We can maximize the performance of your building through its envelope

Salas O’Brien works with architects and construction professionals to design building envelopes that are energy-efficient, structurally sound, moisture resistant, and durable.

Also known as the building enclosure, the “physical separator between the conditioned and unconditioned environment”, the building envelope plays a vital role in any comfortable and safe building. All buildings whether new or existing need to ensure that the building envelope is functioning correctly to ensure maximum comfort, energy efficiency, and asset life expectancy. Salas O’Brien can assist you in maximizing the performance of your building through your building’s envelope.

What we can offer

From initial consultation to full specification and construction facilitation, we offer a complete array of services, including the development of advanced and often groundbreaking solutions when conventional approaches can’t deliver quality results.

Roofing and waterproofing

Salas O’Brien offers expertise in virtually all types of roofing and waterproofing systems, including specialized expertise in condensation, cold storage, moisture surveys, wind damage resolution, drainage concerns, hygrothermal analysis (WUFI) and rooftop solar PV.

New construction

On new development and construction projects, Salas O’Brien collaborates with design teams to provide the explicit contract documents and coordinate with various team members to analyze pertinent submittals and assist with RFI correspondence.  We confront challenges, track, and ensure disputes are resolved and provide useful feedback throughout the mock-up and construction phases.  After installations are complete, we employ industry-standard testing methods to confirm and verify the performance meets the desired criteria. We also provide a guide for how to maintain your building components throughout their service life.

Forensic investigation for existing buildings

Salas O’Brien diagnoses problems with existing building envelopes and conducts forensic investigations to identify the root cause of building envelope failures. During occupancy/operation and at times of maintenance and repair, we use cutting-edge investigation and forensic tools to evaluate the condition and serviceability of your components. We provide the necessary documents and services to properly correct existing systems or instruct on the design of new systems.  We also provide property acquisition and sellers with advice on how to maximize their return on investment.

Repair, remediation, rehab, or restoration

Salas O’Brien can provide rehabilitation of curtain wall, masonry, and window, and we use the latest techniques and technologies to help your building reach maximum efficiency. Additionally, we provide comprehensive roof review and rehabilitation services to help you maintain the integrity of your building’s envelope.

Energy modeling

Our team of experts will use advanced software tools to model the building’s energy consumption and evaluate its performance identifying opportunities for energy savings and efficiency improvements.

Hazardous material sampling (lead and asbestos)

Salas O’Brien can conduct an assessment of your building to identify any areas where hazardous materials may be present. Once the results of the testing are available, we will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to address any hazardous materials that are present.

Construction administration

Salas O’Brien provides oversight during the construction process to ensure that the building envelope is installed properly and meets design specifications. Our CA services are a safeguard for the owner that issues in the field during construction are resolved on the client’s behalf.

Testing and commissioning

Salas O’Brien performs commissioning services to verify that the building envelope is functioning properly and meets performance requirements. Whether a new or existing building, our commissioning agents find practical and effective solutions to optimize your building performance.