The latest statistics indicate that water intrusion is the core issue for over 80% of litigation involving new construction building. This a mind-boggling fact when you consider that the entire purpose of constructing a building is to provide shelter by keeping the outside out and the inside in. Even more staggering is the fact that 90% of all intrusion (water, air, and thermal) comes from less than 1% of the building surface. That 1% is comprised of terminations, transitions, and penetrations where continuity is lost. When you consider the process of how buildings are constructed today, is it any wonder that a lack of continuity is the leading reason for leaky buildings? Let’s face it, our industry is broken. Design-Bid-Build (DBB), the predominant method of constructing new buildings, is inefficient and delivers a flawed product. By design, the DBB promotes compartmentalization, disjointed communication, and conflict. We all know it and complain about it every day. And what is done about it? We add more processes to the method that simply addresses the symptoms. How do we stop the insanity?
- We will examine the 90%/1% principle through the prism of Design, Material and Installation to develop an understanding of why continuity is needed in the construction process to create continuity in the building.
- We will study the process of Design-Bid-Build (DBB) compared to the Power vs. Knowledge graph to uncover the root causes making continuity in the process virtually impossible.
- We will delve into the concept of the Building Maker and gain insight into why the method can change our industry for the better.
- We will investigate the steppingstones that can move our industry from leak-ridden legal quagmires of buildings produced with DBB, to the streamlined performance-based building delivered by a Building Maker.
Polyguard, Ennis, TX
Mr. Leslie’s experience includes product development, contracting, and consulting. His 30 years of experience has provided him with a unique insight into numerous aspects of the building envelope. He is a published author, public speaker, expert witness and holder of multiple patent applications. He is an active member of RCI (Registered Waterproofing Consultant #0043), ABAA as a Licensed Field Auditor (#10124) and SWRI. It is his core belief that there is no good reason for a building to leak and has committed much of his career in keeping people dry.