Do you notice how the before and after images for this project look almost the same? That’s because sometimes the most appropriate repair strategy consists of targeted repairs that address the problems while still preserving the original design intent. As in targeted repairs that don’t look like repairs – so your building looks as good as it did when it was first built.
BC Building Science was retained by the Owners of Sea Breeze as the Building Envelope Consultant for a targeted building envelope renovation at their building. Sea Breeze is a three to four level wood-framed residential apartment building constructed over a below-grade parking garage and containing 61 residential units, located at 2025 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver.
Prior to the building envelope renovation, the existing windows and doors appeared to have aged in conformance with their life expectancy. Some windows were difficult to open or close, or were damaged around the frames. There were draft and condensation issues that couldn’t be effectively controlled due to the thermally inefficient window and door frames.
Finished in 2019, this renovation project by Centra Construction Ltd. included the following work:
- Replacing all original windows and sliding doors with new, energy-efficient, reinforced PVC frame window and door units.
- Including upgraded hardware, insect screens, trims, and new flashings on all new windows.
- Installing a new storefront aluminum frame door at the main front entrance and integrating it with the existing intercom system.
This targeted building envelope renovation has provided improved functionality, durability and energy efficiency to the Owners of Sea Breeze.