THE ANATOMY OF A BUILDING ENVELOPE
Alberta Building Envelope Restoration & Services
A building’s foundation, outside walls, windows and roof make up its envelope. In essence, the envelope performs like a skin, protecting your building from thermal elements and moisture, acting as a barrier from the outside environment.
Building Envelopes are most likely to be damaged by water ingress. To effectively do its job (making the building energy efficient, and providing a comfortable and healthy place for people to work and / or live) a building envelope should be judged by a number of factors, including:
- The Cost Savings it Garners Through Energy Efficiency
- Air Quality
- How Durable and Long Lasting the Building Materials it’s Constructed with are
- How well it protects the building from the elements
Optimum Building Envelope Systems Should Have:
- Proper Ventilation
- Air and Thermal Barriers
- Damp Proofing / Moisture Control
- Vapor Barrier
- Solid Structure
- A Drainage Plane
Moisture control and a solid structure are critical in typical Alberta climates like those found in Calgary, High River, Okotoks, Airdrie, Canmore and Banff. Weak, poorly performing building envelopes will be susceptible to rain and air leakage, as well as heat loss.
Protect your investment from early deterioration, damage and energy inefficiency by calling Westerly Restoration of Alberta for an expert assessment that will keep your building performing strong for generations.