It's Not Architecture
Building Science is not architecture, rather, it's the study of architectural components.
Architects generally select building enclosure types, such as a brick facade. They also include design details and specifications for these assemblies on their drawings, but technical analysis is rarely performed on these assemblies. Likewise, the potential effects of the interaction between the mechanical systems and building enclosure are rarely considered.
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Building Science is the study, analysis, and optimization of the components and systems comprising and affecting the building enclosure. This technical discipline necessitates both a theoretical and practical understanding of how diverse building systems perform together. Ultimately, the goal of building science is to predict and prevent failures—improving the performance of buildings.
Heat transfer, thermodynamic, and hygrothermal complexities exist in the physical interaction of the building enclosure (windows, walls, roofs, and foundations) and their environment. This interaction is further complicated by modern building practice—hollow walls constructed with modern materials that are generally more susceptible to damage from moisture intrusion than their predecessors, and the artificially altered indoor conditions that are manipulated to meet occupant comfort requirements. Because of these contemporary construction materials and constraints, an understanding of building science is necessary to focus specifically on the enclosure details with a scientific mindset, rather than merely relying on boilerplate specifications and details.
A robust understanding of materials, enclosure assemblies, and mechanical HVAC systems is required to effectively resolve many of the failures that plague today’s buildings. Apollo BBC professionals have the technical backgrounds and hands-on experience to effectively diagnose and resolve building envelope failures, whether during the design, construction, or operation of a building.