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Why Your Home’s Building Envelope is Important

What is a building envelope? And why is it important to you? In this week’s blog, we’ll discuss your home’s building envelope, and how it makes your home more, or less, energy efficient.

What is a Building Envelope?

The building envelope is essentially the shell of your home. It is not the siding or the roof, but rather the material in between the siding and the roof. The space in between the envelope and the exterior is not conditioned by heated or cooled air.

The building envelope performs a lot of important duties for your home. First and foremost, it provides structural support. A poorly constructed envelope could lead to structural concerns later on. The envelope also controls the amount of moisture that gets into the home, regulates temperature, and controls changes in air pressure. This group of functions has a significant bearing on the ventilation in your home and consequently, your energy use.

The Building Envelope and Energy Efficiency

Your roof and siding are the first line of defense against the weather, but your building envelope is arguably even more important in regulating the effect of the weather on the temperature, pressure, and humidity in your home. The tighter the building envelope, the less transfer of air, humidity, and pressure there is between the outside and your home, and vice versa. On the other hand, the looser the envelope, the greater the exchange.

How can you tell if your building envelope is loose? There are several ways. One of the easiest is if you have a drafty home. Another is if your HVAC unit doesn’t seem to be heating or cooling as it should be. This may be because the heated or cooled air is escaping through the loose envelope.

There are many projects you can do to tighten up your building envelope. From installing insulation, to patching leaks at wall and roof joints, to installing new windows and doors. There are also many contractors that specialize in analyzing your building envelope in order to improve it. Investing in your building envelope is one of the smartest things you can do for your home, for your comfort, and for your wallet.

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