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October 25 – Building Enclosure/Envelope Commissioning Procedure and Practice

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Today building owners are faced with increasingly complex building enclosure (envelope) design, new construction materials, shrinking schedules, and code requirements to deliver energy-efficient buildings. The building enclosure must be constructed to meet the design intent for expected service life and energy use, and to prevent adverse outcomes that may arise from deficient workmanship during construction.

Building enclosure commissioning (BECx), from the design to completed construction, fulfills this imperative. The presenters will identify and discuss the procedures that should be included in the building enclosure commissioning process—starting with the OPR, design, submittal reviews, project start-up, and orientation meetings, followed by preparing functional performance testing plans, conducting mock-up testing, on-site quality control, and quality assurance programs. The presentation concludes with how to test airtightness and insulation barriers of the finished building.

Over the past several years CSA and ASTM have published standards and guides outlining procedures for a comprehensive building enclosure commissioning process, and the presenters will discuss these currently available resources.


  • Kevin Knight

    Kevin is a building envelope/enclosure authority with over 35 years experience in the field of testing, commissioning, research, and education. He is a senior consultant in the Construction and Building Envelope Division at Tower Engineering. He has had numerous papers published and is a frequent lecturer on building science, commissioning, design, and testing. Has been involved in many commercial construction projects both in Canada and the United States of America. Kevin has collaborated with Federal and Provincial/State Governments, Universities, Colleges, Utilities, and private sector companies. He is instrumental in the development of a Standards for CSA, ULC and ASTM for the Building Envelope test methods and for the Commissioning of Building Envelopes.

  • David Leonard, P.L.Eng., Eng.L.

    As an Associate Building Envelope Specialist at Entuitive, David’s current role is focused on the effective design and review of building envelopes for new construction, as well as existing buildings. Over David’s +14-year career he has been involved with hundreds of projects in all sectors related to building envelopes and the systems that comprise the building envelope as a whole. David’s involvement in these projects has provided him with a fundamental and complex understanding of various cladding and façade components, their limitations, and capabilities. David provides strong and compliant designs through a developed understanding of building envelope systems. He is known for his proficiency in general cladding, specialty cladding and daylighting systems. His experience is derived from over a decade in the construction industry with both hands-on, technical training and routine involvement in cladding design, estimating and construction

October 25, 2021
Mon 10:00 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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