STANDARDIZATION OF BUILDING AUDITS
Consulting Engineers, and other building science professionals, have a new tool to assist in conducting technical audits of buildings. The Institute for Research in Construction, in a joint project with the office of the Auditor General of Canada, has developed new guidelines that were published in the fall.
The new guidelines will give building owners an independent standard, upon which the scope of audit required for their building can be established. The audit scope is dependent upon the general condition of the building and its systems, and the amount of money available to the owner.
The publication consists of technical protocols and explanatory information, intended to give building owners or managers a clear idea of the condition of their buildings, or provide an assessment of various components or systems that may be creating difficulties.
Audits that serve to provide early detection of possible problems are important in preventing deterioration, damage to neighbouring components or systems and even outright failures. An audit assesses the condition of the building's components, or systems, and establishes a basis for a coordinated program of activities to maintain or upgrade buildings in a cost effective manner.
Audits are usually done when a building is to be bought, leased or considered for a major mid-life renovation, and are a normal part of asset management or portfolio evaluation. However, while owners or managers may recognize the need for an audit, they often do not know how to specify the level of detail required. The IRC publication provides bench marks to help them make informed choices.
Walters Consulting Corporation's success in the building audit industry can be attributed to our team approach to the evaluation of the major elements of the building, such as the structure, the envelope, interior finishes, elevators, mechanical, electrical and life safety systems. Our team approach includes the building operating and commissioning staff.
The IRC guidelines promise to aid building owners in their understanding of technical audits, thus improving the level of service we can provide to them.
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