About Me

Even the competitors know they can’t compete.

Don’t take our word about Mark’s vast 43 years of experience. Just ask his competitors. Though many other building agencies dislike it when Mark finds faults in their construction, they still recognize his skill. Other builders will even refer to him when they encounter a construction difficulty beyond their level of expertise.

Patti Parlee observes, “The fact that we receive referrals from competitors says a lot about Mark’s presence in the business.”


The Building Consultant evolved out of a professional call to duty after Mark began his own framing and siding business in 1990. Many homeowners were overwhelmed with their home’s poor construction and frustrated with their builder’s attempts to mend the recurring problems. Various builders recognize Mark’s skill and called him for help with widespread damage repair.

The popularity of his services was virtually self-perpetual — taking flight by word of mouth. Recommendations from impressed customers describing Mark’s “great attention to detail”, “prompt responses”, and “highly competent resolutions” resulted in the consulting aspect of his career coming to occupy the majority of his time. Mark created an identity as The Building Consultant in November 2008.


Mark Parlee has been in the construction business since 1976. For 14 years, Mark acquired considerable construction experience and then formed his own company, Parlee Builders, a construction and remodeling company in 1990. He later also formed Crossroad Homes, a new home construction company in 2000.

Now known as The Building Consultant, Mark hasn’t transitioned out of building; he has created an offshoot profile out of demand for his consultation services to builders and homeowners. Mark has built, dismantled, and replaced exteriors on several hundreds of homes, leading to his current knowledge of how the forces of nature affect the building envelope. He has consulted with a diverse client base regarding all sorts of single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, and commercial buildings.

What is the most prevailing piece of evidence attesting to Mark’s reputation? “We have a 100% satisfaction rate with customers,” Patti Parlee confirms. “Mark loves his job.” Every single one of Mark’s clients has seen their frustration dissolved, established trust with the Parlees, and gained a relationship with their family. Having raised five children of his own, Mark empathizes with parents’ concerns for their children’s safety within their own home and finds fulfillment in knowing you and your loved ones are protected and your largest investment secured.

Do you suspect that your home was defectively constructed?  If you are pursuing a lawsuit, need a deposition, or a third party mediator,  Mark Parlee has been trusted to testify as an expert witness in many significant court cases.

Seminar Expert

Mark has been invited to speak as a moisture intrusion expert at the National Home Builders Association (NAHB) Remodeling Council, the Iowa Roofing Contractors Association (LIRCA), and other prominent seminars. To maintain his expertise and improve in his work, Mark consistently supplements his education. The most prominent seminars and workshops he attends are the American Institute of Architects seminar, the Iowa Association of Building Officials seminar, the Journal of Light Construction seminar, and the University of Minnesota workshop. He is fully certified by the Exterior Design Institute (EDI) as an Exterior Installation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Inspector, Moisture Analyst, and Quality Control expert and the International Code Council. Additionally, he is a DuPont Certified Tyvek Installer, a Level I Infrared Thermographer (Snell), certified in Therma Tru Entry Installation, a Certified Building Envelope Investigator (BEC2), and is certified with the Building Envelope Science Institute (BESI). Mark is currently working on his certification with the Building Performance Institute.

Additional Guest Speaker & Instructor Experience

NAHB Remodelers Council, “Moisture Intrusion in the Building Envelope – It’s Your Problem”

LIRCA Iowa Roofing Contractors Association

Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines

AIA Iowa Convention 2011 workshop, “Moisture Intrusion in the Building Envelope – It’s Your Problem”

AIA Iowa Convention 2012 workshop, “Moisture Intrusion in the Building Envelope – It’s Your Problem; It Continues”

Law of Construction Defects & Failures Seminar for CEUs for the professional fields of architects, engineers, & attorneys.

Invited lecturer: Architecture 528 E: Architecture Forensics Department of Architecture, College of Design, Iowa State University

Minnesota Society of Home Inspectors Fall 2013, continuing education seminar/ 8hrs CEU’s

Iowa Association for Justice Annual Personal Injury Seminar, August 2014

“Bad Builders…What’cha Gonna Do? – Litigating Defective Construction Cases”

Exterior Design Institute Instructor, “Building Envelope Stone Veneers”

InspectionWorld 2015-2018 American Society of Home Inspectors Annual Meeting, continuing education course for attendees

“Inspecting the Exterior Envelope – Cladding failures from the Forensic Expert, Advanced AMV Inspections. Inspecting Exterior Cladding — “Just a Stain”

Alliant Energy Builder Training 2015, “Call The Shots Builder Training Workshop”

Alliant Energy Builder Training 2016, “The Next Level Builder Training Workshop”

Garden States ASHI 2017, presented 8 credit hours of continuing education to New Jersey Home Inspectors and Builders

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (MAC-ASHI) 2017, presented 4 credit hours of continuing Ed on the building envelope

B4 Better Buildings Conference — Wisconsin, two credit hours “Moisture in the Building Envelope…It’s your problem”


Mark’s expertise has also been published a number of times in national industry magazines.

