Building Envelope

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Building Envelope
Category Sustainable Development Terms
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-15

Building Envelope means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Building envelope means the complete set of elements and components that are assembled in order to separate an internal occupied space from the external environment, thus creating a comfortable, habitable interior. (1),

The building envelope is the interface between the interior of the building and the outdoor environment, including the walls, roof, and foundation. By acting as a thermal barrier, the building envelope plays an important role in regulating interior temperatures and helps determine the amount of energy required to maintain thermal comfort. Minimizing heat transfer through the building envelope is crucial for reducing the need for space heating and cooling. The building envelope can affect energy use and, consequently, GHG emissions in a variety of ways as embodied energy, insulation and air sealing, roofs, walls, windows, doors, and skylights. (2).

(1) EU; 2011, Let’s speak sustainable construction Multilingual Glossary, (2) Based on Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions, Arlington, VA, USA: http://www.c2es.org/technology/factsheet/BuildingEnvelope