So here's a fun fact (ok perhaps I am using the word "Fun" a little loosely"): There are approximately 40 different types of engineering degrees which you can earn at University. However, truth is, this list of 40 types includes Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and many other non building related disciplines.
However, the fact stands, there are many different types of engineering professions, so if you have not heard of a Façade engineer, or know little about the specialty, it is not too surprising.
It is for this reason that we've decided to shed some light on our profession and provide a list of Q&As to help you better understand Façade engineering and why it may be valuable to you.
What is the difference between a Façade Engineer and other Engineering disciplines?
Simply put, Façade Engineers earn their stripes - most usually - in the fields of structural or building mechanics with a focus on diagnostics and remediation techniques to rectify a broad range of problems.
Then, they hone a wider understanding and skill set in the science of cladding and specific repair methodologies.
Do Façade Engineers work on new or old buildings?
Whilst at Bellmont our speciality lies in the diagnostic and remediation to existing structures, Façade Engineers are qualified to provide advice on both existing (including heritage recognised buildings) and new buildings and may be involved in design, working alongside the architect, QS and structural and mechanical engineers.
Alternatively, they may be involved in surveying or diagnostic and remedial work. Some façade engineers are involved in research and testing.
What do Façade Engineers focus on?
The primary focus a Façade Engineer has the building’s external "envelope" and those elements which are above ground level. The elements which we focus on mostly include:
What value do Façade Engineers add?
Depending on the specific engineer or company you speak to the answer can vary greatly. However, in broad terms, a good façade engineer will offer you the following advantages:
What do we look for?
At the end of the day, our job is to ensure that your building is in optimal health. We look to analyse, diagnose and improve the external elements of a building. This covers a very broad remit:
If you would like any further information on Facade Engineering, you can read more about the profession at the Society of Facade Engineering site.