Supplementary to the enhanced design and field review, a more inclusive commissioning plan is typically integrated at various levels depending on the risk tolerance of the Client. BCBS typically works with the Client to establish a custom commissioning plan that meets their expectations. BCBS’s Envelope Commissioning Plan typically will include:
- Building Envelope Material and Installation Testing
- Deficiency Reviews / Year 0 Reviews
For site testing, BCBS follows recognized standards (ASTM, CSA, AAMA, etc.) where appropriate. Services provided include:
- Water penetration testing of glazing systems (under static pressure);
- Water penetration testing of glazing systems’ interfacing details;
- Flood testing of membrane systems for water penetration and slope confirmation;
- Air tightness testing of glazing and wall systems;
- Air tightness testing of Whole Buildings;
- Smoke testing and thermal imaging to determine air leakage paths;
- Paint adhesion testing;
- Membrane thickness determination and adhesion testing;
- Moisture content determination and monitoring; and
- Absorption testing of veneer claddings (brick, concrete, etc.).
For deficiency reviews after construction but before occupancy, BCBS provides a complete deficiency review of the building envelope systems. This assists the Contractor in ensuring that the envelope systems are as complete as possible at building turn-over. The deficiency review further ensures that the trades that were involved in the construction bring their expertise to the completion of the building and truly complete their work prior to occupancy. This is becoming a much more critical consideration to our Clients as it can reduce the magnitude of deficiencies identified during the warranty period.
By providing these additional services, BCBS contributes to an overall quality control program that suits the Owner’s / Developer’s risk tolerance and expectations.
For examples of buildings we have contributed these services to, see Portfolio.