There’s a ton of great resources online for aspiring building envelope nerds, much of it available free of charge. In the spirit of better buildings for all of us, I wanted to start sharing some of them here on the blog.Read more
We recently investigated a report of water “leakage” at a suburban Boston townhouse. The owner described a history of water infiltration at several locations throughout the home. As it turned out the bigger problem was not water leakage, but condensation.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more