Did You Know the CDC Recommends Regular Building Inspections?

Historic Building Renovation Monitored by CBC | Isabella Apartments, Wash. D.C. Historic Building Renovation Monitored by CBC | Isabella Apartments, Wash. D.C.

 

Building repairs are prioritized and estimated in a Property Condition Assessment, also known as a “PCA.” A certified building inspector conducts the PCA and documents the building site inspection with narrative, repair estimates, and photographs in a Property Condition Report. The report summarizes data on a building’s major systems and structural soundness, and is delivered by Commercial Building Consultants, LLC to the client within 7-10 business days. Expedited requests receive higher priority including communications from the field should an inspector discover a major issue.

 

Whatever the client requests, CBC delivers. “Our clients have skin in the game and that’s why they count on us to tell them what’s really going on with a building,” Greg Trotter said during a recent interview. Later, I read the Property Condition Report for the above Newton Street historic building and reviewed the renovations for this $4 million dollar renovation project.

 

Loose bricks on the exterior of this building were transformed into a beautiful facade, restoring an historic structure built in the 1890s and revitalizing this area of Washington, D.C., which is now home to luxury apartment buildings in a pedestrian friendly community.

 

Office buildings, historic structures, multi-family apartment complexes and mixed-use developments that have routine Property Condition Assessments receive regular Property Condition Reports prioritizing immediate needs repairs. This detailed summary includes recommendations for all visible physical deficiencies observed during the site visit. These can be used for renovation purposes as well as planning regular maintenance and repair budgets. But, instead of focusing solely on the built environment, let us consider the tenants for a moment. After all, aren’t they the ones living, working, and playing in town centers, hotels, and multi-family apartment complexes?

 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that building owners inspect commercial buildings regularly.  

 

Why the CDC Recommends Regular Building Inspections

 

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all building owners conduct regular inspections and carefully maintain HVAC systems. The CDC states the following in its National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Alert No. 2013-102:

 

  • “Regularly inspect building areas such as roofs, ceilings, walls, basements, crawl spaces, and slab construction for evidence of dampness; take prompt steps to identify and correct the causes of any dampness problems found.

 

  • Conduct regularly scheduled inspections of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and promptly correct any problems.

 

  • Prevent high indoor humidity through the proper design and operation of HVAC systems. Dry any porous building materials that have become wet from leaks or flooding within 48 hours.

 

  • Clean and repair or replace any building materials that are moisture-damaged or show evidence of visible mold growth.

 

  • Follow remediation guidelines such as those established by the following agencies: Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings [EPA 2008] and American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold [AIHA 2008].”

 

To learn more, please download the publication: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2013-102/

 

For more information on Property Condition Assessments and how CBC can assist with your Historic Renovation projects, please see the company’s website:

 http://www.commercialbuildingconsultants.com/projects/

 

I’ll discuss the CDC’s recommendations for building inspections in my next post. Check back for more commercial real estate investment information and news next week. 

 

Cheers,

 

Vicki Nelson