Floor joists treated with a formaldehyde-based fire-protection coating forced hundreds of Colorado residents out of their homes earlier this year. The treated floor joists, manufactured by Weyerhaeuser, emitted noxious gases that made homeowners sick. Builders had installed the new joints in more than 2,200 news houses built in half a dozen states.
Burg Simpson is one of a handful of Colorado law firms representing homeowners seeking compensation for the damages they’ve suffered because of the construction defects. Shareholder Mari K. Perczak talked with Colorado Law Week about how quickly this problem emerged.
“It’s very unusual that it would happen this fast, and it’s strange they wouldn’t notice in manufacturing and then the builders notice it,” Mari explained.
Mari also expressed concerns about Weyerhaeuser’s remediation efforts so far, most of which consist of simply painting over the affected joists.
“Long-term, are they exposing themselves to more liability for putting homeowners back in a home where there might be off gassing?” Mari wondered. “I wonder if they’re not pennywise and pound foolish in the long term.”