What Is A Building Envelope & Why Does is get Inspected?
A building envelope (aka building enclosure) is the area of architecture, engineering, and design that determines a shelter’s ability to maintain proper climate control. This can include noise, water, heat, air, light, and more.
Reason for conducting building envelope inspections is to identify issues related to energy efficiency. The building envelope plays a critical role in controlling the amount of energy used by a building. Building envelope inspections can help to identify issues such as air leaks, which can lead to increased energy consumption.
A building envelope plays a key role in the climate, the structural soundness, and the energy efficiency of a building. The foundation, walls, windows, doors, and other barrier materials work together to keep inside conditioned air in and outside air and heat (or cold) out. The strength and flexibility of the materials used help to make the building last by preventing moisture and movement damage. Lastly, a sound building envelope uses less energy, which is good for environmental sustainability and provides building owners the added benefit of energy savings.