The impact of today’s building code has made traditional “pieces and parts” specification a tough, time-consuming task.

Take exterior wall assemblies. What components are code compliant? How do they perform together? Who has the time to confidently specify and detail the “pieces and parts” way?

“Architects want to make faster decisions,” says Herb Slone, registered architect and manager of commercial building systems for Owens Corning. “They want that decision to be a great one for the owner. And they want to end the day by not worrying about ‘What did I miss?’”

Slone says one way to handle this growing design challenge is take a systems approach that helps the architect design high-performance enclosures while saving time and safeguarding their practice and reputation.

To that end, Owens Corning offers a resource to architects to help vastly simplify the specification process for nearly any wall assembly requirement. Owens Corning Enclosure Solutions offer architects the choice of complete, pre-specified packages or customized components to meet individual project demands.

“With Enclosure Solutions, we work backwards from the architect’s needs,” explains Slone. “We start with, ‘What kind of building are you building?’ and ‘How are you building it?’ We then present the architect a very complete, documented wall system solution from the portfolio for nearly any intent, including steel stud, wood stud, and CMU (concrete masonry unit) assemblies.”

Insights on Systemization

Slone knows the difficulties many architects face designing around evolving code, like NFPA 285 fire standard. “NFPA 285 is a huge change for architects. What is it? How do you comply? An engineered wall system helps take those what-did-I-miss worries off the table.”

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