Failing Forward: Learning from Forensic Investigations

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Registration is now open for June's Building Science Live webinar. This webinar will take place on June 17 from 1-2pm EDT (10-11am PDT).

Once registered, a ticket including your individual Zoom link will be available for download.

What This Presentation Covers:

Every building tells a story. When buildings or their components fail, the story is a mystery, with many clues to unravel and important lessons along the way. In this webinar, Brian Hubbs and John Straube will share case studies of building failures that illustrate the complexities of existing buildings and what it takes to properly diagnose and cost-effectively fix them. Hear from their experience how a holistic, multi-faceted approach to forensic investigations can solve tough problems in the short term and lead to new knowledge in the long term, broadly informing practice for both retrofits and new building design.

This presentation is a part of our Building Science Live Series

 You'll Learn About:

  • Where buildings tend to "go wrong" in terms of durability and other performance measures.

  • How the interaction of building systems is often at the root of performance issues and building failures.  

  • The tools and techniques that may be involved in a whole-building approach to forensic investigations.

  • Specific cases where problems or failures in existing buildings have led to new knowledge and changes in industry practice. 


  • Format: 1-hour live webinar with the opportunity to ask questions during the event. 
  • Audience: The architectural design community, building owners and developers, as well as others with an interest in building performance and related forensic investigations, across both Canada and the US.

Continuing Education Credits: 

 This presentation will be delivered by Dr. John Straube  and Brian Hubbs