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Envelope Studies

A building envelope condition assessment (BECA) is another kind of technical report, similar to a BCA but more targeted. The BECA focuses on the components and systems that make up the building envelope — the outside of the building, including the walls and roofs.

The professionals who carry out the assessment may use destructive testing to better evaluate the state of the envelope, rather than rely solely on visual inspections. This kind of report is sometimes known as a building enclosure condition assessment.

Because BECAs do not review all the building systems, they are insufficient for a comprehensive long-term plan. But they may be necessary if a BCA has recommended one, or if the co-op has specific concerns about envelope issues.