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Walls & Windows


WALLS AND WINDOWS ARE AS INTRICATELY LINKED AS SHOES AND LACES. EITHER ONE ON THEIR OWN WILL NOT PERFORM IN A SUCCESSFUL MANNER.

The connections (or lack thereof) between these two different, yet interdependent components are perhaps the single biggest source of failures in building exteriors. A wall may be perfectly constructed to withstand the elements, insulate and manage both surface and interstitial water, but the moment an opening is created within that wall to install a window, a whole new dynamic is at play.

Similarly, a window, which is generally fabricated in a factory and tested to exacting performance criteria, may be rendered ineffective if improperly installed within a wall.

Whether “punch” windows (individual windows within a wall space), strip windows, sliding windows, casement or awning windows, all require the same attention to water management and thermal performance as the wall assembly itself.

Whenever we hear of a “window leak” it is almost invariably a leak at the window wall connection.

The correct design and installation of membrane flashings, metal flashings, insulation, thermal break, double or single glazed, sealants, trims and drainage paths to the exterior of the building are all essential ingredients in a successful window/wall project, whether for new construction or restoration.

The building envelope, of which windows and walls comprise a major portion, is everything that separates the indoor environment from the outdoor environment. The building envelope needs to withstand major temperature fluctuations to keep us both warm and dry.

We employ teams of experienced building science and building envelope practitioners who combine years of experience in both new construction and existing building restoration. This team is equipped with the latest technological tools to model performance, assess conditions, design and oversee a successful project. Some of these techniques include the following:

  • Thermographic modelling
  • Infrared scanning
  • Air leakage testing
  • Water testing
  • Blower-door depressurization
  • Moisture meters
  • Temperature and humidity readings
  • Evaluation of mechanical systems
  • Exploratory dismantlement

Our work includes:

East Village Place, Calgary, Canada
Rocky Mountain Plaza, Calgary, Canada
City View Manor Windows and Doors, Calgary, Canada
Glenmore Gardens Windows and Doors, Calgary, Canada

Contact:

Brian Shedden
brian.shedden@entuitive.com