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  • Recommendations for Bareland Condo Exterior Appearance Update?

    Posted by Bette Beswick on December 6, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    We have a 30 unit bareland condominium (15 duplex buildings) built in 1999. Owners are thinking about updating the exterior appearance of our units. Does anyone have any advice for an architectural (?) firm with experience in providing advice and renderings for how we can update our buildings?

    Terry Gibson replied 1 year, 2 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Mark Hambridge

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    December 6, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Rather than consider only the exterior appearance, please consider this as the first stage of an energy-efficiency retrofit to reduce energy costs far into the future and contribution to reducing our impact on the current climate crisis. https://www.retrofitcanada.com/case-studies is an example of what you might do.

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    Recommendations for Bareland Condo Exterior Appearance Update?

    • Bette Beswick

      Member
      December 6, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion. Our Bylaws have a very limited definition of “Managed Property” so as an association we are relatively limited in what we can do. A number of our owners have, however, upgraded windows and furnaces so we’re moving in a better energy efficiency direction.

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  • Terry Gibson

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    December 7, 2022 at 9:03 am

    I cannot suggest an Architect.

    However, I recommend you use this as an opportunity to have your building envelopes looked at by a qualified engineer specializing in envelope issues.

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    • Bette Beswick

      Member
      December 16, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      Would I not expect that the person who did our Reserve Fund study have identified any issues?

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      • Dana Bouwman

        Member
        December 17, 2022 at 10:52 am

        That’s unfortunately a common misconception. A reserve fund study provider won’t be able to tell you if there are real issues with the building envelope (unless perhaps the issues are incredibly obvious).

        A reserve fund study is a visual inspection of the property while a building envelope study includes destructive testing.

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  • Terry Gibson

    Administrator
    December 20, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    I strongly agree. Assessing envelopes and preparing replacement reserve plans require different skills, although many companies offer both services.

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