Building Envelope

Building Envelope June 14, 2013

Using the AEDG in large hospitals

To achieve energy efficiency in a hospital, engineers should fully understand the Advanced Energy Design Guide.

By Pete Sabeff, PE, LEED AP, Engineering Economics, Golden, Colo.
Building Envelope May 29, 2013

NEBB building enclosure testing seminar

NEBB's seminar on Building Enclosure Testing (BET) will be held Sept. 9 to 11 at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington, D.C.

Building Envelope May 16, 2013

NEBB conference presentations available

The 2013 NEBB Conference presentations are available to download from NEBB's website.

By National Environmental Balancing Bureau
Building Envelope March 26, 2013

Building envelope: Testing and commissioning best practices

Due to the increased interest in high-performance buildings, more attention is being paid to how envelope assemblies affect interior comfort and energy performance.

By James Bochat, LEED AP, NEBB Cx, Commissioning Concepts, Phoenix
In this flow test, a CxA performs a whole-building pressure verification test. The lowest leakage rate equates to the best energy efficiency. Courtesy: Commissioning Concepts
Building Envelope October 23, 2012

Commissioning best practices for building performance

Follow these best practices to ensure a building meets the performance standards required by the owner and design engineer.

By Jim Bochat, LEED AP, NEBB CCP, NEBB RCCP, Commissioning Concepts, Phoenix
Figure 1: The contractor failed to account for the ceiling height in this project. The bottom of the hot water system drain valves extend below the lay-in ceiling height. The drain valve handles, when exercised, will extend below the ceiling line. Courtes
Building Envelope October 12, 2012

Commissioning HVAC systems thoroughly

By examining all aspects of the HVAC system and its components—from design through commissioning—the system will run more efficiently and effectively.

By Edward Hurtz, PE, LEED AP, CxA, GRAEF, Milwaukee
If a researcher is struggling to perform a particular task, making a change to the architectural details of the lab space can help improve productivity. Courtesy: CRB
Building Envelope January 1, 1970

Lab-planning details that matter

If a researcher is struggling to perform a particular task, making a change to the architectural details of the lab space can help improve productivity.

By Mark Paskanik, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CRB, Raleigh, N.C.