Facade Inspection

In order to protect the public’s safety, the RBQ has implemented Bill 122, which requires a thorough facade inspection under the direction of an engineer who is a member of the “Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec” (OIQ) of all buildings with 5 floors or more.

Genispec’s expertise in facade inspection

Genispec specializes in facade and structural inspections and our team of expert engineers, members of the OIQ, carry out thorough inspections of facades in accordance with the RBQ’s Bill 122. Thanks to our rope access inspection method, we are able to offer you a complete facade inspection at a low cost, which includes intrusive inspections (openings) when necessary. Our engineers are available to guide you through the process of implementing a facade maintenance program with a view to preventing any defects which could present a risk to the public or the development of any hazardous condition which can later compromise the safety of the public.

Obligations of Bill 122 of the RBQ

As stipulated by Bill 122 of the RBQ, it is the responsibility of building owners to obtain an inspection report from an engineer every five years. This report must certify that the facades of the building in question are in good condition and do not present a risk. The facade inspection report provided by our engineers includes a detailed description of the observations and provides recommendations for correcting defects that could possibly contribute to the development of dangerous conditions.

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Any facade inspection report produced by our engineers includes:

  • A detailed report signed by an engineer, member of the OIQ, and compliant with the requirements of the explanatory guide of the RBQ.
  • Recommendations for corrective work and recommended deadlines, if applicable.
  • A photographic annex of the observations and the location of the defects on the elevation plan.
  • A description of the remedial work required to keep the facades safe and a recommended maintenance program to follow.
  • In the case where the facades are considered safe, a certificate signed by an engineer member of the OIQ will be given to you in accordance with the requirements of the RBQ.

Advantages of the rope access inspection method:

  • Reduced costs
  • Enables complete and thorough inspection that includes hard-to-reach areas
  • Little disturbance
  • No soil damage

Frequency of inspection reports

If the building was built 10 years or more from the date of the implementation of the law (18 March 2013), the report must be produced before the following prescribed deadlines:

  • More than 45 years old (before 1968), a report must be produced before March 18, 2015;
  • Between the ages of 25 and 45 (between 1968 and 1988), a report must be produced before March 18, 2016.
  • Between the ages of 15 and 25 (between 1988 and 1998), a report must be produced by March 18, 2017.
  • Between 10 and 15 years old (between 1998 and 2003), a report must be produced before March 18, 2018.
  • Building built between 2004 and today, a report must be produced before the 10th anniversary of the construction date of the building.

Subsequently, the owner must obtain an inspection report of the facades every 5 years.

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