Building Envelope Inspection Checklist

Use the Building Envelope Inspection Checklist to address structural integrity and insulation through checks of ground-level elements, roofs, walls, etc.

Building Envelope Inspection Checklist



Walls And Windows

1. Are joints and penetrations, particularly as they relate to walls, windows, doors, electrical, and plumbing, checked for proper flashing and sealant integrity?


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2. If windows are part of a drainable wall system, are flashing openings and weep holes not clogged?


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3. Are inside windows checked for proper glass and air seal integrity?


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4. Is evidence of water damage checked for on interior walls?


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5. Is caulking around windows and doorways ensured to be in good condition?


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Ground Level Elements

1. Are all at-grade plumbing and drainage systems inspected for leakage?


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2. Are irrigation systems ensured not to spray water against the foundation wall?


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3. Are water management systems protected from potential vandalism and tampering?


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4. Are downspouts directed away from the foundation?


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5. Is the soil grade around the building foundation checked to ensure it drains water away from the building?


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6. If a rainwater collection system is present, is it ensured that it has an unclogged diversion drain to prevent overflowing?


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7. Is it checked whether plumbing/drainage systems are the source of any standing water?


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Roofs

1. Are all rooftop penetrations inspected inside and out?


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2. Are piping penetrations made through adequately waterproofed sleeves?


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3. Is the waterproofing support of HVAC systems checked?


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4. Are flashings around skylights, vents, and other rooftop elements ensured to be in good condition?


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5. Is debris cleared from drains, gutters, and downspouts?


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6. Is the roof checked for ponding, and are corrective measures taken to improve drainage?


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7. Is there adequate insulation and ventilation of a peak roof attic to mitigate the likelihood of ice dams?


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8. Are shingle roofs inspected after heavy wind storms?


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Below Grade Building Elements

1. Are basement floor drains and drainage systems checked?


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2. Are basement flood control and sump pump systems tested, with all basement walls checked for signs of water staining and damage? If found, is the source tracked, and repairs made right away?


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3. Are signs of flaking concrete checked?


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4. Are signs of mold checked for, and is consideration given to adding dehumidification equipment to reduce moisture and prevent mold growth?


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