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Managing Moisture - The Top Residential Construction Defect (Part 1: Best Practices for Design and Construction)

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Name: Managing Moisture - The Top Residential Construction Defect (Part 1: Best Practices for Design and Construction)
Date: June 3, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

Building in our increasingly humid and wet weather creates enormous challenges for delivering durable, safe, and healthy places to live, as well as managing risks related to construction defects caused by increased moisture. As a result, there is a growing need to develop more effective envelope and interior moisture management strategies to ensure we can meet these goals.

Join us to learn more about best practices in managing these complex building science challenges from both a design/construction perspective and a risk management perspective.

Part 1: Best Practices for Design and Construction
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 2 to 3 p.m.


Douglas McCleery, PE, CEM
Principal and VP Technical Services
MaGrann Associates

Mr. McCleery is a licensed engineer, Certified Energy Manager, and recovering HERS Rater with over 30 years of energy experience focused on building that people live in.  He is responsible for engineering, consulting, and quality assurance work at MaGrann Associates. He and his team design HVAC and plumbing systems for high performing multi-family and mixed-use buildings, and engineer cost-effective energy improvements that extend the lives of existing buildings.  He currently serves on the NJBA Codes Committee, the PA RAC Technical Advisory Committee for Commercial Energy Codes, and recently served on the Executive Board of the Northeast HERS Alliance.
James Darius Ball
VP of Business Development
MaGrann Associates
James has managed LEED, Energy Star, and Indoor airPLUS certifications for high-end custom, production, affordable, and government projects. As a green building practitioner, he has conceptualized, designed, and supervised the construction of the first LEED Platinum Habitat for Humanity home in the nation, two Net Zero Energy homes, and over 100 other new homes at varying levels of LEED certification. He has worked as a home inspector, sales trainer, lecturer, and consultant to government agencies, non-profit builders, and private industry. He is personally and professionally committed to improving the social, economic, and environmental value of buildings. 

Advanced registration required. Please use the "Register Now" link above to sign up for Part 1. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to registered attendees on the morning of the session.

Click here to register for Part 2 described below.

Part 2: Best Practices for Risk Management
Thursday, June 4, 2020, from 10 to 11 a.m. 


Jay T. Crosby
Executive Director
Emmanuel Risk Solutions

Jay T. concentrates his professional expertise in the habitational and hospitality verticals. He represents developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and business owners. His focus is on risk management and loss control for projects that are ground-up construction, rehabs, and completed tenant-occupied buildings. Jay T. advises business owners on how to mitigate risk and control their premiums through proper risk management. In his free time, he loves to spend time with his kids, bowl competitively, and play golf.

Lane F. Kelman
Cohen Seglias

Lane has an active and diverse construction litigation practice, representing developers, general contractors, and trades in complex construction matters throughout the United States and internationally. He has extensive experience with both private and public projects. His work ranges from contract negotiations to claim prevention and management, construction defects, and suspension and debarment proceedings.

As Chair of the firm’s Green Building Group, Lane takes pride in representing numerous clientele at the forefront of sustainable building. He counsels owners, developers, solar providers, and contractors on a wide range of issues that arise throughout a sustainable project’s lifetime.

Matthew R. Skaroff
Cohen Seglias

Matthew concentrates his practice in construction litigation and represents contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, owners, and other parties concerning private and public construction projects. He also has substantial experience in domestic and international transactional work, business formation and structuring, and in matters related to intellectual property, namely trademarks and trade secrets.

Prior to joining Cohen Seglias, Matthew was an attorney at a boutique Philadelphia law firm, where he engaged in transactional work and commercial litigation throughout the United States. Matthew also completed a judicial externship with The Honorable Mary Pat Thynge in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

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