Farmworker Housing Conference Presentation – How to Minimize Construction Defects

Peter Baer and Doug Alley of Pinnacle Architecture presented at the 2018 Farmworker Housing Conference on July 26. The presentation Below is a recap of their presentation, geared for property maintenance professionals. Download our Best Practices Checklists to help minimize construction defects.

A construction defect is generally defined as a defect in the design, the workmanship, and/or in the materials or systems used on a project that results in a failure of a component part of a building or structure and causes damage to person or property, usually resulting in financial harm to the owner. – Modern Contractor Solutions® Magazine

The presentation covered four categories for minimizing construction defects: Design, Product / Materials, Installation, and Maintenance.

During Design

Accessibility, energy, and structural were the main categories discussed. Suggestions on how to avoid defects included using proven enlisting experienced architecture and engineering firms, using checklists (download our Best Practices Checklists), and having clear communication on roles and assignments.

Products + Materials

Appliances, flooring, and cabinets were the key areas examined. Recommendations for avoiding defects with your products and materials included using proven manufacturers, choosing products with good track records, and reviewing warranties thoroughly.

During Insulation

Roofing, siding, decking, and concrete were the main categories reviewed. Suggestion on minimizing defects included having periodic site visits with your architect and envelope consultant, enlisting a testing agency, and make sure expectations for the products are clear based on industry standards, for example, concrete.


The US EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health. EPA studies found indoor air pollutants were generally 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor pollution levels. Air quality (mold, ventilation systems, etc.), paint (quality, low-VOC), and exterior metal (finish, cover, etc.) were discussed as critical areas to consider for maintenance. Recommendations for avoiding maintenance challenges included creating and adhering to a maintenance plan and making sure a thorough training manual is documented.

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