Why Buildings Leak

The presentation describes the most common modes of water intrusion that occurs in existing buildings. Learn about the building envelope and the ways that water enters the various components, including the roof, exterior walls and foundations. Construction defects are discussed in contexts of the building code, industry standards and manufacturer specifications. Products defects that resulted in water-related damages are also discussed. Real world examples associated with various cases are provided.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, each attendee will be able to:
  • Understand the most common water intrusion issues with low and steep slope assemblies.
  • Understand the most common water intrusion issues with exterior walls.
  • Understand the most common water intrusion issues with windows and doors.
  • Understand the most common water intrusion issues with foundations and below grade waterproofing.

For more information contact Melissa Gibson at melissagibson@constructionscience.org or (864) 647-1065

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