Institute, AIA strengthen focus on building enclosures

The National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects showed their commitment to the importance of building enclosures by signing a new Memorandum of Agreement to suppor…

The National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects showed their commitment to the importance of building enclosures by signing a new Memorandum of Agreement to support existing Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) and develop new ones in cities across the United States. BECs are a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and other professionals located in major cities around the country. The councils provide a forum for the construction industry to address building enclosures, according to a 19 May 2011 release from The Institute. The Institute, through its Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, and the AIA established the initiative in 2004 to offer industry professionals an opportunity to exchange valuable information relating to successful building enclosure design through meetings and sharing of resources. BECs are now active in 25 cities nationwide, according to the organization.