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Design without compromise: Balancing durable and energy-efficient buildings

Photos © Mike Steffen. Photos courtesy Walsh Construction Company

Two critical aspects of sustainable construction are long-term durability and energy efficiency. The latter is a measure of whole building performance, which depends on the envelope as well as the building systems and occupant behavior. This article addresses the enclosure’s contribution to energy efficiency—namely its impact on heating and cooling loads and how to balance this with a need for durability.

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