These topics have been curated to help building owners and managers understand the basics of the building envelope, how and why it deteriorates, and how to navigate the restoration process for successful outcomes.
The Building Envelope
The building envelope comprises those systems that separate the interior from the outside world. No matter how well designed and constructed, they will eventually deteriorate and must be maintained to preserve the building’s integrity.
The cast of characters for a restoration project includes: the building owner or its managing agent, restoration architects and/or engineers, contractors, and attorneys. Learning these essential roles helps owners have clear expectations of who does what.
Understanding the restoration process—from investigation through construction administration—can help owners understand the art and science involved and know what to expect from restoration professionals and contractors.