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Building Envelope Consulting

Partner’s Building Envelope Solutions (BES) team provides lifecycle services from pre-acquisition assessments to cost-saving asset management programs, replacement design and oversight, sustainability solutions, and more. Our experts in roofing, waterproofing, and façade systems are equipped with state-of-the-art access and testing methods to assess building envelope performance. With unparalleled geographic coverage and a deep bench of architects, engineers, and qualified specialists, we deliver consistent, scalable solutions for your entire portfolio.

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Assessments

Whether in the context of a Property Condition Assessment, Facility Condition Assessment, or as a stand-alone report, Partner’s BES team can deliver the depth and data you need regarding the condition of building envelope systems. Our assessments can be customized to suit your objectives, including property acquisition, capital planning, asset optimization, efficiency and/or sustainability initiatives, or disposition—Partner’s BES assessments support all phases of the property lifecycle.

Building envelope assessments can provide a realistic picture of the current condition and project the remaining useful life of the roof, façade, and waterproofing systems. Partner’s building envelope team can assess any building with in-house technology and qualified staff, including:

  • Industrial Rope Access Team– qualified technical assessors who are also Certified Professional Rope Access Technicians use specialized rigging to examine high or limited-access building facades.
  • Aerial Roof Assessment– combines the efficiency, access, and safety of unmanned aerial (drone) videography with the expertise of a qualified technical assessor.
  • Infrared Scanning: Infrared or thermographic cameras can moisture that might not be visible by unaided visual inspection: water-soaked insulation or moisture within wall cavities, roofs, or ceiling areas; leaky pipes in floor systems; or water intrusion around windows and doors. Infrared scanning can also identify moisture in walls that are below grade, indicating that the perimeter waterproofing system has failed.
Specialty Testing

Partner’s BES team includes technical experts with vast experience in all types of building envelope testing, from adhesion testing of applied air barriers to large-scale, whole-building testing. Leveraging the applied science behind these testing methods allows Partner to be a vital part of your facility management or construction team. If you need post-testing support, we can analyze test results and recommend improvement measures. We also offer construction oversight or owners’ representation for the implementation of improvements for a turnkey solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The building envelope plays a crucial role in maintaining indoor comfort, energy efficiency, and structural integrity. It helps regulate temperature, control humidity, prevent water infiltration, and reduce energy consumption.

Common issues include air leakage, water infiltration, thermal bridging, inadequate insulation, and moisture buildup. These problems can lead to discomfort, energy inefficiency, and structural damage if not addressed properly.

Regular inspection and maintenance are essential for ensuring the continued effectiveness of the building envelope. This includes checking for signs of damage, repairing any leaks or cracks, cleaning gutters and drainage systems, and replacing worn-out components as needed.

Upgrading or implementing effective building envelope solutions can offer numerous benefits, including:

Increased energy efficiency: Improved insulation and air sealing can significantly reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling, leading to lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint.
Enhanced occupant comfort: A well-sealed and insulated building envelope helps maintain consistent indoor temperatures, reducing drafts and creating a more comfortable living or working environment.
Improved indoor air quality: By preventing moisture intrusion and controlling air infiltration, building envelope solutions can help reduce the risk of mold growth and improve overall indoor air quality.
Extended building lifespan: A properly designed and maintained building envelope protects the structure from the elements, reducing wear and tear and extending its lifespan.
Increased building value: Buildings with high-performance envelopes are often more attractive to potential buyers or tenants, leading to higher property values.

Selecting the appropriate building envelope solutions depends on several factors, including:

Building type and use: Residential buildings have different requirements compared to commercial or industrial facilities.
Local climate and weather conditions: The specific weather challenges in your region will influence the choice of materials and design strategies.
Budgetary constraints: Building envelope solutions can range from basic improvements to high-performance systems, and the cost will vary accordingly.
Desired aesthetic and architectural considerations: The chosen materials and design should complement the overall building aesthetics.
It’s recommended to consult with an experienced building professional or architect to assess your specific needs and recommend the most suitable building envelope solutions for your project.

Digging Deeper

Roof Asset Management Program

Partner’s Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP) provides superior evaluation, reporting, maintenance, and capital planning support under one annual fee. Extend the life of your roofs and protect your warranties with our innovative program that minimizes reactive spending and provides the data you need to make strategic repair and replacement decisions. RMP allows owners to accurately budget for roof maintenance, control the timing of roof replacement and repair, and maintain a documented history of roof inspection and maintenance for use in warranty claims and disposition negotiations. Applied programmatically, the program can save portfolio owners millions in emergency repairs, unpredicted capital expenses, and disrupted operations.

Planning & Design

Partner’s BES team applies a holistic approach to developing the most efficient building envelope for your project. With customizable scopes to meet your objectives, our industry experts can help your project team develop and implement a comprehensive plan for installing or replacing building envelope systems. From identifying project requirements through specification, installation/construction, testing, and beyond–on new or existing buildings—our team applies decades of building envelope and construction experience to your building envelope commissioning projects.

Rooftop Safety Services

Combining our technical expertise with a focus on health and safety outcomes and process improvement, Partner’s Rooftop Safety Services can help reduce liability, protect staff and service providers, and meet OSHA, ASME, and ANSI standards.

  • Rooftop Safety Audits: Performed per OSHA, ANSI & Cal-OSHA standards, a hazard assessment of the rooftop to identify access points, unprotected edges, and open sides, walking paths, rooftop equipment, and openings.
  • Davit/Tie Back Visual Inspections: visual davit and tie-back assessments with detailed roof plans and reports by OSHA certified competent person. Data can be aggregated into cloud portal for easy access.
  • Davit/Tie Back Load Testing: load testing of facade access systems per OSHA 1910.66, ASME A120.1 & Cal-OSHA Standards. Partner utilizes certified, in-house personnel and equipment.

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