Resilient, Energy Efficient Precast Concrete Building Enclosures
A structure’s enclosure (building envelope) has considerable impact on its overall performance, as highlighted by recent code changes. The envelope not only serves as a barrier between the outside environment and conditioned space, but also as a part of the aesthetic expression for the structure. It must also serve as a protective shield against the forces from extreme climate change related events. High-performing building envelopes can help reduce the overall energy consumption of a structure throughout the structure’s life and maintain and protect its interior environment and occupants.
This presentation addresses what high performing building envelopes are, as well as key elements to their performance. It will discuss how to use precast concrete wall systems to meet the latest code requirements such as continuous insulation and air barriers, and include topics such as moisture management, how to calculate effective R-values, integration with other building systems, and more. This session will also touch on the important function of durability and climate resilience. The building envelope must be able to resist severe environmental forces, such as high winds and rains and is sometimes designed for blast resistance. Case studies are used to highlight information presented.