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.
Blog Archive for 2017
Parking garages play a critical role in many commercial and residential settings. However, despite their importance, they are often neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair. Why does this happen?
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.
Commercial construction can often present a damage risk to surrounding structures. This is especially true in urban environments where high rises are being erected in close proximity to existing buildings. And, with the unprecedented growth in commercial development, new construction often occurs in increasingly condensed spaces where older structures are scraped to make room for redevelopment.
Concrete formwork is an essential element of commercial construction. Formwork is used to shape and support concrete structures until the concrete attains sufficient strength to support its own weight.
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.
Shoring walls are temporary retaining structures that prevent soil movement and cave-ins during a construction site excavation. These systems are used to minimize the excavation area, to keep the sides of deep excavations stable, and to ensure that movements will not cause damage to existing adjacent structures or to utilities in the surrounding ground.
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, thermal, and seismic forces.