FACADE DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT

EPICx Studio offers a complete range of facade consulting services through all phases of design and construction for new projects. For existing buildings, we perform condition assessments and forensic investigation, to evaluate the building enclosure performance, investigate failures, and develop repair recommendations.

Design Services

  • Air leakage/thermal performance analysis
  • Air barrier consulting
  • Bid analysis & recommendations
  • Bid interviews
  • Bid negotiation services
  • BIM modelling
  • Code requirement analysis
  • Comprehensive performance specifications
  • Constructability review
  • Construction administration
  • Construction budget review
  • Daylighting
  • Design-assist or design-build services
  • Design criteria development
  • Detail development
  • Development of facade design options
  • Energy modeling of facade systems
  • Energy performance optimization
  • Evaluation of thermal performance and condensation potential
  • Facade design strategies
  • Facade maintenance requirements
  • Facade survey and condition assessment
  • Forensic analysis
  • Investigation and remediation of uncontrolled rainwater penetration
  • Lifecycle cost analysis
  • Material selection research and specification
  • Moisture control
  • Opaque systems
    • Rainscreen wall
    • Roof systems
    • Mass wall systems
    • Insulated earth structures
    • Hurricane and flood resistant
    • Storm shelter and safe room
  • Outline specifications
  • Passive heating & cooling strategies
  • Peer review
  • Procurement / bid strategies
  • Product selection & development
  • Project consultant coordination
  • Repair, rehabilitation, and re-cladding/over-clad of existing structures
  • Review of mock-up and in-situ testing
  • Sketch detailing
  • Snow mitigation
  • Solar shading design & analysis
  • Thermal analysis
  • Tolerance & building movement coordination
  • Value engineering
  • Waterproofing

Construction Services

  • Building enclosure commissioning
  • Construction phase quality assurance
  • Energy code inspections
  • Field testing review
  • Materials submittal review
  • Performance mock-up observation
  • Post-construction services
  • Quality control & assurance
  • Shop drawing review
  • Site observations and reporting
  • Visual mock-up review

Rethinking Design + Performance

%

of the heating load in commercial buildings results from air leakage through the envelope*

%

of all U.S. primary energy use is by the building sector*

Target date for reduction in building energy use**

Goal

Sources: *United States Department of Energy. (September 2015). Quadrennial Technology Review.  **Architecture 2030 Challenge.