The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) has retired the term envelope in favor of enclosure to describe a building’s array of exterior surfaces. They encouraged others to join them in this semantic switch, but we like the term envelope.
It’s not because we’re fans of office supplies, but because envelope encompasses a building’s outside walls, roofs, and even terraces and plazas in a single term—one with important implications.
Sure, enclosure could be considered a more intuitive term to describe a building’s exterior, not to mention its primary function. And at the end of the day, it’s in IIBEC’s name.
We beg to differ and are sticking with envelope for a few reasons:
So what’s in a name? In this case, a lively debate more than a definitive rebranding. When it comes to describing the exterior surfaces of a building and the focus of our business, we’ll take the envelope . . . please.
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