Delivering lasting value for owners and occupants with high-performance building enclosures
A building’s enclosure drives its efficiency and performance, defines its aesthetic presence and supports human comfort. Drawing on extensive experience and advanced knowledge of building physics, for each project we develop an enclosure system that is efficient, well adapted to the building’s function, and optimized for its unique microclimate.
Our building enclosure consulting and commissioning team uses the most advanced tools in the industry to help clients achieve their goals and improve their bottom line. Whether you’re working to realize a bold architectural vision, earn an ambitious certification (LEED, WELL, Living Building Challenge or Passive House), achieve outstanding comfort and performance in a demanding climate – or all of the above – the right enclosure is critical.
RWDI’s unparalleled modeling capabilities generate precise information about how your enclosure design can optimally mediate between your building’s exterior and interior environments. We model not just prevailing conditions in the area, but at the exact site of your project. We’re uniquely equipped to show how wind, rain, snow or sand, and sun will affect a specific building on a specific parcel of land – taking neighboring structures and local topography into account.
We translate sophisticated building physics insights into clear, actionable recommendations and details to assist your project team in making educated decisions to optimize facades, roofs, windows, terraces and plazas, below-grade spaces, and entire building enclosure systems at any scale. Our team is knowledgeable about diverse materials, construction practices and installation approaches.
Through hundreds of projects in countries and climates around the world, we’ve earned a reputation for collaborating effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and professionals – from owners and architects to contractors and construction managers. Collaboration within RWDI also delivers major value for our clients: our building enclosure team works with the full range of RWDI’s science-based specialties, crafting elegant solutions in areas ranging from noise and acoustics to snow and ice accumulation.
The combination of advanced science and practical knowledge we bring to every project lets us provide sound and timely insights on moisture management, air leakage, heat and light exchange, and thermal control – all grounded in analysis from our in-house climate and weather specialists.