PROVIDING EXPERT DESIGN:
Technology in the exterior cladding industry changes rapidly. The advancement of new materials, new finishes, new systems and new technologies offer designers virtually matchless opportunities to achieve sustainable solutions for their designs, making cladding more efficient. Keeping up with these technologies can be overwhelming. A building envelope expert has the responsibility to know and understand the latest technologies in the industry. Your expert can recommend the most appropriate and beneficial choices for your project.
BALANCING COST WITH PERFORMANCE:
Often cladding comprises 20% of construction cost on new projects. A specialist Building Envelope Consultant from WS can increase a clients' success in achieving budget, design, and performance targets.
AVOIDING PROBLEMS AND FAILURES:
Curtain wall and cladding failures are the second leading cause of building construction problems, and a primary area for construction litigation. Bringing an expert onto the design team early in the design process offers the reasonable assurance against cladding problems and pitfalls post construction. A specialist can quickly point out problem areas and recommend the appropriate remediation to eliminate those problems before they become building envelope failures. We often advise our clients, that it is more cost effective to hire WS during the design phase, than to hire us post construction to fix problems that could have been resolved on the front end of the project. Striving for early design involvement, Wheaton Sprague Building Envelope believes that potential problems can be addressed with creative solutions while the design is still fluid. Earlier observations provide the best value, as most conditions are still exposed, and provide more meaningful observations and QC testing.
ON HAND TECHNICAL RESOURCES:
Having a consultant on your team that is familiar with the myriad of design solutions and has experience on hundreds of projects is tantamount to having a building envelope resource library at your fingertips. A WS Building Envelope Consultant on the team allows you the freedom to design and create. Your cladding consultant will provide definitive answers to your tough technical questions, and can work to make your design perform to the best of its ability.
PROVIDING INDEPENDENT REPRESENTATION:
Using a specialist consultant gets you an honest, independent answer, offering potential solutions to your unique project requirements. An independent consultant acts in the best interest of the client and the project at hand, and is not swayed by outside influences or other limitations, avoiding potential conflicts of interest from others that may be proposing answers or solutions.
LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP's) are building professionals such as architects, engineers, designers, etc. who have demonstrated their knowledge an understanding about green building practices and principals. In this ever-increasing environment of green building efficiency, the LEED AP's at Wheaton Sprague Building Envelope can provide valuable assistance in helping you meet your goals for your green building projects.