Commercial Building & Industrial Real Estate Inspections
"ASHI & ICC" CERTIFIED Building Inspections
Testing & Measurement Certifications, CAZ, EPA, PTCS, BA, itc
Commercial Property Condition Report Building Inspections
Buyers / investors / brokers need a professional, knowledgeable and experience company to look out for their best interest. We have over 35 years in the construction trades. 20 years as a licensed general contractor, electrical, mechanical, infrastructure, inspections, building codes, & 10 years in building science. Building Analyst Group Inc, does more than building inspections. We provide testing for indoor air quality, HVAC-R equipment, duct systems, electrical, refrigeration, restaurant equipment and much more.
Exterior: soil erosion, parking, lighting, foundations, slabs, stem wall, roofing material / roofing truss system upper & lower timbers, bearing loads - wind loads - snow loads, cladding - siding, structural framing. Is your building ready for a earthquake? With new laws in effect the exchange of ownership may surprise you! More importantly ADA-”American Disabilities Act”, compliance for our disabled.
The roofing structure and framing of each building is of the most importance, main support beams are sometimes overlooked by less experienced inspectors. The exterior grounds surrounding the building has a large impact on the foundation. Hydrostatic pressures or faulty poor workmanship will cause failure. Commercial buildings are engineered & built different when compared to residential, you need a qualified experienced company.
Interior: electrical, plumbing, flooring, mold, dry rot, fire suppression systems, first aid stations, mechanical, HVAC-R equipment, boilers, HWH “hot water heaters”gas fired equipment, ventilation, test paint and drinking water for lead on request. Radon testing is something we also conduct utilizing electronic equipment, sewer pipe scope inspection when needed. Windows, doors, glazing areas, insulation & all contribute to air leakage and higher energy bills. These areas are inspected and noted on the report.
Ensure the integrity of your building construction by the experts at Building Analyst Group Inc. Building Analyst Group provides a full line of Building inspection services & testing for commercial buildings. Most inspection companies are not certified or licensed to provide testing on commercial buildings. Nor have they spent years conducting installations of the mechanical, electrical, HVAC-R as we have.
We have deadcaded years of experience and thousands of hours in certification courses to meet and exceed the requirements. We feel it is necessary to devote the time in this industry.
Commercial Building Inspection Report Scope of Work
Our Commercial Building Inspections comply with the scope of work specified in ASTM E2018 and includes a comprehensive visual inspection of the building's construction including the following:
Building structure and foundation
Roof condition and remaining useful life
Electrical panels and wiring
Plumbing fixtures and piping
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
Landscape, irrigation, site grading & drainage
Our years of experience inspecting & analyzing commercial buildings uniquely qualifies us to inspect even the largest buildings. Some may believe that if a licensed home inspector knows how to inspect the average typical home and they are also capable of inspecting any type, size, or age of property. This can be a costly misconception. It is important to choose an inspector whose skill set matches the complexity of their training or experience. Systems commonly found in commercial buildings are typically more complicated than most inspectors are capable of handling.
We specialize in many type of commercial building inspections. Hotels & motels can be complex if you have no idea of what you are doing. Each room may have it’s set of issues. Boiler rooms, mechanical rooms, roof systems, structural all has to be inspected closely. Then we move on to ADA rooms and codes. Last but not least the swimming pool. Again pumps, filter systems, boilers, ventilation to the pool structure. I cannot begin to tell you of the issues we find. I suppose with the years of experience and years of building science background our inspection uncover issues that standard inspectors would miss.
Apartment buildings. Can be time consuming if you have never done one. Each apartment “just like a home” plumbing, structural, electrical, mechanical, ceilings, roof, etc. With any structure a spot on inspection has to be completed. When you have several stories then it gets serious. On this particular building we found potential structural failure. on the third floor balcony south end, plus the signs of the siding cause us to look deeper.
We’ve seen them all. Rooftops, attics and the structure that holds them up. Better be on your toes when you inspect commercial roofs. We have found many large roofs with not enough ventilation, leaky roof jacks, dryrote. Sure enough each time we find mold growth on the underside sheeting when the ventilation is not installed correctly.
Cheap fix. The owner of this property didnt want to spend the money for a roofer.
I suppose the owner didn’t think it was a big deal to knock a big hole through this firewall in attic. On this 20,000 sq foot roof attic someone forgot to check codes for securing cabling and electrical.
Convenient stores, grocery stores, wood mills, nuclear reactors, multi dwelling condos office buildings,factories to restaurants. We have literally spent decades inside of various sizes buildings troubleshooting and installing mechanical equipment, air flow, duct systems, makeup air, insulation, air barriers, thermal barriers, air quality, solar loading, roofs and more. Twenty five years ago our focus was only in state & federal facilities and now we serve all facilities.
