Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 – 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 – 4:00 pm


Why Some Buildings are at Increased Risk of Failure and How to Avoid Failure         G. DuBose, R. Scott

   Newest building codes and green design requirements: how they affect designers, contractors, owners and developers

   An overview of innovative building concepts and products that are at the highest risk of significant failures for our Southeast climate

   A decade of case studies: what can go wrong, what has gone wrong and how to achieve consistently good results

Preventing Building Failures in our Diverse Southeast Climate – Specific Techniques to Implement         S. Gleason, G. DuBose

    Checklists, modeling, and guidelines that can predict future problems and prevent building failures

   Identifying the most likely mistakes that will virtually guarantee catastrophic moisture problems in your building – learn how to avoid them

   Recommendations for alternative approaches that reduce risk – even for high risk practices

   Specific details on what a successful building must include in Southeast climates

Benefits and Drawbacks of New Design Concepts         R. Scott, G. DuBose

   Designing and constructing low risk, high performance buildings for moisture control

      • Building envelope

      • HVAC systems

   What defines best practices, standard of care, and risky practices?

   How to handle negotiating the dilemma of increased risk, increased schedule, and no more fees

Practical Tips and Strategies for Approaching and Resolving Design and Construction Defect Claims         D. Cazan

   Discovery, investigation and repair of the defect

   Contract provisions allocating risk and responsibility

   Potentially-available claims against responsible parties

   The strategy involved in filing claims

Using New Products or Methods That Have No Track Record to Achieve High Performance or Certification        
G. DuBose, R. Scott, S. Gleason

   Products, green products, and life-cycle analysis

   How green products drive the industry

   Increased risk of green products

   Five ways to protect yourself in the use of green products

Final Tips for Managing Design, Construction and Development of Successful Buildings         All Speakers



     6.0 Public Protection PDUs
     6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     6.0 PDHs

Interior Designers

     6.0 Public Protection CE Hours


     Voluntary Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.0 PDUs to Georgia architects, 6.0 continuing education hours to Georgia interior designers, and 6.0 PDHs to Georgia professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Georgia. Architects and Interior Designers: This course subject is classified as Public Protection.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar also offers a non-mandatory continuing education opportunity for contractors. It has not been reviewed by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Deborah Cazan, Partner

Aston & Bird LLPMs. Cazan is an experienced construction attorney and dedicated business counselor. One hundred percent of her practice over the past 14 years has focused on representing clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction, development and real estate related disputes, including claims for delay, acceleration, interference, defective construction, defective design, scope changes and other issues. She has successfully prosecuted and defended high-profile and high-dollar claims all over the country for quality clients in a wide variety of industries, including energy, hospitality, health care, mixed-use, multi-family, industrial, manufacturing, retail and education. On the transactional side, Ms. Cazan has extensive experience drafting and negotiating agreements for construction management, engineering procurement construction, design-build, program management, project management and architectural and engineering services. She has also helped numerous clients with mid-project change orders and amendments necessary to resolve disputes and prevent future litigation.

George H. Dubose, CGC, CIEC, MRSA

Liberty Building Forensic Group, Expert in Moisture and Mold Building Forensics and HVAC and Building Envelope Failures

George H. DuBose brings over 30 years of experience in building forensics, focusing on failures related to mold and moisture issues. He is the co-author of three manuals on IAQ and Mold Prevention. These manuals, written for the EPA/ASHRAE, NCARB, and a major theme park owner, have been used on over $4B in construction. He has consulted on multiple mold and moisture-related failures across many industries, such as 1.5M SF in healthcare. In hospitality, he has consulted on resorts and hotel projects comprising over 40,000 rooms, including resorts in Southeast Asia. He has also consulted on moisture failures in apartment, student, and senior living housing totaling over 5,000 units, individual residences, and military housing, including one military subdivision totaling over 1,000 homes. In addition, he has consulted on educational buildings and campuses, including one in the Middle East, totaling over $1B in construction. 

Steven Gleason


Steven Gleason, PE, has over 25 years of experience in construction consulting, including evaluation, design, project management, and expert testimony services related to moisture intrusion and building envelope failures both domestically and internationally. Mr. Gleason provides consulting services related to a wide variety of construction materials and building envelope components, including masonry, concrete, glazing systems, stone, stucco, EIFS, sealants, coatings, roofing andwaterproofing systems. He has consulted on over 500 projects ranging from residences to 70-story high rises.

Richard Scott

Liberty Building Forensics Group

Richard Scott, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a senior forensic architect/vice president with Liberty Building Forensics Group. Mr. Scott has more than 35 years of architectural experience and has conducted IAQ, mold, moisture and forensic investigations in more than 300 hotels, resorts, office buildings, and other commercial, residential and institutional buildings. Registered as an architect in four states, he is a regular lecturer on the subject of why buildings have mold and moisture failures, and on how these failures can be prevented. Mr. Scott has written multiple technical articles and papers on moisture control, building envelopes, mold and IAQ, and he has presented for organizations including NCARB, AIA and ASHRAE.