DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS - EXTERIOR INSULATION AND FINISH SYSTEM (EIFS)
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Clients retain METROPOLITAN on a variety of defect claims and disputes. Our clients have included plaintiff Home Owners Associations, plaintiff contractors, defendant contractors and design professionals, and third-party contractors, and fourth-party contractors.
We often perform on-site investigations to determine the cause(s) of various distresses and non-performances of building materials, products, assemblies, systems and components, along with the causes(s) of the construction defects. Additionally, METROPOLITAN is often requested to provide general construction defect repair and building remediation recommendations to correct identified defects and deficiencies, and to establish the probable costs associated with the construction defect repairs.
DEFECT COST OF REPAIR DAMAGES
We are often retained as the construction defect causation expert and/or as the cost of repair expert in building disputes to allocate cost of repair damages between the parties. The process of allocating cost of repair damages can be described in several steps:
• Identifying the parties potentially responsible for designing, installing, supervising, inspecting, approving and maintaining the work
• Identifying the parties actually responsible for designing, installing, supervising, inspecting, approving and maintaining the work
• Establishing the percentage of responsibility that each party bears
• Establishing the amount of repair cost that each party bears, e.g., repair cost allocation.
The cost of repair allocation analyses is similar in many ways to the causation analyses we perform on other types of claims and disputes.
A significant portion of our defect consulting and expert witness services been associated with determinations of whether the building defect and damage claims resulted directly from the insured’s defective workmanship or from consequential causes. Predictably, a large segment of our consulting and expert witness work involves water intrusion and other architectural issues.
CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS EXPERT | EIFS
According to the definitions of the International Building Code and ASTM International, an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) is a no-load bearing, exterior wall cladding system that consists of an insulation board attached either adhesively or mechanically, or both, to the substrate; an integrally reinforced base coat; and a textured protective finish coat.
EIFS with Drainage, another EIFS system, is the predominate method of EIFS applied today. As the name implies, EIFS with Drainage provides a way for moisture that may accumulate in the wall cavity to evacuate.
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