Eisenberg Haven Architects, Inc.
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                      Building Envelope Management
                                                 (How Times Have Changed)

In this tough economy people are preserving what they already have and extending its service life.   This philosophy has never rung more true than with facility managers, property managers and building owners that have been weathering these poor economic times.

The days of just replacing a roof because your capital asset spread sheet sais to are long gone.  Building owners want to add service life, reduce maintenance costs, and maintain a worry free facility.   Unfortunately many are realizing this to late and are having to be reactive to the needs of there buildings.  However with a little forethought the tables can be turned.  An owner can actually save money and wait for better economic times to make large capital investments in there property.  

Eisenberg Haven Architects has been servicing our clients since 1929.  We have seen the ups and downs of the economy.  We have seen technology come and go.  From this we have learned that there is no substitute for keeping in front of your building envelope needs.  It is the barrier that protects your biggest investment.  This means staying informed about the condition of your facility and planning repairs in a timely manor.  In order to do this properly several things are needed. 

This all starts with a comprehensive assessment of a buildings weather proofing systems.  A snap shot in time giving the building owner a clear picture of what they have.   Many times owners are shocked by what they find.

A couple of misconceptions.

A roof that has a 20 year warranty will more often than not provide you with 20 years of service.  We are finding that many warranty's are for the material only.  These are nothing more than an guarantee that the thing you purchased is as advertised.  It does not cover any kind of leaks, installation or anything else with respect to it being on your building.

Roofs don't maintain them self's.  We see this problem allot.   A building owner will refinance his building.  He spends $300,000 on a new roof and with the extra $$$$ he has left over he purchases a new $30,000 truck.  Six months later the truck gets an oil change and gets inspected by the dealer.   Six more months go by and the truck gets its 10K service, at the 2 year mark it gets another service.  This goes on for 5 years.  The truck has had 10-15 oil changes, 3 tune ups, and countless other minor repairs made.  And yet in this same time fame nothing has been done to service the new roof.  

The point being here is that roofs like anything else need to be inspected and serviced.  They need to be cleaned of debris and inspected for damage.   Roofs are allot like a new car.  If you take care of it and fix minor things you will avoid major repair bills and it will last for many many years.   

Masonry walls are not water proof. Brick walls are porous and take on water and then expel it.  A properly designed brick building's skin works with the flashings in the wall to keep a building dry. It was never designed to be that way. For some reason we see building owners applying clear seals to brick buildings under the theory that it will fix there water infiltration problems.