Site and building analysis
Property owner goals
Viability of retrofit to solve problems
Desired level of investment
Designed to respond to site data
Tested in a controlled lab setting
Monitoring after installation
Owner peace of mind
Building Resilient Solutions, LLC (BRS) is a joint venture launched in 2018 between Commonwealth Preservation Group (CPG) and Museum Resources Construction and Millwork that provides clients with technology, data, and professional experience to address recurrent flooding in existing buildings. The purpose of the company is to create empirical data on a suite of tested flood retrofit materials and techniques and their effectiveness on older or historic structures. Our methodology uses a whole-building systems approach that tests flood and moisture resiliency retrofit solutions designed for existing buildings in flood-prone areas.
MEET THE TEAM
Paige received her undergraduate degree in City Planning with a minor in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a graduate degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. She has over twenty years of experience in evaluating and designing building treatment plans for historic properties, primarily along the east coast. In that capacity, she has worked with property owners to abate flood impacts on existing buildings, and has been working for 10 years to expand the range of options for flood protection of historic and existing buildings.
Kerry is a Licensed Class A Building Contractor and the owner of Museum Resources Construction & Millwork in Williamsburg, VA. He is a skilled tradesman and skilled wood products sourcing expert.
Jeryl Rose Phillips, AICP
Jeryl received her B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary, and a Master of Planning, with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning, from the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. She has over 25 years of experience working in the Hampton Roads, VA region, initially as a regional physical and environmental planner and later as a local government planner for various cities. As a Comprehensive Planning Manager for Virginia Beach, she assisted in developing land use adaptation policies to address sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Since joining CPG in 2018, her work has been primarily focused on capacity building to better inform flooding and moisture resiliency retrofit services for clients with existing buildings in the coastal environment, while also engaging in a full range of historic preservation consulting services.
Using a combination of monitoring equipment, data collection, past study, and experience, the BRS team can assist property owners with diagnosing the causes of water intrusion and developing recommended solutions to address recurrent flooding and its negative impacts on the building.
Our Services include three key areas for property owner clients:
BRS can provide a comprehensive assessment through specialized moisture monitoring using our customized data collection kits. We use this information, in conjunction with historic and current meteorological, topographical, and tidal information to determine the extent and sources of site conditions contributing to recurrent flooding. This equipment can diagnose and inform remediation efforts for minor and major flooding, whether nuisance, tidal, or storm related. The data collection enables BRS to determine precise triggers to inform tailored solutions.
BRS staff can then perform on site and historic research to determine the original site conditions, building construction techniques and materials, past alterations impacting resiliency, and an analysis of current conditions. As appropriate, we coordinate with colleagues focused on water and land-based flood resiliency retrofits to determine the most effective retrofit solutions for each client and their property. This information is provided in a client report, and serves both current and future planning efforts, such as the type and extent of investment appropriate for a particular property, what impact retrofits might have on flood insurance rates, and what types of events the retrofits will address.
We use our recommendations to provide specific and targeted approached to address unwanted water infiltration, and assist property owners and contractors in implementation of targeted retrofits. The outcomes of our recommendations are tracked with post retrofit data collection to help demonstrate the effectiveness of the retrofit to the client. We also use this data to build our library and database of successful retrofit techniques.
To support the mission of BRS, we are working to build a library of effective retrofit design solutions for existing buildings based on data gathered through both field and control testing environments.
BRS is using field testing at private and publicly-owned sites to gather data. Monitoring probes are installed to track moisture content, relative humidity, temperature, barometric pressure readings, as well as water alarms that detect inundation.
continuously send data to an on-site computer
which then transmits wirelessly for remote monitoring and analysis
collect data for a specified period of time
(between 30 to 120 days) and are then removed
provide data to inform retrofit solutions
that BRS will then test in the lab and make recommendations to the client from
At present, there is no research lab dedicated to this purpose in the United States. BRS is currently working to construct a lab for building materials and systems testing in a controlled flood environment.
Our first lab test module will be designed in Summer 2020 and funding is being pursued to build it to be operational in Fall 2020.
Testing will include:
FEMA NFIP-approved flood protection measures
to verify the efficacy of those solution in historic structures.
Traditional building methods and materials
which appear to perform well during flood events, but which are not FEMA-approved.