Home performance articles and stories from the field with internationally respected building forensics guru Corbett Lunsford at the Building Performance Workshop. Hear new episodes of the Building Performance Podcast, see new videos from the Home Performance YouTube channel, and learn all about how diagnostic testing (more than an 'Energy Audit') can make home improvement and new home construction a proven process!
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In his monthly tour of a building forensics investigation of a home's performance, Corbett shows how the problems of a new home can be measured, prioritized, and improved. Measured home improvement is the name of the game, even with a 6-month old house.
Seriously, I challenge the world to throw down another video that uses infrared thermography that's slicker than this one! Any guesses on how we created it? HINT: You have to know a bit about thermal cameras to think through this technically.
Corbett walks you around Venice, Italy on a recent trip, and teaches the implications of building science on this beautiful city that's being torn apart by seawater. Incredible case study of a lovable place where you wouldn't want to own a home:
Capillary action is the phenomenon of water soaking upwards, like in the roots of a tree. The same happens with buildings that are founded in the sea- the moisture damage to brick, wood, and plaster can be easily seen here:
And once the moisture damage has torn these homes apart, they have surgery to keep them held together for the next hundred years:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a vacation spot, and the buildings are beautiful to see- but be careful what you invest in while you're there!