One of the most common causes of building envelope failures is the improper installation and maintenance of materials. Since building science and envelope engineering are relatively new industries, there’s still a lot of confusion when it comes to understanding just how important a well-design envelope system is in preserving the integrity of your structure. At Orata, we believe in educating our clients just as much as we’re passionate about solving their challenges. Read on to learn more about the integral role envelope engineering plays in protecting your building.
Knowledge is power
Improper installation and maintenance is usually caused by a misunderstanding of how a building’s envelope works. If you’ve read our previous post on why buildings leak, you know that there are many different causes of moisture build up in a structure. At Orata, we frequently field questions from building owners and property managers looking to find the best ways to protect their investment from the elements.
Inspect to protect
Your number one asset when it comes to beating leaks and other structural damage is prevention. Regular inspections throughout the construction process, as well at periodic intervals following completion will go a long way towards making your building envelope secure. Points of inspection include (but are not limited to):
- Window and door installations
- Wall and roof penetrations
- Junctions between building assemblies
- Roof drainage
- Installation of cladding systems such as weather resistant barriers, exterior insulation, exterior cladding, and rain screen implementation.
Why is it so important to inspect these parts of a building during the build phase? If done incorrectly, they likely cannot be installed or repaired after the fact. An engineer may be able to find other solutions, but the simplest course of action is to ensure things are done right the first time.
While on site, building envelope engineers can and should perform field tests once construction is completed. For example, Orata’s team of experts works alongside your construction team throughout the process to determine the examination needed, along with the best schedule align with your project. Sample tests performed after construction may include water penetration tests along with blower door tests. These tests leave builders assured that all layers and materials are properly in place, leaving the building as resistant to moisture as possible.
To learn more about Envelope Engineering, Inspection, and design services, contact us today!