DESIGN & CONSULTING SERVICES
BUILDING ENVELOPE COMMISSIONING (BECx)
Our certified staff offer full commissioning services, from concept through design, testing and building turn-over to the owner. Commissioning services are utilized by owners that want to ensure they achieve a high-performing envelope on their new building, including those projects pursuing LEED certification.
HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING ENVELOPE DESIGN
We have several licensed architects on staff that utilize over 75 years of combined experience in the field to inform our detailing. We also employ the latest thermal and hygrothermal modeling software, along with BIM software, to provide complete envelope design and detailing services for architects, owners and contractors.
INDEPENDENT TECHNICAL REVIEWS (ITR)
NEXUS' forensic investigation and building envelope testing experience guides the technical recommendations offered during the review of plan sets for architects and owners. Independent Technical Reviews serve as a third-party quality control check of the envelope design on new buildings. Our licensed architects take a broad approach in their reviews, analyzing International Building Code (or Building Code) and Energy Code issues, material compatibility, thermal performance, bulk water and vapor management, air barrier continuity, and constructability issues.
ENERGY CODE COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE & CALCULATIONS
In our efforts to provide complete building envelope design solutions, NEXUS finds it imperative to understand energy code requirements and compliance options in several states including Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, and Colorado. NEXUS provides direction on how to comply prescriptively or will fully fill out all required compliance forms and calculations for submittal to the jurisdiction.
NEXUS performs analysis of wall and roof assemblies for thermal and hygrothermal performance utilizing THERM 2D/3D and WUFI. These programs help to identify proper placement of the dew point within the assembly for a given climate zone and determine how the assembly will perform over time, based on building orientation and micro-climates. This analysis enables NEXUS to prepare fact-based building envelope material and assembly recommendations for our clients.
Our licensed architects utilize a deep technical understanding of materials and construction practices to write thorough and complete specifications for all our design projects that require them.
CONTINUING EDUCATION SEMINARS
NEXUS personnel have conducted training seminars for Architects, contractors, Building Department officials, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and the US Army Corp of Engineers on all aspects of building envelope design, installation, and testing nationwide. Some of the topics we present on include:
- Air Barrier Design and Testing
- Washington State Energy Code Envelope Requirements
- Thermal Modeling and Thermal Bridging
- Window Selection Detailing and Testing
- Proper Wall and Roof Assembly Design
If you are interested in booking a full day seminar or one-hour lunch and learn please contact
Dani Ittner, or visit our
Lunch and Learn page for more information.