Video: Building Enclosure Fundamentals: Integrating Proper Building Enclosure Into the Design Process

This presentation highlights a process where the building enclosure commissioning authority or consultant can be integrated into the design process.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) March 29, 2023
Courtesy: CxEnergy

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how timely decisions can lead to a better quality assurance process, a greater emphasis on proper building enclosure and less issues during the construction phase.
  • How to properly integrate the owner’s project requirement into the design process in order to provide successful outcomes and satisfied clients.
  • Highlight what decisions must be made during each phase of the design in order to deliver a successful project.
  • Understand and identify the common mistakes or pitfalls that occur in the design phase that often lead to unintended and costly issues that must be addressed during the construction phase of the project.

Video courtesy: CxEnergy


  • Robert Barfield, AIA, NCARB, CCCA, BECxP, CxA+BE, Gresham Smith

Today’s large building projects are often a lengthy and complex process that involves large teams of professionals in order to properly execute. Too often, even when building enclosure commissioning authorities or consulting is involved, the building enclosure is not properly integrated into the design process. Integrating proper building enclosure can often feel like an afterthought that leads to unnecessary design interactions and revisions. This presentation will seek to highlight a process by which the building enclosure commissioning authority or consultant can be integrated into the design process and provide timely recommendations and advice that enhances the quality of the project while incorporating all the necessary and required aspects of building enclosure commissioning.

CxEnergy is presented by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), the Energy Management Association (EMA), and the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC). Together, these Authorities in Building Performance represent over 600 member companies and 2,500 certified professionals in the testing, adjusting, and balancing, commissioning, and energy management industries.