Building Inspection Articles by Brian Edwards
"I have had the pleasure of working with Westbrook Inspection Services, and with Brian Edwards for several years. I have always found Westbrook and Brian to be entirely professional, with a focus on meeting client needs in a diligent and economical manner.
"I have used Westbrook's and Brian's services both through my employer and on a personal basis, and would recommend their services without hesitation.
Mike Grayhurst P.Eng.
The following articles were written by Brian to help his clients and others learn about some of the issues facing property and building oweners and investors. If you have a topic you would like Brian to write about,
If you wish to use any of these articles on your own site, you are welcome to, as long as you keep his bio in full at the end along with the live link back to this website.
Building permits--When and Why
Under the Ontario Building Code Act Section 8-(1) No person shall construct or demolish or cause a building to be constructed or demolished unless a permit has been issued there for by the chief building official. Read more…
Choosing a building inspector
The choice of a building inspector can make your purchase a positive experience if you take a few simple precautions. Your agent may provide a choice of names and even indicate a preferred selection. Friends, relatives or co-workers may suggest additional choices. Read more…
Westbrook's Commercial Energy Efficiency Checklist
Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind. Here are our favorite ways of saving money.
Commercial electrical concerns and costs
A major consideration in the selection of new business premises is the capacity of the service to meet current and future needs. Upgrading can be expensive and time consuming depending on the equipment and procedures required. Read more…
Commercial real estate deal breakers
Putting a commercial real estate deal together involves many hours of hard work, complex negotiations and details. Even with your best effort some deals will never fly for very substantial reasons. Read more…
Aluminium wiring in residential installations
Aluminium wiring that was extensively used in the residential market from 1965 to 1976 is no longer a popular wiring method for branch circuits. Problems have been reported from the overheating and failure of aluminium wiring terminations. Read more…
Carbon Monoxide: Silent & Deadly
Carbon Monoxide Detectors as well as Smoke Alarms are an important part of your safety plan. They should be used in addition to annual inspection and maintenance of all fuel burning appliances such as stoves, furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces. Read more…
Major factors affecting the cost of repairing or replacing a typical flat roof common to industrial or commercial buildings are: cost of materials, skilled labour, stringent health and safety regulations, liability and/or worker’s compensation insurance, disposal costs and site access etc. Read more…
Composite Siding Shingles
The shingles that make up the siding are commonly found to contain asbestos. This type of siding tends to be durable, but is relatively brittle and can be easily damaged. Replacement shingles can also be difficult to locate. Read more…
Commercial Plumbing Problems and Solutions
All buildings require plumbing facilities unless they are just used for storage purposes such as a vehicle garage or utility shed. Read more…
Repairing or repaving a typical parking lot common to industrial or commercial buildings includes the cost of: materials, skilled labour, stringent health and safety regulations, liability and/or worker’s compensation insurance, disposal costs and site access etc. Read more…
Commercial condominiums are a cost effective means of acquiring real estate for business uses without the costs associated with freestanding buildings if available in the size and location desired. Read more…
Fire Code, Retrofit & Life Safety Systems
Up-to-date inspection reports for Sprinkler, Fire & Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Emergency Lighting Systems. Read more…
Electrical Service -Size and Safety
Reading the sticker on the electrical panel is only an indication of the size of the service. The true indication is the size of the wire coming into the house and that determination is best left to a qualified electrician. Read more…
HVAC or Heating and Air Conditioning are a major expense when considering the cost of operating a building. Read more…
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