The current Texas cold spell produces an extreme condition that was not intended in the design. According to ASHRAE the design temperature for winter heating is 29 degrees Fahrenheit. In relation to the thought process, temperatures could be lower for approximately 88 hours per year. As engineers we do not design to prevent but rather to meet expected conditions with a reasonable design. Thus, the Heating systems are designed for that 99 percent possibility that it will satisfy the occupant or building needs.
Keeping your home or business warm enough during this time is far more for the minimization of potential issues, such as condensation, freezing, and potential longer term damages from the moisture’s potential impact in the building system’s assemblies. SBSA can help you analyze these systems and help you understand the potential needs of your building.
Reach out to us in our South Lake, Texas office to arrange an engineering review of your buildings system.
SBSA is experienced and equipped to provide during construction and post-construction performance testing including: air infiltration, thermal signature of the building envelope, water testing of fenestrations and horizontal floor drainage assemblies. These tests are conducted under industry accepted testing guidelines that include RESNET, ASHRAE, ASTM, ANSI and others.
We perform tests on all construction types including residential, commercial and industrial facilities. SBSA’s testing ranges from mockup assemblies, single story, mid and high-rise construction as well as industrial settings. Our testing services can be performed as part of our Quality Assurance construction observations for both new and repair projects.
In addition SBSA’s unique position in the construction industry understand the needs to properly analysis the situation and potentially deal with jurisprudence issues such as the collection and preservation of evidence that may be needed under litigation processes.
SBSA also provides Non-Destructive investigative services utilizing in-house equipment that includes Ground Penetrating Radar, thermal imaging and LIDAR equipment to analyze both non-visual construction and to document 3-Dimensional site conditions.