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A facility condition assessment is a comprehensive report of a building's structural condition. It’s a complex task that should be performed systematically. With the help of a detailed facility condition assessment checklist, architects, engineers, and skilled workers can identify areas that need major investments for maintenance, repairs, or renovations.
A careful survey should always be conducted prior to any renovation in order to estimate the effort required and the associated costs.
A successful inventory of a building can illuminate a variety of potential issues. Only through a very thorough assessment can errors and risks be identified at an early stage. Three supporting aspects of a building inventory checklist is as follows:
A checklist is an adequate tool to document and evaluate an existing building in detail. In a technical facility condition assessment, the focus is on the individual components of the structure. They are each assessed and classified according to several evaluation criteria such as condition, aesthetics, risk factors, etc.
The evaluation criteria are specialized according to which section of the building is up for inspection. For example, in the case of exterior walls, the load-bearing behavior, moisture protection, moisture protection base, thermal insulation, and special components are evaluated. For the stairwell, on the other hand, it is the floor, walls, wall surface, and apartment doors.
Typical evaluation criteria of a building condition assessment checklist are:
The property condition assessment template can be divided into three levels: "good", "sufficient" and "poor". This assessment will reveal what corrective measures, if any, are needed to improve the structure’s condition. As a rule, this involves the complete part renewal or most cost-effective repair. With each assessment, multiple people should review the suggested repairs so they can remark on the best plan of action. This allows for cross-functional team transparency that promotes communication.
Typical elements of the building structure are:
The dimensional facility condition assessment is an indispensable requirement of any old building renovation. It must therefore be included in a checklist for the old building as-built survey.
The dimensional facility assessment involves either just checking existing plans or completing a new survey of the existing building structure. The latter must be performed if the existing construction plans are incomplete and/or factually incorrect. In the former case, the first step is to determine whether the plans reflect the latest documentation with all subsequent changes or whether they are outdated.
Before a complete new dimensional inventory is made, research should be done to see if more recent plans cannot be located. These can also be handicraft drawings of subsequent heating and plumbing system installations. These checkpoints for a dimensional inventory can be well mapped in a checklist. That way, no step will be forgotten.
If a complete dimensional condition assessment becomes necessary after reviewing the plans, it should be combined with the results of the technical facility condition assessment. Deficiencies and weak points should also be noted in plans.
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