Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Building Envelope Solutions

Sponsored by Carlisle SynTec
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of the building envelope concept. Course participants will learn about the impact that proper building envelope design has on occupant heath and comfort, energy savings, and building longevity.
  2. Identify and select performance-based products for foundations, walls, and roofing systems to ensure a proper physical barrier between the inside conditioned space and the outside unconditioned space of a building. Course participants will learn about the importance of air barriers, moisture barriers, and thermal barriers.
  3. Examine and discuss the design and installation of the building envelope system. Course participants will learn the importance of proper placement of key building envelope components so that they work together to improve the performance of the building. In addition, best practices for installation and product limitations will be covered.
  4. Proper tie-in detailing between foundations and walls, walls and roofs, and roofs and windows will be presented and discussed.


This test is no longer available for credit
The building envelope encompasses all the exterior components of a structure: roof, walls, below-grade waterproofing, windows, skylights, and so on. It is critical to consider the role of each component in preventing moisture or air from migrating into the building. This presentation aims to educate participants on the importance of the building envelope and how its individual components must be designed, constructed, and maintained to ensure a long-lasting, energy-efficient building.