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CSE: Building Envelope Testing & Commissioning Best Practices
Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine describes some building envelope testing and commissioning best practices.

GBA: Commercial Building Enclosure Commissioning
Green Building Advisor summarizes some key learnings from a University of Wisconsin course called Commissioning Building Enclosure Assemblies and Systems.

Morrison Hershfield: Commissioning The Building Envelope
Morrison Hershfield online slide show presentation describes procedures and considerations for commissioning the building envelope. (PDF)

NIBS: US NIBS Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx
US National institute of Building Sciences Guideline 3-2012 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx for Use with ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005: The Commissioning Process covers implementation of this process to building exterior enclosure systems for both new construction and renovation projects.

RJC: Thermal & Hygrothermal Analysis In Building Envelope Commissioning
Read Jones Christopherson paper focuses on several case studies where thermal analysis and hygrothermal simulation software aided in the evaluation and adjustment of several building envelope designs. The software aided the commissioning process in several ways. (PDF)
Design

BC Housing: New BC Building Enclosure Design Guide
BC Housing developed the New Building Enclosure Design Guide for Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings. It is a resource for industry professionals involved with design and construction of building enclosures of multi-unit, wood-frame residential buildings. It explores the latest research, design and construction best practices. It addresses wood-frame construction in five and six-storey mid-rise buildings. $70 CDN

BC Housing: Purchasable Building Envelope Guide For Houses, With Rainscreen Details
BC Housing guide, with rainscreen details, provides practical information related to design and construction of building envelopes for new homes constructed in accordance with Part 9 of 2006 British Columbia Building Code and 2007 Vancouver Building By-Law. $55 CDN

BSC: Design Of Building Enclosure For Mixed-Humid Climate
Building Science Consulting provides design recommendations and drawings for building enclosures in a mixed humid climate, including roof, wall, foundation, windows & doors, and other penetrations.

Building Science: Design Of Building Enclosure For Very Cold Climate
Building Science provides design recommendations and drawings for building enclosures in a very cold climate, including roof, wall, foundation, windows & doors, and other penetrations. (PDF)

Building Science: Enclosure Design Principles Of Energy Efficient Buildings
Building Science Seminars online slide show covers an introduction to advanced building science relating to enclosure design principles of energy efficient buildings. (PDF)

Building Science: Enclosures That Work In Very Cold Climate
Building Science describes, with drawings, building enclosure design principles that work in very cold climates.

Building Science: Energy Flow Across Building Enclosures
Building Science describes how higher levels of thermal resistance and reduced heat gain across building enclosures has forever changed the performance of buildings - and not necessarily in a good way.

Building Science: High Performance Enclosure Design
Building Science online slide show presentation offers design recommendations for energy efficient building enclosures appropriate for net-zero energy buildings. (PDF)

Building Science: High Risk Walls
Building Science describes issues around a high risk wall that has a face-sealed cladding (perfect barrier) that is impermeable to water vapor. It is insulated on the interior with air permeable insulation usually held in place between steel studs or impaled on pins protruding from the back of the cladding and covered by a vapor barrier.

Building Science: Proper Design Of Wall & Roof Systems
Building Science online slide show presentation describes context for residential construction, moisture control, energy transfer, wall systems, and roof & attic systems. (PDF)

CMHC: Best Practice Guide Building Technology: Wood-Frame Envelopes in the Coastal Climate of British Columbia
CMHC provides guide covering prevention of wood decay; controlling moisture sources; application of rainscreen; heat flow; appropriate materials; and developing a building envelope maintenance and renewal plan. (PDF)

CMHC: Wind Rain Relationships In Southwestern BC
CMHC study examines the relationship between wind and rain for all seasons of the year, giving wind and rainfall data from 12 meteorological stations on Vancouver Island and in the B.C. Lower Mainland. (PDF)

Construction Instruction: Thermal Enclosure With Efficient Walls & Airtightness
Construction Instruction describes how thorough separation requires high-performance assemblies that control the movement of heat, air, moisture and vapor.

CRD: Construction Details For Building Envelope Components
Victoria Capital Regional District has online construction details and drawings for a number of building envelope components.

