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When the Hollmanns began building their luxury family home among the other million-dollar estates dotting prestigious Miramar Lane, deciding to use an environmentally friendly insulation material seemed like a great way to “go green.” Little did they know that within the span of a few years this decision would land them in court, battling over a property now worth less than their neighbors’ garages.

At the center of the controversy is a two-story, 9,000-square-foot residence located in what the U.S. Department of Energy rates as a “hot-humid” climate. The exterior featured a lovely natural stone veneer; the interior boasted expensive hardwood paneling. But when the Hollmanns started discovering fungal growth on the walls, they quickly learned the water intrusion was not stemming from the usual suspects—the building envelope components of exterior walls, roofing, or doors. Rather, it came from within.

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