The Six Control Layers Of A Building Enclosure
The building enclosure is what protects the interior of your home from rain, cold, heat, humidity, and all unwanted external factors.
Once you close up a wall in the construction process, there’s no going back in – you have to build it right the first time. There are 6 crucial elements to building a properly functioning building enclosure:
Controlling water for our climate zone, 5.5, is crucial for building durability.
Not controlling vapor is simply giving mold the perfect environment to grow in.
By not controlling air flow, water finds its way into a home through driving rains or different pressures.
By not addressing thermal control, a home will be extremely uncomfortable and cost too much to heat and cool.
Critters inside of walls will wreak all kinds of havoc on a building and its durability.
If all other layer controls are done properly, then the enclosure will be quiet and comfortable.