UV Stability of Building Materials

An oft-overlooked characteristic of building materials is stability when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light (i.e. sunlight ☀️). Some building materials are specifically intended for long term exposure to UV light, but many are not. Those that are not often have limited periods of time for which they remain stable when exposed to UV, and after that time they may degrade to the point that performance is reduced.

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Brookline Requires Facade Inspections

The Town of Brookline, Massachusetts Building Department requires periodic inspections for multi-family residential buildings in the town. The inspections are required every 5 years, and it is the building owner’s responsibility to apply for inspection and certification.

As part of the application process, the building owner is required to submit reports from experts who have evaluated certain building systems. Among the building systems that must be evaluated every 5 years in Brookline is the facade (exterior walls) including parapets for masonry buildings over 2 stories. The intent of this requirement is to identify and address any falling hazards that may exist.

Per the Brookline Building Commissioner:

…a Facade/Parapet certification for masonry buildings 3 stories or higher must be prepared and submitted by a Licensed Professional (i.e. Structural Eng., Architect) to the Building Department.

Brookline Building Commissioner

To meet Brookline’s requirements the building owner must submit an Application for Certificate of Inspection available from the Town of Brookline Building Department website. Expert reports are to be submitted along with the application.

If you’re a Brookline building owner we would be happy to help with this required facade and parapet certification. Contact us to discuss options or to setup an inspection.

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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