 most important green product risk factors in your project by implementing a proven problem avoidance strategy.

2. Avoid the most common green product drying failures that have derailed projects during construction by making sure your product installation is in the right sequence.

3. Escape the trap of product incompatibility that has resulted in long-term building damage.

4. Understand the critical aspects to remediation and repair if you do have a mold and moisture disaster from construction product failure.

This webinar will be presented by Liberty Building Forensics Group experts Charles Allen, Jr., AIA; Donald B. Snell, PE, CMC; Nate Sanders, CIH, LEED-AP; and Richard Scott, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP.

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Key Takeaways

  1. Learn how the good intentions of green materials, methods, and assemblies can result in the unintended consequences of mold, moisture damage, and corrosion.
  2. Learn how the good intentions of increased material thickness (such as improved indoor environments) resulted in mold damage to drywall, wood studs, wood trim, doors, and case goods.
  3. Understand the important questions to ask/research with regards to the damaging incompatibility of materials from different manufacturers.
  4. Identify what changes should be implemented in your practice/business to avoid mold and moisture damages.

Nate Sanders

Nate Sanders


Richard Scott

Richard Scott


Donald B. Snell, PE (GA #032389), CMC (FL #1249861), CIEC (#1506013