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Re: Fwd: Berkeley Balcony Collapse-New photos from Lisa Fulton

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Here is a pretty good piece about the failure. <http://cirrus.mail- second-balcony-questions-over- quality-of-construction-of-library- gardens/> It points out the fact that Cities enjoy sovereign immunity in their role as Building Inspectors. The contractors and design professionals will try to seek refuge under a "standard of care" argument (& will fail). The insurance companies will pay out to policy limits & then just jack up rates a little to cover it.The big winners will likely be the lawyers. IMHO the real culprit is ICBO. The fact is that we build to the Code. If the Code says something is important, it usually gets done right because everybody knows it will be inspected. If we Building Inspectors don't care, generally speaking, no one else does either. It would be nice to see the ICBO added to the coming lawsuit(s),maybe that would get their attention.
Chuck Utzman, PE

On 6/22/2015 10:02 AM, Andrew Kester wrote:
Thanks Chuck!

On the rot damage job I sent the pictures of, just to illustrate how this
thing can go unnoticed by the occupants, they did not know there was any
problem until the joint between the wall and the shower got really wide.
They had a handyman come out to fix this gap. He said I think you have a
bigger problem and need to have someone come look at it, which was me. They did not see the water dripping out because the shower was over the aluminum soffit. I told them to have it shored immediately and do not go into the bathroom!

I know it sounds very cliche, but water intrusion is really the silent
killer of building materials...

Andrew Kester, PE

On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 2:40 PM, Chuck Utzman <chuckutzman(--nospam--at)> wrote:

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