The Building Envelope

August 17, 2016 Andre Zupancic

The Building Envelope

The Building Envelope. When many think of saving energy they turn to the conventional forms like changing light bulbs or updating mechanical like furnaces and air conditioners.  Often overlooked is the building envelope.  A building envelope is the physical separator between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building including the resistance to air, water, heat, light, and noise transfer.  I often find myself asking customers what is the use in updating all the mechanical in your building if you’re still allowing it to leak?

Addressing the areas of insulation of a building which include your walls, ceilings and windows are key to creating an energy efficient and comfortable environment.  The challenge is finding ways of making these improvements that will pay back reasonably quickly enough that will warrant the investment in the initiative.  One example relative to this is windows.  In the past, windows were often overlooked as one of the improvements as there was essentially  no payback period on the improvement.  Due to new innovations and technologies like Magnetite insulating panels, now these improvements can realistically be attained at a payback period that is often less than 8 years, something unheard of in the window industry.


Due to the principals of glass, your windows are the greatest conductor of noise in a building.  If your home or office is near a train, airfield or busy highway you are aware of noise pollution which can impact your quality of life… READ MORE

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