Stricter codes and standards, the net-zero energy movement, and responsive façade systems are driving change in building enclosure design and detailing. Façades and fenestration have a major impact on heating, cooling, and lighting loads. Better enclosure design is one of the most significant ways to boost a building’s energy efficiency, as well as user well-being. This course provides details for creating more sustainable enclosures, including insulation improvements, intelligent window-to-wall ratios, new technologies facilitating net-zero design, and benefits of active façades.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
Describe how building codes and energy standards are affecting the design of the building envelope.
Discuss how window-to-wall ratios affect decisions for building enclosure design that affect occupant safety and health.
Explain the requirements of net-zero building approaches and the ways they affect enclosure design.
List types of façade products and active façade technologies that have potential costs and benefits to building teams and owners.