Building Condition Assessment
Often one of the first steps in a conservation project, a condition assessment provides an understanding of a building’s deterioration patterns and structural systems (including building envelope and roof systems). A condition assessment can be used as a starting point for further evaluation, a guideline for next steps, and a communication document for stakeholders.
Level 1 Condition Assessment:
A visual inspection-based assessment resulting in a letter report to the client describing global findings and/or concerns. This evaluation is useful if the client wants general feedback, or if the client wants to start with a first-step assessment that can more clearly define the parameters of a future assessment.
Level 2 Condition Assessment:
Using visual inspection with some non- and minimally invasive investigation into the building. This level of assessment is significantly more comprehensive, providing clear guidance on next steps and recommendations. The final deliverable is a reviewed report summarizing what was found, how our evaluation was done, and our end recommendations. For the majority of projects, a Level 2 Condition Assessment will provide a strong basis from which to move on to design.
Level 3 Condition Assessment:
Very detailed building diagnostics that provide important information for addressing complex problems. Their value stems from their ability to greatly reduce construction work in major buildings by having a better understanding of underlying issues. Tools and deliverables will vary case by case.
Fully understanding a building can require unique tools to gain a greater depth of knowledge. As well as the standard inspection tools Heritage Standing Inc. uses the following as required and called for:
- Investigation Tools that are part of HSI resources:
- Moisture meters
- Short range metal detectors
- Laser lines and levels
- Vibration sensors
- High definition thermo cameras
- Investigation Tools HSI has experience using:
- Ground penetration radar
- Investigation Tools HSI engages support on:
- Flat-jack testing
- Impact echo