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Building Envelope

Building Envelope (Building Enclosure) is a technical term which includes all building components and assemblies (roofs, exterior walls, windows, roof windows, entrance doors, curtain walls and ground floors) that envelop indoor environment of a building and insolating it from the outdoor environment.

Building envelope design is a specific building design since building envelope must separated indoor environment from outdoor climate and therefore building envelop components are loaded down with strength and non-strength effects. They must resist: solar (short wave) radiation and long wave radiation, driving rain, snow, hail, ground water, temperature fluctuations (daily and annual cycles), pressure and wind suction, load from self-construction and operation, chemical impacts or extreme indoor conditions - high relative humidity of indoor air, chemically active substances, salts, etc.

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