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  • Air tightness testing (A94) (P14)
  • Analysis
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  • Inspection
  • Managing and Occupying Building Sustainably (MOBS)
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)
  • Softlandings (GSL, Jargon Buster)
  • Seasonal Activity
  • Setting out
  • Survey
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  • Tolerances



Construction, Installation & Application

Maintenance & Repair



  • Fog
  • Frost
  • Mist
  • Rain
  • Sleet
  • Smog
  • Snow N#750
  • Wind driven rain


  • Bounce
  • Capillary Action
  • Damp Proof Course (DPC)
  • Damp Proof Membrane (DPM)
  • Frost action
  • Flood lines
  • Flood plain
  • Gravity
  • Hydrophobic
  • Hydrophilic
  • Moisture Transport
  • Moisture Permeability
  • Splash zone
  • Water saturation
  • Water tolerance
  • Weather Penetration
  • Weather Protection N#750
  • Wet trades and wet Construction
  • Wet rooms
  • PVC Skirting/Coving/Capping & Adhesive failures N#1171
  • Wick Effect

Water vapour

  • Hygroscopicity
  • Moisture permeability
  • Moisture Vapour Saturation
  • Surface Condensation
  • Interstitial condensation
  • Spore reactivation


  • Allergy
  • Fitted carpets
  • Fuel Poverty
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) N#1135
  • Moth deterrants
  • Mould
  • Overheating
  • Phthalates in PVC
  • Polymer Migration
  • Repetative Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Recirculated ‘Recycled’ Air
  • Sick Building Syndrome
  • Thermal discomfort
  • Toxicity
  • Toxic mould
  • Upper limb disorders (ULD)
  • Wrong heating systems



  • Bettle infestation
  • Damp penetration
  • Dry Rot
  • Habitation
  • Infestation
  • Invertebrates
  • Invasive Species N#1555
  • Mice & Rats
  • Mould
  • Noisy Neighbours
  • Orientation
  • Parasites
  • Rot
  • Termite infestation
  • Toxic Mound
  • Vermin
  • Water penetration
  • Wet Rot

Waste of Resources:

  • Material efficiency and waste
  • Waste management in use
  • Waste Hierarchies
  • Other waste hierarchies
  • Construction Demolition & Excavation Waste: Facts & Figures

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
31st January 2013 -14th August 2018

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Ken Dixon ran some conference on Building Defects at the RIBA and filled the Jarvis Hall plus the annex 3 times over but then ran out of subjects.  That series could have ran for much longer, because we all like to learn from other’s mistakes.

‘there but for the grace of god, goes I’

The Architects Journal ran a successful series on building defects.

The RIBA Journal used to carry a series of Liability Alerts by Niel Pepperel MD of RIBA Indemnity Research Ltd. so we could avoid problems.

WREN PII provider runs its WREN Forum where ‘grey hairs’ from its insured practices meet up to discuss problems and their avoidance.

TRADA employs a man full time just to deal with Architects calling about timber weatherboarding defects.

GBE Defects will carry on this tradition and add to the debate.

GBE Code is intended to provide guidance on ‘Healthy Environmental Resourceful, Appropriate, Competent, Effective, Construction’ which highlights the right way to do things and GBE Defects will try to analyse it when it goes wrong.

If you have building defects and are willing to share, we would like to analyse them and publish them here.

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
2nd February 2013 -14th August 2018

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31st January 2013 -14th August 2018

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