This seminar is designed for attorneys, project managers, contractors, subcontractors, presidents and vice presidents, principals, architects, engineers, facilities and maintenance managers, safety directors, property owners and managers, insurance professionals, developers and real estate agents.
This one-day seminar provides important and valuable information and strategies that can help the attendee solve water intrusion and mold problems in homes and commercial buildings. The seminar will present a comprehensive approach to successfully solving failed building envelope systems by experienced professionals in architecture, industrial hygiene, construction defect law, and construction repair.
Topics to be discussed include:
• Understanding The Causes Of Moisture And Mold Problems
• Diagnosing Moisture Problems In Order To Implement The Correct Repair
• Prosecuting/Defending Mold Claims From An Expert Witness’ Perspective
• The Present State Of Mold Litigation
• Handling A Mold Infestation Scenario
• Insurance Coverage For Mold Claims
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Break 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)
I. Understanding The Causes Of Moisture And Mold Problems
A. What You Need to Know About Building Envelopes And HVAC Systems That Cause Almost All Moisture And Mold Problems
B. Proven Techniques To Successfully Avoid Moisture Problems That Have Been Used Over The Past 15 Years And In $2+ Billion In Construction
C. Predicting Moisture And Mold Problems Before The Building Is Built
II. Diagnosing Moisture Problems In Order To Implement The Correct Repair
A. Understanding The Tools That Can Effectively Analyze The Causes Of Moisture Problems – What Are The Limitations Of These Tools?
B. Techniques That Can Differentiate Between Rainwater, Vapor, And Air Related Moisture Problems, Or… “How To Fix The Right Problem The First Time”
C. How To Tell A $10,000 Problem From A $1,000,000 Problem
D. How To Tell A Design Problem From A Construction Problem
III. Prosecuting/Defending Mold Claims From An Expert Witness’ Perspective
A. Effective Ways To Identify And Prove The Causes Of Moisture And Mold Problems
B. Profile Of A Typical Construction Defect Claim
C. Profile Of A Typical Design Defect Claim
D. Why “We Constructed It The Way It Was Designed” Is Not An Effective Defense For A Contractor
E. Standard Litigation Arguments – What Are They And Why Most Of Them Don’t Work
F. Effective Ways For Contractor To Reduce The Risk Of Encountering Significant Moisture And Mold Problems
G. The Use (And Abuse) Of Sampling In Diagnosis And Litigating Moisture And Mold Cases
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
IV. The Present State Of Mold Litigation
A. Top Ten Reasons To Take Mold Claims Seriously
B. Who Is Being Sued And What Claims Are Being Made
C. Mold Legislation
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
V. Handling A Mold Infestation Scenario
A. Handling A Pervasive Problem
B. Planning And Remediation
C. Identifying And Notifying All Potentially Responsible Parties
D. Prosecuting Claims For Cost Recovery
E. Evaluate And Select Viable Claims To Maximize Recovery
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
VI. Insurance Coverage For Mold Claims
A. Four Principal Types Of Policies Provide Coverage
B. Types Of Claims/Damages Covered
C. Current versus Prior Policies
D. Trigger Of Coverage And Notice Issues
E. Environmental Insurance
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VII. Panel Discussion