Building Envelope Consulting
Maintaining Peak Building Performance
The building envelope is the critical physical separator between the interior of a building and the exterior environment. It performs many essential functions including maintaining air and water tightness and regulating the transfer of heat and light between the inside and the outside of a building. Today’s building facades use a wide array of new technologies and materials in ever-more complex geometries that often push the limits of traditional building design and construction. However, without a properly constructed building envelope, it is impossible to have a truly sustainable, high-performance building. In addition, a building’s long-term durability, energy performance, and occupant comfort and health are all dependent upon the building envelope, and building envelope consultants can help optimize its performance.
As building envelope consultants, Epsten Group helps building designers, contractors and owners achieve the highest-performing building envelope possible by providing expert building envelope consulting services structured to provide practical solutions for today’s complex buildings. Our team has decades of experience in building science and utilizes project management techniques derived from our rigorous envelope commissioning processes as well as cutting-edge forensic testing methods to troubleshoot existing envelope problems and verify the proper construction of new building envelope assemblies. These tools, when combined with thorough design reviews and timely on-site construction phase observations by our building envelope experts, help provide project teams peace of mind that the result of their efforts will be a water-tight facility that is durable, healthy and energy-efficient.
Our building envelope consultant forensic testing capabilities include in-house hazardous material sampling for lead and asbestos in existing building envelope assemblies. Our staff can also provide AAMA 501.2 Hose Nozzle Water Spray Testing and AAMA 502 Test Standard for Air and Water Infiltration for windows, walls, roofs and other envelope assemblies. These often-inexpensive tests simulate rainfall event conditions, helping to identify and diagnose leakage issues under controlled conditions that make it possible to develop solutions quickly and affordably. Epsten Group also offers in-house infrared thermography services to identify potential air leakage issues and moisture trapped beneath low-slope roofing assemblies. This can be further supplemented by whole-building blower door testing and in-house electronic leak detection services for roofs. With all of these building envelope consultant services combined, few firms can match Epsten Group’s capabilities and unique ability to provide building envelope solutions based on the best building science methods available.
When paired with our firm’s other services, our building envelope consulting services can become an even greater asset to your project. Used in concert with our architecture services, we can improve the function and durability of your new or renovated building envelope. Combined with our sustainability consulting, energy modeling and commissioning services, we can help project teams achieve higher green building certification levels, reduce their ecological footprint, and provide healthier and more comfortable indoor environments for all building users. With all of our services, Epsten Group is committed to helping our clients achieve building projects that are more durable, require less maintenance, have lower operating costs, and help improve occupant happiness, efficiency and productivity.