Journal of Light Construction Magazine

Rescuing a Manufactured Stone Wall, December 2008

Repairing a Rotting Roof, June 2010

A Rot Resistant Chimney Chase, November 2011

Mixing Cladding and Stick-On Stone, August 2013

Best Practices: Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer, October 2013

Best Practices: Stucco, December 2014

Common Siding Failures, October 2015

Getting Kickout Flashings Right, April 2016

Common Roofing Errors, May 2016

How to Destroy a Wall in Two Easy Steps, September 2017

Professional Deck Builder

Stone Paver Deck, May/June 2014


  • Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines (Parlee Projects, Inc.)
  • Better Business Bureau (Parlee Projects, Inc.)
  • Exterior Design Institute (The Building Consultant)
  • Building Envelope Science Institute (The Building Consultant)


Below are just a few of the hundreds of Mark’s satisfied customers: (Contact information available upon request)

  • Advantage Homes
  • Acheson Construction Inc.
  • AmeriSpec, home inspectors
  • AAA Roofing Contractors
  • Cliff Kapson Consulting Ltd.
  • Duer and Sons Remodeling
  • Dunn’s Funeral Home
  • Dallenbach Larson
  • Deerfield retirement communities
  • Druid Hill Townhome Association
  • The Duerson Corp.
  • Erickson Building Contractors
  • Erickson Balmer Construction
  • Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Fidelity Inspection & Consulting Services
  • Friendship Haven Ft. Dodge, IA
  • Freedom Financial Bank
  • Green Hills Retirement Ames, IA
  • Gilcrest Jewett Lumber
  • Globe Spec Nat’l Residential and Environmental Inspections
  • Grand Homes & Renovations
  • Grandview Funeral Home
  • Hope Evangelical Free Church Dubuque, IA
  • Hickory Grove Townhomes
  • Hubbell Construction Services
  • Iowa State Bank
  • Jordon Creek North Townhomes
  • Meskwaki Casino Hotel
  • Montessori Children’s School
  • Neighborhood Finance Corp.
  • Northcreek II Townhomes
  • RAL Inspection Services
  • The New Homestead; assisted living/care facility, Guthrie Center, IA
  • Skogman Homes of Cedar Rapids & Cedar Falls, IA
  • Shive-Hattery Inc. Architecture + Engineering
  • Safeco Insurance
  • Shelter Insurance
  • Stoney Creek Inn
  • US Inspect
  • Villas of Berkshire Hills Townhomes
  • White Birch Townhomes Westfield Insurance
  • Winterset Public Library
  • Bill Knapp II
  • George LaMarca, attorney
  • Dr. Joel From
  • Tom Walton, attorney
  • Steve Woodyard
  • Dr. Del and Marla Quenzer
  • Rick Thompson (Gilcrest Jewett Lumber)
  • Rob Walker (Beisser Lumber)
  • Dr. Mark and Linda Lazar


Minimum rate and engagement for the Des Moines metro area:
$795, includes four hours total Site and Reporting time. Additional time billed at rates below.
Travel time and expense added.

Additional time is at $165/hr. onsite
$125/hr. office: research, detailed reporting
Office staff: Accounting, Billing, Records, $75/hr.
Project correction monitoring and documentation at site rate port to port

$220/hr. expert witness 4 hr. Minimum: Deposition, court testimony, attorney prep meetings
Time on call billed
Case Review and Opinion: To be determined.

Travel time: At office consulting rate.

Walk & Talk $325: Up to 2 hours onsite with the owner present. Owner is responsible for their own notes of observations. No report is issued.

Thermography scan and microbial analysis available.
Rates for these services are additional and dependent on the scope.

Any materials used in the course of work or forensic testing will be billed.
We operate from a retainer to be determined on a per case basis.
Minimum rate $695 includes 2 hours onsite and a field report.