My partner “wife” in this picture is a great deal of help. She knows exactly what I’m looking for in commercial kitchens and fast food restaurants. Years ago I use to build commercial kitchens and install refrigeration equipment. When I tell you nothing will get past me you better believe it. HVAC-R, gas fired equipment, ventilation and air flow movement, calculations, testing, etc.
We do check temperatures on refrigeration equipment and also on ovens, then check flue draft of vents, pacals on draft hoods. If you are going to do a professional job for your clients, you should do a accurate job. Right!
A good example commercial ovens should be checked. We set the temperature for 250 degrees. 10 minutes later it did not reach its goal.
Small issues makes a difference! Lead in the drinking water, potential fire from the flue. And the double wall vent didn’t have screws under the tape.
I don’t know to many inspectors that would try to lift up a corner piece of roofing material to check. Plus can you see the other issues? I would fire the roofing company that installed this brand new roof.
This is a prime example of inspecting foundations.
Commercial Property Inspections
Building materials like lead, mold and asbestos are often hidden in the recesses of buildings, or under layers of subsequent renovation and refinishing. If you or your environmental consultant do not know what to look for regarding a commercial property inspection, then toxic materials might be easily overlooked – which is very problematic and hazardous. We have the experience to inspect areas that may contain hidden environmental issues.
Support Beams Are The Backbone Of Any Building
HVAC-R Equipment Inspections.
Restaurant Equipment Testing & Inspections
Boilers & Venting. Efficentcy Counts!
Interior & Exterior Lighting. High Cost Of Electric Usage.
Commercial Roofs Are Costley.
Medical Facilities Pressure Testing. Keeping Airborn Germs In Check.
C-Stores & Gas Station Inspections.
Most of our clients request a standard narrative Property Condition Report. The narrative report discusses each building system and will describe all of the significant concerns or defects that were found during the inspection. There are two main approaches in designing an inspection; the whole building approach and the systems approach.
Let Our Professional Team Protect You and Your Investment
Experience in commercial office buildings, retail properties/strip malls, restaurants, schools, multi-plexes and apartments
Commercial inspections adhere to the ASHI SOP
Custom computer generated narrative inspection report with photos
Locally owned and operated with a full time professional office staff
This approach encourages owners to look at the systems of a building rather than the whole building. Each building system can be designed to achieve greater efficiency as a whole rather than as a collection of components. However system approach is faster and less expensive. Smaller businesses can benefit by system approach rather than whole building approach. A 5000 square foot commercial building has less equipment to evaluate. Evaluation of several pieces of electrical equipment that is outlined for using the most energy is conducted.
Commercial Inspections should cover the following areas. We have included additional services that maybe of interest.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Assessments
Structural & Foundations
Welding Joints "Existing Buildings
Furnace / AC Units
Electrical Panels & Outlets
Parking Lots / Lighting / Timers
Egress / Emergency Lighting
Chimney "Scope Inspection"
Water Heater / Boilers
Roof and Gutters
Kitchen Appliances / Countertops
Commercial Kitchen Cooking Equipment
Mechanical Equipment Testing "Additional"
Exhaust Hoods "Testing"
Foundations / Framing / Welding Joints
Driveways / Sidewalks / Handicap
Porches / Decks / Stairs / Railings
Fences / Retaining Walls
Attics / Insulation / Ventilation
Makeup Air & Duct Systems
Floors / Walls / Ceilings
Doors / Windows / Glazing Areas
Siding / Trim
Plumbing Systems / Drainage / Landscapes
Bathrooms / Handicap Accessible
Basements / Slabs
Fire Suppression Systems
Swimming Pools / Saunas
Watersheds / Drainage / Water Screens
Underground Sewer Pipe Scope "Additional"
Air Quality / CO & CO2 / Mold / Mildew / Asbestos
Gas Leak Testing
Humidity Testing / Temperature Data Logging
Environmental Concerns Lead Testing "Additional"
Energy Usage Verification "Additional"
Soil Testing "Additional"
Concrete Slab Core Samples "Additional"
Water Testing "Additional"
Sewer Line Scope Inspection "Additional"
Building / Room Pressure Testing "Additional"
Boilers & hot water heaters: Age, gas, electric, oil. efficiency, stack temperatures, CO, CO2 & oxygen levels in flue gases, flue drafts are also measured
Restaurant Equipment: Gas fired appliances should be calibrated once per year. Refrigeration units thermostats should also be checked for accuracy, exhaust systems
Duct systems: Measure air flow & temperatures from the supply and return. We also measure static pressures. Duct leakage will result in building pressure changes and energy loss
HVAC-R systems. We conduct an inspection of HVAC equipment. Test compressor amp loads. In some cases we use digital meters to review super heat and line temperatures. Check evaporator and condenser coils. Document temperatures of refrigeration walk-ins, reach in's. Check seals, box leakage
Building pressures: We measure pressures per building, per room. Negative or high pressures will increase energy usage. Could also effect health and safety
Air balancing per office / room. We measure each room's air flow and temperatures.