BEE has effectively been working for many years to help architects, developers, and owners to improve building envelope performance. BEE recognizes that water, vapor, and air barrier systems reflected in BEE details need to be well coordinated with the energy model for the project. Therefore, we offer energy services that are focused on building envelope performance. Following is a short description of various services BEE provides to ensure the successful design of energy-efficient, sustainable, durable, and cost-effective building envelope:
Building Envelope Energy Code Compliance
This service is focused on delivering building envelope energy code compliance in the most costeffective way while meeting industry best practice. Our energy code experts will assess a project during design development and periodically review during construction as needed to define the most effective code compliance path, material selection, and assembly details. Along with drawing examination and energy forms, we will also provide heating equipment sizing and renewable energy system sizing.
Air Barrier Design
Our highly experienced team of engineers, inspectors, and testers understand the main requirements for a successful air barrier design. In our design, we account for cost impacts, material availability, project specifics, and general contractor experience and knowledge. It is crucial to coordinate the air barrier design with the weatherization barrier, vapor control, thermal boundary, and proper ventilation to avoid potential issues with the building envelope and help prevent sick building syndrome from airtight buildings.
Building Envelope Details
For a full design project, BEE provides on average over a hundred building envelope details. All of them are being closely examined as part of the Energy Code Compliance and Air Barrier Design services. Most of the building assemblies have multiple layers of materials that can change the building envelope performance based on their application methods and layered position in the assembly. Many materials may perform multiple functions required for a properly functioning building envelope assembly if applied wisely.
Total Building Energy Modeling
Total Building Energy Modeling has multiple benefits. First, it helps designers to choose the best system based on projected performance in the specific to project conditions, like building geometry, envelope performance, location, climate, other building systems, working schedules and utility rates, and many other factors. Second, the model provides the total cost-effectiveness of each system in those specific conditions. Energy modeling is used for green building standards like Built Green, LEED and others. Its also required by many municipality rebates and financing programs. eQUEST and REMrate are the most commonly used software for modeling.
THERM WUFI Pro
Modeling in THERM helps to understand thermal bridging effects in complex assemblies. We use it to identify how much insulation should be applied before it reaches the maximum effective level. It also identifies potential condensation risk areas.
Feasibility studies help identify available energy or Green Building Incentive Programs. Those programs are oriented to help offset the cost of the energy improvements beyond the minimum requirements of the local codes. Most of the projects are qualify for some of the programs with little to no change to typical construction practice.
Built Green, LEED, RESNET, Energy Star
The BEE team of approved energy raters and verifiers will guide a project through Built Green, LEED, RESNET or Energy Star Certification. We will evaluate all energy and sustainability-related aspects of design, conduct site inspections, and complete required testing and verifications to ensure successful certification of your project.