A nationally recognized forensic construction expert and developer of the Quality Built® program has left his position with the newly formed
“Litigation claims continue to come in, and now I can spend my full time focusing on builder litigation support,” said Luhr, who kept his forensic business active while he developed the Quality Built program. “Nobody ever imagined that we would literally change the construction industry and get them focused on eliminating waste and defects. Now the word ‘Quality’ means something for the many builders who benefited by our program.”
In 1994, when construction quality was deteriorating and litigation claims skyrocketing, Luhr began sharing his lessons learned as a forensic consultant using innovative technology. The system utilized thousands of quality checkpoints written in a positive format, backed by building science and root-cause analysis which steered builders to improve their entire construction processes. The software coupled with independent field consultants provided an independent watchdog for insurance providers and production builders, who began mandating the Quality Built system. Soon, builder insurers including Arch, Lexington, Contractors Choice, Lloyds,
By 2003, Luhr’s processes became the subject of hundreds of lectures and training sessions, sponsored by building trade associations, insurance companies and product manufacturers, touting the improved comfort, durability, safety and energy efficiency of a quality project. Many energy efficiency programs such as LEED for Homes and others began switching their strategies to include quality and durability as key factors of saving energy. By 2010, more than 400,000 structures were completed using the Quality Built system, amassing 40 million quality data records and 12 million photos which documented good construction practices. During his quality reign Luhr developed several products and services and received 14 trademarks and three published patents.
Luhr’s forensic consulting work has included some of the largest construction defect claims in U.S. history, including class-action product failure cases with defective ABS plumbing, polybutylene water pipe and composite siding amounting to billions of dollars of risk exposure. He has been retained on over 3,000 litigation claims and focuses on builder and developer clients, code and energy litigation, and other issues involving construction disputes. He has testified in more than 100 court trials and has given deposition testimony more than 500 occasions.
“It is (Luhr’s) innovation and passion that keeps him at the top of his game,” cited attorney
Luhr and his team of forensic consultants handle all aspects of a typical construction claim, from document review, inspections and destructive testing, mediation and trial strategies. In the short time Luhr has advised clients of his availability, his firm has doubled its case load to more than 90 cases, which range from multi-million dollar construction defect claims to suspicious fire and other loss claims in
“I have been blessed with a multi-million dollar education in construction, paid for by the insurance claims process,” Luhr says as he looks out his window to the business offices he built as a contractor 25 years ago in his home town of
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