Commercial building designs have long incorporated exterior soffits, better known outside of the building design/construction industry as the underside of any projecting building feature. Aside from soffits at the eave or rake edges of a steep-slope roof, the soffits that are the focus of this article are located on the underside of a steel or concrete-framed projecting building level or on the underside of other horizontal projections, such as balconies and canopies.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
UNDERSTAND the principle of building enclosure water management as it relates to soffit design
LEARN how material selection and durability should be considered in the context of soffit design
DISCUSS how air and thermal barriers may be incorporated into soffit designs
RECOGNIZE building enclosure materials that may be used as soffit cladding