Before you commit to buying, investing in or insuring commercial property in Seattle, Washington, a Property Condition Assessment can detect building envelope problems, moisture infiltration, and energy issues that are not visible to the naked eye.
Building Diagnostics Group (BDG) is a multifaceted consulting firm, founded in 2002, that specializes in infrared building science, aerial thermography, and water testing procedures that enable us to identify the cause and origin of most roof and building failures.
Robert Scherer, President of BDG, is an ITC Certified Level III Thermographer with over 15 years of thermography experience who is certified in Advanced Building Diagnostics. He is also a Certified Indoor Environmentalist and Certified Mold Inspector. He and his highly skilled team of specialists provide the most comprehensive non-destructive building investigations available today.
What is Infrared Thermography?
Infrared thermography (IR) is the science of infrared imaging. It is a passive and cost-effective heat-sensing technique used to “see” and “measure” the thermal energy emitted by objects that cannot be detected by the human eye.
Thermography provides a means for viewing building systems under normal operating conditions to identify abnormally warm or cool areas that indicate moisture intrusion, insulation deficiencies and other energy losses.
Utilizing only high-resolution FLIR SYSTEMS thermography equipment, the highest quality infrared equipment in the industry, and several camera systems designed for different uses and calibrated for specific targets.
With our proven inspection techniques and high-resolution infrared thermography, BDG can quickly identify costly hidden damage behind most facades. This provides the owner or buyer with an accurate understanding of the building’s structural integrity in order to make informed decisions.
We identify potential hidden defects in many different cladding systems, and are often the first to identify signs of a potentially larger problem because water intrusion from the building exterior can take years to show up on the interior, at which point extensive damage has already been done.
During the Property Condition Assessment (PCA), an inspector visits the site and spends several hours or days doing a walk-through of the property and inspecting the building envelope, structural systems, HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing and more.
For each deficiency found, clients receive a report that fully describes the concerns or areas of deferred maintenance found during the inspection, with photo documentation and an estimate of repair costs. Inspection reports can be customized to meet a client’s requirements based on how the report will be used and its intended audience.
We have performed inspection services on 300+ multi-family and commercial properties in excess of 50 million square feet. Our services have identified significant hidden building defects that have cost from $2 to $5 million dollars in underlying structural repairs.
To enlist the services of Building Diagnostics Group for a thorough Property Condition Assessment on your multi-family or commercial property in Seattle, Washington, get in touch with us at (888) 317-4568 or contact us online, and provide us with details about your project.