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Presented by
Michael Minigh

Common Shortcuts and Construction Defects that Lead
to the Prevalent Moisture Damaged Areas in Building Construction
Why these common practices fail, who should be responsible for the resulting damage,
and how to avoid callbacks and expensive lawsuits
Mold, rot and bad publicity
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
Manufactured Stone Veneer (MSV)

Overview of Exterior Products and Systems
EIFS, stucco, MSV, brick, lap siding, flashing, windows
Commonalities in failures

Most Common Moisture Intrusion Locations
Actual case studies; Photographs of bad detailing
• Kickouts, windowsills, head flashing, deck attachment, floor lines, etc.
Building code requirements
Building code language
Moisture barriers
Continuous insulation
Drainage planes

Moisture Intrusion Testing Protocol
EIFS moisture inspection report
• EIFS details of most common failures
MSV series of photos and report templates
• MSV industry installation manual
• Specific details that most commonly fail
Actual class-action lawsuit notices for various cladding materials
• Water is non-discriminating

Other Common Failure Locations
Roof failure details
• Common shortcuts and details that regularly cause failures, leaks, and damage.
Drainage: foundations, crawl spaces, basements, and slab floors
• Common shortcuts that lead to water infiltration.

Repair Protocol and Repair Oversight

Available Resources to Avoid Moisture Intrusion
Journal of Light Construction
• Fine Homebuilding
• Deck Building Guide
• EIMA Details
• Brick Industry Technical Manual
• SMACNA Sheet Metal Detail Manual
• NW Walls and Ceilings Stucco Manual


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Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.6 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Michael Minigh

Michael Minigh has utilized his 36 years of construction experience and exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS)/moisture intrusion technical expertise to prevent, locate, and resolve building envelope moisture intrusion problems to reduce long-term heating and cooling costs of government, commercial, institutional and residential buildings. He educates and advises government officials, architects, designers, building owners and contractors of the advantages of properly designed, detailed and installed continuous exterior insulation, particularly EIFS and insulated stucco systems. Mr. Minigh assists professionals as a 3rd party inspector/consultant and expert witness/preconstruction problem prevention consultant. He insures the proper detailing and installation of EIFS and continuous insulation for long-term durability and performance. Mr. Minigh performs pre-construction review of specifications and details to insure the accuracy of moisture-resistant design, provide pre-construction coordination of trades and regular on-site inspections

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Moisture Control in Buildings in the Southcentral US

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour presentation instructs design professionals on the best practices to prevent moisture intrusion and its consequences (mold, rot, structural damage) in buildings by employing a range of strategies and systems. The presentation starts with an investigation into the most common shortcuts, practices and construction defects that lead to moisture intrusion and damage, and how and why these common practices fail. Then the presentation analyzes the most common intrusion locations and discusses practical solutions using flashing, moisture barriers, continuous insulation and more. Special consideration is given to roof failures and foundation drainage. Moisture intrusion inspections and reports, repair protocol and oversight, and additional resources in avoiding moisture intrusion are also discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and avoid the practices, shortcuts and construction defects that lead to moisture intrusion and damage, with special consideration given to the roof, foundation, crawl spaces, basements and slab floors.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to recognize poor detailing and its tendency to cause moisture intrusion, and propose solutions using flashing, moisture barriers, continuous insulation and drainage planes to prevent mold and rot.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss the benefits and limitations of a range of exterior materials as they relate to moisture intrusion, including EIFS, stucco, MSV, brick, lap siding, windows, etc.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able evaluate repair protocols to mitigate moisture damage and improve occupant health and well-being.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction and awareness of mold hazards

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/20/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.