Rob Koci 2017-07-29 04:44:51
The Science of Building Envelopes Building envelopes supply three things: Support, Control and Finish. By themselves all three are simple. Structural support is basic engineering. Climate control is physics and chemistry. Finish is aesthetics. There are experts for all three to provide extensive knowledge to design extraordinary exterior envelopes. But someone has to build them, which adds to those design challenges, deadlines, price pressures, the personalities of client and the talents or lack thereof of the employees and subtrades on site. Do you know all you need to know about building superior exterior envelopes? Have you got the right people to build them? Is your staff knowledgeable enough to deliver the best results? The science of building envelopes has advanced significantly in the last 50 years. Have you got the info you need to build them to meet the higher expectations of regulators, clients and inspectors? Fortunately manufacturers like the ones represented here in our first Bulletin on Exterior Envelopes are highly motivated by competition, certification and genuine passion for quality to provide the most finely engineered products your customer’s budget will allow. They also know the installation of their products and your understanding of their features and benefits protects both their brand and yours and elevates your company above your competition. That’s why we asked them to provide in this bulletin the best advice and information they have to help you succeed. We believe they have succeeded. In our feature (page 8), we interview Ben Polley, president of Evolve Builders and a winner of our Outstanding Renovator and Custom Homebuilder Award (ORCHA) 2016. We asked Ben to weigh in on the subject of the new standards for building envelopes. He says what was cutting edge today will be the norm in the near future. More importantly, he sees today’s customers running ahead of the knowledge curve and demanding standards even beyond regulatory requirements. Are you ready? We couldn’t fit everything there is to know about building envelopes within these pages, but use this as your start and reference guide. We’ll be presenting more information in regular features online under the “Bulletin” banner (canadiancontractor. ca) in the future.
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