Our work can be found on high-rise residential buildings, banks, hospitals, hotels, retail stores, office buildings and shopping centers throughout the county.
Cladding technology is constantly changing with the development of new materials and systems.
Façade+Envelope is here to make sure you make fast and reasonable decisions as we evaluate the pros and cons of the building options available. Our experience with hundreds of projects gives us the opportunity to develop cladding designs that will remain in place for the life of the building.
Success is achieved through the open communication between engineer and client.
Façade+Envelope’s engineering services include the assessment of projects for compliance with building codes, construction standards and general inspections to ensure acceptable building conditions. We also provide design specifications and inspection of building envelope components, and design of exterior building envelope systems like roofing, waterproofing, windows, wall cladding, and more.
The way to assess that a product has met its performance requirements is through testing.
Facade+Envelope uses state of the art testing equipment to conduct field water and air infiltration testing as well as structural load testing. These tests allow us to find performance issues which may not be easily identified through visual inspection only.
Water Infiltration Testing
Air Infiltration Testing
“This test method is a standard procedure for determining the resistance to water penetration under uniform or cyclic static air pressure differences of installed exterior windows, skylights, curtain walls, and doors.”
This field check procedure is intended to evaluate those joints, gaskets and sealant details in the glazing which are designed to remain permanently closed and water tight.
The purpose of this specification is to provide a guide which can be used to evaluate the installed performance of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems for resistance to water penetration under controllable and reproducible wind driven rain conditions.
The purpose of this specification is to provide a method which can be used to evaluate the installed performance of fenestration products for air leakage resistance and water penetration resistance under controllable, reproducible, and appropriate conditions.
This test method provides a field procedure for determining the air leakage rates of installed exterior windows and doors.
Structural Load Testing
This guide provides the user with a method for testing the watertightness of waterproofing installations applied to horizontal surfaces having a slope not greater than 20 mm/m (2% slope) (1⁄4 in. per ft).
This test method describes the determination of the structural performance of exterior windows, doors, skylights, and curtain walls under uniform static air pressure differences, using a test chamber.
This test method covers a procedure to determine the mechanical uplift resistance of concrete and clay roof tiles, which relates to the wind resistance of an air-permeable roof tile system as applied to a roof.
This test method covers a procedure to determine the resistance of a section of the exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) to outward loads imposed on an existing exterior wall assembly that has been in place on the building for an unspecified period of time
This Testing Application Standard (TAS) covers procedures for withdrawal resistance testing of fasteners used for attachment of various components to various substrate materials.
This Application Standard is a product application quality control test to confirm: 1) sufficient bonding by the mortar or adhesive to the tile and underlayment in a mortar or adhesive set tile system; or 2) effective mechanical attachment of components within a rigid discontinuous roof system.
This Protocol covers the determination of the resistance to uplift pressure of newly installed, adhered, built-up, bituminous roofing systems over mechanically attached or adhered rigid board insulation over various deck types.
Inspection is essential in ensuring that your building is well-protected in order to prevent potential problems before they occur.
Façade+Envelope specializes in the inspection and recommendation of solutions to building defects that compromise the building’s structure. We are able to apply engineering knowledge when conducting investigations of field conditions.