Residential Building Envelope and Structure Assessment and Repair

Online /
Mar 25 - 27, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0307-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the building code to design requirements for building envelope repair
  • Understand the underlying mechanisms of deterioration
  • Create and use repair contracts
  • Protect your interests
  • Resolve disputes

Multi-unit and single-family residential building repair is a growing industry. This course offers tools for correctly assessing major repair needs and applying design and construction standards geared to new construction. Participants will also study approaches for repairing existing buildings and learn to avoid poor-quality and unsafe repairs.

This online course will explore various building designs and construction materials and how building codes and materials are used to repair multi-unit and single-family buildings. Contracts and disputes associated with typical building repair contracts will also be discussed.

Course Outline

  • Building permits
  • Building code legislation
  • Application of the building code
  • Assessment and repair of building structures
  • Assessment and repair of building envelopes
  • Masonry veneer and flashing
  • Exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS)
  • Window systems
  • Components of repair contracts
  • Construction liens and contract disputes

Who Should Attend
Those involved in the assessment and repair of residential buildings, including:
Designers • Engineers • Architects • Building Inspectors • Professionals • Project Managers • Owners • Managers of Buildings • Repair Contractors

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Building Permits for Repairs

  • Application of building code legislation
  • Application of the regulations: the building code
  • Alternatives to the building code and regulations useful to building repair

Alternatives to the Building Code and Regulations

  • Compliance alternatives
  • Building material evaluation commission authorizations

What Parts of the Code Govern Your Building?

  • What is a residential building
  • What parts of the building code apply
  • What are the building code differences and similarities between new construction and repair
  • How have the changes in the 2006 Building Code changed the application of the Building Code to building repair

Code Part 9: Building Structures

  • Application of the building code
  • Foundation settlement, heaving, and leakage assessment, and repair
  • Structural wood framing failure assessment and repair

Code Part 4 and Code Part 5: Building Structures

  • Application of the building code
  • Assessment, repair, and monitoring of structural concrete: results of a double-blind study

Day II

Code Part 9: Building Envelope

  • Application of the building code
  • Assessment and repair of brick veneer and windows
  • Ice dams and pitched roof design

Multi-Unit Building Envelope: Masonry Veneer and Flashing

  • Application of the building code
  • Failure assessment and repair of brick failures
  • Development of new clay brick materials standard for improved freeze-thaw durability
  • Thermal expansion and contraction control

Multi-Unit Building Envelope: Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS)

  • Examples: Failure assessment and repair of the field; applied systems and panel systems
  • Application of the building code failures: Has the building code failed us

Multi-Unit Window Systems: Time for a Change?

  • Assessment and repair of condensation, air leakage, and water leakage
  • Application of the building code
  • Energy performance of windows
  • Low and gas-filled insulating glass
  • Framing design and location in the wall
  • Retrofit options payback


Components of Repair Contracts

  • Forms of contract
  • Parties to a contract
  • Payments and holdbacks
  • Approvals and certificates for payment

Performance of the Contract

  • When is a contract complete
  • Who decides if a contract is complete
  • What about deficiencies

The Construction Lien

  • Application to building repairs
  • Trust provisions
  • Expiry, preservation, and perfection of liens
  • Discharge of liens

Contract Disputes

  • Avenues to resolution
  • Construction liens and legal action
  • Alternatives
  • Arbitration and mediation agreements
  • ADR process

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Martin Gerskup, B. Arch, OAA, MAIBC and MRAIC

Martin has over 35 years of experience and is the president of BEST Consultants Martin Gerskup Architect Inc. He specializes in the field of investigative architecture and building science with particular emphasis on the resolution of problems affecting the building envelope. Martin is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and has served in various capacities on the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) Board of Directors from 1991 to 1997.

He was president of OBEC from 1993 to 1994, a member of the council for the OAA from 2003 to 2005, and a member of the ULC Thermal Insulation Committee. During his tenure on the council at the OAA, Mr. Gerskup was Chair of the Discipline Committee while also serving on the following committees: Practice Committee, Registration Committee, Public Interest Review Committee, Communications Committee, and the University Liaison Task Group.

In addition to authoring and presenting many technical papers on the subject of building science, Mr. Gerskup taught as an assistant adjunct professor and tutor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design from 1999 to 2001 and at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ryerson University in 2002.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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