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BC leaky condos
One of the large scale envelope failures among other well publicized envelope problems in North Carolina, Seattle, etc. These failures are also the real driving force for the current hygrothermal research.
Some Statistics (By bcdex.com)
"Engineering firms in Vancouver were faced, between 1985 to the present, with the task of rebuilding the ¡®leaky condos¡¯ of the Lower Mainland. A series of degradations of building practice and material durability led to what has become the biggest and most costly reconstruction of housing stock in Canadian history. For those not familiar with the wood-framed condominium stock, it consists mainly of platform framed condominiums, three or four storeys in height, clad with a variety of products but mainly stucco." ( Peer, 2005, Field Performance of Rainscreeen Wall Assemblies in Coastal BC ))
For details on the "leaky condos" in Vancouver B.C., search the web for "BC Vancouver Leaky condos". Find some news of the hay days here. You could also view:
Leaky condo crisis far from over Online source
Report says officials still don't know "the full extent of building envelope failure."
William Boei, Vancouver Sun, Published: Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Coastal British Columbia's leaky condo crisis is far from over, a recent report prepared for the provincial government shows.
The report acknowledges for the first time that thousands more strata-owned apartment units suffered water damage than the government has been estimating.
By 2012, when the leaky condo era enters its fourth decade, as many as one-third of the defective units will remain unrepaired, said the report, prepared for the province's Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) by private consultants.
Leaky condo repair at Fifth and Vine in 2006.View Larger Image View Larger Image
Leaky condo repair at Fifth and Vine in 2006.
Glenn Baglo / Vancouver Sun
At least 45 per cent and possibly as many as 68 per cent of leaky buildings have not been repaired yet, according to various scenarios explored by the consultants.
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