Matthew W Furlong, CBC, RBC, CFC, ACFEI member, OSHA 10 & 30

Mr. Matthew W Furlong, CBC, RBC, CFC, ACFEI member, OSHA 10 & 30

Forst Consulting Group
Post Office Box 280
Bluemont , VA 20135
Office: 703-268-8699


Matthew Furlong has over 20 years of experience working in the construction industry. He is also still building as a licensed contractor in Virginia and Washington, DC. In addition to current construction projects, Matthew has a second firm called Forst Consulting Group. This company specializes in forensic investigations related to construction deficiencies; building code compliance; contract analysis; construction delay analysis; construction injury investigation.

Forst Consulting Group provides thorough construction defect inspection, and forensic investigative services, ranging from one room to an entire house, to identify construction issues, defect or violations that may come into play in a construction dispute.

Matthew has leveraged his extensive knowledge and expertise of building and construction practices, as well as job-site health and safety in order to provide consumers and the legal community with relevant opinions, professional advice, and expert testimony.

Specialties include:

- Building Pathology
- Building Codes
- EIFs and Stucco
- Home Energy Performance
- Insulation and Attic Ventilation
- Infrared Thermography
- Water and Air Infiltration
- Moisture Management
- Failed Shower Systems
- Exotic Hardwoods
- Vapor Retarders/ Barriers
- Frozen Water Pipe Issues
- Structural Performance
- Siding and Rain Screens
- Forensic Expert Witness Services

Please visit our comprehensive website for additional information:
or call 703-268-8699

Areas of Expertise

  • Building Codes
  • Building Contractor Liability
  • Construction
  • Construction Damages
  • Construction Insurance
  • Construction Safety
  • Electrical
  • OSHA
  • Plumbing & HVAC
  • Scheduling Delay & Analysis
  • Tile

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: State Licenses:
Virginia Class 'A' Residential and Commercial Building Contractor: License # 2705 141942A
Washington, DC General Contractor

Independent Education:

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) member: Student ID: 1575541
• Foundations of Courtroom Testimony – 16 Hour Course
American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI) member: Student ID: 117164
• Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC)

International Code Council (ICC) member ID: 8789900

• B1 Residential Building Inspector certified
• E1 Residential Electrical Inspector certified
• P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector certified
• M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector certified

Hillsdale College:
• Successful online completion of Constitution 101 – The Meaning and History of the Constitution

Professional Associations:

• American Bar Association (ABA) member: Member ID: 03135408
• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) member: Member ID: 3223151
• International Code Council (ICC) member: Member ID: 8789900
• National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI): Member ID 12623217 (expired)

Demonstrated Safety, Awareness, and Emergency Management:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training:

• OSHA-10 Hour certified
• OSHA-30 Hour certified
• OSHA-7505 Introduction to Accident Investigation certified, 7.5 contact hours
• OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) certified, 1.0 contact hour
• Successful online completion of Fall Protection for Construction, 1.0 hour
• Successful online completion of Electrical Safety, 1.0 hour

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training:

• IS-29 Public Information Officer Awareness (POI) certified
• IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) certified
• IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident certified
• IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified
• IS-800.b National Response Framework certified
• WMD/ Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders (AWR-160) certified

Additional Certifications:

• Certified Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Notary Registration: 7759776
• EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator, certificate number: R-I-106481-13-00097
• NAUI Rescue Diver certified
• PADI Public Safety Diver certified (introduction to underwater forensics, rescue and recovery)
• Successful completion of the Virginia Boating Safety Course
• Emergency Vehicle Operator III licensed (EVOC III)
• Farm Equipment and Heavy Machinery Extrication certified
• Employed as an on-site EMT and ERT for the Federal Government during the construction of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency building in Springfield, Virginia
• Virginia Emergency Medical Technician (expired license): First responder to accidents, incidences, and injuries; provided basic life support and transport; pre-hospital patient care reporting
• Michigan Stated Licensed Automotive Technician (expired license)

Factory/ Manufacturer Training:

• Schluter Systems
• James Hardie Siding
• Marvin Doors and Windows
• Trex Decking

Awards/ Recognitions/ Achievements:

• Numerous letters of satisfaction from Karl Rove – Senior Advisor/ Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
• Special Tribute from House of Representatives, State of Michigan
• Awarded a one-year scholarship to Associated Builders & Contractors apprenticeship program

Media Contributions/ Publications:

• Loudoun Now - July 2017 issue, “Forst Consulting Group Forms in Bluemont”
• Viva Tyson’s Magazine - September 2017 issue, “Be Your Own Best Advocate”
• Avid blog post content and personal contributor to Forst Consulting website

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: • American Bar Association (ABA) member: Member ID: 03135408
• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) member: Member ID: 3223151
• International Code Council (ICC) member: Member ID: 8789900
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: >100
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Construction defect; building code and contract analysis; best construction practices; energy efficient homes; construction injury; job-site safety.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 95%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 5%
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Three years.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Forensic investigations of construction defects; noise and radon testing; detailed reporting; building code and contract analysis; litigation support.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $250 per hour out-of-court
$275 per hour in court
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Verified by receipt plus 15%


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