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Building Envelope Design Guide

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), under guidance from the past Federal Envelope Advisory Committee, developed this comprehensive guide for exterior envelope design and construction for institutional/office buildings. The publication list for each topic raises the level of information available when accessing this source.

This site is intended to be a living source. Users are invited to add information or suggest additions. The scope covers buildings constructed of steel, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, and reinforced concrete masonry units and includes low-, mid-, and high-rise buildings. 

The following building envelope systems are covered in separate chapters: below grade construction, exterior walls, fenestration, roofs, and atria.

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Each chapter includes a section of resources.
Permission Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2019
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Publish Date / Date Accessed: 
September 9, 2019