he following papers written by Leavitt Associates' firm leaders are available for download.

"The Ten Common Fallacies of Making Durable Buildings"
by Jonathan Leavitt
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 Warranties"
by Mark Brown
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 them. (222K, .PDF).



Staying out of the fog...

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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