Green building expert Carl Seville has noticed many problems on U.S. job sites these days. The same problems over and over, in fact. Click here for a few of his top pet peeves.
In this blog piece for Green Building Advisor, Seville attributes many of the issues he sees in the field with the shortage of skilled labor, leading to a lack of knowledge and/or care by overworked subcontractors and field superintendents.
Insulation and air sealing contractors do not properly supervise their staff, nor do they inspect completed work. Most superintendents do not inspect work either, relying on their subcontractors to tell them that they are finished.
We are then called to inspect, and typically we find a significant amount of deficient work. While we don’t expect perfection, it would be refreshing to only find a few minor items to be corrected instead of the majority of a project needing changes.