Forensics: “scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.”
If Ted Danson and his rowdy crew of crime scene investigators have taught us anything, it is that a good forensics team can save the day. Forensics plays an important role in solving problems on and off the crime scene, including in buildings.
Building science gets to the root of building issues using diagnostic tools like blower door testing, zonal pressure measurements and infrared. The data generated is especially useful to solve the pesky problems that always seem to resist solutions. Because the analysis is entirely data driven, solutions in place can be verified.
Fun fact: moisture problems, such as mold, need to be treated with reference to the climate in which the building is located. There is no “one size fits all” solution. This can make solving moisture problems quite tricky.
Sometimes the data will point to what was originally thought as benign or unlikely suspects. Without a scientific approach, they would never be caught.