Project Update: the Lake House

Wow! It has been a whirlwind month-plus here at Copeland Building Envelope Consulting since launching the firm in June. It’s time for a quick update.

Here are just a few examples of the building envelope problems we’re helping to solve:

  • window leaks and failed cladding on a couple of single family residences
  • roofing replacement¬†and curtain wall¬†investigation¬†at an institutional building on Cape Cod
  • roofing, cladding, and window replacement at a 54-unit condominium community
  • investigation of windows falling out of frames at a church-turned-condo in the Boston area
  • masonry restoration on a pretty famous campus in Cambridge
  • air barrier consulting for a new cigar bar in Boston

If you have a building envelope problem that we can help with – please get in touch, we’d really like to hear from you.

As these projects move along we’ll write more about them and share some of the solutions. Here’s a bit more detail on one of the single family residence cladding failures.

The Lake House

CopelandBEC is providing building envelope consulting services to resolve water leakage at a single family residence on the lake in a MetroWest Boston suburb.

This home has tongue-and-groove cedar cladding installed directly over a typical residential weather resistive barrier. A combination of factors has led to severe deterioration of underlying wood sheathing and framing in many locations.

The house is just 12 years old.

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Rotted wood sheathing and framing at building corner.

CopelandBEC is working with the homeowner, contractor, and architect to design a repair program that can be implemented over several years to address the cladding problems and related deterioration on the whole house. The new cladding system is drained and back-vented, and incorporates a robust air and water barrier.

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The repairs in progress.

More details to come on this one and many others. Stay tuned!

Contact us today to discuss your building envelope questions.