They Made Me Do It! The Perils of Designing An Owner-Directed Code Violation

What do you do when your client asks you for a design that in your professional opinion violates applicable law or creates a potential public safety hazard? Deciding to abide by your client’s wishes could jeopardize your license.

02/23/2021 | [email protected] 

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Benjamin Obdyke, based in Horsham, PA, since 1868, has been on the forefront of Moisture Management. We are experts in the niche area of moisture management and love talking about building science.

02/12/2021 | [email protected] 

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Why Should I Care About Moisture Management?

Moisture management is a bit of a buzzword in the building industry these days, but why? What does it mean, and why should we pay attention to the trend in the industry? Is it really all that important?

02/09/2021 | [email protected] 

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The Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with the AIA Potomac Valley chapter to promote architecture education and careers, and to share information with the public about the importance of design and sustainability in the built environment. The Foundation relies on public support of our mission and we appreciate your support in helping us do this work!

Your financial support will help us:

  • give scholarships to students pursuing architecture degrees in Maryland;
  • organize architecture career exploration events for students;
  • teach the public about sustainable design and sustainable living through student and public events at LEAFHouse; and
  • maintain, operate and conduct research on the unique energy systems of LEAFHouse in conjunction with University of Maryland faculty and staff and with partnering organizations.

All contributions are welcome, and you can support PVAF in the following ways:

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