The recent burst of activity in multifamily construction has magnified the financial risks to property owners, designers, and contractors, who must consider the potential liability of being involved with dozens, or even hundreds, of condominium owners or apartment renters on a project.
There are three major risks to the key elements of the building envelope—floors, walls, and roofs—of light wood frame structures: 1) moisture management, 2) improper installation, and 3) potential structural failure. These risks can have disastrous effects on the building and on the comfort and safety of its occupants. They can lead to expensive rework and even potential litigation.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ DELINEATE the primary risks inherent in the design and construction of floor, wall, and roof systems in lightframe wood, low-rise multifamily construction.
+ EVALUATE the pros and cons of existing construction solutions to mitigate these risks and enhance the health and welfare of building occupants.
+ LIST potential failures associated with traditional floor, wall, and roof systems.
+ DISCUSS best practices to mitigate risk in the product specification and selection process for designing and building safe, sustainable multifamily dwellings.