Building science looks at a house as a system, recognizing that it consists of parts that work together to make up the building enclosure. All of these parts, their connections, and their relations affect the envelope of the building, which in turn dictates performance, efficiency, and comfort. One part of a building that people don’t automatically associate with building science is the occupant. In other words— you!
When you realize how your lifestyle and needs affect the way a building is designed and used, it makes sense to consider yourself a part of your home’s system. Take, for example, windows. Windows penetrate walls and create a potential for thermal leakage, but they are necessary for our health and happiness. As a result, techniques (like double and triple panes of glass, weather-stripping, air sealing, etc.) have been developed which increase the efficiency of windows as part of the building system. This is building science in problem-solving-action!
When building science is included in your home’s design, construction, remodeling, and even daily operation, it will help you create a long-lasting, enjoyable, and efficient sanctuary. So take some time to learn about building science, and how it can impact your home for the better. And if you encounter questions along the way, we’re happy to help answer them.