Understanding The Importance Of Your Building’s Envelope

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Understanding The Importance Of Your Building’s Envelope

A building envelope is the component that separates the exterior of the building from the interior. It’s the shell of the building, and as such, the envelope is a key consideration when constructing a building. It affects the ventilation, climate and energy consumption.

The envelope really serves three basic functions for the overall needs of the building:

1. Structural Support

The building envelope is responsible for holding the building together in more ways than one. The foundation, roof, walls, windows and doors are all considered part of the building envelope, and they contribute to keeping the building standing via structural support.

2. Controlling Moisture

The building envelope keeps outside elements, such as moisture and humidity, from entering and causing major damage. This not only is a vital consideration for homes, but it’s especially important for warehouses and commercial properties. Insulation and building paper serve as the “moisture control units” of the building envelope.

3. Air Management

Building envelopes prevent air leaks, as well as control internal air pressure, quality and temperature. Accounting for natural ventilation, minimizing drafts and leaks, and using energy efficient windows, insulation and sealants are all important aspects of building envelope design.

If you believe there is a flaw with your building’s envelope, whether it’s a commercial or residential property, contact the pros at GCI Consultants: 561-689-0055.

By |2014-04-15T02:06:48+00:00April 15th, 2014|Building Envelope|Comments Off on Understanding The Importance Of Your Building’s Envelope

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GCI is a team of highly experienced and dedicated experts in all aspects of the building envelope. Our primary focus is to provide value to our clients by assuring proper performance of the exterior glazing, wall, roofing and waterproofing systems as well as managing the impact of moisture on the interior of the building during and after the construction process. We assist by preventing problems in buildings under construction and by investigating problems and providing solutions for existing buildings with performance deficiencies. Our thousands of successful projects throughout North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean are a strong testament to our enduring contributions in every type of climate and region.