The building envelope is the separation between the interior and the exterior environments of a building. It serves as the outer shell to protect the indoor environment as well as to facilitate its climate control. Building envelope design is a specialized area of architectural and engineering practice that draws from all areas of building science and indoor climate control.
The building envelope provides structural integrity, moisture control, temperature control and the control of air pressure boundaries.
The physical components of the envelope include the foundation, roof, walls, doors and windows. The dimensions, performance and compatibility of materials, fabrication process and details, their connections and interactions are the main factors that determine the effectiveness and durability of the building enclosure system.
The definition sounds simple enough, but in reality—because of the thousands of complex products and systems specified and the multiple trades involved—the chance of error is high. As complex and intricate as the building envelope seems to be, how can you tell if a building envelope is going to have or is already having problems? The general inspection can be broken down into four basic steps:
• Initial Inspection
• Knowledge Gathering (blueprint review)
• Interior Symptoms (document water intrusion areas)
• Exterior Signs (once the above is complete, the exterior signs are better understood)
The Aerial Companies have completed several building envelope restorations which includes replacement and repair of structural components, window replacements, water damage repair, exterior waterproofing, caulking and sealant systems, exterior painting and stucco, just to name a few.
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The Aerial Companies, Inc. is available to provide building envelope restoration for historic and contemporary buildings, commercial establishments, and luxury estate homes in Florida including areas around Sarasota, Naples, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and Daytona Beach.