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James Partridge Consulting, LLC

James Partridge Consulting, LLC

36400 Woodward Avenue
Suite 112

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304

Phone(248) 645-1465


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James Partridge Consulting (JPC) provides construction investigation, forensic services, consulting and expert witness services to the legal, insurance and business communities for construction, design and installation defect disputes for all building types. We provide an objective evaluation of the evidence and communicate that evidence in clear, concise, non-technical terms.


James Partridge Consulting (JPC) provides construction investigation, forensic services, consulting and expert witness services to the legal, insurance and business communities, and individuals for construction design and installation defects disputes including:

* Building Code Compliance
* Building Code Violations
* Building Code Envelope Issues
* Building Inspection
* Building Assessment
* Building Code Standards
* Carbon Monoxide
* Construction Administration
* Construction Defects
* Contract Document Analysis
* Contract Compliance
* Design Documents
* Fire Investigation
* Fire Protection System Failure
* Fire Sprinkler Systems
* Heating/Ventilating/Air-Conditioning systems failures
* Inspection of the physical evidence
* Mechanical Systems Failures
* Mold and Mildew
* Plumbing System Failures
* Swimming Pool Dehumidification
* Water Damage
* Water Intrusion
* Scald Injuries
* Roof Drainage

James Partridge Consulting (JPC) provides Construction Forensic Expert Witness services in the following areas:

* Air quality
* Attic moisture and mold
* Basement Leaks
* Building envelope analysis
* Carbon Monoxide
* Condensation
* Document examination
* Drainage failure
* Engineering investigation
* Expert witness testimony
* Fire Investigation
* Gas systems
* Ghosting/soot damage
* Heating
* Heating and cooling systems
* Hot water (potable) systems
* Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)
* Ice dam damage
* Indoor air quality investigation
* Leaking roofs
* Mechanical code
* Mechanical systems failures
* Moisture damage
* Mold and mildew damage
* Plumbing code
* Plumbing systems
* Psychrometric analysis
* Roof drainage
* Roof leaks
* Scald injuries
* Swimming Pool dehumidification
* Water intrusion
* Water vapor

Other Services Available

On occasion, in technically complex assessments, consultants are required to augment the assignment. The following forensic, expert services are available through JPC when necessary:

* Acoustical Engineering
* Civil Engineering
* Electrical Engineering
* Hydraulics
* Pneumatics
* Vibration
* Microbiologist


In an effort to serve our clients better JPC is continually implementing new technology.

One example is our infrared thermographic camera used for non-intrusive investigations. The infrared technology is the only diagnostic tool that lets you instantly visualize and verify thermal performance. We can show you thermal anomalies, qualify them without contact and document them.

This technology is used to diagnose:

* Roof moisture intrusion
* Building envelope moisture intrusion
* Damaged or missing insulation
* Missing wall reinforcing re-bar
* Missing core fills in concrete masonry units (CMU)
* Electrical failures
* Outdoor air infiltration
* Wet building interior partitions facilitate drying

Litigation Support Services

JPC provides construction investigation, forensic services, consulting and expert witness services to the legal, insurance and business communities, and individuals for construction design and installation defects disputes.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Mechanical System Failure.


Jim Partridge, P.E. has extensive experience as a mechanical, plumbing and fire protection engineer for more than 40 years. This includes Engineering Administration (director of mechanical, electrical and structural departments) in a Michigan architectural firm, Director of Mechanical Engineering and Partner in a Michigan engineering and architectural firm. In 1981 Jim founded his engineering and design firm to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection services to Architects, Owners and Contractors for all building types. In 2001 Jim founded the forensic engineering firm, James Partridge Consulting, to provide an expert witness, forensic expert and litigation support services.

Jim has been involved in the design of all building types including: apartments, churches, commercial, country clubs, industrial, condominiums, custom homes, fire stations, hospitals, office buildings, mausoleums, manufacturing facilities, medical office buildings, public schools, restaurants, retail shopping centers, universities and warehouse buildings.

His expertise and experience has, and continues to, assist him in expert witness analyses and helps him to assist clients in assessing installation deficiencies, system failures, and contract disputes. Because of his knowledge of current codes and standards, the client is ensured of a case presentation that is technically accurate and scientifically supportable.

Our extensive, and ongoing, design experience keeps us abreast of codes, standards and state-of-the-art practices. This expertise makes us more credible as an expert witness.

