We assist our clients with system selection, including the pros and cons of the various systems, unit prices, life expectancy estimates, replacement costs, and maintenance information. We provide our clients with valuable insight on building envelope systems integration and compatibility early in the design process.
ABB provides third-party peer review of construction drawings and specifications and consulting services for all types of building structures. We review plans and details for general conformance with material manufacturers’ requirements, industry standards, and materials selection decisions. Additionally, our recommendations include key function and performance suggestions regarding water penetration, air infiltration, condensation, thermal transfer, durability, and economy.
Upon completion of the peer review, we deliver a detailed report with an itemized list of comments and recommendations for coordination and implementation into the project design.
When the architect, owner, or developer wishes to manage their project risk and reduce their liability, ABB may act as the Engineer of Record (EOR). As EOR, ABB will produce drawings and specifications related to the building envelope systems that are then included within the project’s construction documents and issued for permitting, bidding, and construction.
Construction phase support services are an integral portion of the EOR service. These services can be augmented with construction monitoring up to and including a full time presence on the project.
Historically, the most common area of building failure is the exterior enclosure. When applied systematically, commissioning services can significantly reduce the risk of future water infiltration, improve facility operation, and reduce the cost of the facility for the life of the building.
ABB provides Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) services, which establish design standards and offer verification. ABB’s intensive quality assurance process meets the goals set out by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) for exterior enclosure commissioning.