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Building Science Envelope Insights-Testimony by Mike Kulik

Building Science Envolope Insights

Presented by Dale B. Sherman on Nov. 8th, 2018

Testimony by Mike Kulik

There were some great insights on how much building science has advanced over the last 30 years and the requirements of the new building code. No more are air barrier sheets of poly but rather they have been replaced with "smart" technology that allows the exchange of vapor as the temperature changes, protecting the facade and structure from rot. Tight building construction with proper exterior wall construction and a well defined air barrier envelope is the goal of modern construction. As stated by Dale "buildings don't breath, people breath," therefore proper air exchanges and conditioning of "tight" building construction has become more critical, challenging, and less energy demanding at the same time. Increased energy savings is the result of current design standards, with the move toward net-zero, positive energy, and passive building becoming more of a requirement rather than a goal, designers and builders need to stay engaged with upcoming technology options as well as be created in ways to define cost-effective building solutions on the front end, to further improve incentives to receive energy and environment savings in the long-run. Great information and much appreciated Dale. We will be seeing you around the AEC community.