Pie Global Blog

Is Your Roof Safe? 7 Issues That Can Cause Structural Roof Failures

The integrity of each element of a building is critical to its stability. However, no component carries more potential for property damage or personal injury than the roof. A poorly performing foundation or failing exterior cladding can be inconvenient, unsightly, and expensive to repair or replace, but a roof collapse can have devastating and long-term […]


Enclosure Consulting Services

Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) – Why Still All This Confusion?

Building enclosure commissioning (sometimes referred to as “building envelope commissioning” and abbreviated BECx) is a process in which the building envelope is evaluated to ensure it meets the owner’s expectations for performance. Those goals may take into account differing aspects of the project, from building operability to cost effectiveness to longevity. BECx evaluates factors associated […]


Insulated Metal Panels for Walls and Roofs: What You Need to Know

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) have for many years been a popular building component in commercial and industrial construction. IMPs are single-element, factory-insulated manufactured composite panels consisting of a rigid urethane foam sandwiched between two sheets of coated metal, sealed at the perimeter and side laps. IMPs are used for exterior walls, ceilings and roofs in […]


Denver, Colorado

Air and Vapor Barriers in a Cold Climate Commercial Roof—Do I Need One?

Air barrier systems in commercial buildings in cold climate zones are designed and constructed to control air and vapor transmission between a conditioned space and an unconditioned space. The air barrier system is the primary air boundary that separates indoor (conditioned) air and outdoor (unconditioned) air. The purpose of a vapor barrier, or vapor retarder, […]


Spandrel Transition

Condensation at Curtain Wall and Storefront Spandrel Infill

Glazing Systems Curtain wall and storefront glazing systems are typically a thin, non-structural outer façade element of a building that can span multiple floors or be incorporated into a punched opening. Glazing systems function largely as air and water vapor barriers, resisting air or water infiltration and accommodate building and system movement induced by wind, […]