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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Building Envelope Design

“A high-performing building envelope is an important element in an energy efficient building. In addition to saving energy, it protects the building and contents from the intrusion of moisture and provides added comfort for its occupants.”

Gary Johnson, AIA, LEED AP

The Envelope

Tough economic times often require difficult decisions be made. But what if you could significantly improve your organization’s bottom-line without cutting staff, reducing salaries or causing discomfort? Start off on the right foot by taking a good look at your existing facility’s envelope.

Don’t Turn Back the Clock
In the energy crunch of the 1970’s, many buildings had miniscule windows, insulated panel systems and unacceptably low ventilation rates giving rise to “sick-building syndrome”. Airborne contaminants remained indoors and the lack of natural light produced depressing spaces. fortunately, technological advances have made it possible for today’s approach to design to improve occupants’ productivity and health while achieving energy saving goals.

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