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    Building science was blamed by Barrett for BC building failures

    Source: Barret Report (Barrett, D., 1994)

    Related: Vancouver building problems, findings, building envelope damage

    In addition to economic pressures, climatic conditions, and a systemic failure of the building process, building science also played a role in bringing about this crisis of confidence. The factors related to technology, or building science, include:

    (i) a poorly interpreted building code;

    (ii) municipal by-laws that can lead to inappropriate design, exacerbated by architects, who do not understand the implications of their designs;

    (iii) the use of new materials without an understanding of how they will be affected by our climate;

    (iv) a loss of collective memory, and lack of conventional wisdom, among inspectors, architects, engineers, developers, and contractors regarding the requirements for effective building; and

    (v) ineffective communication and transfer of knowledge among the professionals and business people (who understand the issues), to others involved in the building process.

    CRDBER, at CBS, BCEE, ENCS, Concordia,