Building Operating Management magazine recently published an article written by several Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) authors discussing the state of building enclosure technology. In “8 Technology Developments Reshaping High-Performance Building Exteriors,” SGH Building Technology senior staff members Peter Babaian, Emily Hopps, and Matt Normandeau offer a brief history of building enclosure technology and explore how technological advancements can help improve energy efficiency, sustainability, and safety.
In the article, the authors describe specific benefits and considerations for eight technologies in use or in development today, including cool, blue, and green roofs; window and glazing systems; weather-resistant barriers; cladding attachments and insulation; green walls; and snow and ice protection measures.
“To develop high-quality, energy-efficient building enclosures, building owners must embrace technological advances in enclosure materials and design,” the authors conclude. “However, to reap the benefits of the advances without compromising durability or project budgets, the project team must understand the intended use, limitations, and potential for unanticipated results. If employed thoughtfully and with full knowledge of the benefits and limitations, building-enclosure technology can help building owners achieve their visions for high functioning, aesthetically innovative, and efficient building designs.”