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Commissioning the Building Enclosure: What is Really Important


Buildings cannot be energy efficient if the building enclosure does not function at a high level. The enclosure (the six sides of the structure) functions to protect the occupants and contents from the natural exterior environment. It consists of many materials with various functions and aesthetics, installed on the building by a variety of methods & means. Some materials will be visible, others hidden, but they all should be durable. The various materials are defined as to their quantity and position on the building. They are installed on the building by a variety of methods & means. The commissioning process must begin during the early design phase. The commissioning review of the drawings will mostly focus on the details of the enclosure, referenced on the building floor plans, elevations, and wall sections. Exterior wall mock-up testing is important to exterior wall and fenestration commissioning before the construction phase. George will share details on quality assurance visual inspections and on-site performance verification testing, which are vital to a successful commissioning program.


  • George Blackburn, AIA

    A Texas Registered Architect with Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Tulane. His work includes a variety of rolls for architectural and engineering design and consulting firms, government agencies, building enclosure testing company, and independently for fifty years. His work includes the design and construction management of buildings, forensic and diagnostic architecture, building condition analysis, damage assessment, and building enclosure commissioning services. Clients are Architects, Engineers, Attorneys, Insurance Adjusters, Real Estate Developers, Building Owners, Contractors, government agencies, Commissioning Agents, and architectural product manufacturers. He lectures on topics of building enclosure performance and commissioning, for the AIA, AEE, and ABAA.

August 17, 2020
Mon 9:10 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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