Building Sciences

Building Science is simply described as the study of the indoor environment and the building resource use including energy and building material use. The practical purpose is to optimize the building performance and sustainability for new and existing buildings and to understand or prevent building failures.



Roofing, building envelope and cladding investigation, design and inspections
Building Code Compliance Assessment
Fire/Wind/Water Damage Assessment and Repair
Water seepage investigation from precipitation and groundwater including hydrostatic conditions
Analysis design and restoration for moisture damage from thermal and airflow/venting problems
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Designated Substance Surveys/ Reviews (DSS/DSR)

Under the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act, designated substances (asbestos, lead, mercury, silica, isocyanates, vinyl chloride, benzene, acrylonitrile, coke oven emissions, arsenic and ethylene oxide) must be identified prior to demolition, renovation or construction that may disturb these materials. It is the employer’ s duty to identifying the presence designated substances that can pose health and safety risks to your employees  and individuals on the property.  Contractor are required to report any Designated Substances likely to be used, handled or disturbed during a project when submitting the Notice of Project form, and property owners are being required to provide a DSS to the municipality as part of building permits for demolition/renovation.

Before any work begins, a copy of the designated substance survey report (DSR) must be provided to  any contractors, and by the contractor to any subcontractors. Workers need to be made aware of designated substances so precautions can be taken to limit their exposure.

The scope of a designated substance survey (DSS) involves destructive testing as samples are collected from drywall/plaster, insulation(s), flooring, ceilings, painted finishes, exterior building envelope materials, etc. for the presence of the four designated substances most likely to be found in building construction materials: Asbestos, Lead, Mercury, and Silica (free crystalline silic a), with selected samples for lead and asbestos are submitted to an accredited laboratory for analysis. A DSS also commonly includes the identification of PCB containing materials, mould and UFFI insulation as well.

Concord Engineering services include performing the designated substance survey (DSS) and the preparation of a designated substance report (DSR).

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755 Baker Crescent
Kingston, Ontario K7M 6P5

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