WHAT IS A BUILDING ENVELOPE?
A building envelope is all of the elements of a building’s outer shell that maintain a climate-controlled indoor environment. It includes the exterior walls, foundations, roof, windows and doors. The envelope’s performance is influenced by the interaction of a number of sub-systems, such as heating, cooling and ventilating equipment, plumbing and electrical systems. Building envelope design draws from all areas of building science, which focuses on the physical phenomena affecting buildings, and indoor climate control.
The external shell is designed to:
- Prevent water, dust or wind intrusion
- Keep out temperature extremes
- Not permit weather elements to be trapped inside the walls
- Minimize energy loss
Building Envelope Testing With MetaField
With the increased interest in high-performance buildings, architects are paying more attention to how the envelope assemblies affect interior comfort and energy performances. All of these assemblies are vulnerable to water intrusion and weathering, air leakage, and premature deterioration of construction materials. These problems can result in costly maintenance and repair, inflated energy costs, poor indoor air quality and shortened lifespan for the building.
Evaluating and resolving problems related to building design, construction, operation, and maintenance is a key focus for firms that offer envelope inspection and other building sciences services. Technicians can use MetaField to enter data, observations, and photographs right in the field. This real-time, mobile-enable process makes recording field data more efficient and internal review and delivery more manageable. It also helps firms to increase the quality and consistency of their deliverables.
QUALITY AND CONSISTENCY KEY FOR BUILDING AND STRUCTURE SCIENCES PRACTICE
Learn how Braun Intertec is using MetaField® for their building envelope field inspection and testing services.