Modernizing Building Enclosures for Sustainability

March 20, 2015
Author(s): James Parker

New designs are achieving ever-increasing levels of energy efficiency and a large part of these improvements has come from advanced enclosure design. High-performance enclosures can reduce heating and cooling loads on a building’s mechanical systems and can also reduce energy requirements for lighting while still controlling solar heat gain and glare.

While the A/E/C industry is witnessing great energy improvements for new construction, existing commercial and industrial buildings account for half our nation’s total energy use. The process of tearing down these buildings and replacing them with energy-efficient structures consumes an enormous amount of energy and generates an enormous amount of waste. The environmental damage of replacement hinders sustainability.

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