Builders weigh in on their preferred materials and methods for the interior-exterior barrier that plays a critical role in delivering comfort, energy efficiency, and durability.
The building envelope has evolved from being the shell of a structure to a growing field of construction science fed by a burgeoning industry of manufacturers, design professionals, academics, researchers, code bodies, and contractors.
Methodology and Respondent InformationThis survey was distributed in June 2013 to a random sample of Professional Builder’s print and digital readers. No incentive was offered. By closing date, a total of 290 eligible readers responded. Respondent breakdown by discipline: 34 percent custom home builder; 24 percent diversified builder/remodeler; 15 percent production builder; 10 percent architect engaged in home building; 3.4 percent multifamily builders; 3 percent manufactured, modular, log home, or systems builder, and 9 percent other. All regions were represented with 18 percent hailing from East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin), followed by the South Atlantic (16.5 percent), Pacific (12 percent), and Middle Atlantic and Mountain regions each with more than 11 percent. Fifty-nine percent of respondents had built one-to-five homes during 2012.