Building Envelope Selection

As a builder with an extensive portfolio of completed work, we are often asked by clients and consultants alike to outline the benefits and drawbacks of the variety of building envelope solutions available. With energy costs on an upward trend, and a sense of environmental stewardship that is perhaps unrivalled in past eras, we are also concerned with choosing effective solutions that match capital costs of building a facility with the operating costs that will live with it for decades.

With renewed focus on making a short-term decision make long-term sense, here are some of the basic decisions in choosing a building envelope and understanding its importance:


  • Wood-Framed
  • Conventional Structural Steel
  • Pre-Engineered Steel
  • Load-Bearing Masonry


  • Masonry
  • Exterior Insulated Finishing System (EIFS)
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Glazing


  • Metal
  • Modified Bituminous Membrane
  • EPDM
  • PVC
  • Tar and Gravel