MEETING AND EXCEEDING BUILDING CODE THERMAL PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
Energy and thermal performance requirements are growing and playing an increasingly significant role in building codes throughout North America. However, understanding and meeting the requirements has also become increasingly complex for building designers. At the same time, it has become clear that important decisions regarding basic enclosure assembly design and window area need to be made early in the design process to result in the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and comfortable building.
This guide provides designers, builders, and building owners with a brief introduction to compliance options for modern building codes, and details calculation methods suitable for quickly estimating, at an early design stage, the thermal performance of concrete enclosure wall systems. The guide is not a comprehensive summary of energy codes in force or of their different interpretations across the country, which remains the responsibility of the designer of record.
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