Why Roof Inspections are Important

Roofs are often ignored until a problem shows up inside the building that can’t be ignored. We posted about this on LinkedIn today.

The issue is that roofs are hard to see. You have to actively decide to go up there and look around, or have someone do it, to know what’s going on. If you wait until water shows up in the office or bedroom downstairs—or part of the roof is in the parking lot because it blew off—then it is too late. Damage from a roof leak that has made its way into the building is often extensive, and far more expensive to fix than just the cost of repairing the roofing alone.

Roof inspections, performed regularly, help to solve this problem. Benefits of annual (at least) roof inspections include:

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How Water Moves: Airflow and Diffusion

Building science and building enclosure consulting is often all about understanding, and controlling, how water moves through a building. Water is the cause of most of the problems we are trying to solve (or, ideally, prevent in the first place). In order to solve those problems, we need to understand how the water is getting to where it is not supposed to be.

Liquid water intrusion into buildings is the main thing to worry about, and there are a number of ways that liquid water can penetrate a building’s defenses. Those pathways, though, will be the subject of a future post. Today, we’re going to focus on the oft-misunderstood water transport mechanisms of airflow and water vapor diffusion.

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7 Tips for a Better Condominium Building Envelope Project

Condominium building envelope projects can be some of the most rewarding work we do. We love connecting directly with residents, the people that live in the spaces every day, and helping them to make their buildings work better.

Condo projects also have their own unique challenges. We wanted to share tips from our experience to make your next condo building envelope project go more smoothly.

1. Communicate with the community.

The importance of communication during condo building envelope projects simply cannot be overstated. The community is the aspect of condominium work that sets it apart from most other construction projects.

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Kiran Sam Thomas Joins CopelandBEC

Copeland Building Envelope Consulting is pleased to welcome Kiran Sam Thomas to our growing team. Mr. Thomas joins as a Consultant after recently graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

Mr. Thomas has previously worked in construction management roles on the new Lowell Trial Court in Lowell, MA as well as at Artech Celestia premium apartments in Trivandrum, India. He’s experienced in construction management and construction administration tasks such as RFI and submittal review, punch list management and construction observation.

Kiran will be contributing to our building envelope consulting work throughout the greater Boston area as well as across the Northeast.

Welcome to CopelandBEC, Kiran!