Consulting Practice

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Professional Experience

Jim Partridge has extensive experience as the mechanical, plumbing and fire protection engineer for numerous projects during the past 40+ years. He continues to provide engineering design services on a daily basis. In addition, since 1981, he has provided expert witness, forensic expertise and litigation support for such diverse cases as: hypothermia death, carbon monoxide poisoning, water intrusion/mold, inadequate heating design of a 66,000 square foot library, inadequate dehumidification design in a 100,000 ecclesiastical retreat, design deficiencies/cost over-runs on an 88 Million dollar hospital, and swimming pool envelope surface condensation.


Registered professional engineer in the following states: MI-20062(1972), CA-M26482,
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) certified

Legal Experience & Services

Jim Partridge has experience in troubleshooting all aspects of the built environment and has the expertise to present clearly and concisely the objective evaluation of the evidence. Many of our cases settle before trial.

Jim has participated in hundreds of legal matters concerning all aspects of the habitable environment. He has been deposed 11 times and has testified 6 times at trial or arbitration.


• American Indoor Air Quality Council (IAQC)
• American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
• American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)
• The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
• National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
• International Code Council (ICC)
• Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
• Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician
• Certified Applied Structural Drying Technician
• Building Environment & Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
• National Conference of States Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS)
• CDRS Dispute Resolution


Resume Provided Upon Request.

Awards & Honors

ASHRAE 1988 Energy Award - Existing commercial, institutional, public assembly building.
Second Place Award for reducing the heating and cooling cost for a Michigan high school by 44%.

Seminars & Training

• “Preventing and Solving Moisture Problems in Buildings”
• “Water Entry Prevention and Moisture Control in Building Systems”
• “Ice Damming, Mold, Moisture Damage”
• “International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition”
• “Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Training”
• “Forensic Plumbing Engineering”
• “Building Science Applications/Thermography Training”
• “Advanced Energy Auditing”
• “Infrared Camera Conference”
• "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration-Applied Structural Drying"
• "Mold Abatement Projects: Remediation Strategy & Oversight Project"
• "Vapor Control Strategy: Placement and Permeance of Vapor Retarders"
• "New Tools for Psychrometrics"
• "Mold, Mildew Mitigation in Construction"


• “Solving Water Intrusion Problems in Michigan” - Lorman Education Services
• “Mold: Causation and Remediation” - United Auto Workers Legal
• “Solving Water Intrusion Problems in Michigan” - Lorman Education Services
• “Advances In Environmental Mold Issues” - Lorman Education Services
• “Mold, Codes, and Water Intrusion” - University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture
Continuing Education Conference
• “Water Intrusion & Mold” - Architectural offices (several)
• "Mold and the Plumbing Code" - American Society of Plumbing Engineers - Technical Presentation
• “Reducing Liability Associated With Water Damage and Mold during Construction and Renovation in
Michigan” - Lorman Education Services
• “Mold Remediation and Water Restoration in Michigan” - Lorman Education Services
• “HVAC and Mold” - Mechanical Inspectors Association of Michigan
• “Legal Issues and Liabilities Regarding Mold” - American Society of Plumbing Engineers
• “Air Sealing/Building Envelope Improvement” - Institute of Real Estate Management & Detroit
Metropolitan Apartment Association
• “Energy Cost Avoidance in Buildings” - University of Michigan
• “Lumen Christi High School – Energy Cost Avoidance” - ASHRAE Winter Meeting Dallas
• “Lumen Christi High School – Energy Cost Avoidance” - World Energy Engineering Congress
• AIA Detroit Chapter, ARE, M/E/P Facilitator
• Lawrence Technological University School of Architecture and Design—Part-time Teaching
• ASHRAE Chapter Technical Seminars - Presentations
• AIA Chapter Technical Meetings - Presentations
• Mechanical Inspectors Association of Michigan - Continuing Education Lectures

Co-Authored the following Publications:

• "Economic Feasibility of Variable Speed Drives"
• "Operable Versus Fixed Sash Window"
• "HVAC Replacement (44% Energy Cost Avoidance)"

Professional References

Available upon request.


BSME-Lawrence Technological University, 1970
Engineering Technologist Diploma - St. Clair College, Windsor, ON, Canada 1961

Articles Published by James Partridge Consulting, LLC

 Merging Carbon Monoxide Life Safety with Energy Conservation Methods

Residential indoor air quality, historically, has not been a major concern because the envelope and window leakage provided inhabitants with sufficient outdoor air. Older residential buildings are sufficiently leaky such that infiltration alone can meet the minimum outdoor air requirements for residential ventilation.

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