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Introduction

On October 25th, Alex Prokop and Pete Fowler will give a presentation called "End of (Service) Life Care: Evaluating Aging Building Infrastructure." 

Evaluating the performance of aging building elements is not one of the hard sciences; and in the case of electrical, HVAC, plumbing, foundations, below grade waterproofing, and more, it is complicated by the fact they are partially or entirely hidden. This program is for those tasked with helping people make long-term decisions about their building systems and Pete Fowler Construction Services’ approach to applying the scientific method to building rehabilitation decisions.

“End of (Service) Life Care: Evaluating Aging Building Infrastructure" begins with a discussion of the importance of this subject, because most people spend 20-50% of their income on housing. Then we get into the details of who should be on the team and exactly what should be done to professionally evaluate the discrete building elements and apply professional judgement about what work should be done and when. We will have a high-level discussion about professional construction contracting discipline and how a broad lack of this in the building rehabilitation industry is causing harm to the most fragile property owners. Finally, we will wrap with a discussion of how to plan for the inevitable future.

Learning Objectives

  • There is an alternative to the terrible way the aging properties are typically assessed and rehabilitated.

  • Who is on the team in evaluating aging infrastructure is VERY important.

  • Building performance analysis is about 80% science that should be performed according to industry standards, and 20% art or professional judgment.

  • Professional Construction Contracting discipline is 95% science.

Program Outline

  1. Introduction

  2. End of Life Care

  3. "Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut."

  4. Playing Doctor

  5. Operation

  6. Retirement Planning

  7. Conclusion