Building Forensics is a sub-discipline of forensic engineering. Wikipedia describes the field of forensic engineering as “the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail or do not operate or function as intended, causing personal injury, damage to property or economic loss.”
Building Forensics is the assessment, diagnosis, and identification of the cause, effects, and possible remedy of building defects or failures using physical evidence as well as scientifically and mathematically sound methods.
The terms forensic and science imply the forming of opinions through a disciplined approach to building investigation that draws from the disciplines of architecture, engineering, construction and other sciences. A typical forensic investigation will include the the following elements.