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Why Buildings Fail Part IV: Errors During the Design Phase: Material Selection and Detailing

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CE Info: 1.00 HSW LU
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Failures seldom result from a single error made by an individual; they more often result from a combination of interrelated factors, involving both technical deficiencies and human (procedural) deficiencies. This course presents examples of material selection and detailing errors during the design process and offers guidance on how to avoid them. This course is part of a six-part series that investigates the sources of building failure. Each section can be taken as an individual course.

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