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.

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.

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.

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