• Contractor’s Field Guide to the Building Envelope

    What is the building envelope and why does it matter?

  • Insulation and Temperature–A Useful Relationship

    The temperature of a particular space can have an affect on the mechanical insulation housed there; building envelope can be an important part of regulating this temperature.

  • Pathway to Net Zero Energy

    The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a not-for-profit scientific society dedicated to the advancement of Earth and space science. Through scientific publications, meetings, and events; science communication; policy updates; and much more; AGU brings the scientific community together to advance their mission.

  • Removable Covers in Below-Ambient Applications

    A contractor discusses his field experience with flexible removable covers.

  • The Building Envelope: Codes, Codes, and More Codes

    The metal building industry has witnessed a tremendous shift over the last several years. Increasingly stringent energy codes have propelled the industry toward more sustainable construction and innovation that we wouldn’t have imagined a few decades ago.

  • Corrosion Prevention: What You Need to Know

    There have been many studies done and academic papers written about the subject of corrosion under insulation (CUI) on metal piping, ducts, tanks, etc. CUI is a concern for insulation used on pipes operating in the temperature range of 32°F to 250°F for carbon steel and 140°F to 250°F for austenitic stainless steel. It is

  • Industrial Insulation Specifications: What Needs to Happen, Why It Matters, and Who Should Care

    Industrial insulation specifications are the result of copious notes, research, and specifications that are refined over time and compiled into documents. These documents are then shared with the prominent stakeholders in industrial facility construction and maintenance projects. They are a necessary component of most, if not all, industrial process and equipment designs. Even so, it

  • Condensation Control: Why the Proper Insulation Choices Will Keep You Out of the Rain

    Where Is this Water Coming From? All air on earth contains at least a little bit of moisture in the form of water vapor because of the earth’s atmosphere and climate.1 This means that water vapor is always going to be present in the air around your systems and will condense into a liquid with

  • A Conversation on Commissioning

    Editor’s Note: Commissioning first showed up in the building market in 1977 when Public Works Canada started using it in their project delivery system. Others got on board in the early 1980s, and the decade closed with ASHRAE Guideline 1, first published in 1989. Electric utilities promoted commissioning and its use became more widespread, including

  • Want Happy Employees? You Need Insulation

    The Saint Gobain building study was undertaken for the purpose of being able to get quantified metrics on how exactly building and design choices affect personnel and thus, business operations. The subjects were studied for 3 years in the first building, and then before and after they moved into the new building. The unique circumstances