With the ever-changing technology of roof membranes, cladding materials, and window and door components, owners and managers can measurably benefit from the guidance of experienced third-party design professionals. Building envelope consultations can prevent problems in new construction as well as troubleshoot issues with existing construction.
To test the materials our clients choose, BE-CI uses Structural Load Tests, AAMA and ASTM Test protocols to pressure test windows, doors and wall assemblies, along with infrared thermography equipment to perform fast, efficient and non-destructive testing for moisture intrusion.
Long after construction is over, we monitor the performance of roofs, walls and building systems in order to offer advice and recommend actions that may extend warranties of building components an additional ten years or more. Unlike contractors or manufacturers, BE-CI is a true third party with nothing to sell other than our service to our clients.
We do whatever it takes to find the source of problems in our clients’ properties. In one case, we became so obsessive about following water leaks that our client nicknamed us the Leak Busters. But the chronic moisture intrusion in his building was no joke, and we knew that following the water would eventually lead us to the real problem. It turned out to be flawed mixing of a color component with the sealant material used to seal more than 5,000 linear feet of marble cladding joints. This error resulted in a chemical reversion of the sealant material and flooding in almost every room of a 44-story office tower.
Ironically, the roof was also a major source of leaks but had no sealants. Our roof consultants discovered that the nail fasteners used to hold the roof insulation in place had not been tested against 9000 PSI concrete. As the nails failed to penetrate the concrete deck, they turned up. When workmen then started walking on the roof, the nails punched thousands of holes in the roof membrane.