Identifying Building Systems Issues:          Inspections & Investigations                              Bill Slattery     ...
Bill Slattery                                      541-342-8441   •   Owner of Slattery Construction, Slattery-Johnson and...
Building ForensicsProblems identified:• EIFS• Siding• Structural defects• Moisture
EIFS        (exterior insulation finishing system)• Evaluation   • Very few certified evaluators• Installation   • Manufac...
SidingClass Action Lawsuits•   Louisiana Pacific-“Smart Lap”      • Attended first trial in 1996      • 800,000+ houses•  ...
Structural DefectsIdentify building system parts:• Trusses• Roof trusses• Wall and floor framing• Venting• Electrical• Hea...
Structural IssuesThe Building EnvelopeThe building envelope encloses and weatherizes thehouse.Any portion can fail and the...
MoistureSick Building Syndrome• Phase 1 mold evaluation    (What kind of mold is present?)     • Phase 2 evaluation can on...
Analyze Findings (cause)•   Site analysis (soils)•   Drainage•   Component parts•   Research products•   Structural analys...
Tools• Moisture meter• Camera• Laser level• Bore scope• Probes• Infared camera
Present Findings• Homeowner/Attorney  (Plaintiff)• Builder (Defense)• Information will require  multiple experts• Insuranc...
Damages From Problem• Product               Legal Action:• Defense by supplier   • Mediation                        • Arbi...
Foundation System•   Concrete is porous and sucks up water•   Concrete slabs trap vapor…older construction has    no vapor...
Roofing System & Flashing•   Common problem•   Sequencing issues
Truss Roof Framing
House Enclosure SystemFloors and Walls • Minimum lbs per square foot • Bearing soil cannot be fill
House Enclosure System
Bill Slattery      Building Systems Specialist      Robert Johnson, PE      Civil Engineer      Aaron Broderick, PE      C...
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Presentation by SJA at Southtowne Rotary

  1. 1. Identifying Building Systems Issues: Inspections & Investigations Bill Slattery Building Systems Specialist Associates: Robert Johnson, PE Aaron Broderick, PE Lori Ford, Business Manager
  2. 2. Bill Slattery 541-342-8441 • Owner of Slattery Construction, Slattery-Johnson and Associates • General Contractor/Builder, 1975-Present (CCB #16451) • Past President of Home Builders Association, 1998 • Builder of Year 1987, 1998 • Certified New Home Sale Professional Instructor/Holder, 1994-97 • Arbitrator; Construction Disputes, 1992 • Expert Witness/Investigator, 1989 • ASHI Inspector/Member, 1996 • EIFS-Stucco Certified Inspector, 2000 • ASTM Commercial Property Certified Inspector, 2005 • Historic Restoration Board, City of Eugene, 1985 (First historic restoration in Lane County) • Envision Eugene, Community Resource Group, 2011 • LBPR Licensed • BS, USF International Marketing • IBM Marketing Manager, 1966-78 • Southtowne Rotary Past President, 1984
  3. 3. Building ForensicsProblems identified:• EIFS• Siding• Structural defects• Moisture
  4. 4. EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system)• Evaluation • Very few certified evaluators• Installation • Manufacturer Specifications• Type• Since 1996 • Drainable Vapor Barrier Required • Flashing/Caulking Inspection Required• Present Day • Can’t install itDo Not Confuse WithHard Coat Stucco
  5. 5. SidingClass Action Lawsuits• Louisiana Pacific-“Smart Lap” • Attended first trial in 1996 • 800,000+ houses• Weyco-Class Action• Masonite-“Omniwood”Hardie • Excellent Product, good History • Cement Based
  6. 6. Structural DefectsIdentify building system parts:• Trusses• Roof trusses• Wall and floor framing• Venting• Electrical• Heating• Footing• Foundation• Finishes
  7. 7. Structural IssuesThe Building EnvelopeThe building envelope encloses and weatherizes thehouse.Any portion can fail and these are areas wheremoisture intrusion happens because of poorapplication and maintenance. • Siding • Flashing • Doors and Windows • Gutters, Drains, Downspouts • Roofing • Chimney Caps • Insulation • Sealant • Vapor Barrier
  8. 8. MoistureSick Building Syndrome• Phase 1 mold evaluation (What kind of mold is present?) • Phase 2 evaluation can only be done by a Certified Industrial Hygienist• Product and Systems Evaluation (What is the cause?) • HVAC System• Remediate (protocol to prevent cross- contamination)• OSHA analysis (in some cases)
  9. 9. Analyze Findings (cause)• Site analysis (soils)• Drainage• Component parts• Research products• Structural analysis (engineering review)Did a product fail? Or, was it installedimproperly? (Workmanship)
  10. 10. Tools• Moisture meter• Camera• Laser level• Bore scope• Probes• Infared camera
  11. 11. Present Findings• Homeowner/Attorney (Plaintiff)• Builder (Defense)• Information will require multiple experts• Insurance for defense does not cover workmanship
  12. 12. Damages From Problem• Product Legal Action:• Defense by supplier • Mediation • Arbitration • Trial • Expert Witness
  13. 13. Foundation System• Concrete is porous and sucks up water• Concrete slabs trap vapor…older construction has no vapor barrier
  14. 14. Roofing System & Flashing• Common problem• Sequencing issues
  15. 15. Truss Roof Framing
  16. 16. House Enclosure SystemFloors and Walls • Minimum lbs per square foot • Bearing soil cannot be fill
  17. 17. House Enclosure System
  18. 18. Bill Slattery Building Systems Specialist Robert Johnson, PE Civil Engineer Aaron Broderick, PE Civil Engineer Phone 541.342.8441 Fax 541.683.7420buildingsystemspecialists.com
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