Enclosures and Cladding Boost Building Energy Efficiency

Earn 1.0 AIA/CES learning units by studying this article and successfully completing the online exam.

Between the roof and the foundation, Building Teams encounter a veritable warehouse of potential energy savings and efficiencies. Highly insulated and well sealed against air and moisture, these novel wall products and construction techniques are boosting building performance and energy conservation on a large scale.

After reading this article, you should be able to:

? Explain why energy codes will require such enclosure features as continuous insulation and air barriers.
? Discuss several key areas of detailing and specification for successful wall performance and their relationship to energy savings.
? List the environmental and energy-conserving benefits of commonly used cladding systems, and discuss their potential drawbacks.
? Describe how professional groups such as the Building Enclosure Councils are impacting the enclosure industry and common building performance issues.

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