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Performance Audit

Performance Audits can be overwhelming and somewhat mystifying, especially for the first-time condo owner. Many Condo Corporations do not realize that a Performance Audit is extra work over and above the normal management. Condo Owners and Property Managers should have a clear understanding of their expectations and the timelines in a Performance Audit.

 Performance Audits


 

Roof Insulation

In the selection of insulation for use in a flat or low slope roof assembly, thermal resistance is a major concern. To be successful, insulation must also possess a variety of other physical attributes each of which will continue to the overall performance of the roof sytem.

 Roof Insulation


 

Building Condition Assessments

Building Condition Assessments (BCAS) are carried out for a number of reasons, including for reserve fund studies, financing, repair maintenance, safety, energy conservation and accessibility.

 Building Condition Assessments


 

Mould

Moulds are micro-organisms that feed on a variety of materials, including dust and dirt. If left untreated, moulds can have a serious negative affect on your health.

 Mould


 

Air Quality

Even though condos built after 1990 are more air tight than older ones, occupants still need to ensure that they operate the air handling system for the health and safety of their families. 

 Air Quality


 

Repair and Maintenance of Balconies

Balconies must be maintained in a state of good repair for safety reasons, and because their appearance affects the overall visual impression of the building.

 Repair and Maintenance of Balconies


 

Deterioration of Masonry: Causes and Prevention

Increasing attention is being focused on the durability of the materials forming cladding assemblies. This attention is a direct result of the very high costs now associated with the repair and maintenance of ageing building and by the widely differing philosophies applied by architects, building scientists and builders.

 Deterioration of Masonry


 

Non-Destructive Assessment of Exterior Walls

Before undertaking repairs to the exterior walls or balconies of a building, a building condition assessment (BCA) is needed to determine the existing conditions and the causes of poor performance and visible deterioration. 

 Non-Destructive Assessment of Exterior Walls


 

Thermography

Infrared thermography is now well established as a valuable procedure for measuring the thermal perform of the entire building envelope, both walls and roof. With infrared thermography, a host of building issues can be identified, such as cold areas, leaks, hot spots in wiring and effectiveness of different retrofit insulation techniques.

 Thermography


 

Condensation In The Home

Condensation can form after a sudden drop in temperature, or following a heavy rain, and can lead to a host of problems, including mold, metal corrosion and board damage. You need to know how to manage humidity before it leads to excessive condensation.

 Condensation In The Home


Building Envelope Maintenance

Giving the exterior of your building a facelift can increase value to the building as a whole and individual units. Before you begin any repairs, there are some important factors to consider first.

 Building Envelope Maintenance


Condominiums and Mold

Mold has been on everyone's mind recently. If you are building, manage or live in a condo, then you need to be aware of the causes of mold and how to deal with it if it occurs.

 Condominiums and Mold


Kill A Watt

Energy conservation is on everyone's mind. Condo/Strata owners, property managers and residents need to be aware of how to reduce energy costs.

 Kill A Watt - Energy Conservation


Restoration, Repair and Protection of Concrete Building Envelopes & Parking Structures

This presentation focuses on repairs to existing building envelopes, repairs to concrete, building sealants/joints and protective coatings, and membranes that can extend the life of concrete and precast concrete structures.  Specific procedures of partial and full repairs to existing projects in various parts of Canada are outlined, and  a detailed analysis is provided on why products were chosen in specific applications, as well as descriptions of the repair and installation procedures.

 Restoration, Repair and Protection of Concrete Building Envelopes and Parking Structures


Aesthetic Upgrades Discounted By A Pay-Back

Owners and property managers of solid masonry buildings can turn problems into opportunities by overcladding with an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS).

 Aesthetic Upgrades Discounted By A Pay-Back


Condominium POP Culture

Instead of focusing on being pro-active, re-active and retro-active, Condominium Managers need to think POP - Predictive Testing, Observation and Planning to save time and money.

 Condominium POP Culture


Preventing Flooding

A flooded basement can be traumatic and stressful in terms of time spent cleaning up the mess and the damage or loss to possession. However, an investigation carried out by a qualified firm can identify the cause of the leak and then the best way to carry out the work.

 Preventing Flooding


 

The Power of Oversight

We live an era of super sales promises of products claiming to improve our lives. For building owners and property managers, supervision is becoming almost as vital as design and specifications - sometimes it's a document review, an inspection, evaluation or performance assessment visit. The amount of work involved in checking to ensure that you are getting value for your money and result that will meet your expectations is worth it.

 The Power of Oversight


 

How To Verify Building Envelope Performance: Design Expectations vs. Actual Performance

With the industry push towards higher efficiency building envelopes, designers are using new materials to their maximum limits and designing spaces and systems within buildings for maximum efficiencies.  While the theoretical envelopes are being pushed these design expectations are often not matched by actual performance.  This newsletter includes a range of performance confirmation technologies including thermography, electrical vector mapping, smoke testing, air and water leakage testing and other methods used to verify execution of the design intent.

 How To Verify Building Envelope Performance

Risk Management for Buildings

An increasing emphasis is being placed on the mitigation of the risks of building component failures or premature maintenance posed by the environment, the aging process and human errors and omissions. Builders, building owners and insurance companies increasingly require knowledge of their risk and options available to mitigate these risks.

 Risk Management for Buildings


 

Thermal Bridges

Walls and roofs often incorporate details that have a lower resistance to heat flow than the surrounding materials. At these locations, heat flows directly from the building interior to the exterior. These thermal bridges have a significant effect on building heat loss and may increase the overall heat loss from a wall by as much as 25 to 50 percent.

 Thermal Bridges


 

Parking Garages

Walls Reinforced concrete, in the right environmenta, can be incredibly durable. However, the conidtions in Canada often acelerate the deterioration of concrete, which can lead to issues for building owners, operators and designers. 

 Parking Garages


Window Wall System and Pre-cast Concrete Panel System

Nothing is more disruptive, or possibly fatal, than a building system failure. The Window Wall System and the Pre-cast Concrete Panel System are most often constructed as a curtain wall or veneer in which no buildng loads are supposed to be transferred. Any unexpected or additional loads imposed on any other system may lead to undesirable results.

 Window Wall System and Pre-cast Concrete Panel System


Condition Survey and Repair Specifications

Building owners and operators might need a condition survey for a variety of reasons, but often its to determine the scope of work required to perform repairs.

 Condition Survey and Repair Specifications