Building Pathology

The Edifice Consultancy are leading experts in historic buildings with nearly four decades of experience working with some of Canada’s most important built heritage.

We produce informative and decisive documents and reports that help you manage change at your site. Our reports are recognized as leaders in the field and have supported projects all over the world: private, public, and community funded. As part of a wider heritage architecture, pathology and design build practice, we can use skills and experience from across our multi-discipline office to ensure our reports are effective, helping you engage with stakeholders, funders, planners and decision-makers.

Heritage Building Pathology provides a detailed knowledge of how buildings are constructed and function, and the various mechanisms by which their structural, material and environmental conditions can be affected by modern materials and poor workmanship.

As building pathologists specializing in conservation, careful and thorough analysis of the condition of a building is an essential part of our work. A pathology report can be prepared as a stand-alone document or as part of an early stage in a full design build commission.  A pathology report is a useful tool to inform and quantify repair work or a maintenance program.  As such it needs to be clearly understood, comprehensive and accurate.  Our most experienced senior partners undertake our pathology reports because of their extensive experience in the field.

The format and contents of a pathology report will be tailored to the individual client specification or funding body requirements.  We are familiar with world heritage preferred methodologies.  

Repair work is usually categorized into urgent, necessary or desirable work depending on the nature of the defect.  These classifications are clearly defined at the start of the report and can inform a phased approach to remedial works. 


At its most basic, a building Pathology Report describes:

  • what type of work is needed;
  • Identify risks to the heritage, for example – fire, flooding, vandalism or lack of access to areas of a building;
  • why it is critical to your project;
  • which type of professional skills will be needed; and
  • the estimated cost and program of education delivery.
  • does not damage heritage unnecessarily;
  • anticipates impact on different kinds of materials and includes action to reduce that impact;
  • makes use of appropriate materials;
  • uses an appropriate approach to restoration, reconstruction and the reinstatement of lost features.

Ideally, the preparation of a full on-site Pathology Report from the Edifice Consultancy is the first thing you will need to have executed in your development phase, as it will help you make important decisions about your project and prepare a Conservation Plan.


A sample report is available by request.