Commercial Building Real Estate Inspections

"ASHI & ICC" CERTIFIED Building Inspections

Testing & Measurement Certifications, CAZ, EPA, PTCS, BA, itc

Oregon: 503-884-4866

buildinganalystgroup@gmail.com

Oregon: 503-884-4866


We travel the Pacific Northwest providing our building inspection & testing services at no additional cost. We enjoy showing our clients what a professional company can do for them. Once you experience our services, you will wonder why you continue using the same old company you have been using. Yes we are that different!

Commercial building Real Estate Inspections conducted by a certified, ASHI,ICC licensed inspector. We inspect motels, hotels, apartments, restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, office buildings, retail, grocery stores, malls.

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.

Our clients receive the up most positive experience with us. Why?

  • The knowledge with years of experience we deliver far exceeds the common home inspectors ability

  • Custom designed engineered inspection templates

  • We include more photos and report on facts

  • We do not rush our inspections to get to the next inspection

  • Our focus is to provide the client with clear unbiased reports

  • We are state licensed and nationally certified

  • We are certified to offer building inspection condition reports “testing”, our competition does not!

  • Our level of certified inspections include ICC building codes, ASHI building inspections, itc, EPA, BA, CAZ, PTCS testing.


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

  • Building Cladding

  • Building envelope

  • ADA accessibility

  • Electrical panels and wiring

  • Tenant improvements

  • Contractor defects

  • Pavement systems

  • Plumbing fixtures and piping

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems

  • Landscape, irrigation, site grading & drainage


In business for 19 years as a general contractor and prior to that I have worked with some of the best building trade organizations in the country. Our knowledge and experience came from honorable and knowledgeable professional companies that anyone would be proud of.   

  • Building Analyst Group uses the latest technology and equipment and can perform inspections efficiently, without disturbing worksites.

  • We respond quickly and are priced fairly and accurately.

  • Building Analyst Group handles just about any test seamlessly—from vacant buildings to multi-billion dollar office towers.

  • We have a Building Science background.

  • We enjoy troubleshooting building environmental issues.

  • We utilize the latest technology & testing instruments.

  • We have worked in many states across our great country in many types of climate zones.


Commercial Building Inspections
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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Cheap fix. The owner of this property didnt want to spend the money for a roofer.

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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.   

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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.

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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!

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A good example commercial ovens should be checked. We set the temperature for 250 degrees. 10 minutes later it did not reach its goal.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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Support Beams Are The Backbone Of Any Building

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HVAC-R Equipment Inspections.

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Restaurant Equipment Testing & Inspections

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Boilers & Venting. Efficentcy Counts!

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Interior & Exterior Lighting. High Cost Of Electric Usage.

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Commercial Roofs Are Costley.

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Medical Facilities Pressure Testing. Keeping Airborn Germs In Check.

Gas Stations

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

 

Systems approach:    

    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

  • Mechanical Equipment

  • Furnace / AC Units

  • Electrical Panels & Outlets

  • Glazing Areas

  • Parking Lots / Lighting / Timers

  • Egress / Emergency Lighting

  • Chimney "Scope Inspection"

  • Water Heater / Boilers

  • Commercial Kitchens

  • Roof and Gutters

  • Kitchen Appliances / Countertops

  • Commercial Kitchen Cooking Equipment

  • Mechanical Equipment Testing "Additional"

  • Exhaust Hoods "Testing"

  • Foundations / Framing / Welding Joints

  • Grading Landscaping

  • 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

  • Sump Pumps

  • Fire Suppression Systems

  • Swimming Pools / Saunas

  • Watersheds / Drainage / Water Screens

  • Underground Sewer Pipe Scope "Additional"

  • Air Quality / CO & CO2 / Mold / Mildew / Asbestos

  • Radon "Additional"

  • 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.