Millions of failed structures can be found throughout the world. Why? Improper building practices. After recent studies and investigations, the common factor of building failure comes down to water. Whenever their is water, mold grows and mildew lingers. This moisture causes structures to fall apart and decompose. Science has shown the building industry that there are control layers that need to be addressed to fix the lack of structural durability.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ENCLOSURE DESIGN
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.
By not controlling air flow, water finds its way into a home through driving rains or different pressures.
Critters inside of walls will wreak all kinds of havoc on a building and its durability.
Not controlling vapor is simply giving mold the perfect environment to grow in.
By not addressing thermal control, a home will be extremely uncomfortable and cost too much to heat and cool.
If all other layer controls are done properly, then the enclosure will be quiet and comfortable.