By Sylvie Mercier, P.Eng, LEED AP, principal, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
and Glade Schoenfeld, EIT, Design Engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Buildings, like cars, are depreciating assets and require ongoing regular maintenance throughout their service lives. With neglect, the cost of repair compounds over time, becomes onerous, and may eventually exceed the cost to demolish and rebuild. Conversely, with care and attention, buildings can exceed their expected lives. Proactive maintenance not only mitigates known problems but can help owners identify other problems sooner through passive review.