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                   by Lonnie Haughton)



“Most moisture problems can be diagnosed by looking at the condition and asking how much water it took to create that problem. Solving the problem amounts to asking where that amount of water could have come from and where it should go.” (William Rose, Water in Buildings – An Architect’s Guide to Moisture and Mold, John Wiley & Sons 2005)




Oregon Building Enclosure Rehab (2011) - Note: LARGE FILE


“Sampling techniques, quantities, locations, and methodology are an increasingly scrutinized aspect of building enclosure condition assessment practice. Many advocate the need to perform random sampling and quantitative analysis to achieve a statistically significant analysis. By its very nature, enclosure condition assessment technique is often at odds with random sampling and statistical methodologies, since these methods explicitly require that sample selection not be biased. However, in sample selection with enclosure assessment, it is necessary to utilize prior knowledge to help identify the most valuable sample areas for review, which is necessarily biased. From this perspective, it is favorable to utilize information-rich sampling, rather than random, blind sampling. This methodology is well established in the field of qualitative analysis. In their paper, Qualitative Sampling of the Building Envelope for Water Leakage, Lonnie L. Haughton and Colin R. Murphy provide a useful lay discussion of qualitative analysis and its direct benefit with use in the building assessment industry.”





J. Kruger and D. Dunning: "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessment"


“...those with limited knowledge in a domain suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach mistaken conclusions and make regrettable errors, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it.”