FP Innovations: Guide For Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures For Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
FP Innovations online Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures for Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in Marine to Cold Climate Zones in North America serves two major objectives, First, to assist architects, engineers, designers and builders in improving the thermal performance of building enclosures of wood multi-unit residential buildings. Second, to advance MURB design practices, construction practices, and material use based on best knowledge, in order to ensure the durable performance of wood-frame building enclosures that are insulated to higher levels than traditional wood-frame construction. (PDF) Free Registration Required

GBA: Lstiburek Podcast On Perfect Wall, Roof, Slab
Green Building Advisor podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called Building Science Fundamentals with Drs. Joe Lstiburek and John Straube of Building Science Corporation. This podcast features Dr. Joe talking about enclosure design principles of energy efficient buildings.

GBA: Using Pen Test For Control Layers
Green Building Advisor describes how to do the pen test, where you simply pick a spot on a section in the plans and trace the control layers for liquid water, heat, and air.

IRC: GIS-based Framework For Evaluation Of Building Facade Performance
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction paper provides overview of a GIS-based framework for evaluating building facade performance and maintenance prioritization. Climate effects are discussed in relation to wall response and expected damage arising from the deterioration of facade components is given. Loss in functional performance of components is examined and the consequences of these losses are related to maintenance interventions. (PDF)

IRC: New Hygrothermal Model For Heat Air & Moisture Transport
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction paper presents a new hygrothermal model (HAMFit) for simulating the transport of heat, air and moisture across building envelopes. (PDF)

IRC: Strategies For Managing Condensation In Walls
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction online guide for heat, air and moisture control strategies for managing condensation in walls. 2003 (PDF)

J of C: LEED Standards Shape BC Building Envelope Practices
Journal Of Commerce describes how LEED standards and other factors are shaping building envelope practices in BC.

Morrison Hershfield: Guidelines For Practice Of Building Enclosure Engineering
Morrison Hershfield provides Guidelines For Practice Of Building Enclosure Engineering that set out the standards of practice that a Building Enclosure Engineer should follow and meet when providing building enclosure engineering services for building projects. (PDF)

NRC: Properties and Position of Materials in the Building Envelope
Canadian National Research Council online Report on Properties and Position of Materials in the Building Envelope for Housing and Small Buildings summarizes computer modelling of different wall systems in different Canadian climates incorporating outboard insulation of an R-4 or higher. The results found that for all of the configurations studied the outboard insulation reduced the risk of condensation by increasing the wood sheathing temperature. (PDF)

Professional Builder: 11 Tips For Mastering Building Envelopes
Professional Builder magazine says faced with meeting increasingly stringent energy codes and a growing demand for green, high-performance features, builders are looking to maximize the energy efficiency of their homes without blowing the budget. The easiest and most economical step to creating energy-efficient homes is to master building envelope and air sealing design.

Quirouette: Heat, Air & Moisture (H.A.M.) Toolbox
Canadian Rick Quirouette created the Heat, Air and Moisture (H.A.M.) Toolbox computer program to simplify the application of building science principles to the design of any building envelope cladding and exterior wall system.

RDH: Advanced Detailing Techniques for Wood Frame Building Enclosures
RDH Building Science online slide show presentation describes a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. It reviews building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, describes best practices, and shows critical detail interfaces between different enclosure assemblies such as walls, roofs, balconies, windows, and foundations. (PDF)

RDH: Slide Shows Of Build Sequence For Building Envelope
RDH Building Engineering online slide shows cover step-by-step installation of building envelope components including exterior air barriers, balcony & wall interface, windows into EIFS, rainscreen & brick, face seal to rainscreen stucco, and wood window into wood siding rainscreen.

WBDG: Building Envelope Design Guide For Large Buildings
National Institute of Building Sciences developed this comprehensive guide for exterior envelope design and construction for institutional and office buildings.

