The Importance of the Building Envelope
Never underestimate the importance of the building envelope.
Too often a casual attitude prevails: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This can easily translate into the building owner world in a similar way: “If it ain’t leaking, don’t fix it.”
Maintenance and repairs are not mutually exclusive – they go hand-in-hand. Small repairs = reasonable cost. Emergency repairs = there goes the yearly budget in one fell swoop.
Simple enough, right?
Here are the Top 7 reasons why you need a maintenance plan:
Maintenance plans are specifically curated for your facility. A building envelope consultant will investigate and assess the condition through testing and on-site visits to know exactly where the deficiencies of your facility lie.
2. Go Green
Energy loss is reduced. The U.S. Department of Energy states that 46% of energy is lost through the building envelope. Keep those utility bills low.
3. Live Long and Prosper
The life-cycle of building components are maximized. Regular maintenance extends the life of windows, roofs, windows, HVAC units, and more. Think of the cost savings!
4. Budget Friendly
Reasonable maintenance costs over time are far less expensive than emergency repairs or premature building envelope replacement.
5. Peace of Mind
A five to ten year plan brings peace of mind. You know what needs to be done and when. No more guessing or forgetting.
6. Press the Easy Button
When developed by a building envelope consultant, maintenance plans are easy to understand and execute. Less stress. Less worry.
7. You’re Smart
It’s proactive, not reactive. Protecting your assets through a maintenance plan is the single most important action item a building owner or facility manager can do.
Bonus Tip: Hire a BE Consultant
A building envelope consultant covers the gamut of maintenance needs: assess, test, design, recommend and implement. There’s no one more qualified to create and execute a maintenance plan.