Building Envelope Upgrades

  • While inspecting the exterior of this building I came across multiple concerns. This building was constructed in the 1990’s which had face sealed stucco, original aluminum windows with wood trim and no flashings. There was significant concern for moisture ingress as the building envelope was not up to current BC building code standards. I recognize that building code changes over the years but there were multiple components on the building that will require significant upgrades. These types of concerns must be noted during the inspection as it could be a significant expense for the potential buyers of the condo.

Age Doesn’t Matter – Home Inspections Are Required

Just because your home is new, has occupancy, and passed city code inspections, do you think that it is safe to live in? For many, the common-sense answer would be yes. But, here’s a great example of why you should have your home inspected. I came across this safety issue in a townhouse that was only 5 years old.

It’s amazing how many times I have come across fresh air intake problems. Fresh air intake issues can lead to producing dangerous carbon monoxide, as well as poor efficiency and damage to gas burning appliances. This concern is particularly alarming, as I am fairly certain that every furnace room in the townhouse complex may be installed the same way.

The concern here is that the contractor installed the wrong type of vent cover – one that has a flapper which doesn’t allow fresh air to enter the furnace room. This is a significant safety concern – but it can be easily fixed by removing the flapper or changing the vent cover. My client was notified of this concern. It was recommended to contact the strata to have this issue potentially resolved throughout the townhouse complex.