Check Twice, Build Once: Sustainability Benefits of Building Enclosure Commissioning

Check Twice, Build Once: Sustainability Benefits of Building Enclosure Commissioning

Building enclosure commissioning (BECx) has long been associated with sustainability and is now being written into more and more code and certification requirements. However, the environmental impact of the BECx process is impossible to quantify and can be difficult to articulate. A poorly executed enclosure can increase energy usage and maintenance requirements and decrease service life. Ripping out and replacing wet drywall is not sustainable. To avoid these issues, BECx is an outcome-focused process that aims to verify that the owner’s project goals, including sustainability objectives, are incorporated into the design and are executed during construction. While many sustainability aspects of the physical enclosure can be directly modeled, measured, and compared—such as a building’s energy usage, embodied carbon, air leakage rates, or thermal performance—the BECx process cannot because it helps identify and avoid problems before they can ever be measured. Through case studies of both well-executed and challenging BECx projects, this discussion will explore how BECx can improve project design and construction through enhanced quality assurance and performance verification and will highlight the process’s overall ties to sustainability.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Highlight how performance criteria beyond just air leakage and thermal resistance can impact the overall life-cycle sustainability of an enclosure when operational energy use, repair, and replacement demands are considered.
  • Identify how BECx can enhance the quality assurance of the design phase and confirm that the performance values being incorporated into the energy analysis can be achieved with the selected systems.
  • Distinguish how enhanced third-party quality control during the construction phase can help reduce rework and material waste by detecting issues early.
  • Understand how the required scope of BECx work differs between various uniform energy codes, local building codes, and optional certification programs, such as LEED.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Anna Burhoe
Anna Burhoe | Senior Consulting Engineer

Anna Burhoe is experienced in design, investigation, rehabilitation, commissioning, and construction administration for historic and contemporary buildings. She has worked on structures from low-rise schools to high-rise construction, as well as residential homes and below-grade structures. She specializes in the design and construction administration of complex building enclosure systems, including above- and below-grade waterproofing; air, water, and vapor barriers; roofing; exterior cladding; and fenestration systems; with a focus on design efficiency, constructability, and performance. Anna is an active and contributing member to ASTM International E06.55.09 – Building Enclosure Commissioning. 

Brian Rose
Brian Rose | Senior Project Manager

Brian Rose provides a variety of building enclosure commissioning, consulting, and investigation services for owners, architects, and contractors. He has closely collaborated with project teams to develop novel and reliable solutions for numerous mixed-use residential, office, higher education, and cultural buildings striving for high sustainability goals, including net zero and Passive House. Brian leads the commissioning group in SGH’s Washington, DC, office and manages several complex, high-performance building enclosure design and rehabilitation projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He holds BECxP and CxA+BE certifications and is an active member of the Air Barrier Association of America, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance, and Association of Preservation Technology.