Beauty goes more than skin-deep for high performance buildings. I work with architects and builders to achieve designs and materials that result in buildings tuned to their climate and site, successfully managing the elements for durable enclosures, comfortable and safe interiors.
My design/spec reviews focus on hygrothermal performance of the building enclosure. I review plans for continuous control layers: water, air, thermal. The primary tool is the “pen test” – you take your cursor or your pen or your finger and on a full-building cross section, trace each control layer without lifting off the page or screen. It’s pretty easy to do this in the field of an assembly but at penetrations and transitions it’s challenging.
A big part of high performance enclosures is selecting materials that accomplish these continuous control layers and they have to be compatible. Quite often building components that are connected are from different building product manufacturers. You only get continuity if materials are compatible.
I work with architects and builders and building owners to integrate the performance of these control layers. I can work with you on your plans and specs.
For many building professionals, I have done this work in person and that’s best, but quite often, we work together electronically, using screenshare software. There are lots of programs out there; I have a ZOOM business account that I find easy to use, reliable, and I use it for up to 50 sign-ins if I am teaching online.
Give me a call to see how I can work with you on your project.