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BEC Houston: Building Envelope Commissioning

September 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-6

Stevan Vinci, Senior Sustainability/Building Science Consultant and Building Envelope Commissioning Practice lead, will be presenting Building Envelope Commissioning at this month’s BEC Houston meeting.

With the current and upcoming release of new local and state energy codes across the US, new aggressive energy efficiency targets are being included. These inclusions require designers and contractors to deliver higher performance of their buildings, especially from the building envelope. Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) is a topic that will enable architects to be prepared for not only the new changes being implemented in LEED v4, but also to stay current on how efficiently certain building envelope assemblies perform, as well as provide them with the tools necessary when considering new building technologies and envelope assemblies effects on energy performance for future designs/projects. Commissioning the building envelope is progressively recognized as an important element in achieving optimal building performance.
Learning Objectives

  • Understand what Building Envelope Commissioning entails.
  • Understand the importance of documenting the Building Envelope performance requirements in the Owner’s Project Requirements.
  • Understand the impact that Building Envelope Commissioning can have on the energy performance of a building.
  • Discuss BECx Case Study Project: OUS/OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building, Portland, OR.