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Quebec facades inspection

Date Added: August 02, 2016 06:51:36 PM
Author: Mounir
Category: Business & Economy: Services and Supplies: Building and Construction
In Quebec, the owners of buildings with five or more floors must keep the facades of their buildings in a good condition, to ensure safety and avoid the development of dangerous situations.

The Régie du bâtiment du Québec delivered in March 2013 an update of the Code for ameliorating the safety of the building’s facades. Today, every owner of those buildings (five or more floors) must engage a building engineer to check the facades every five years.

The engineer should produce a detailed report affirming that the facades do not present any dangerous condition that could put the occupants or the public at risk. In the report, the real condition of the facades and the recommendations to correct the defects by priority should be described. Furthermore, the engineer has to define in his report the symptoms and locations of damages which can lead to dangerous conditions.

These symptoms include: water infiltration, signs of efflorescence, rust stains, flaking, cracks, deformation, displacement of the veneer as well as fastening problems which could present a risk of falling down of some facade’s elements.

Damage of building’s envelope can originate from the natural aging of the buildings materials, lack of maintenance, design or construction mistakes, or a combination of these factors.

The goal of the inspection by an engineer is to verify the real condition of the elements that make up the building envelope in order to figure if they are safe, and to propose the correction and maintenance works that will be required over the next five years to maintain the building’s facades in a good condition.
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