Forensic Building Consultants
About Forensic Building Consultants in Portland, Oregon


Our Purpose

Building Science

Industry Partners

What People Are Saying

Forensic Building Consultants is the brainchild of two people, Matt Smith and Toby White. They responded to a need to assist with the repair of homes and buildings damaged by moisture intrusion, most often caused by defective construction methods and materials. In short order, they became known throughout the region for their skills and knowledge, and were often called upon to be expert witnesses in legal disputes. Demand grew, as did the company and its services, which now include pre-construction design services, construction quality assurance and sustainable building practices. Today, Forensic Building Consultants includes an extended team of building science specialists, working together to provide trusted solutions to architects, property managers, developers, facility managers, homeowners and attorneys.
Planning & Purpose
Our purpose is to provide you with Trusted Solutions. We apply a holistic approach to the evaluation, design and construction of entire building envelope systems. Years of experience in construction, materials science and green building methods, combined with a commitment to on-time, on-target service, give us an advantage in the building science field. Unlike other companies, Forensic doesn’t suggest a 'one and only' approach. Instead, we thoroughly investigate the problem, analyze the overall situation, and then present the best possible solutions. This enables our clients to make an informed decision.
Building science is the collection of scientific knowledge that focuses on the physical phenomena affecting buildings. This includes the analysis of building materials and building envelope systems. The purpose of building science is to optimize building performance and understand or prevent building failures.

How materials function in part or as a whole determine whether a building's envelope fails or succeeds. If insufficient materials are used, or materials are not applied in correct sequence, moisture can build, creating serious structural damage, and affecting air quality and building safety. Solving these issues requires thorough testing and analysis, and the proposal of trusted solutions. Forensic Building Consultants acts as a bridge between architects and contractors. Forensic provides recommendations and three-dimensional details to help builders sequence materials correctly from the get go, eliminating costly mistakes and future problems.

Building Science
American Society for Testing Materials
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.
Construction Specifications Institute
CSI is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery.
International Code Council
ICC is a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.
National Roofer Contractors Association
NRCA is one of the construction industry's oldest and most respected trade associations and the voice of professional roofing contractors worldwide.
Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau
The Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau is an international professional trade association serving a wide ranging membership of contractors, manufacturers, dealers and labor.
Oregon Government Contract Assistance Program
Oregon’s procurement technical assistance center
Oregon Washington Community Association Managers
The primary goals of OWCAM are to enhance professional image, represent proposed licensing and legislation, promote education and provide a network for business opportunities.
Roof Consultants Institute
RCI, Incorporated is an international association of professional consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems.
Western States Roofing Contractors Association
WSRCA is the professional organization for the roofing industry in the western United States.
About Forensic Building Consultants...

“I’ve worked with Forensic on several projects over the years. I can count on them to approach every construction challenge with a high level of professionalism and ethics. They figure out the problem, define the best solutions, and go forward with what is right for the situation.”
Jason Redding, President, Horizon Restoration

“Forensic Building Consultants is a full service firm that thoroughly understands construction. They have the expertise to identify building issues, to assist in any litigation, and to help their clients solve problems by coming up with solutions and overseeing the implementation of such solutions.”
Phillip Joseph, Partner, Ball Janik, LLP

“Forensic Building Consultants are not just problem solvers. They are comprehensive solution providers. Firms are only as good as their technical staff, and as Forensic has grown as a company, the quality of their team members has remained exceptionally high.”
Terry Taylor, Director of Facilities, Gresham Barlow School District

“I highly recommend Forensic Building Consultants. They helped solve the waterproofing problems in my home and provided the expert litigation support that brought the construction issues to a successful conclusion.”
Del Yocam, Homeowner