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Building Envelope Assessments

Improve the accuracy of your envelope life cycle planning and minimize the impact of envelope failures as you manage your building envelope assets.

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Overview of building envelope assessments

We provide building owners, managers and insurers in North America with support to adequately prepare for life cycle envelope system renewal. Technical assessments also help mitigate the cost and damage of premature building envelope performance problems.

Improve the accuracy of your planning and reduce the costly damage of envelope failures as you manage your building envelope assets. 

Benefits of assessment services   

Whether you are an owner, manager or insurer assessing your existing building stock, we can help guide your building planning and help you control operating costs with trusted timelines for regular renewals or with timely, efficient resolution of unexpected problems.

Building envelope condition assessments 

Our technical assessment services include building envelope condition surveys to address life cycle renewal planning and forensic investigations to address potential problems within a life cycle.

Building envelope condition surveys provide value by:

  • Identifying building envelope deterioration that present health and safety hazards which demand immediate attention
  • Identifying envelope conditions with financial impact to be considered during due diligence in a contemplated building purchase
  • Identifying the timing and capital spending required to maintain an envelope system during its life cycle and to replace the system when necessary

Building envelope forensic investigations

Building envelope forensic investigations provide value by determining the cause and cost effective remedial work solutions for premature performance problems, such as:

  • Water leakage through roofs or windows
  • Condensation on interior surfaces and dangerous icicle formations on exterior surfaces
  • Thermal control causing occupant discomfort and/or frozen water pipes
  • Glass failures
  • Corrosion of fasteners or spalling of masonry
  • Pest infestations, e.g., cluster flies, lady bugs, affecting tenant satisfaction

With the experience and expertise gained from decades of work on existing building stock, coupled with experience in laboratory testing of a wide spectrum of building envelope systems, our dynamic team of highly specialized staff can provide technical assessment services for your projects in North America.

Why UL

We serve as a single gateway to testing, advisory and training services dedicated to the building envelope. Our network of technical experts, state-of-the-art test facilities, and long-standing relationships help you gain the compliance credentials you need to compete in a complex global supply chain and the design and construction community. We can assess and verify building envelope products, systems and structures before, during and after construction.

Knowledge you can trust 

For the design, construction, consultant and owner community, you can rely on our extensive building envelope knowledge and experience to assess and validate the design, materials and performance of your building façade components, systems and structures.

Global reach and access 

For product manufacturers, our experienced staff will advise you on testing requirements from the initial design stage of product development through testing and production. Our experts can assist you in understanding the certification requirements for your specific markets and provide the testing and certification services you need to meet those requirements.

Speed and efficiency

Our cost-effective systems and state-of-the-art facilities cut through the red tape and help accelerate your time to market.

Single-source provider 

We serve as a single gateway to your testing, advisory and training needs and, by bundling services, also help save you valuable time and money. 
 

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