With a building envelope consultant, energy efficiency is at the forefront.

In simple terms, a building envelope consultant is concerned with the technical performance of a building. This includes everything from the building materials to the operational systems, and everything between. The actual field of building science is broad and encompassing – as such, a building envelope consultant could be involved in construction technology, home energy efficiency, and even building inspections.

what is building envelope consultant

When it comes to energy efficiency (residential or commercial), the building envelope consultant is concerned with every aspect of a building’s performance:  levels of air leakage; integrity of air and vapour barriers; insulation performance; and energy consumption. The objective, of course, is to create the mostefficient building envelope possible, one that ensures indoor comfort and effective energy usage.

The building envelope itself is designed to be a physical separation between the exterior and interior of a home. In a typical residential home, the building envelope comprises the roof, the foundation, the walls, and all of the windows and doors. Over time, these components are vulnerable to performance problems, and a building envelope consultant is tasked with assessing the problems, while providing viable “fixes”.

Hiring a building envelope consultant

Whether a home is suffering from poor quality building materials, faulty installations, or inadequate maintenance, a building envelope consultant will identify the problem issues and recommend retrofit solutions that will improve the building envelope and reduce the potential for future complications. While a building envelope consultant does have expertise with all parts of the home, energy efficiency has become quite the focus in recent years. This is due to the increasing costs of energy, and the need to conserve. 

The emphasis on energy efficiency is about reducing energy needs, decreasing energy consumption, and lowering heating and cooling bills. The fact is, building envelope consultants can make a big difference when providing retrofits. They identify problem areas, advise on feasible solutions, and recommend the most cost-effective remedies. From high performance insulation, to energy efficient windows, retrofits can provide excellent return-on-investment. Indeed, energy savings can often offset the cost the actual work performed.

Barrier Sciences Group - experts in the field

At Barrier Sciences Group, our in-house building envelope consultants are highly trained and formally certified. We have decades of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. And we’ve serviced homeowners, property managers, and general contractors alike. From professional inspection services, to complete energy retrofitting, BSG manage projects from beginning to end.

The team at Barrier Sciences Group deals with a wide range of performance challenges. The aim with every project is to substantially improve the performance of the building envelope, and with measurable results:

•  reducing annual energy costs by improving energy efficiency
•  diminishing the long term potential for building deterioration
•  improving the integrity of the building envelope to extend life
•  enhancing health, safety and well-being for building occupants

BSG specializes in deep energy retroftting 

With a Deep Energy Retrofit, a “whole-building” approach is used to maximize energy efficiency. Far more in-depth than conventional energy retrofits, a Deep Energy Retrofit can deliver 30% or more in annual energy savings. Residential or commercial, the long-term savings are dramatic.

Barrier Sciences Group is one of the most trusted names in Deep Energy Retrofitting. BSG focuses on optimizing energy performance, providing clients with “incremental” energy retrofits that allow for measurable short-term results, and substantial returns-on-investment going forward.

At Barrier Sciences Group, building science experts implement specific energy retrofits, while evaluating “real life” results on building performance. This implementation ensures improved energy efficiency, enhanced building integrity, and extended lifespan for building components.

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Nothing compares with the BSG approach - clients are provided with in-depth inspections, comprehensive assessments, and workable solutions. To find out more, call the professionals at Barrier Sciences Group at 1-866-333-3920. For other BSG services, visit the company’s website at www.barriersciences.com .

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The Canada Greener Homes Grant offers home efficiency renovation grants up to $5,000.

Homeowners Canada-wide are eligible for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, announced on May 27, 2021. This new incentive offers up to $5,000 in grants for home efficiency retrofit renovations, plus a $600 reimbursement for pre- and post-work EnerGuide evaluations. Eligible retrofit scopes include home insulation, heating, doors, windows, photovoltaic solar panels, resiliency measures, and thermostats.

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