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Bloomberg Article on National Problem of Construction Defects

Bloomberg News recently published an enlightening article about the national problem related to defective construction.  The article can be found here http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-10/homebuilder-shares-undermined-by-creeping-costs-of-construction-boom-flaws.html.  Bloomberg notes that between 2000 and 2005, the country added nearly ten million new apartments, condominiums, and other housing units, and the continued repair bills that builders and developers face for defective construction will likely be a problem for years to come.  Many of the building problems relate to water intrusion.  Other common problems include soil subsidence, soil movement due to expansive soils, and problems related to corroded soils or sulfates attacking concrete.  The article speculates that in many areas of the country, the "peak" of claims related to construction defect problems may be years away.

Expansive Soil San Diego: Preventative Tips

In prior posts I spoke a little about expansive soils, and the damage it can cause to concrete slabs and footings. Expansive soil is basically another name for clay soils. The expansivity of the soil depends on how "pure" the clay is. If the clay is mixed with sand, for example, it is less expansive. Geotechnical engineers classify the expansiveness of soil based on the percentage of clay in the soil.

Falling Glass Construction Defect Injures two

Two people injured when glasspanels fell off the side of the W hotel building and into the pool area havefiled a lawsuit regarding their injuries. The hotel, located in downtown Austin Texas, reportedly has a history ofglass panel falling off their building. In this case, the panels fell more than 20 stories into the hotel's poolarea. The two injured patrons werereportedly still removing glass two weeks after the accident. Notably, three more glass panels fell off thehotel two days after the panels fell to the pool area. The hotel developer has now agreed to replaceall of the 1,000 glass balcony panels, implicitly acknowledging defectiveinstallation.

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