WoodWorks: Building Enclosure Design for Walls & Low-Sloped Roofs
WoodWorks online slide show presentation describes considerations for building enclosure design for walls and low-sloped roofs. (PDF)

WoodWorks: Building Enclosure Design, Best Practices For Wood-Frame Buildings
WoodWorks online slide show Building Enclosure Design: Best Practices for Wood-Frame Buildings was presented by RDH Building Sciences Inc. Through a combination of building science fundamentals, case studies, and current research, it explores best practices for designing durable, energy efficient building enclosures for mid-rise buildings constructed using traditional light wood-frame construction. (PDF)

WoodWorks: Role Of Control Layers In Building Enclosure Design
WoodWorks online slide show presentation by RDH Building Engineering describes the role of control layers in building enclosure design. (PDF)

WoodWorks: Walls That Work, Detailing For Performance
WoodWorks says with wall systems serving so many functions in a building, they can be a challenge to effectively design. Structural design must be balanced with the need for door and window openings and, at the same time, detailed to limit water and air infiltration. This online slide show presentation describes how to maximize wall performance while reducing cost through a combination of new design methods and time-tested details. (PDF)

WoodWorks:Building Enclosure Details & Assemblies For Wood-Frame Buildings
Woodworks online slide show presentation Building Enclosure Details and Assemblies for Wood-Frame Buildings provides an in-depth look at a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. It covers building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, best practices with references from technical guidelines and case studies, and the critical detail interfaces between different enclosure assemblies. (PDF)
Inspect

RCI: New Registered Exterior Wall Observer Program
RCI has expanded its focus from roofing to the entire building envelope (roofing, waterproofing, and exterior walls), and saw the need for the development of an exterior wall observer designation. Quality assurance observers monitor the construction process to ensure that exterior wall systems stay in compliance with approved construction drawings, specifications, and best-practice or warranty-stipulated installation procedures.
Install

Energy Vanguard: One Thing Building Enclosure Workers Should Do
Energy Vanguard says everyone who touches the building enclosure, from the designers to the builder to insulation contractors to the cable guy, should understand that the control layers need to be as complete and continuous as possible.
Maintain

BC Housing: Building Envelope Maintenance & Renewals Planning
BC Housing online Maintenance Matters #7 bulletin, entitled Building Envelope Maintenance and Renewals Planning provides those who live in or look after a multi-unit residential building with an overview on how to be proactive in the maintenance and care of the building envelope. (PDF)

BC Housing: Creating & Implementing A Building Envelope Maintenance & Renewals Program
BC Housing bulletin Creating & Implementing A Building Envelope Maintenance & Renewals Program describes how to create and implement a program that will protect your building’s assets and the owners’ investment. (PDF)

BC Housing: Online Videos & Bulletins On Maintenance Of Multifamily Buildings
BC Housing online videos and Maintenance Matters bulletins provide practical information on maintaining the building envelope of multi-unit residential building including townhouses, and low and high-rise buildings.
Repair & Rehab

BC Gov: Regulations For Building Envelope Renovation
Queens Printer displays BC Government building envelope renovation regulations which are part of the Homeowner Protection Act and Insurance Act.

CMHC: Building Envelope Rehabilitation Consultant Guide and Owner/Property Manager Guide
Building Envelope Rehabilitation Consultant Guide and Owner/Property Manager Guide from CMHC is designed for building owners and managers. This guide outlines how to go about improving building envelopes to address moisture problems. Specific to the British Columbia coastal climate zone, the Guide provides information on common locations of moisture problems, such as chimneys, decks and windows. Included are plans, budgets, checklists and photographs. (PDF)

CMHC: Lessons Learned Restoring Quayside Village Leaky Condo
CMHC case study describes how Quayside Village Co-housing community repaired serious water damage to its three-year old, woodframe multi-unit building that suffered damage because of design and construction flaws. The study describes how Quayside strata corporation dealt with the financial, technical and social challenges of this major remediation project. (PDF)

CMHC: Now House Exterior Envelope Retrofit
Now House is the retrofit of a 1½ storey, 1,496 sq. ft., 60-year-old post-war detached home in Toronto, Ontario. As a winning project in the CMHC EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, the developer retrofitted the house to increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality, produce energy through renewable sources and recover energy that would otherwise be lost from waste water and exhaust air. (PDF)

Facade Retrofit: Database Of Facade Retrofit Projects
Facade Retrofit is a new online database that aims to give AEC professionals a better idea of what works and what doesn't when it comes to upgrading a facade in the name of energy efficiency.

RMI: Improving A Homes Building Envelope
US Rocky Mountain Institute fact sheet explains steps for improving the building envelope of a home including heat loss & gain, insulation, air leaks, and windows. 2004 (PDF)
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