Commercial Building Inspection
Commercial buildings must provide a safe and secure environment for both workers and members of the public. Inspections of commercial buildings take place at various times. During the early stages of construction, building inspectors may examine the foundations and drainage to ensure that all legal regulatory standards have been complied with. Before being declared fit for occupancy, each commercial building receives a final inspection. In addition, every time a commercial building changes ownership, the new owners will appoint specialist inspectors to report on the structure and highlight any potential problems that may affect its value.
The precise details of an inspection of a commercial building will depend on the building's age, size, location and complexity. An inspection of a building's structure ensures that the building is in good condition and includes an analysis of the concrete, wood and steel components. Inspectors pay particular attention to the condition of the roof, especially if the building is old.
All commercial buildings must have fire safety routes and comprehensive fire suppression systems. Inspectors assess fire escapes, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers and check whether they are in good operational order and accessible for all building users.
Heating and Ventilation
Building inspectors assess and test the heating and ventilation systems in place in a commercial building to ensure that they comply with state and federal codes and regulations. Replacing a heating or ventilation system can be costly, so any potential owner or user of a commercial building should seek reassurance that these systems are in good working order.
The electrical system in place must provide a safe and effective power supply that is fit for the purpose of the building. Commercial buildings may change use over time and an inspector can assess whether the electrical system is appropriate for the current or proposed use.
Each state has its own local codes and regulations regarding commercial buildings in its jurisdiction. Many of these relate to specific geographical or climatic conditions in the particular state and require that buildings be adequately protected. Environmental codes may also contain stipulations relating to specific materials, insulation or energy efficiency.
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