CopelandBEC is Hiring!

Come join the team! As I wrote recently on LinkedIn

Since launching this summer CopelandBEC has helped clients solve their building envelope problems across the northeastern US, from Pennsylvania to Cape Cod. We have amazing clients including Harvard University, Staples, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as well as numerous other owners, architects, attorneys and property managers.


Looking ahead to 2019 the firm is poised for continued growth with full slate of exciting projects already planned. There’s also plenty to do towards the firm’s goal of reinventing and re-engineering the system of building envelope consulting to provide clients better value every day.

Want to Be Employee Number One?

Check out the full post over on LinkedIn for all the details. If you’re interested please get in touch and let’s start a conversation.

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Using Drones for Building Envelope Inspections

Drones are great tools for building envelope inspections. A lot of what we need to look at is up high on a building, or obstructed from view when we are standing on the ground.

Sometimes binoculars or high powered telephoto zoom lenses on cameras can help. But these only work when there’s a direct line of sight (can’t see low-slope roofs from the ground). Also, for parts of the building far from the ground, the perspective (looking up instead of straight on) can mask some conditions.

When it’s important to see something up close, one option is an elevated work platform like an aerial lift or swing staging. These can be terrific for getting a good view, but also quite expensive, and often cost-prohibitive for many projects.

At Copeland Building Envelope Consulting we’ve found using unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, to be a powerful part of our toolkit. We regularly employ professional drone pilots and photographers to document work in progress as well as existing conditions for building envelope investigations.

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How to Fix Ice Dam Roof Leaks

Unfortunately, for many, ice dams and the related water  leakage problems are an unwelcome wintertime tradition here in New England. We’ll soon see fall colors turn to bare branches and ice dam season will be upon us again – so what better time to write about how to fix ice dam roof leaks!

You might think that after all these years and all these people getting their houses ruined on a semi-regular basis that we’d have figured out how to resolve ice dam leaks in a reliable way. The good news is that many of us do know how to fix ice dam roof leaks. But there’s still a lot of confusion out there.

So this post is meant to help un-confuse things. Here, in simple terms, is what you need to know about fixing ice dam roof leaks.

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Talking Building Envelope Consulting on the Building Materials Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Andy Armento on his freshly launched Building Materials Podcast. We chatted about a (very) wide range of topics from building envelope consulting (of course) to materials testing and even robots taking over the world.

The Building Materials Podcast describes itself this way:

The mission of The Building Materials Podcast to educate those owners, architects, specifiers, engineers, consultants, and installers about the latest technologies which are disrupting the AEC industry.

Andy’s got a made-for-broadcast voice and me, well, I know some stuff about building science. Anyway, if you’re looking for a half hour of fun listening for your next commute, check out Episode 3 here: http://buildingmaterialspodcast.com/index.php/episodes/