Building owners in Quebec are now required to engage engineers to perform assessments of their building façades and parking garages. In March 2013, new legislation was adopted by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) to ensure public safety. The legislation applies to the façades of buildings that are five (5) storeys or higher and multi-level parking garages. Obligations involve periodic safety assessments performed by experienced engineers, the production of reports, and record keeping.
Groupe Conseil Génisécure Inc. (GCG) is an engineering firm specialized in building façade and parking garage assessments as per the requirements of the RBQ. Based in Montreal, but able to work anywhere in the province of Quebec, it has comprehensive experience in building envelopes, building structures, and building construction. GCG is able to perform accurate inspections and submit appropriate technical reports for buildings of all sizes and categories. GCG has its own logistics, equipment rental, and construction department. It is therefore one of the few firms that can offer either “à la carte” or “one-stop shop” services for RBQ assessments.
The RBQ legislation requires that all buildings, five (5) storeys or more, have their façades inspected for dangerous conditions every five (5) years. Buildings that are over 45 years old must have the inspections done before March 18, 2015.
GCG works with building owners and building managers to provide reports and notices that comply with the RBQ legislation, as well as knowledgeable advice to control problem situations. GCG’s response is rapid, collaborative and pro-active. Its solutions are founded on the benefits of many years of experience and the use of value engineering. GCG’s evaluations are performed in a multi-step process that is tailored to meet the specific requirements of each building. Due to the importance of public safety, it is GCG’s mission to ensure that the appropriate evaluation is executed by qualified professionals, while considering the short and long term economic constraints of its clients.