Building Science and Forensics

“Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.”

– Stephen Gardiner

Building Science

CR-BPS applies sound building science principles in all areas of service to guarantee successful outcomes for our clients. Our highly qualified building science team focuses on all aspects of new or existing buildings’ assemblies and systems to predict, prevent, and remedy their poor performance and failures—ensuring comfort, durability, indoor health, resiliency, and sustainability—with pragmatic solutions.

CR-BPS’s recommendations and solutions are firmly based on both an analysis of data collected on-site and the application of scientific building principles and evidence-based practices. We understand the physical reality of buildings, whether in the planning, construction, or operations phase. Plus, our knowledge and expertise mean we can predict a building’s performance throughout its life cycle.

The CR-BPS team is among the best in the business, constantly updating our expertise and skill sets, keeping up with new industry best practices and technologies, and applying the practical expertise that can only be attained by working hard to solve problems as they develop for each project.

CR-BPS specializes in the following areas of service:

Forensics and Diagnostics

CR-BPS offers building forensics and field-testing services to investigate, diagnose, solve, and prevent building performance problems. Our forensic and diagnostic services include moisture mapping and investigation to solve water intrusion, building assembly damage, and microbial or mold growth; air leakage rate testing (blower door); infrared thermography scanning; building assembly analysis; and computer modeling.

Energy and Enclosure Analysis

CR-BPS offers a variety of operational and embodied energy use models, building enclosure inspections, and energy rating services during both design and construction to achieve the most energy efficient, low carbon, and durable building possible. CR-BPS is certified in the following:

  • RESNET HERS Rater
  • ENERGY STAR Rater
  • ENERGY STAR Partner
  • DOE NZERH Partner
  • DOE Indoor airPLUS
  • Phius Rater
  • Phius Verifer
  • ENERGY STAR Multifamily Rater
  • Passive House Consulting
  • LCA (Life Cycle Assessments)

Additionally, CR-BPS can navigate a wide variety of sustainability, adaptation, resiliency, wellness, and carbon reduction rating system requirements.  Such as:

  • LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design)
  • Enterprise Green Communities and respective Overlays
  • B3 (Building, Benchmarks and Beyond)
  • ILDI (International Living Future Institute/Living Building Challenge)
  • WELL (Health-Safety Rating)
  • Phius (Passive House Institute U.S)
  • Green Globes
  • (NGBS) ICC National Green Building Standard
  • ASHRAE 189.1
  • IgCC (International Code Councils Green Construction Code

Our services also include air leakage rate testing (blower door) and analysis; infrared thermography scanning; thermal bypass checklist inspection; building control layer inspection (i.e., water, air, vapor, thermal); weatherization system inspection; building enclosure commissioning (see below); combustion zone analysis; and hygrothermal and building energy modeling.

Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx)

CR-BPS offers BECx to ensure that at project completion our clients’ requirements have been successfully achieved. BECx is an ongoing quality assurance process that is implemented in the predesign phase and continues through occupancy and beyond. BECx is not a single task, a “punch list” clearance, or a performance test. Instead, BECx incorporates a series of checks throughout the process to make sure that quality assurance is a continual focus, garnering tremendous durability, energy savings, emissions reduction, and life cycle cost savings.

 CR-BPS uses BECx on all projects, regardless of their size and complexity. Whether used informally to diagnose and analyze existing buildings’ problems, or formally when clients contract with us to be part of complex construction project teams, our services prevent costly mistakes and re-dos.

 CR-BPS is accredited through the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering as a Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and is an accredited Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure with the designation of BECxP and CxA+BE.

 

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