• “Energy efficiency and long-term durability are essential to sustainable buildings. Energy efficiency measures the whole building performance and depends on the building envelope, the building systems and the occupant behavior. The building envelope’s durability, which is determined by material compatibility and heat, air and moisture flow, particularly is critical because its life expectancy is longer than other building systems, such as mechanical, lighting and water heating…”

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    Balancing Building Energy Efficiency and Durability
    By: Maria Spinu
    Construction Executive
    June 2013