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Description: In this class, we will learn how to assess the most common commercial building envelope assemblies for energy saving opportunities. We will also discuss challenges and potential risks with envelope improvements, how to identify and mitigate them. Finally, we will discuss the tools used to evaluate and prioritize building envelope opportunities in an existing commercial or institutional building.
Session 3A - Obstacles and Potential Risks to a Retrofit
- Unresolved water leaks
- Active or potential condensation
- Existing Masonry or Stone
- Changes in air tightness
- Existing conditions
- Specialized spaces
- Hazardous materials
- Access to implement the retrofit
- High or low cost of fuel, concurrent HVAC upgrades
Session 3B - Approach and Tools for an Envelope Audit
- Visual inspection
- Additional tools
- Filling out the weatherization spreadsheet