Using forensic reports to manage the probability of lawsuits being filed in relation to pitched roofs: the case of Madrid

Carretero-Ayuso, M.J., Antón, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-4267-2433, Fernández-Tapia, E. and Pinheiro-Alves, M.T., 2022. Using forensic reports to manage the probability of lawsuits being filed in relation to pitched roofs: the case of Madrid. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 1101 (5): 052028. ISSN 1755-1307

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Roofs are among the construction units in buildings with the highest number of deficiencies and problems. Given their direct and constant exposure to weather (temperature, wind, rain, snow...), even minor issues can lead to important pathology processes if not addressed early on. This research examines unresolved issues of pitched roofs in the capital of Spain which eventually led to the filing of lawsuits. Different types of deficiencies were detected (humidities, condensations, fissures...) and classified according to their recurrence. The thousands of pages of forensic reports presented to the courts were consulted and analysed to determine the probability/risk of recurrence, based on a number of factors. Among them is the causal origin (according to the properties/characteristics of the materials or to the placement/application conditions) and the respective building typologies (single-family houses or multi-storey buildings). The results that were obtained were calculated through weighted risk matrices of the existing interrelations, before determining the levels of joint severity and the classification categories according to the final operational value.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Creators: Carretero-Ayuso, M.J., Antón, D., Fernández-Tapia, E. and Pinheiro-Alves, M.T.
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Date: 1 November 2022
Volume: 1101
Number: 5
ISSN: 1755-1307
Rights: Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 16 Dec 2022 10:07
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 10:07

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