Today’s building envelopes are much more complex in design and construction than ever before. As trends in materials manufacturing and expanded design creativity have evolved, so have the challenges and risks.
Building Enclosures & Commissioning (BECx)
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Contractors understand the concept of quality control (QC) and, for the most part, do an excellent job of monitoring the quality of their work. Complex, large-scale, and fast-track projects, however, have so many details to plan and implement and move so quickly that 3rd Party assistance is beneficial. That’s why quality assurance (QA) is vital for minimizing contractor risk.
Many buildings have non-load-bearing exterior cladding components as a feature of their design. This cladding is attached to the structure of a building to provide protection for the building’s interior against the elements such as air, water, and heat or cold.
Roller wave distortion is a condition found in heat-treated glass that causes the glass surface to have imperfections known as peaks and valleys. These alternating high and low points result in the glass exhibiting optical distortion. Most noticeably, images reflected in the glass appear to be rippled.
Society’s appreciation for the significance, character and beauty of historic structures continues to promote building preservation and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many historic rehabilitation projects often only go skin deep in solving functional performance issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.