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Building upgrades and remediations: Fit out is Flash and HVAC Cool, but what about the building envelope and enclosures?

Building upgrades and remediations: Fit out is Flash and HVAC Cool, but what about the building envelope and enclosures?

Peter Raimondo - Senior building enclosure engineer, Oculus Architectural Engineering

Building upgrades and remediations: Fit out is Flash and HVAC Cool, but what about the building envelope and enclosures?

No, not the envelope that goes through NZ post, but rather the building envelope or enclosure. The parts of the building that keep the outside out and the inside in. Most often, building upgrades and remediations focus on the fitout of the interior and possibly upgrades to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, but what about the walls, windows, roof and insulation? Many older buildings have hot spots in the summer, cold parts in the winter, and even those pesky reoccurring leaks that just can’t seem to be fixed. New plant, ducts and vents could help with comfort (but uses heaps of $$ on electricity. New sealant and/or a fresh lick of paint might help for a little while, but it can only do so much and doesn’t come with any energy savings. Have you ever thought of a more substantial upgrade? Join Peter as he talks about the different parts of the building enclosure that can and should be repaired and upgraded during a building renovation to make for a more comfortable, desirable, and energy efficient building which will make it more durable and profitable long term. With examples for inspiration, he’ll talk about some different options of good, better, and best when it comes to improving the building from the outside in.

Speaker Bio

Peter Raimondo is a senior building enclosure engineer at Oculus. With a solid engineering foundation and a wealth of building knowledge from his experience in investigating and remediating building envelope problems, Peter is an active industry contributor, spokesperson and commentator within the engineering industry. From his building science podcast to hosting and speaking at seminars and conferences, he is always looking for ways to share his knowledge and improve the building and construction industry as a whole.

Peter trained in Canada and has experience working on a range of commercial buildings including retail, medical centres, community housing, serviced apartments, and public spaces such as halls and libraries, using building science to find and fix leaks, optimise thermal performance and eliminate condensation.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, he is a chartered professional engineer in New Zealand and is also a licenced professional engineer in Ontario, Canada.

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