The City of Calgary along with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Calgary have launched a Building Envelope Guide providing tools and best practices for the building industry that collaboratively enhance public safety in and around existing buildings.

The guide is a tool unique to North America and takes a proactive approach between the City and BOMA, the largest property management organization in Calgary, to educate industry. Building envelopes include all building components separating the indoors from the outdoors. Building envelopes include the exterior walls, foundations, roof, windows and doors.

“This guide is just one example of what building relationships and working together can do to proactively increase safety for the citizens of Calgary,” said Marco Civitarese, chief building inspector with The City of Calgary. “The ultimate goal is to enhance public safety by providing guidelines and recommendations regarding the building envelope to industry.”

Some of the items addressed in the guide include recommended practices from across North America, positive tools to assist both the City and industry, and specific building envelope items such as sidewalk safety, signage, safety plans and the inspection process.

“Safety is everyone’s concern and BOMA members take public and worker safety very seriously,” said Bill Partridge, president of BOMA. “BOMA is pleased to take a leadership role in this initiative aimed at affecting recommended practices and keeping Calgarians safe.”