We Help You Cut Costs, Stay Compliant & Increase The Life Expectancy of Your Buildings.

Most big cities have façade inspection safety ordinances for high-rise buildings to protect people and property from the harmful effects of falling objects. Licensed engineers or registered architects must certify building-safe conditions, according to specifications established in these ordinances. For example, every five years the City of Boston requires the following:


  1. Inspection of building facades of 125 feet in height or less may be performed visually with aid of binoculars or other equipment, or from adjacent structures.

  2. Facade elevations higher than 125 feet above grade shall include a close-up visual inspection dropping down a minimum of each elevation.

Inspectors look for obvious life safety conditions, and anywhere water can infiltrate the façade where it is not designed to go, because water infiltration is a catalyst for the development of unsafe conditions. This is especially true in cold climates where the freeze thaws cycles of water in the wrong places and causes damage to the physical materials the buildings are constructed with.

This isn’t rocket science. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in materials science to know that keeping a building watertight is good preventive maintenance. But, knowing what to look for, where to look, what to call it, knowing how to fix it, who can fix it, and how much it’s going to cost, is worthy of a doctorate.

Elements Management’s MA-based masonry and waterproofing engineers provide commercial waterproofing inspection services that help building owners and managers identify problems in your building envelope (foundation, wall assembly, roofing systems, glazing, doors, and other penetrations). We help our clients cut costs, stay safe, and increase the life expectancy of their facility.

We Conduct Thorough Building Envelope Inspections, Diagnose the cause and resulting damage from pesky leaks ,andmake sure these issues are resolved with high-quality work at an economical price..

There are at least 6 sides of every building, all designed to keep out the elements. Though roofs are often associated with water damage, they are not the only part of a building susceptible to water damage..

It is just as important for building health and comfort to keep water from entering through walls, windows, doors, and foundations. These other culprits are stealthier than roofs. When roofs leak, they sound the alarm by dripping on your workspace, but when walls and foundations leak, they may sneak under to radar undetected for a period of time while water damage is having its way.

Commercial waterproofing condition assessment and design in the greater Boston MA area.
When there is a need to inspect the other components of a building envelope, Elements Management conducts a thorough inspection to determine all areas that require further investigation, repair, restoration, or replacement of systems. There might be gaps, cracks, broken seals, or building grade issues forcing water into the building. Apart from focusing on problems at hand, we also anticipate unforeseen conditions and identify code compliance issues (if there are any).

Each repair item is asssigned a condition assessment with a priority rating, and the locations and quantities of issues are marked on schematic elevation drawings. We refer to these drawings as scoping plans, which are supported by photographs and written descriptions.

With this information, we meet with our clients to agree on a scope of work and preliminary design that meets the building owner’s objectives.

Based on our inspection, we design options and cost estimates for an effective and efficient solution.

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