Property Condition Assessments & Life-cycle Cost Analysis

Building assessments are an important part of building ownership and management. Our experienced engineering staff provides expert building and facility condition assessments. Public agencies and private companies alike will benefit from an in depth understanding of the condition of their buildings. Ensuring that a building envelope provides a proper moisture and thermal barrier will result in a building that is comfortable and healthy. Verifying proper operation of mechanical and electrical systems also contributes to a beneficial living and working environment. With this understanding, building managers and building owners can determine what system maintenance, upgrades or modifications are needed to help them establish capital improvement and maintenance budgets.

Our building assessments analyze:

  • Building envelope (roof, walls, windows, doors)
  • Existing building systems
  • Energy efficient solutions
  • Indoor air quality
  • Life safety conditions
  • Code compliance
  • Life cycle costing

Typical tests included in HICAPS building assessments are:

  • Visual Inspection (knowledge of life expectancy of building materials and systems)
  • Detailed investigation at transitions of different building materials
  • Water leakage at building exterior (testing to reference standards)
  • Air leakage of building envelope (testing to reference standards)
  • Operating parameters of mechanical systems: electrical current, temperature differential
 HICAPS building assesment qualifications include:
  • Certified Professional Constructors
  • Member, American Institute of Constructors
  • Professional Engineers, civil and mechanical disciplines
  • General Contractor License: NC, SC, VA, TN, FL
  • Certified Energy Manager
  • Extensive building construction experience

Some of HICAPS Accomplishments in the area of building assessments include:

  • Constructability reviews of drawings and specifications
  • Construction quality assurance: pre-installation mock-ups
  • Construction testing: exterior walls, concrete moisture
  • Building Condition Assessment: pre purchase investigation
  • Window failure investigation
  • Whole building air tightness testing
  • Photographic documentation, with analysis and recommendations
  • Analysis of cost to repair versus cost to ignore
  • Support owners or contractors in building deficiencies claims

For more information on how HICAPS can help you with your Building Condition Assessments contact us.