Daniel Building Investigations (DBI) has only one goal — to provide our clients with an unbiased outcome that cuts through the uncertainty and complexity to bring clarity and authority to our opinions of causation and responsible parties. DBI does this by providing highly experienced and credentialed experts to effectively address the complex issues that face our clients.
When required, DBI can utilize its nationally recognized expert Associates to assist with specialized aspects of the evaluation. DBI Associates include structural engineers, chemists, material scientists, metallurgists, technical field staff, and graphic/animation designers to meet the needs of any construction evaluation project.
DBI also utilizes leading commercial and academic laboratories around the country to provide clients with exactly the testing they need, utilizing the most modern equipment. DBI specializes in utilizing ASTM standards as well as modified or custom test methods to address specific representative project needs.
Mr. James I. Daniel, P.E., REWC, CIT is the founder and Sr. Principal Engineer of Daniel Building Investigations, Inc. located in the Chicago area. Mr. Daniel is a nationally recognized building enclosure and building science expert with 40 years of experience. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in 23 states and is a Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) through The Institute of Roofing, Waterproofing, & Building Envelope Professionals (RCI). He specializes in the investigation, testing, and evaluation of non-performing construction systems including exterior building facades; roofing systems; wall systems; foundations; windows and building fenestration; water, vapor, and air barrier systems; building insulation including spray polyurethane foam (SPF); gutters and downspouts; pipe freeze incidents; interior gypsum board and plaster systems (including Chinese Drywall), and fire-rated construction assemblies. Exterior facade expertise includes, among others, brick, concrete and limestone masonry; thin‑brick, tile, and adhered stone veneer; one-coat and three‑coat exterior portland cement stucco systems; exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS); direct-applied exterior finish systems (DEFS); exposed aggregate finish systems; wood, metal, fiber-cement, and vinyl siding; glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) cladding panels; joint sealants; flashing; and waterproof coating systems. Roofing expertise involves steep and low-sloped roofs including asphalt, wood, slate, and tile shingles; single‑ply membrane roofing; modified-bitumen roofing (MBR); built-up roofing (BUR); spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing; metal roofs; and associated expansion joints, scuppers, copings and flashing.
Mr. Daniel has authored numerous publications relating to concrete technology, fiber reinforced concrete, and exterior cladding systems; and has been an invited lecturer at numerous technical seminars and educational courses covering various building construction topics. As a consultant, he has been responsible for numerous large forensic investigations relating to the performance of EIFS, exterior portland cement stucco, GFRC facades, masonry facades, roofs, moisture and condensation problems, causation and origin of mold, and window and door systems. He is an active member in ASTM Committees C11 on Stucco and Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS), E6.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems, E6.58 on EIFS; The Institute of Roofing, Waterproofing, & Building Envelope Professionals (RCI), and a past member of NIBS Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC).
Please see the Associates page for key capabilities of the DBI Associates.