he following papers written by Leavitt Associates' firm leaders
are available for download.
"The Ten Common Fallacies of
Making Durable Buildings"
It's hard for a building owner or architect
to ask for and get something different than what is considered
standard practice in the construction industry. This article
presents real-life examples of misconceptions, that we often
encounter in our practice, and that sometimes influence
building owners and designers to make less than optimal
decisions. (222K, .PDF)
"The Use and Abuse of
This paper discusses
how and why warranties can contribute to the benefit or
detriment of building performance, and concludes with advice
on when owners should and should not to rely on
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Staying out of the
There are significant differences in the quality of
insulated glass units and in the length of time they last without
fogging. The better ones have a two-stage seal consisting of butyl
on the interior plus silicone on the exterior.
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