Until recently, it has been lighting, mechanical, and control system upgrades which have received the most attention in the green building movement. At long last, the industry is now recognizing building enclosures as a long-lost treasure of potential savings. Embracing what building scientists have been saying for years, there is now a widespread understanding that a well-insulated, airtight, energy-efficient building envelope can make a significant difference in overall energy use and operating efficiencies.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
Discuss several key areas of detailing and specification for successful wall performance, enhanced building sustainability, and optimal occupant health.
List the benefits and drawbacks of commonly used cladding systems and their role in sustainable design and construction.
Describe how professional groups such as the Building Enclosure Councils are impacting the enclosure industry and common performance issues.
Explain why energy codes will require such enclosure features as continuous insulation (ci) and air barriers for improved environmental quality.